For the vast majority of humankind, these are the exception rather than the rule. You can have a win, but they seem few and far between. Out of any training course, the outrageous successes are statistically 1 in 10,000 students – and even then, it’s unlikely that just that one course enabled that success.
But those successes are held up as the example, so that the other 9,999 people will pay their course dues to get their chance at it.
For some, success in life is about the same odds as winning the lottery.
For others, everything they touch turns to gold.
Can anyone actually make their own success into an always-on ability? Is there some success spigot or tap a person could turn on and fill their life up to the brim and then some?
Napoleon Hill thought so. You know him from his perpetual bestseller, “Think and Grow Rich.” But did you know that Hill actually had three such bestsellers, and each one made him a millionare at least? But in between, he lost every fortune except the last. And that one was accomplished just before he died.
Earl Nightingale had a completely different life. One of a handful who survived the Pearl Harbor bombing aboard the Arizona, Nightingale later transferred to a training base in North Carolina. Seeing a radio station under construction near the base, he got a part time job during his off-duty hours as a radio announcer. When mustered out of the service, he worked for 2 1/2 years full time for an Arizona station, and then announced one day he was going to Chicago to get a job at one of the big stations there. Buying a one-way ticket, within three days he had a contract with the biggest radio station in the nation.
Nightingale’s story gets interesting after that. He found a copy of Hill’s Think and Grow Rich in a used bookstore in Chicago, just months after getting settled into his top-level announcing job. That weekend, he discovered what he later called “The Strangest Secret” while reading that book. First, though, he put Hill’s philosophy to the test. Nightingale had a few businesses going on the side. Applying what he had read, he quickly doubled his income. As a test, he applied that book’s principles once more and again quickly doubled his income .
Within two years of accepting that top-flight job, he resigned to run his businesses full time. The next break occurred when he was getting ready to take a vacation. His insurance business salesmen needed an inspirational talk to keep going in his absence, as he wouldn’t be there to give them his routine pep talks as usual. At 4 in the morning, he was inspired. Rising quickly, he went to his study and started writing. He pulled many books from his shelves and found that all these authors were saying the same thing – that one idea he had gotten while studying Think and Grow Rich years earlier: “We become what we think about.” That was the theme to his recording for those salesmen.
That recording turned out very popular. So popular, that these salesmen made copies of that recording and played it for their friends and family and clients. The demand became so great, that Nightingale arranged with his friend, Lloyd Conant, to press it into a 78RPM LP record. Without real promotion of any kind, it became the first Gold record to sell over a million copies as a “spoken word” album.
That one recording started an entire industry for recorded personal development materials. Nightingale-Conant is still the premier company in this field a half-century later.
In that recording, Nightingale mentioned other books to read. These authors also found uncommon, and permanent success:
Dorothea Brande discovered one phrase which turned her hum-drum editing job into a brilliant career as an editor and author. Her phrasing – “Act as if it were impossible to fail.” Her book, “Wake Up and Live!” continues to sell today as a timeless success classic.
Claude M. Bristol faced certain financial ruin as the vice-president of a Investment Banking company during the Depression. One night he had an epiphany. All that he had studied up to that point about belief suddenly came home to him as a way to defeat the cultural pessimism that had taken hold in his company and the nation. He ransacked his own library, and those of others to study this.
He started talking to his own sales team about what he had uncovered. They applied the ideas and techniques he outlined to double and then again double their sales. Income for the firm soared and continued to rise. Requests mounted for him to talk to their clients’ staffs. And similar results occurred where he did. He wrote a short book and had it printed, just to keep up with the demand for his talks.
Soon he was doing nothing but lecturing about this “Magic of Believing” philosophy. (And you can see Hill’s influence in his book at various points.) A few years before his death, he had to come out with an expanded version due to the mounting demand and to document his own continuing research into the subject.
Another relatively unknown author pieced together the missing points that Hill had touched on in his three books. As he completed his tour of duty as a World War II vet, he was attending college and speaking about the Hill philosophy as a part-time paid activity. His name was James Breckenridge Jones. Continuing to study and compare Hill with related authors. Jones finally decided to put what he had studied to the test.
Tens of thousands of dollars in debt, Jones took out another loan to start a business from his living room. Within four years, he was worth tens of millions, and had thousands of sales associates across the continental U.S. representing every state. His personally-trained executives started companies of their own, becoming “millionaire-makers” in their own right.
Jones only book, “If You Can Count to Four…” was written using this same philosophy to inspire, produce, and publish it. His book quickly achieved bestseller status.
What did these people know and apply which made their success permanent? How did they even out their own momentary high attainment into a continuing upward path?
The secrets they used have been detailed in their books and that one lecture.
They are all there. You just have to read (or listen) to them over and over until everything sinks in for you. Once you start believing and acting in this philosophy of living, in earnest faith, all doors open up for you and stay open. Everything you need to form your success starts showing up – many have been there all the time, but you had to start seeing them with your new eyes.
It’s not an easy road you start out on. Your own doubts rise to plague you and try to stop your progress. But the solution to these roadblocks are all found inside that one talk and these four books. Study, re-study, and re-study again. Make their few datums sink into your consciousness to become a reflexive habit of success.
For that is the way to make success permanent:
1) Search out those people who have studied successful people.
2) Personally absorb the uncovered philosophy of success and make it a habit in your own life.
3) Test everything you study for yourself and prove that you can make it work in your own life.
4) Set and achieve big, and then bigger, and then even bigger goals.
Your success is the result of your beliefs about yourself.
You truly “Become What You Think About.”
You can actually “Think and Grow Rich” — and stay that way, for whatever “getting rich” means to you.
Yes, you can make your success permanent. You can have and be anything and everything you’ve ever wanted.
This site is devoted to just helping you achieve that for yourself. It was built using the principles from these books.
What’s your next steps?
Some ideas have flashed into your mind by now.
- Take out a pad of paper and
- Make a list of everything you’ve ever wanted to be and have.
- Number these in terms of importance to you.
- Then write out your plan to make it happen.
- And start working on that plan right now.
This is how it all starts, by taking action this very moment.
Good luck to you, and luck to all of us.