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The Law of Success in 16 Lessons

The Law of Success in 16 Lessons
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I recently re-read a book entitled The 16 Laws of Success, by Napoleon Hill. I first read the book in 2011, and found the information applicable to my experiences at the time. In the 16 Laws, Hill outlines 16 principles to master in order to achieve success. Although the book was written in the early 1900s, its blueprint is timeless. Below I have listed Hill's laws and a brief explanation of each. It’s definitely a book worth reading — but don’t just take my word for it, read it yourself.

1. Master Mind
When two or more people are together, the brain emits a certain frequency that connects with other brain waves. The interconnectedness of the brains create the master mind.

2. A Definite Chief Aim
In order to obtain any level of success, you have to know what it is you want to achieve. Defining a concise purpose is essential.

3. Self-Confidence
If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t expect anyone else to either. Believe you can do anything you set your mind to.

4. The Habit of Saving
Unfortunately, we live in a society that encourages people to buy products that depreciate, instead of investing in themselves. As a result, most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Developing the habit of saving gives you the freedom to invest in yourself and business ventures.

5. Initiative and Leadership
A wise man once said, “good things come to those who wait, but they get what’s left by those who hustle.” Sometimes an extra-push by you is required. You have to separate yourself from the crowd.

6. Imagination
Imagination – noun. the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful. In other words, think outside of the box!

7. Enthusiasm
When you’re enthusiastic about an idea, it will energize your entire body. When you’re participating in something enjoyable, you transcend time.

8. Self-Control
Being able to control your emotions gives you the upper hand. A good leader has patience and poise.

9. Habit of Doing More Than Paid for
Never do anything "just for the money." If you want to get your foot in the door, sometimes you might take on more responsibility for little pay or even no pay at all. If you’re passionate about whatever you’re doing, this should be an easy task for you. Remember, at the end of the day, the only thing that counts is experience.

10. Pleasing Personality
Your personality is expressed not only in your word choice, but also in your overall disposition and outward appearance. It’s important to always carry yourself in a positive manner. When you do this, you’ll attract other positive people.

11. Accurate Thought
The accurate thinker deals with the facts regardless of how they affect his/her own interests. Learn to separate the important facts from the unimportant and it’ll carry you far.

12. Concentration
Focus, focus, focus! You cannot afford to divide your energy. Once you have an idea, stick to it. Visualize the ways in which to carry out your idea, and then take action.

13. Co-operation
America thrives on competition and capitalism. People are conditioned to believe they must be selfish and step on others to get ahead. However, it’s a fact that you will actually make more money when you collaborate, than if you compete. There is plenty of wealth to go around.

14. Failure
Many people are so afraid of failure that the thought hinders them from even trying. Failure only occurs when you stop trying. All other “failures” are just temporary defeats. Learn from each defeat, grow from it, and then try again.

15. Tolerance
Having respect for someone else regardless of your own opinions about that person is essential for forward progression in life. There are people who will oppose your views on religion, politics, etc. You have to put your personal views aside while working with someone else.

16. Golden Rule
Everything is energy. Treat others the way you want to be treated. You reap what you sew. If you’re mean and unfair to others, that energy will come right back to you.

If you've read this book already, what are your thoughts?

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