James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
In this chapter Napoleon Hill gives all the ingredients for success in any undertaking, provided one starts off with a definite burning desire.
The first ingredient, we are told, was exemplified by Barnes who had, “a burning desire to become the business associate of the great inventor”. He, also, had a plan because he saw himself and heard himself speaking of this desire to Edison and, most importantly, he was taking action to realise it. So, a definite desire requires action and a plan.
Hill tells us what a burning desire means: “Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal and placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything, back of this goal”, and he never contemplated failure for a second. This is why when deciding to use the pathway of network marketing as a way to achieve riches, you need to be sure that the particular company chosen is a five pillars company. Otherwise, because of the way the pay plan is designed, whatever you earn can be snatched away from you. Why put all your energy and effort into something that’s destined to fail?
The method by which desire for financial riches can be realised is set out clearly in the six steps, and it requires you to read out a written statement of your definite desire, what you intend to give in return for financial reward, with your plan to achieve it, twice daily. You are required to be able to see and feel the money you are seeking. This will be proof that you have a burning desire and imagination as well. Hill advises us to dream big. “Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity”, and, “despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality". Cultivating the imagination brings us the ability to respond to the promptings of the sixth sense, and without persistence, such as that shown by Edison, nothing can be achieved.
You will be tested, as Barnes and Edison and the hundreds of successful entrepreneurs of Hill’s day were. You will need tremendous faith: Hill quotes Emmerson on this, “The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word”. We need to be open-minded and to listen to the sparks of inspiration from the sixth sense while not pre-judging anyone.
Hill refers to his method of positively programming his son’s, (Blair’s), mind. We too need to undo the negative programming that we were subjected to from childhood, as well as the negatives that surround us every day and reprogram positively, using autosuggestion daily.
To sum up, here is a list of the ingredients for success that Hill touches on in this chapter: a definite burning desire with a plan followed by action, a written statement of your intent and plan to be read twice daily, cultivation of the sixth sense, faith in your desire and persistence in working towards it, open-mindedness and autosuggestion (self-talk).
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.