James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
“It may be of further help to know that the six steps here recommended were carefully scrutinized by the late Thomas A. Edison, who placed his stamp of approval upon them as being, not only the steps essential for the accumulation of money, but for the attainment of any goal”. This is a quote from Napoleon Hill, in reference to his six step formula for transmuting a desire for riches into its financial equivalent. This is a very important statement because focusing solely on the accumulation of money is having a very narrow focus for one’s desire or life’s purpose. Money is just a means to an end; there must be something back of it.
Ask yourself why do you want the money and what would you do with plenty of it. It is not good enough to say: “I’d paint the town red”, or “I’d live the high life”. How will that add meaning to my life or that of others; what useful purpose will it serve? The parable of the talents from the New Testament is instructive here. It tells of a man who on going abroad summoned his servants and divided his property between them. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and 1 to another, each according to his ability. The first two servants traded with their talents and doubled what they had received, but the one who had received 1 talent dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now “talent” can mean physical money, as it does in this parable, or it also can mean God-given ability. The central message is that we should use our talents not just for our own satisfaction but for the good of others. We are told that the master upon his return was pleased with the use to which the first two servants put the money, but highly displeased with the latter.
So the question I must ask myself when I go about writing down my purpose is how will my achievement of wealth help my family, my friends, the charitable causes which I would like to help. Will it make people happy? Will the world I joined at birth be a better place for my coming? What kind of a legacy will I leave? God, the creator of this universe, Whom Hill refers to as Infinite Intelligence, has given us all a purpose. Our job is to find and fulfil it.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.