Have you read Napoleon Hills Book – Think and Grow Rich? If not you have missed out. Go buy it – or in fact – drop in to beResources office in Spring Gardens in about a week and ask me for one – my FD and me have written a foreword for the book and had it reprinted for our clients and colleagues (as it is now in the public domain).
It should be required reading for all recruiters whether they are hiring managers or recruitment consultants, and also for all business owners.
Hill wrote the book in 1937 after spending 20 years of research on highly successful individuals and the reasons for their success. He came up with 13 principles, of which the 2 most important are – Having a Mastermind Group and knowing clearly where you want to go.
I could wax lyrical about the book but there are 2 poems in Hills work that have always struck a chord with me, in fact one used to be pinned up in my kitchen at work. They sum it up perfectly.
Here they are…
“If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will –
It’s all in the state of MIND.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles, don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But soon or later the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
“I bargained with Life for a penny, And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening When I counted my scanty store.
For Life is a just employer, He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire, Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.”
Food for thought!