Napoleon Hill

16 11 2008

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883November 8, 1970) was an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal success literature. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time. Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions.[1] How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the focus of Hill’s books.

Life and works

According to his official biographer, Hill was born in poverty in a one-room cabin in the town of Pound in rural Wise County, Virginia.[2] His mother died when he was ten years old. His father remarried two years later. At the age of 13, he began writing as a “mountain reporter” for small-town newspapers. He used his earnings as a reporter to enter law school, but soon had to withdraw for financial reasons. The turning point in his career is considered to have been in 1908 with his assignment, as part of a series of articles about famous men, to interview industrialist Andrew Carnegie, who at the time was one of the most powerful men in the world. Hill discovered that Carnegie believed that the process of success could be elaborated in a simple formula that could be duplicated by the average person. Impressed with Hill, Carnegie commissioned him (without pay and only offering to provide him with letters of reference) to interview over 500 successful men and women, many of them millionaires, in order to discover and publish this formula for success.

As part of his research, Hill interviewed many of the most famous people of the time, including Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, George Eastman, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, John D. Rockefeller, Charles M. Schwab, F.W. Woolworth, William Wrigley Jr., John Wanamaker, William Jennings Bryan, Joseph Stalin, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Charles Allen Ward and Jennings Randolph. The project lasted over twenty years, during which Hill became an advisor to Carnegie. As a result of these studies, the Philosophy of Achievement was offered as a formula for rags-to-riches success by Hill and Carnegie, published initially in 1928 as a study course called, The Law of Success. The Achievement formula was detailed further and published in home-study courses, including the seventeen-volume “Mental Dynamite” series until 1941.

From 1919 to 1920, Hill was the editor and publisher of Hill’s Golden Rule magazine. In 1930 he published The Ladder to Success. From 1933 to 1936 Hill was an unpaid advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1937 Hill distilled the Philosophy of Achievement and produced his most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, which is still in print in several versions, and has sold more than 30 million copies. In 1960, Hill published an abridged version of the book, which for years was the only one generally available. In 2004, Ross Cornwell published Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised (Second Printing 2007), which restored the book to its original content, with slight revisions, and added the first comprehensive endnotes, index, and appendix the book had ever contained. (The Cornwell-Hill “collaboration” resulted from the former’s service as editor-in-chief of “Think & Grow Rich Newsletter,” published for the Napoleon Hill Foundation.) There are dozens of other books listed as “written” by Napoleon Hill but are usually some rehashing of Napoleon Hill’s original works with some “point of view” or “new and improved” or “update to the 21st century” additions.

In 1939 Hill published How to Sell Your Way through Life, and in 1953 How to Raise Your Own Salary. From 1952 to 1962 he worked with W. Clement Stone of the Combined Insurance Company of America to teach Stone’s “Philosophy of Personal Achievement”, and to lecture on the “Science of Success”. Partly as a result of his work with Stone, in 1960 he published Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude. He died in 1970 at age 87 in South Carolina, and in 1971 his final work, You Can Work Your Own Miracles, was published posthumously.

Hill called his success teachings “The Philosophy of Achievement” and he considered freedom, democracy, capitalism, and harmony to be important contributing elements. For without these, Hill demonstrated throughout his writings, personal beliefs are not possible. He contrasted his philosophy with others, and thought Achievement was superior and responsible for the success Americans enjoyed for the better part of two centuries. Fear and selfishness had no part to play in his philosophy, and Hill considered them to be the source of failure for unsuccessful people.

The secret of Achievement was tantalizingly offered to readers of Think and Grow Rich, and was never named directly as Hill felt discovering it for themselves would provide readers with the most benefit. Hill presented the idea of a “Definite Major Purpose” as a challenge to his readers, to make them ask of themselves “in what do you truly believe?” For according to Hill, 98% of people had no firm beliefs, putting true success firmly out of reach. Hill’s numerous books have sold millions of copies, proving that the secret of Achievement is still highly sought-after by modern Americans. Hill dealt with many controversial subjects through his writings including racism, slavery, oppression, failure, revolution, war and poverty. Persevering and then succeeding in spite of these obstacles using the philosophy of Achievement, Hill stated, was the responsibility of every American.

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Dear Toastmasters

16 11 2008
Dear All,
 
First of all i would like to begin with a question addressed to us all,
 
What is Toastmasters?
 
(an excerpt from TMI…)
 
What is Toastmasters?
  
No, we don’t make toasters!
  • Peter Coors of Coors Brewing Company
  • Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies
  • Tom Peters, management expert and author
  • Linda Lingle, Governor of Hawaii
  

 

Why do we joined Toastmasters?
  
> i would say to overcome my stage fright
> i would say to improve my speaking skills
> i would say to become a better leader
> i would say…..
> i can say so many things, but
 
I would be very glad to hear also from you?
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Now, going back to Toastmasters, particularly QDC Toastmasters.
 
Allow me to mention here our club’s mission;
 

 

“To provide a mutually supportive and proactive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication & leadership skills which  in turn foster self confidence and personal growth. “

However, I can feel the common sentiment amongst members with their lack of motivation or desire to push further the Club’s Mission and i am to state that, being your president, I am not as indefferent as you are now. We are basically of the same category in terms of skills and leadership capacity in Toastmasters. Individually, I can only treat as per my limitations, to tackle the burden and obstacles that lies ahead which can hamper our club’s and all members growth both personally and as a whole.

I am appealing to all, please lend me your thoughts, share me your dilemmas, offer me your kind suggestions. We can make a difference if we all act together. Doing otherwise, we will just splinter away and revert back to where we had started from the beggining. It will be a sad state to see that happen. Let us all stand up and face this toughest challenge ahead of us. I believe on the power of collective spirits can move mountains… let us not break that spirit now.

With my sincerest Regards to All,

Your humble President

 

 

From a humble beginning in 1924 at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 235,000 members in 11,700 clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Most Toastmasters meetings are comprised of approximately 20 people who meet weekly for an hour or two. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian.

There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Good communicators tend to be good leaders. Some well-known Toastmasters alumni include:





Taking a Life Path…

10 11 2008

I am not that fully fulfilled yet to share whatever I had achieved on my desire to have a better life.

However, allow me to put into perspective the priciples that guides me. And these are, “GOAL SETTING”, “KNOW YOUR PASSION, MAKE IT HAPPEN” and respecting the value of the most precious aspect we call “TIME”.

ON GOAL SETTING
We all must have a map or blueprint of whatever we desire to achieve. If we want to have 1M in the bank after 5 years, we must determine how much we need to save in order to achieve that. Plan it and take the action…with focus and dedication!

ON PASSION
Any business that we desire to undertake must come from our innermost desires. As we all know, it is easier to learn any subject or activity when it is alligned to our passion. If we love computers, we will find it easy to learn the ways and means of a computer business. My passion is on risk taking (stocks, forex and the like) and FARMING!.

ON TIME
Who would not like of an early retirement, collecting rents, and enjoying life most of the time. Awakening each morning immersing on the beauty and scent of a garden bringing joy to body, mind and spirit. While sipping a cup of tea, checking stock markets. Able to allot plenty of time on family, sports, rest and recreation. Who would not like that?

GOAL+PASSION+TIME, APPLICATION
This is my on-going life experience, on applying these guiding priciples. Looking forward to bigger long term goals, slowly but surely, seeing to it that the pieces of the puzzle coming forth to proper places…in proper time, that goal shall manifest into full completion.

Where do you think am I going from here?

For better and better…





Jose Silva – Silva Ultramind ESP System

6 11 2008

Jose’s Biography

Go to the About Jose section to learn more about the life and work of this outstanding and gifted man. If you want to read more about Silva’s Biography, we have provided some very interesting highlights and insights in the biography section. We have also included a wonderful article about Jose’s original silva method system, which is one of the best pieces ever written about his unique and powerful mind control system. Of course, you can also look up Silva’s books and publications, purchase the latest Ultra Mind Control home study course and other products. 

By the late 1940s the study of hypnosis had attracted my attention. I had read about hypnosis in several psychology books and wondered how difficult it would be to learn it. I was trying to figure out how to start, when I read an ad in a San Antonio newspaper about a hypnotist who was teaching weekend classes. I went to San Antonio every weekend to attend the course and bought the books the hypnotist recommended. I also researched as far back as I could to find books covering the beginning of hypnosis from the days when the practice was called “magnetism,” then “mesmerism,” and finally “hypnotism.”

When kids started reading Silva’s mind

Since I had already found methods and techniques the children could use to achieve the original goals of the research, that is to help them learn to relax and relieve stress, to increase their attention span and concentration and therefore improve their grades in school, I immediately stopped working to enhance the IQ factor and started instead to see if we could enhance the guessing factor. First, I devised experiments to see if Isabel could learn to be more accurate in guessing what I was going to say. She became very accurate at that. At the time I felt that she had to be in the same room with me to be able to do this. She became very accurate at diagnosing health problems of people in their presence. But then one day we discovered that we did not have to limit ourselves in this manner. A woman who lived nearby told us that her sister in Chicago had a tumor. Isabel entered her clairvoyant level and accurately described the tumor, telling us it was wrapped around the heart and doctors would not be able to get in there and remove it. The neighbor started crying and said Isabel was correct. When I saw how accurate she had been, I asked Isabel to look around and tell me about the environment in the house in Chicago. She described a baby and the woman who was changing the baby’s diapers. I told her to look around the room and describe it. She did, telling us that on the night table near the bed there was a unique ash tray, one that looked hand made, but made of twisted metal with the ends turned up looking like a shell.

Jose and his Silva Method withstand scientific doubts

Dr. S then said, “Well, there is no question about it, you have proven to be correct in your theory. We figured that if you were a fraud, you would not have accepted our invitation. And when you accepted our invitation, we thought, ‘Maybe he only thinks he is right’.” Then we felt we could straighten out your mistaken concept. But here you have proven to be correct.”

http://www.jose-silva.net/

Our first remote viewing health diagnosis

Fascinated by hypnosis





Warren Buffet

6 11 2008
Warren Buffett was born in Nebraska, Omaha USA on the 30th of August in 1930. He is one of the worlds richest men, with a fortune that is only surpassed by Bill Gates of Microsoft fame. He is considered one of the most successful investors of all time and has picked up the nickname of the “Oracle of Omaha”.

Buffett was born to Leila and Howard Buffett and was the second of three children, he being the only boy. Buffett’s father, Howard was a stockbroker and also became a member of congress. Warren Buffett showed early signs of being entrepreneurial through being involved in various business dealings as a child, including purchasing bottles of cola cheaply and selling them for a profit. He also made his first investment in the stock market when he was just 11 years old.

Buffett began studying at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, but transferred to the University of Nebraska where he graduated. He then went on to the Columbia University to do a Masters in economics. This was where he met the influential value investor Benjamin Graham.

The young investor was very influenced by Benjamin Graham and went to work for him in his company “Graham-Newman”. It was here that Warren Buffett developed many of his stock market investing skills that have now become legendary. Graham developed a method where investors could work out the intrinsic value of a company and make intelligent investing decisions by comparing the stock price to the intrinsic value.

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Berkshire Hathaway
After Graham’s retirement, Buffett returned to Omaha and began a limited investing fund partnership with a group of friends, family and associates. The “Buffett Partnerships Ltd” fund racked up amazing returns for its investors over a ten year period, with returns 10 times higher than the Dow Jones Industrial average for the same time. Buffett liquidated the fund and took control of the textile company Berkshire Hathaway.

It was a difficult time for the textile industry and Buffett eventually wound up Berkshire Hathaway’s textile activities, but kept the name for Buffett’s portfolio of companies and investments. The insurance industry was the first major area of success that Berkshire Hathaway had, with the funds used to acquire carefully selected investments each year. Major undervalued companies that Buffett took advantage of included “American Express”, “Coca-Cola” “The Washington Post” and “Gillette”. Berkshire Hathaway owns large holdings of each of the above major brand companies (more than 5% each).
Selected Berkshire subsidiary companies include:

  • Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry
  • Acme Brick Company
  • Buffalo NEWS, Buffalo NY
  • Clayton Homes
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • GEICO Direct Auto Insurance
  • General Re
  • Helzberg Diamonds
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • The Pampered Chef
  • See’s Candies
  • United States Liability Insurance Group

Warren Buffett lives with his long time partner Astrid Menks in Omaha, USA. He was married to Susan Thompson up until her death from stroke in July 2004, but the couple were separated in 1977. They chose not to divorce and remained good friends and business associates. Buffett’s late wife was set to inherit much of his fortune upon his death.

Warren Buffet Gives Away his Billions to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Buffett is a generous philanthropist and was giving more than $USD12 million each year to the Buffett Foundation (no called the “Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation”). His largest charitable donation was to be upon his death when he had planned to give 99% of his massive fortune to the foundation.

In June 2006 Buffett announced plans to give much of his wealth away while he is still living. The majority of the Buffett billions will go to the foundation of his Bridge partner and friend of fifteen years, Bill Gates.
Read more about the Warren Buffett philanthropy plans.

Warren Buffett becomes the Richest Man in the World in 2008
Warren Buffett finally knocked Bill Gates out of first position to become the richest man in the world in 2008 on the world rich list according to the Forbes business magazine.





Obama Victory – Cheers!

5 11 2008
'Change has come to America'
High hopes, high expectations abroad
Leaders congratulate president-elect