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Lesson 3: Applied Faith from Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement


The Wright brothers did not have a pilot’s license. They believed that they could build a powered flying machine, but had they sat in the bicycle shop back home they would not have been the first men to build and fly an airplane.   The application of that faith is what propelled them. (Sorry I couldn’t pass that up)

Napoleon Hills says that faith is a state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent. Your personality is your greatest asset or greatest liability, for it embraces everything that you control: mind, body, and soul.

The dictionary defines faith as “1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, an idea, or a thing. 2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

The Bible (NKJV) says it like this “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11-1.

My opinion is that if faith is knowing or having confidence then the application of that faith is what brings about the results.  Once you believe and then apply that belief by taking some action, just like the Wright brothers you will get the results.

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Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance from Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement


This week I am continuing with a discussion of Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

Remember Aesop’s fable about the Father who had a family of Sons, who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good, so he cast about in his mind for some very striking example that should make them see that discord would lead them to misfortune.

One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner, he asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. Then handing the bundle to each of his Sons in turn he told them to try to break it. But although each one tried his best, none was able to do so. The Father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his Sons to break one by one. This they did very easily.

“My Sons,” said the Father, “do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle.”

A mastermind alliance is two or more minds working together in the spirit of perfect harmony toward the attainment of a specific objective. Hill described it as a group of brains coordinated in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.

No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third invisible, intangible force that may be likened to a third mind. You may have noticed many times that by discussing something with another person you suddenly get good ideas as a result of the discussion, ideas you would not have gotten without this association. Well, the same thing happens to the other person. A lot of good ideas have been born in individual minds as a result of having met in committee.

Associating with your mastermind alliance is not meant as a means of letting others do your thinking for you, far from it. It is meant to stimulate your own thinking through the association with other minds. No one knows everything. Great ideas are a combination of related information.

I facilitate mastermind groups where I bring together like minded professionals and leaders who are dedicated and motivated to making effective and lasting changes to their lives in a collective group.  Being a certified John Maxwell trainer, I use the principles from the book 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership as a guide for the group.

It is an in-depth study that will afford you the opportunity to join forces and mastermind individuals who are focused on taking results in every area of their lives to a new level. Having the support and ideas from other focused and driven people allows us to see things differently and to get a new perspective on goals and action plans.

If you are interested in attending a Mastermind group in person or by phone please let me know. I can also bring the Mastermind group concept to your company or organization. Contact me for details.

Please share your thoughts and comments on Mr. Hill’s principles. I look forward to your input.

To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. I can help you do just that through training, group and individual coaching and speaking at your event. Please leave your comments and if I can add value to you or your organization please contact me.

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Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement


In 1883 Napoleon Hill was born in a one-room cabin, in Southwest Virginia, an area that I know well having lived from my teen years until around 2003.  As a teen he began writing for small-town newspapers in the area of Wise County, Virginia.

His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time. He also wrote a book called Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement.

I was reading them this morning and was amazed at how relevant they are after all of these years. I want to take the next few weeks and discuss them on this blog.

1: Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. You should have one high, desirable, outstanding goal, and keep it ever before you.

John Maxwell has told us that the two most important days in a person’s life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Steven Covey wrote in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people that we should begin with the end in mind. In Proverbs it says “Without vision the people will perish.”

What is your purpose?  Why are you doing what you do?  Are your reasons strong enough to drive you? Will it make you go the extra mile?

Please share your thoughts and comments on Mr. Hill’s principles. I look forward to your input.

To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. I can help you do just that through training, group and individual coaching and speaking at your event. Please leave your comments and if I can add value to you or your organization please contact me.

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One of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of trainers, coaches and speakers. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, he can offer you workshops, seminars, speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods.

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