By JLP | February 28, 2012
We continue our chapter-by-cpater review of Napoleon Hill’s classic work, “Think and Grow Rich.”
Chapter 2 is titled “Desire – The Starting Point of All Achievement”
Hill opens the chapter by referring back to the story of Edwin Barnes, the man who “thought” his way into a business partnership with Thomas Edison…
Today, people who know Barnes envy him, because of the “break” life yielded him. They see him in the days of his triumph, without taking the trouble to investigate the cause of his success.
Barnes succeeded because he chose a definite goal, placed all his energy, all his will power, all his effort, everything back of that goal. He did not become the partner of Edison the day he arrived. He was content to start in the most menial work, as long as it provided an opportunity to take even one step toward his cherished goal.
Five years passed before the chance he had been seeking made its appearance. During all those years not one ray of hope, not one promise of attainment of his DESIRE had been held out to him.
I think that’s the way it is with most success when we look at it from the outside after the success has already occurred. We don’t look at all the hard work that went into creating that success.
Anyway, the chapter is about how desire is the starting point of all achievement.
Further into the chapter, Hill lists his method for turning desire into success. In his steps, Hill focuses on the attainment on money but this method can work for any goal:
1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reeason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).
2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you deisre. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you deisre.
4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amoutn of money you intend to acquire, nae the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for th emoney, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
6. Read you rwritten statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read–see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
Reading over those steps, I’ll admit they sound a tad hokey. However, if you take them as a whole and adjust them for your particular goal, they make a lot of sense. Basically, figure out what you want, decide what you will give, write it down, and review it.
The final third of the chapter is about achieving goals no matter what other people say. He closes the chapter with an inspiring story about his son, Blair, who was born without ears but used his “gift” to become a salesman for a hearing aid company.