Cheryl Stuhr Houston, TX, United States
Think and Grow Rich
In this chapter Napoleon had a lot to say and all of it tied in neatly together. The accumulation of riches, or anything else for that matter, can not materialized unless there is organized planning.
On thing he discusses is that whenever a plan is not working-don't see it as a permanent failure but a temporary defeat. It is better to change what's not working than to continue doing the same thing over and over again, spinning your wheels, and never getting anywhere or anything in return. If the first plan doesn't work, try another and if that doesn't work-try a third, etc. He gave the example of Thomas Edison and the light bulb. Edison took those temporary defeats and learned from them until he finally developed a product we still use today. “No man is ever whipped, until he QUITS-in his own mind.” Edison did not quit.
In this chapter Napoleon also describes two types of people, leaders and followers. He then goes on to list the attributes of leaders. Unwavering courage, self-control, a keen sense of justice, definiteness of purpose, definiteness of plans, the habit of doing more than paid for, pleasing personality, sympathy and understanding, mastery of detail, willingness to assume full responsibility, and cooperation.
He describes two forms of leadership: leadership by consent and leadership by force. He lists the causes by which leadership fails; inability to organize details, unwillingness to render humble service, expectations of pay for what they “know” instead of what they do with that which they know, fear of competition from followers, lack of imagination, selfishness, intemperance, disloyalty, emphasis of the “authority” of leadership, emphasis of title.
Napoleon goes on to lists some fertile fields in which “new leadership” will be required. “In the field of politics there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency.” Other fields; banking, industry, the religious leaders of the future, law, medicine, education and journalism.
One thing that is very important and that everyone should do, leader or follower, is to take an personal inventory-a self analysis. How will you know what to change if you don't take a constructive inventory of your habits, beliefs, behaviors and patterns. What's working-what isn't and how to change it. Change takes organized planning.
Towards the end of this chapter on Organized Planning, Napoleon reminds us something we all should keep in mind: “We live in a country where every law-abiding citizen enjoys freedom of thought and freedom of deed unequaled anywhere in the world.” Here we have freedom of thought, choice and enjoyment of education, religion, politics, in the choice of business profession or occupation, freedom to accumulate and own without molestation, all the property we can accumulate, to choose our place of residence, marriage, equal opportunities in all races, travel, choice of foods, and the freedom to AIM for any station in life for which we have prepared ourselves, even the presidency of the United States.
As he points out: These are all blessings, but we too often take them for granted, losing sight that they are blessings some around the world don't have. We should remember that they are blessings and thank God we have our freedoms.
Our freedoms were fought for in war after war, among one another and over the years since North America was discovered, and honed to what we have today. It took organized planning and repeated failures and attempts-but we now live in a country where failures are temporary and we have the freedom to voice our desires. “This is a free country where every man may think as he pleases,...”
I would also like to thank Michael and Linda, Nathan and Connie and the rest of our mastermind group. We all have this great platform to share and receive insights and gain valuable information from one another. Thank you for teaching us how to think and not what to think.
I am truly blessed.
Cheryl from Houston