Back when I listened to a fellow going on about how the ‘elite’ not only think differently than the rest of us but also had access to different books than the rest of us, it seemed as if a light went off in my mind. Suddenly, I could see a centuries old trail of hidden knowledge concerning living a successful life unfolding before my eyes were I able to get to the correct libraries.
I don’t know why it was such a revelation. We know that some of the prophets of old wrote down many things and, for whatever reason, we no longer have those writings. Some have been recovered; still others are still around but the supposed authorities claim they are not ‘approved.’
That was the same CD on which I first heard about the unabridged version of Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich.’
The Law of Success In 16 Lessons
The deal was that ‘Think and Grow Rich’ was a watered down version of what was really conveyed to Napoleon Hill by Andrew Carnegie.
“Why was it watered down?” thunders the folks who paid extra for the show so they could sit in the Greek chorus section.
Well, I will tell you. The scuttlebutt is that Henry Ford did not like it, did not like it at all, that Andrew Carnegie was trying to educate the masses on what it took to be successful. It appears in this story that in Henry Ford’s mind people who were born to poverty may have very well been put there for a purpose just as he was apparently put in his place to be stinking nasty rich. My thinking at the time was maybe Henry Ford had his own version of Divine Right of King’s or billionaires running in the background of his brain.
Once I found out that ‘Think and Grow Rich’ had an unabridged version I was just as mad as three monkeys on methamphetamine to get it. So, I went hunting and found it. As you can guess from the section heading for this the title turned out to be ‘The Law of Success In 16 Lessons.’
As I worked my way through the course material, the veracity of the story about Henry Ford was called into question simply because Napoleon Hill credited him with so much in contributing to this work. The CD version gave the impression that it was dictated to Napoleon Hill by Andrew Carnegie but the course itself makes it clear some 40+ men contributed much over the 20+ years it took to finish the work.
First principles is a concept that relates to starting over when what you have been doing is not working. ‘This is a football’ is also a way of starting with first principles every time you start something, an approach that history says works.
I am starting with first principles and that means Definiteness of Purpose is on the menu today.
Definiteness of Purpose
Do you have a definite purpose?
My definite purpose is to be free from a job and to free 1,000 other folks from a job. This means I have to become the leader capable of helping 1,000 individuals through the process of becoming the caliber of folks who create their own wealth and subsistence from whole cloth. That is a tall order but I feel it possible because I am certain that there are more than a few folks who get tired of getting up every day and going to work to make someone else’s dreams come true.
I was sitting at work one day, long ago and far away as the story goes, when I say bolt upright in my chair. I realized in my goings and comings between planes, trains and automobiles that my job boiled down to two essential, pitiful duties.
My job was to solve small problems for folks like me who worked all day while I waited for overpaid to schedule meetings in which they create truly large problems for me to solve so they could take the credit and probably a larger paycheck.
Now, I don’t mind solving problems. I am good at it. What I did object to was the creation of problems for me to solve so someone else could justify their paychecks. It just seemed to never fail to leave one feeling inordinately chafed in the sensitive areas. When the novelty of this epiphany wore off, the thrill was gone with that job, too. My definiteness of purpose became a bright, glaring, white hot purple searchlight that regularly burned away the unimportant. Helping 1,000 folks reach self-employment would not only make my life better, it would
- Make 1,000 folks’ lives better
- Make the world a better place because 1,000 folks could now participate in the process of making it better instead of trapped in the day jail of a corporatism prison.
- Out of that 1,000 folks, many will need to hire employees, generating jobs
As I thought about my individual goals, I realized that it was an honorable goal because while I would benefit, the world would benefit even more with 1,001 more folks able to act. So, what’s your purpose? Here is a short summary and yes, I am quoting the book:
Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of Purpose
is the starting point of all achievement.
Don’t be like a ship at sea without a rudder,
powerless and directionless.
Decide what you want, find out how to get it,
and then take daily action toward achieving your goal.
You will get exactly and only
what you ask and work for.
Make up your mind today what it is you want and then
start today to go after it! Do it now!
<i>Successful people move on their own initiative,
but they know where they are going before they start.</I>