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 readings of this book many years ago.  ( See below for how you can win a copy of Think & Grow Rich.) Here’s his 7 step … Read More

Don’t ask for an easy life

The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.   Napoleon Hill

Strong degree – weak ambition

This morning’s Thought for the Day from The Napoleon Hill Foundation began with this: “A blind boy paid his way to a master’s degree at Northwestern University by taking notes on class lectures in Braille, typing them, and selling copies to classmates who had stronger eyes but weaker ambition.” Why is it that often people with all the obvious advantages – great health, supportive family, right social connections, and respected college degrees – never seem to accomplish much while others who have had to struggle at every step reach higher levels of success? Is having advantages really a disadvantage?  Why … Read More

Need a better job? Try this……

I’ve been revisiting the old Think and Grow Rich (free pdf attached) in my reading time each morning. Written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, this little book has now sold over 60 million copies. I’m blown away at how his tips for finding a job in 1937 still work perfectly today.  Here are his exact words from Chapter Seven – The Crystallization of Desire into Action ********************************************* How to Get the Exact Position You Desire 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, … Read More

Looking inside and not seeing anything

“Dan said in a podcast that you need to look inside.  I’m not sure what this means. I was told yesterday that I will not have a job in 89 days. So I have 48 days times two to find the work I love. How do I look inside and what am I looking for?” Wow – looking inside and not seeing anything!  That’s scary.  Having a little life experience makes it much easier to see something meaningful.  Start with: Your Skills & Abilities – what is it that you do well Your Personality Traits – are you outgoing, introverted, good with … Read More

I want a raise

This message arrived early this morning as the thought for the day from the Napoleon Hill Foundation. “Those who do no more than they are paid for have no real basis for requesting more pay because they are already getting all they deserve to earn.” If you look around you, it will be apparent that there are two types of people in the world: There are those who say, “When this company decides to pay me what I’m worth, then I will do what they want me to do.” The second is the person who says, “I’m going to be … Read More

Give Thanks — for What?

I know that with downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, dried up venture capital, etc. it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  We continue to hear from people who have been on the receiving end of “Axed, canned, decruited, deselected, destaffed, negotiated departure, personnel surplus reduction, redundancy elimination,  selectively separated, and workforce imbalance correction.” But we are also hearing from many people who realize they have been given freedom to pursue their dreams – to find or create meaningful, fulfilling and profitable work.  One lady said she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Others are … Read More

Who’s Got Your Back?

Last Thursday my daughter Ashley and I drove down to Atlanta to attend author Keith Ferrazzi’s presentation on his newest book – Who’s Got Your Back?  Keith talked about the critical importance of having 3 deep personal relationships.  The University of Phoenix has discovered that if someone has a study buddy they are three times more likely to complete their program compared to someone trying to do it alone. Bishop T.D. Jakes  says that we all need someone to weep with us when we weep and to rejoice with us when we rejoice.  He says you can’t be a David until you find … Read More

“Dreamers of the Day”

Your dreams may be the real beginnings of the future you want. In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T.E. Lawrence says, “There are dreamers, but not all human beings dream equally. Some are dreamers of the night, who in the dusty recesses of their mind dream and wake in the morning to find it was just vanity. But the Dreamers of the Day are dangerous people because they act their dreams into reality with open eyes.” Now there’s a clear picture. “Dreamers of the Day” are dangerous because they “act their dreams into reality with open eyes.” We are hearing a … Read More