Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Secret" Sourcing

A friend of mine returns from a 4-day retreat in California, designed for people who are shockingly serious about taking their personal and professional game to the next level.

"Fear does not exist in the present. Any fear, worry or anxiety you feel comes from thinking about what might or could happen. Staying in the present eliminates fear."

From across the dinner, table I feel as though my friend is bursting with more energy than any of AC/DC's highest voltage rock n' roll. His mind is incredibly focused. Never have I seen him more grounded in knowing who he is. And having confronted and slayed his deepest inner dragons, is back to the business of making his growing business reflect that sense of purpose and direction.

"How you do anything, is how you do everything"

Listening and absorbing this vivid display of human energy, I am reminded of the writings of Napoleon Hill, author of the monumental best-seller, "Think and Grow Rich". If Nap were alive today, and had joined us for dinner the other night, he could have been forgiven for nodding and saying "I told you so".

Nap "knew" it as far back as 1908.

It was Hill who was more responsible than any other single person, for uncovering the formulas for personal and professional success and sharing them with the rest of the world. A former small-town reporter out of Virginia , Nap was assigned to compose a series of articles on famous people when he "just happened" to have the opportunity to interview steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who at the time, "just happened" to be one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. It was Carnegie who suggested his "secret" for attaining wealth could be duplicated by any average person who so desired, and if Hill wanted to find out for himself, he would help him do that.

Carnegie commissioned Hill (without pay and only offering to provide him with letters of reference) to interview over 500 successful men and women, including Ford, Rockefeller, Edison, Eastman and at at least three U.S. Presidents in order to discover and publish this formula for success.

Nap's "project" was completed and published by 1937.

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" NAPOLEON HILL

Not only was he one of the wealthiest men on the planet, Hill's mentor enjoyed a cheerful disposition rivaled by few. In his book "Andrew Carnegie", biographer David Nasaw reveals the vertically challenged Scotsman was optimistic and outgoing. “Carnegie’s sunny personality radiated warmth and light,” recalled James Bridge, Carnegie’s assistant in the 1880’s. “He loved to find his own joy of living reflected by those about him. He was the most consistently happy man I ever knew.” Carnegie made friends easily and had a keen eye for which friends to make on the way up and who to teach when he himself had "made it". But making bucket loads of cash was not enough. Unlike many of his capitalist brethren of that era, Carnegie had an intense need to improve the world while he was at it.

Fear and selfishness had no part to play in the Carnegie "secret" and Hill considered them to be the source of failure for unsuccessful people. In his introduction, Hill calls this "secret" the foundation of all success and promises to indirectly describe it in every chapter, but never states it plainly. Napoleon believed that it is only available to those "students" who are are ready for their "teacher" to appear.

My friend who traveled thousands of miles westward to discover new teachers and absorb their "secrets" has been rewarded in many handsome ways. His journey has been an electrifying one, filled with many triumphs and even more future challenges.

Does this sound like a "source" you could plug into?

"Gettin' had. Gettin' took. I tell you folks, it's harder than it looks. It's a long way to the top, if you wanna rock 'n' roll" BON SCOTT


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