Can you Turn Desire into Reality? Success Principle #1 by Pat Ryan

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 in Archive, Principles of Success

Have you ever wondered how some people from meager backgrounds manage to become so successful?  Against all odds, with limited financial resources, or even education, some people achieve great success in life.  How do they do it?  

Could there be a formula to their success?  If so, can you apply it to your own life when marketing to Corporate Training & HR?  Can you apply it to all aspects of your life? 

Napoleon Hill thought so – after studying and interviewing over 100 American millionaires across nearly 20 years, Hill became convinced there is a formula for success.  Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in the world in the early 1900’s, actually commissioned Hill to conduct his now famous interviews of America’s most successful people.

As a result of his work, Hill was able to identify and outline 13 key principles of success which can still be used today to help people succeed in all lines of work, to do or be almost anything they want. 

It is important to note that Andrew Carnegie became one of the richest men in the world after being so poor as a child that he’d sleep to “forget the misery of hunger.”  After working in a boiler room in a textile factory during his childhood, Carnegie went on to found Carnegie Steel — a steel company that at one point would produce more steel than all of Great Britain. He later sold Carnegie Steel to JP Morgan for $480 million.  

How did he do it? What does it take to create this kind of success from such a background? 

Napoleon Hill concluded that you must first have a relentless burning desire to attain real success in life. 

Hill wrote, “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

You must know what you want, and you must have a burning desire to get it.  Sounds simple enough…

But, do you know what you want?  Do you know exactly what you want in your business life?  In your personal life?  Do you have a “burning” desire to get it?  We’re not talking about something that would be “nice to have”, but rather, something for which you have a “white hot burning desire” to attain? 

That’s what you must hold in your mind at all times if you are to be successful in achieving it.  You must have a deep, inner conviction, a burning desire to attain success in the way you define it.  Hill said, “Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye and you will be drawn toward it.” 

According to Hill, there are several techniques you can use to develop this kind of desire:

  • Replace the word “hope” with “burning desire”.  Stand by that desire until it becomes the dominating obsession of your life, and finally, a fact.
  • If needed, burn all bridges behind you, so there is no way out; you must follow through to either get what you want, or perish.
  • Wishing will not bring riches.  To attain riches, you must:
    1. Desire riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession
    2. Plan definite ways and means to acquire riches, and
    3. Back those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure 

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” 

Hill also developed the following Six Steps to Turn Your Desire into Gold:

  1. Fix in your mind the EXACT amount of money you desire.  (It’s not sufficient to merely say, “I want plenty of money.”  Be definite in the amount.)
  2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
  3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
  4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
  5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the following: the amount of money you intend to acquire, the time limit for its acquisition, what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
  6. Read your statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after getting up in the morning.  As you read, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.

 While you practice this lesson, consider several of Hill’s famous remarks: 

  • Every failure brings with it the seeds of an equivalent success.” 
  • “Remember that all that succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they ‘arrive.’  The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their ‘other’ selves.” 
  • “No more effort is required to aim high in life than to accept misery and poverty.” 
  • Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”

Applying these principles throughout your life can lead to real lasting success. 

Watch for our upcoming monthly “Success” blog posts, where we will share a series of prosperity lessons, laid out by Napoleon Hill almost 100 years ago, and still relevant today.  We will reveal  Hill’s formula for success…step-by-step.

For now, be keenly aware of what you spend your time thinking about each day.  Whatever your mind “feeds upon”, your mind will draw to you. 

  • Do you visualize your success? 
  • Do you have a definite purpose in life? 
  • Do you even know what you want out of life? 

Think about your responses, write them down, and keep them in plain sight to feed your mind. 

Remember: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can truly achieve.” 


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