How to get the exact position you desire

I just joined an 8-week study group on Living the Principles of Think & Grow Rich.  So I’m re-reading that classic book written back in 1937.  In reading through Step Six I was struck by the process Hill describes for getting the job you want – and how similar it is to what I recommend today, 78 years later.  In fact, I had to wonder how much my thinking was influenced by my first Think & Grow Richreadings of this book many years ago.  ( See below for how you can win a copy of Think & Grow Rich.)

Here’s his 7 step process for:



Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited. An artist loves to work with paints, a craftsman with his hands, a writer loves to write. Those with less definite talents have their preferences for certain fields of business and industry. If America does anything well, it offers a full range of occupations, tilling the soil, manufacturing, marketing, and the professions.

1.  Decide EXACTLY what kind of a job you want. If the job doesn’t already exist, perhaps you can create it.

2.  Choose the company, or individual for whom you wish to work.

3.  Study your prospective employer, as to policies, personnel, and chances of advancement.

4.  By analysis of yourself, your talents and capabilities, figure WHAT YOU CAN OFFER, and plan ways and means of giving advantages, services, developments, ideas that you believe you can successfully deliver.

5.  Forget about “a job.” Forget whether or not there is an opening. Forget the usual routine of “have you got a job for me?” Concentrate on what you can give.

6.  Once you have your plan in mind, arrange with an experienced writer to put it on paper in neat form, and in full detail.

7.  Present it to the proper person with authority and he will do the rest. Every company is looking for men who can give something of value, whether it be ideas, services, or “connections.” Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of that company.

This line of procedure may take a few days or weeks of extra time, but the difference in income, in advancement, and in gaining recognition will save years of hard work at small pay. It has many advantages, the main one being that it will often save from one to five years of time in reaching a chosen goal.


I especially love #5 – Go back and read that again.  Never has there been more opportunity for creating the job or work you love. 

Incidentally, I have a little contest going for my podcast listeners.  A listener asked, “Why do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?”  Rather than just my normal 2 minute response I am going to devote an entire podcast to discussing that question.  And I am asking for your input – “Why do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer?”  Send your response to or go to and just speak your wisdom.  I’m giving out 10 copies of the new revised and updated version of Think & Grow Rich

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