At a reader’s suggestion, I bought the newly published restored version of Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic, “Think and Grow Rich.” I finished reading it yesterday. The book has such wisdom and describes such excellent concepts about how to succeed in life! Rereading it every few years is a good idea.
Of course, it is easier to read about success than it is to actually achieve it. Probably the hardest part is defining your goal. Most people who fail do so because they have no idea what they want out of life. As the old saw goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”
“Think and Grow Rich” states that you must have a definite goal and a burning desire to achieve it before you can be successful. Further, you are supposed to write down this goal and the steps you intend to take to achieve it and the dates the steps will be carried out. In other words, you must have a definable goal and a plan to achieve it. My goals have been somewhat ambiguous over the past ten years and they are pretty murky now. T&GR says to take baby steps at first, just make a start, no matter how weak or incomplete in the beginning. Just get moving towards the goal and you will acquire the information and resources you need as you go along. All of this is excellent advice.
Okay, let’s begin some baby steps here. First all, here’s what I want to do:
- Define my goal
- Create a plan for achieving the goal.
What should my goal be at this stage of my life and career? Here are some possibilities:
- To be a high-paid financial consultant with a number of prestigious clients
- To earn (and save) $500,000 over the next five years.
Now that wasn’t so hard, was it? Great, I’ve actually made a start. Now I can work on expanding, refining and polishing the goal and plan, including a list of “how-to” steps to achieve it.
Hmm, now that I’ve defined a goal, even in a limited way, my mind is beginning to work on the how-to steps. A number of images just flickered across my subconscious. The images involved being an expert in Excel and other computer programs. I will continue along this vein over the long weekend.