Here are some interesting observations by one of the greatest gurus on achieving success, Napoleon Hill:
“Before us lie two paths — honesty and dishonesty. The shortsighted embark on the dishonest path; the wise on the honest. For the wise know the truth; in helping others we help ourselves; and in hurting others we hurt ourselves. Character overshadows money, and trust rises above fame. Honesty is still the best policy.
“Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.”
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
“Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.”
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
“One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.”
“The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.”
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”
“Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.”
“War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.”
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
“You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.”
“I have proved, times too numerous to enumerate, to my own satisfaction at least, that every human brain is both a broadcasting and a receiving station for vibrations of thought frequency.
“If this theory should turn out to be a fact, and methods of reasonable control should be established, imagine the part it would play in the gathering, classifying and organising of knowledge. The possibility, much less the probability, of such a reality, staggers the mind of man!”
“The sixth sense is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the creative imagination. It has also been referred to as the ‘receiving set’ through which ideas, plans and thoughts flash into the mind. The flashes are sometimes called hunches or inspirations.
“The sixth sense defies description! It cannot be described to a person who has not mastered the other principles of this philosophy, because such a person has no knowledge and no experience with which the sixth sense may be compared. Understanding the sixth sense comes only by meditation through mind development from within.
“After you have mastered the principles described in this book, you will be prepared to accept as truth a statement which may, otherwise, be incredible to you, namely:
“Through the aid of the sixth sense, you will be warned of impending dangers in time to avoid them and notified of opportunities in time to embrace them.
“There comes to your aid and to do your bidding, with the development of the sixth sense, a ‘guardian angel’ who will open to you at all times the door to the temple of wisdom.”
— Napoleon Hill