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Success Habits by Napoleon Hill

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Success Habits by Napolean Hill - Principles for Greater Wealth, Health and Happiness

Who doesn’t want to be successful? I had been reading all kinds of books to understand the core reasons why some people are super successful when the majority missed making a single mark in their entire lifetime.

Sometimes I imagine what will I be thinking about on my deathbed? Will I have any regrets in life? If so, what will those be?

After thinking for days about it, I concluded that for me if I have any regrets, in the end, it will be related to things which I wanted to do but didn’t.

In my pursuit of finding the core reasons for someone to be successful, I found this book – Success Habits by Napolean Hill.

He is one of the most famous writers of all time. You might have read or heard about his great work in another book called Think and Grow Rich which was written prior to this one.

Let’s talk about Success Habits by Napolean Hill for now:

Short Summary

This book provides principles of success, a series of habits and attitudes that lead to life-changing success. Hill’s book offers a new way of thinking about intention, self-discipline and the way we lead our lives.

Success Habits by Napolean Hill Book Summary

This is my summary of Success Habits by Napolean Hill.

I have informally taken notes while reading this book and may also include some of the interesting quotes or phrases directly from the book. Wherever relevant I have also given my views on the subject. So let’s get started:

In this book, the author has talked about 7 principles to achieve greater wealth, health and happiness. These principles are shaped into the form of daily habits and how we should train ourselves in adopting those success habits. Here are those 7 principles shared in the book – Success Habits.

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1. Definiteness of Purpose

Napolean Hill has advised following a formula to approach the definiteness of a purpose:

  • What to do?
  • When to do it?
  • Where to do it?
  • Why to do it?
  • How to do it?

Answering these questions helps us shape the purpose of our goal.

When you answer these questions it’s important that your facial expressions are aligned with the thoughts. You must mean what you are saying and be serious about it.

Not just your facial expressions but also your tone of voice must reflect the definiteness of purpose.

Facial Expression + Tone of Voice = Success

2. Accurate Thinking

  • Separate facts from your beliefs.
  • Beliefs could be faulty and developed over the years.
  • Often our beliefs are based on non-factual information or listening to people around us.
  • To develop accurate thinking we should learn how to differentiate between important and unimportant facts:
    • Important facts leads you to attainment of your minor or major goals in life
    • Unimportant facts are everything else that consumes lots of our time. We should avoid wasting our time on unimportant facts.
  • Avoid making any opinions whether it’s about people, culture, politics, etc without examining the facts yourself.
  • Free advice is worth what you paid for them. Knowing this, avoid giving free advice unless someone explicitly requests it.
  • Do your own thinking for your own matters and not let others think for you and make decisions.
  • You can always brainstorm ideas with others but make your own decisions. Often others will give a ton of non-relevant ideas to solve your problem. This is where your skill, to differentiate between important and unimportant facts, guides you.
  • Don’t let others change your mind without you examining all the facts yourself.
  • Don’t pay attention to gossipers. Just laugh whenever you hear something about yourself. Don’t let their comments affect your thinking.
  • To be an accurate thinker let your mind be an eternal question mark. But do it quietly without letting others name you as doubting Thomas.
  • Be a good listener but also be an accurate thinker as you listen.
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3. Applying Faith

  • Faith is a state of mind which must be cultivated by some technique which will help the individual to take full possession of his own mind at all times and for all purposes, and to be able to direct it to any desire.
  • Faith can be turned into a burning desire with definiteness of purpose behind it and the belief system (accurate thinking) that you are destined to achieve any goal.
  • Burning desire is a purpose so definitely fixed in your mind that you take it to bed with you at night, you get up with it in the morning, you have it during the day, you talk about it, you think about it, you eat with it, you sleep with it.
  • The author suggests writing your major and minor goals on a piece of paper. Then in a quiet room, say them aloud to yourself while looking in the mirror.
  • Keep negative thoughts from entering into your mind for faith to function properly.
  • The motto is that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. There are three powerful words in that sentence: conceive (definiteness of purpose), believe (accurate thinking) and achieve (faith).
  • Faith is a mental attitude. First, decide what you want. Then imagine that you are already in possession of it.

These are my notes on this book and I highly recommend you to read the book as it comes loaded with many more tips.

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