A PERSONAL STATEMENT BY NAPOLEON HILL
Imagination is a faculty of the mind that can be cultivated, developed, extended, and broadened by use. If this were not true, this course on the laws of success never would have been created, because it was first conceived in my imagination, from the mere seed of an idea which was sown by a chance remark of the late Andrew Carnegie.
Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you may be following as an occupation, there is room for you to make yourself more useful, and in that manner more productive, by developing and using your imagination.
Success in this world is always a matter of individual effort, yet you will only be deceiving yourself if you believe that you can succeed without the cooperation of other people. Success is a matter of individual effort only to the extent that each person must decide, in his or her own mind, what is wanted. This involves the use of imagination. From this point on, achieving success is a matter of skillfully and tactfully inducing others to cooperate.
Before you can secure cooperation from others, before you have the right to ask for or expect cooperation from other people, you must first show a willingness to cooperate with them. For this reason the ninth lesson of this course, the Habit of Doing More Than Paid For, is one that should have your serious and thoughtful attention. The law upon which this lesson is based would, of itself, practically ensure success to all who practice it in all they do.
The other and better way is by making yourself so useful and efficient in what you are now doing that you will attract the favorable attention of those who have the power to promote you into more responsible work that is more to your liking.
Thousands of people walked over the great Calumet Copper Mine without discovering it. Just one lone man used his imagination, dug down into the ground a few feet, investigated, and discovered the richest copper deposit on earth.
You and every other person walk, at one time or another, over your "Calumet mine." Discovery is a matter of investigation and use of imagination. This course on the laws of success may lead the way to your "Calumet;' and you may be surprised when you discover that you were standing right over this rich mine, in the work in which you are now engaged. In his lecture "Acres of Diamonds;' Russell Conwell tells us that we need not seek opportunity in the distance; that we may find it right where we stand.
This is a truth well worth remembering!
All you are or ever shall become, is the result of the use to which you put your mind.
-- Napoleon Hill
The nine people who have been analyzed above are all well known. Seven of them are commonly considered to be successful. Two are generally regarded as failures, but of very different sorts. Napoleon had success within his grasp but squandered it. Jesse James gained notoriety and some cash but little else except a very short life. Observe where they each attained a zero and you will see why they failed. A grade of zero in anyone of the laws of success is sufficient to cause failure, no matter how high any other grade may be.
Notice that all the successful figures grade 100 percent on A Definite Chief Aim. This is a pre-requisite to success, in all cases, without exception. If you wish to conduct an interesting experiment, replace the above names with the names of nine people whom you know, half of whom are successful and half of whom are failures, and grade each of them. When you are through, grade yourself, taking care to see that you really know what are your weaknesses.
Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Bill Gates replace Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Calvin Coolidge in Hill's original chart.
Volume I: The principles of self-mastery
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Master Mind
Time is a Master worker
That heals the wounds
Of temporary defeat
and equalizes the inequalities
and rights the wrongs of the world.
There is nothing impossible with time!
"You can do it if you believe you can!"
This is a course on the fundamentals of success.
Success is largely a matter of adjusting one's self to the ever-varying and changing environments of life, in a spirit of harmony and poise. Harmony is based on an understanding of the forces constituting one's environement. Therefore, this course is in reality a blueprint that may be followed straight to success, because it helps you interpret, understand, and make the most of these environmental forces of life.
It has been said that Napoleon Hill and his philosophy of success have made more millionaires than any other person in history.
This course has been created for the serious-minded person who devotes at least a portion of his or her time to the business of succeeding in life. I have not intended to compete with those who write purely for the purpose of entertaining.
My aim, in preparing this course, has been two-fold: first, to help you discover your weaknesses, and second, to help you create a difinite plan for bridging those weaknesses.
The most successful men and women on earth have had to correct certain weak spots in their personalities before they began to succeed. The most notable of these weaknesses that stand between men and women and success are intolerance, greed, jealousy, suspicion, revenge, egotism, conceit, the tendency to reap where they have not sown, and the habit of spending more than they earn.
The Law of Success Lectures
The now commonly accepted psychological term that comes closest to capturing what Napoleon Hill meant by the Master Mind is what Jung called the collective unconscious. But what Hill was describing goes beyond Jung's theory to include other concepts including Edward de Bono's techniques of lateral thinking and brainstorming, and many of the ideas behind modem management buzzwords such as Quality Circle, synergy, and thinking outside the box.
Hill's term Master Mind may seem quaint to the modem reader, but for all the psychobabble that is now part of everyday speech, there is no other term that encompasses all that Hill had in mind.
It is the personalities behind a business that determine the measure of success the business will enjoy.
People buy personalities as much as merchandise, and it is a question if they are not influenced more by the personalities.
Your business in life, or at least the most important part of it, is to achieve success.
"the attainment of your Definite Chief Aim without violating the rights of other people:".
Regardless of what your major aim in life may be, you will attain it with much less difficulty after you learn how to cultivate a Pleasing Personality and after you have learned the delicate art of allying yourself with others in a given undertaking without friction or envy.
One of the greatest problems of life, if not in fact the greatest, is that of learning the art of harmonious negotiation with others. This course was created for the purpose of teaching people how to negotiate their way through life with harmony and poise, free from the destructive effects of disagreement and friction which bring millions of people to misery, want, and failure every year.
No man has a chance to enjoy
permanent success until
he begins to look in a mirror
for the real cause of all his mistakes.
you should be able to approach the lessons with the feeling that a complete transformation is about to take place in your personality.
You cannot enjoy outstanding success in life without power, and you can never enjoy power without sufficient personality to influence other people to cooperate with you in a spirit oj harmony. This course shows you step by step how to develop such a personality.
A Definite Chief Aim will teach you how to save the wasted effort the majority of people expend in trying to find their life's work. This lesson will show you how to do away forever with aimlessness and fix your heart and hand on a definite, well-conceived purpose as a life's work.
Self-Confidence will help you master the six basic fears with which every person is cursed-the fear of poverty, the fear of ill health, the fear of old age, the fear of criticism, the fear of loss of love of someone, and the fear of death. It will teach you the difference between egotism and real Self-Confidence that is based on definite, usable knowledge.
The Habit of Saving will teach you how to distribute your income systematically so that a definite percentage of it will steadily accumulate, thus forming one of the greatest known sources of personal power. No one may succeed in life without saving money. There is no exception to this rule, and no one may escape it.
Initiative and Leadership will show you how to become a leader instead of a follower in your chosen field of endeavor. It will develop in you the instinct for Leadership that will cause you gradually to gravitate to the top in all of your undertakings.
Imagination will stimulate your mind so that you will conceive new ideas and develop new plans that will help you in attaining the object of your Definite Chief Aim. This lesson will teach you how to "build new houses out of old stones," so to speak. It will'show you how to create new ideas out of old, well-known concepts, and how to put old ideas to new uses.
Enthusiasm will enable you to saturate all with whom you come in contact with interest in you and in your ideas. Enthusiasm is the foundation of a Pleasing Personality, and you must have such a personality in order to influence others to cooperate with you.
Self-Control is the balance wheel with which you control your Enthusiasm and direct it where you wish it to carry you. This lesson will teach you, in a most practical manner, to become "the master of your fate, the captain of your soul".
The Habit oj Doing More Than Paid For is one of the most important lessons of this Law of Success course. It will teach you how to take advantage of the law of increasing returns, which will eventually ensure you a return in money far out of proportion to the service you render. No one may become a real leader in any walk of life without practicing the habit of doing more work and better work than that for which they are paid.
A Pleasing Personality is the fulcrum on which you must place the crowbar of your efforts, and when so placed, with intelligence, it will enable you to remove mountains of obstacles. This one lesson alone has made scores of master salespeople. It has developed leaders overnight. It will teach you how to transform your personality so that you may adapt yourself to any environment, or to any other personality, in such a manner that you may easily dominate.
Accurate Thinking is one of the important foundation stones of all enduring success. This lesson teaches you how to separate facts from mere information. It teaches you how to organize known facts into two classes: the important and the unimportant. It teaches you how to determine what is an important fact. It teaches you how to build definite working plans, in the pursuit of any calling, based on facts.
Concentration teaches you how to focus your attention on one subject at a time until you have worked out practical plans for mastering that subject. It will teach you how to ally yourself with others in such a manner that you may have the use of their entire knowledge to back you up in your own plans and purposes. It will give you a practical working knowledge of the forces around you and show you how to harness and use these forces in furthering your own interests.
Cooperation will teach you the value of teamwork in all you do. In this lesson you will be taught how to apply the law of the Master Mind described in this introduction and in Lesson Two. This lesson will show you how to coordinate your own efforts with those of others, in such a manner that friction, jealousy, strife, envy, and greed will be eliminated. You will learn how to make use of all that other people have learned about the work in which you are engaged.
Profiting by Failure will teach you how to make steppingstones out of all of your past and future mistakes and failures. It will teach you the difference between failure and temporary defeat, a difference which is very great and very important. It will teach you how to profit by your own failures and by the failures of other people.
Tolerance will teach you how to avoid the disastrous effects of racial and religious prejudices, which mean defeat for millions of people who permit themselves to become entangled in foolish argument over these ubjects, thereby poisoning their own minds and closing the door to reason and investigation. This lesson is a companion to the one on accurate thought, because no one could become an accurate thinker without practicing Tolerance. Intolerance closes the book of knowledge and writes on the cover, "Finish! I have learned it all!" Intolerance makes enemies of those who should be friends. It destroys opportunity and fills the mind with doubt, mistrust, and prejudice.
Practicing the Golden Rule will teach you to make use of this great universallaw of human conduct in such a way that you may easily get harmonious Cooperation from any individual or group of individuals. Lack of understanding of the law upon which the Golden Rule philosophy is based is one of the major causes of failure for millions of people who remain in misery, poverty, and want all their lives. This lesson has nothing whatsoever to do with religion in any form, nor with sectarianism, and nor do any of the other lessons of this course.
The Universal Law if Cosmic Habiiforce) the last lesson, will show you how to apply the principles in the first sixteen lessons to transform not only your thoughts but also your habits. Through this change in the ways you behave and respond, you will put yourself in total harmony with your environment. Success is a result of achieving such harmony.
When you have mastered these seventeen laws and made them your own, as you could do within a period of fifteen to thirty weeks, you will be ready to develop sufficient personal power to ensure the attainment of your Definite Chief Aim.
You should read this book with a notebook by your side, for you will observe that ideas will begin to flash into your mind as you read, as to ways and means of using these laws in advancing your own interests.
You should also begin teaching these laws to others about whom you care, as it is a well-known fact that the more one tries to teach a subject the more one learns about that subject. A parent, for example, may so indelibly fix these seventeen laws of success in the minds of their children that this teaching will change the entire course of their lives. If you are married, you should also interest your spouse in studying this course, for reasons that will be clear before you have finished reading this lesson.
There are two major methods of gathering knowledge: by studying, classifying, and assimilating facts which have been organized by other people, and through one's own process of gathering, organizing, and classifying facts, generally called personal experience.
This lesson deals mainly with the ways and means of studying the facts and data gathered and classified by other people.
THE MASTER MIND AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNIVERSE
If you must slander someone,
Don't speak it - but write it -
write it in the sand,
near the water's edge!
In the following pages, Hill explains basic laws of physics as they were understood in his time. There are errors in his understanding that will be recognized by even nonscientists. Hill, for example, says that electrons may be either positive or negative.
But it is important to read the outlines of his description of physical matter as a metaphor or parallel for the laws that govern human behavior. That is the way he intended this section to be read. Here Hill is trying to find a physical basis to explain the extremely mysterious but altogether indisputable power of the Master Mind.
In the past few centuries, scientists have discovered and catalogued the physical elements of which all material forms in the universe consist.
By study and analysis and accurate measurements, humans have discovered the "bigness" of the material side of the universe as represented by planets, suns, and stars, some of which are known to be over ten million times as large as the little earth on which we live.
On the other hand, man has discovered the "littleness" of the physical forms that constitute the universe by reducing the physical elements to molecules, atoms, and, finally, to the smallest particle, the electron. An electron cannot be seen; it is but a center of force consisting of a positive or a negative. The electron is the beginning of everything of a physical nature.
Molecules, Atoms, and Electrons
To understand both the detail and the perspective of the process through which knowledge is gathered, organized, and classified, it seems essential to begin with the smallest and simplest particles of physical matter, because these are the ABCs with which Nature has constructed the entire framework of the physical portion of the universe.
The molecule consists of atoms, which are little invisible particles of matter revolving continuously with the speed of lightning on exactly the same principle that the earth revolves around the sun. These little particles of matter known as atoms, which revolve in one continuous circuit in the molecule, are made up of electtons, the smallest particles of physical matter.
in a grain of sand or a drop of water the entire principle upon which the whole universe operates is duplicated.
How marvelous! How stupendous! You may gather some slight idea of the magnitude of it all the next time you eat a meal, by remembering that every piece of food you eat, the plate on which you eat it, the tableware, and the table itself are, in final analysis, but a collection of electrons.
In the world of physical matter, whether one is looking at the largest star that floats through the heavens or the smallest grain of sand to be found on earth, the object under observation is but an organized collection of molecules, atoms, and electrons revolving around one another at inconceivable speed.
Nothing is ever still, although nearly all physical matter may appear, to the physical eye, to be motionless. There is no solid physical matter. The hardest piece of steel is but an organized mass of revolving particles. Moreover, the electrons in a piece of steel are of the same nature and move at the same rate of speed as the electrons in gold, silver, brass, or pewter.
The forms of physical matter appear to be different from one another, and they are different, because they are made up of different combinations of atoms
Through the science of chemistry, matter may be broken up into atoms, which are, within themselves, unchangeable. The elements are created through, and by reason of, the combining and changing of the positions of the atoms. Thus it may be seen that the physical elements of the universe differ from one another only in the number of electrons composing their atoms, and in the number and arrangement of those atoms in the molecules of each element.
It is a fact known to every chemist that literally tens of thousands of synthetic substances may be composed out of only four kinds of atoms-hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon.
The atom is Nature's building block out of which she erects an oak tree or a pine, a rock of sandstone or granite, a mouse or an elephant.
Hill is indicating here that the universe is filled with invisible untapped energy. It is the kind of energy that would later be demonstrated in the explosion of the first atomic bomb.
But the essential message of this example is this: Around a clump of matter there is a swirl of energy. That energy determines whether something attracts other objects or whether it repels them. The nature of this energy can allow two hydrogen atoms to bond with an oxygen atom to form a molecule of water, or a sodium and a chloride atom to join to create a molecule of salt. The nucleuses of the atoms are neverchanged, but the atoms themselves are joined into something new because of the nature of their energy.
In a Master Mind group, the energy of their individual minds surrounds the people who comprise the group. Their energies interact, and what results is something new and different.
It has been noticed that all matter is in a constant state of vibration or motion; that the molecule is made up of rapidly moving particles called atoms, which, in turn, are made up of rapidly moving particles called electrons.
In every particle of matter is an invisible force which causes the atoms to circle around one another at an inconceivable rate of speed. One rate of vibration causes what is known as sound. The human ear can detect only the sound that is produced through from 20 to about 20,000 cycles per second.
As the rate of cycles per second increases above that which we call sound, they begin to manifest themselves in the form of heat.
[Today this phenomenon is used in microwave ovens.]
Still higher up the scale, vibrations or cycles begin to register in the form of light. Ultraviolet rays are normally invisible, and energy with a wavelength of higher order than ultraviolet is also invisible but can have a tremendous effect on physical objects. Science is still probing these upper limits and perhaps future discoveries will explain what today remains a mystery.
Yet still higher up the scale-just how high no one is able to say at this point-the vibrations or cycles create the power, I believe, with which humans think. It is my belief that all vibrations which produce energy are simply varying forms of the same thing; the difference is in the rate of vibration. The difference between light and sound is only the rate of vibration. Thoughts, too, are energy. Therefore, the only difference between thought, sound, heat, or light is the number of vibrations per second.
Just as there is only one form of physical matter of which the earth and all the other planets, suns, and stars are composed, so is there but one form of energy, which causes all matter to remain in a constant state of rapid motion.
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the long distance telephone and one of the accepted authorities on the subject of vibration, is here introduced in support of my theories of vibration:
Suppose you have the power to make an iron rod vibrate with any desired frequency in a dark room. At first, when vibrating slowly, its movement will be indicated by only one sense, that of touch. As soon as the vibrations increase, a low sound will emanate from it and it will appeal to two senses.
At about 32,000 vibrations to the second the sound will be loud and shrill, but at 40,000 vibrations it will be silent and the movements of the rod will not be perceived by touch. Its movements will be perceived by no ordinary human sense.
From this point up to about 1,500,000 vibrations per second, we have no 'sense that can appreciate any effect of the intervening vibrations. After that stage is reached, movement is indicated first by the sense of temperature and then, when the rod becomes red hot, by the sense of sight.
At 3,000,000 it sheds violet light. Above that it sheds ultra-violet rays and other invisible radiations, some of which can be perceived by instruments and employed by us.
Now, it has occurred to me that there must be a great deal to be learned about the effect of those vibrations in the great gap where the ordinary human senses are unable to hear, see, or feel the movement. The power to send wireless messages by ether vibrations lies in that gap, but the gap is so great that it seems there must be much more. You must make machines to practically supply new senses, as the wireless instruments do.
Can it be said, when you think of that great gap, that there are not many forms of vibrations that may give us results as wonderful as, or even more wonderful than, the wireless waves? It seems to me that in this gap lie the vibrations that we have assumed to be given off by our brains and nerve cells when we think. But then, again, they may be higher up, in the scale beyond the vibrations that produce the ultraviolet rays.
Don't be afraid of a little opposition.
Remember that the kite of success
Generally rise against the wind of adversity - not with it!
Do we need a wire to carry these vibrations? Will they not pass through the ether without a wire, just as the wireless waves do? How will they be perceived by the recipient? Will he hear a series of signals or will he find that another man's thoughts have entered into his brain?
We may indulge in some speculations based on what we know of the wireless waves, which, as I have said, are all we can recognize of a vast series of vibrations that theoretically must exist. If the thought waves are similar to the wireless waves, they must pass from the brain and flow endlessly around the world and the universe. The body and the skull and other solid obstacles would form no obstruction to their passage, as they pass through the ether that surrounds the molecules of every substance, no matter how solid and dense.
Render more service than that for which you are paid
and you will soon be paid for more than you render.
The law of increasing returns takes care of this.
You ask if there would not be constant interference and confusion if other people's thoughts were flowing through our brains and setting up thoughts in them that did not originate with ourselves?
How do you know that the thoughts of others are not interfering with yours now? I have noticed many phenomena of mind disturbances that I have never been able to explain. For instance, there is the inspiration or the discouragement that a speaker feels in addressing an audience. I have experienced this many times in my life and have never been able to define exactly the physical causes of it.
Many recent scientific discoveries, in my opinion, point to a day not too far distant perhaps, when we will read one another's thoughts, when thoughts will be conveyed directly from brain to brain without intervention of speech, writing, or any of the present known methods of communication.
It is not unreasonable to look forward to a time when we shall see without eyes, hear without ears, and talk without tongues. Briefly, the hypothesis that mind can communicate directly with mind rests on the theory that thought or vital force is a form of electrical disturbance, that it can be taken up by induction and transmitted to a distance either through a wire or simply through the all-pervading ether, as in the case of wireless telegraph waves.
There are many analogies suggesting that thought is of the nature of an electrical disturbance. A nerve, which is of the same substance as the brain, is an excellent conductor of the electric current. When we first passed an electrical current through the nerves of a dead man we were shocked and amazed to see him sit up and move. The electrified nerves produced contraction of the muscles very much as in life.
The nerves appear to act upon the muscles very much as the electric current acts upon an electromagnet. The current magnetizes a bar of iron placed at right angles to it, and the nerves produce, through the intangible current of vital force that flows through them, contraction of the muscular fibers that are arranged at right angles to them.
It would be possible to cite many reasons why thought and vital force may be regarded as of the same nature as electricity. The electric current is held to be a wave motion of the ether, the hypothetical substance that fills all space and pervades all substances. We believe there must be ether because without it the electric current could not pass through a vacuum, or sunlight through space. It is reasonable to believe that only a wave motion of a similar character can produce the phenomena of thought and vital force. We may assume that the brain cells act as a battery and that the current produced flows along the nerves.
But does it end there? Does it not pass out of the body in waves that flow around the world unperceived by our senses, just as the wireless waves passed unperceived before Hertz and others discovered their existence?
Every Mind Both a Broadcasting and a Receiving Station
If this theory should turn out to be a fact, and methods of reasonable control should be established, imagine the part it would play in the gathering, classifying, and organizing of knowledge. The possibility, much less the probability, of such a reality is staggering!
Any person, who has made observations on the state of progress of the human mind by observing his own, cannot but have observed that there are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking, and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. I have always made it a rule to treat these voluntary visitors with civility, taking care to examine, as well as I was able, if they were worth entertaining; and it is from them I have acquired almost all the knowledge that I have. As to the learning that any person gains from school education, it serves only like a small capital, to put him in the way of beginning learning for himself afterwards. Every person of learning is finally his own teacher, the reason for which is, that principles cannot be impressed upon the memory; their place of mental residence is the understanding, and they are never so lasting as when they begin by conception.
Who is there so unfortunate as not to have received positive evidence that thoughts and even complete ideas will pop into the mind from outside sources?
I believe that every thought vibration released by every brain is picked up by the ether and kept in motion in circuitous wavelengths corresponding in length to the intensity of the energy used in their release; that these vibrations remain in motion forever; that they are one of the two sources from which thoughts that pOp into one's mind emanate, the other source being direct and immediate contact through the ether with the brain releasing the thought vibration.
Thus it will be seen that if this theory is a fact, the boundless space of the whole universe is now and will continue to become literally a mental library wherein may be found all the thoughts released by human beings.
Every failure is a blessing in disguise,
Providing it teaches some needed lesson
one could not have learned without it.
Mos so-called failures are only temporary defeats.
Most of the useful knowledge to which the human race has become heir has been preserved and accurately recorded in Nature's bible. By turning back the pages of this unalterable bible, we have read the story of the terrific struggle through and out of which the present civilization has grown. The pages of this bible are made up of the physical elements of which this earth and the other planets consist, and of the ether that fills all space.
The great stone pages of Nature's bible found on this earth, and the endless pages of that bible represented by the ether wherein all past human thought has been recorded, constitute an authentic source of communication between the Creator and his creation.
his bible is above and beyond our power to alter. Moreover, it tells its story not in the ancient dead languages or hieroglyphics but in universal language which all who have eyes may read.
The most marvelous discovery yet made is that of the recently discovered radio principle. Imagine picking up the ordinary vibration of sound and transforming that vibration from audio frequency into radio frequency, sending it to a properly attuned receiving station and there transforming it back into its original form of audio frequency, all in the flash of a second. It should surprise no one that such a force could gather up the vibration of thought and keep that vibration in motion forever.
The instantaneous transmission of sound, by means of the modern radio apparatus, makes not only possible but also probable my theorythat thought vibration can connect mind to mind.
THE MASTER MIND
We come now to the next step in the description of the ways and means by which one may gather, classify, and organize useful knowledge, through the harmonious alliance of two or more minds, out of which grows a Master Mind.
Some minds are so naturally adapted to each other that love at first sight is the inevitable outcome of the contact. Who has not known of such an experience? In other cases minds are so antagonistic that violent mutual dislike shows itself at first meeting. These results occur without a word being spoken.
It is quite probable that the mind is made up of energy, and when two minds come dose enough to form a contact, the mixing of the units of this mind stuff sets up a chemical reaction and starts vibrations that affect the two individuals pleasantly or unpleasantly.
A Master Mind may be created through the bringing together or blending, in a spirit of perfect harmony, of two or more minds. Out of this harmonious blending, the chemistry of the mind creates a third mind which may be appropriated and used by one or all of the individual minds.
The Meeting of Minds
To believe in the heroic makes heroes
One who is gifted in the art of correctly interpreting the chemistry of the minds of others may, figuratively speaking, walk in at the front door of the mansion of a given mind and leisurely explore the entire building, noting all its details, walking out again with a complete picture of the interior of the building, without the owner of the building so much as knowing that he or she has entertained a visitor.
It is my belief that the normal or natural condition of the chemistry of any individual mind is the result of physical heredity plus the nature of thoughts which have dominated the mind. Every mind is continuously changing to the extent that the individual's philosophy and general habits of thought change the chemistry of the mind.
a Master Mind, a mind which grows out of the blending and coordination of two or more minds in aspirit of perfect harmony, and you will catch the full significance of the word harmony. Two minds will not blend, nor can they be coordinated, unless the element of perfect harmony is present. That is the secret of success or failure of practically all business and social partnerships.
Every sales manager and every military commander and every leader in any walk of life understands the necessity of an esprit de corps-a spirit of common understanding and Cooperation-in the attainment of success. This mass spirit of harmony of purpose is obtained through discipline, voluntary or forced, of such a nature that the individual minds become blended into a Master Mind. That is, the chemistry of the individual minds is modified in such a manner that these minds blend and function as one.
Every leader has a method of coordinating the minds of his or her followers. One will use force; another persuasion. One will play upon the fear of penalties while another plays upon rewards.
If you do not believe in cooperation,
Look what happens to a wagon that loses a wheel
The really great leaders of the world, however, have been provided by Nature with mind chemistry favorable as a nucleus of attraction for other minds. Napoleon was a notable example of a man with a magnetic type of mind that had a very decided tendency to attract all minds with which it came in contact. Soldiers followed Napoleon to certain death without flinching, because of the impelling or attracting nature of his personality, and that personality was nothing more nor less than the chemistry of his mind.
For a century after his death, because of the power he apparently was able to exert on those around him, Bonaparte was a prime example of a charismatic leader. When Hill first wrote Law of Success, Napoleon Bonaparte held the same kind of interest for many people that Hitler holds today.
The Making of the Master Mind
No group of minds can be blended into a Master Mind if one of the individuals of that group possesses an extremely negative mind. The negative and positive minds will not blend in the sense here described as a Master Mind. Lack of knowledge of this fact has brought many an otherwise able leader to defeat.
The brain of a human being may be compared to an electric battery in that it will become exhausted or run down, causing the owner of that brain to feel despondent, discouraged, and lacking in energy. Who is so fortunate as never to have had such a feeling? The human brain, when in this depleted condition, must be recharged, and the manner in which this is done is through contact with a more vital mind or minds.
Sexuality and the Master Mind
Fortunate is the person who understands this principle sufficiently well to keep his or her brain vitalized or recharged by periodically connecting it with a more vital mind.
Sexual contact is one of the most effective of the stimuli through which a mind may be recharged.
it seems appropriate to point out that all of the great leaders, in whatever walks of life they have arisen, have been and are people of highly sexed natures.
There is a growing tendency on the part of the best-informed physicians and other health practitioners to accept the theory that all diseases begin when the brain of the individual is in a depleted or devitalized state. Stated in another way, a person who has a perfectly vitalized brain is practically, if not entirely, immune from disease.
Mind Chemistry and Economic Power
Examples of Mind Chemistry in Action
men of great achievement in their respective fields of economic, business, and professional endeavor. Their names are Henry Ford, Thomas A. Edison, and Harvey S. Firestone.
Mr. Ford is the most powerful man now living on earth. Many who have studied Mr. Ford believe him to be the most powerful man who ever lived.
Ford gathers millions of dollars with as great ease as a child fills a bucket with sand when playing on the beach.
And he could get this money, if he needed it, through the intelligent application of the principles on which this course is based.
it is said that he received advance orders, with cash payments, for more than 375,000 cars. At an estimated price of $600 per car, this would amount to $225,000,000 that he received before a single car was delivered.
Thomas Edison, as everyone knows, is a philosopher, scientist, and inventor.
It was he who brought together the point of a needle and a piece of revolving wax in such a way that the vibration of the human voice could be recorded and reproduced through the early phonograph.
Edison first harnessed lightning and made it serve as a light for man's use, through the aid of the incandescent bulb.
Edison gave the world the modern moving picture.
These are but a few of his outstanding achievements. The miracles that he performed transcend all of the so-called miracles described in books of fiction.
Courage is the standing army of the soul which keeps it from conquest, pillage, and slavery.
-- Henry van Dyke
Harvey Firestone is the moving spirit behind the great Firestone Tire industry in Akron, Ohio.
All three of these men began their business careers without capital and with little formal education. All three men are now well-educated. All three are wealthy. All three are powerful.
Now let us consider the source of their wealth and power. Thus far we have been dealing only with effect; the true philosopher wishes to understand the cause of a given effect.
It is a matter of general knowledge that Ford, Edison, and Firestone are close personal friends and have been so for many years, and that in former years they were in the habit of going away to the woods once a year for a period of rest, meditation, and recuperation.
But it is not generally known-it may be doubted that these men know it themselves-that there exists between the three a bond of harmony that has caused their minds to become blended into a Master Mind, which is the real source of the power of each. This mass mind, developing from the coordination of the individual minds of Ford, Edison, and Firestone, has enabled these men to tune in on forces (and sources of knowledge) with which most people are unfamiliar.
More than half this theory is known fact. For example, it is known that these men have great power and that they are wealthy. It is also known that they began without capital and with little schooling. And it is known that they form periodic mind contacts. It is known that they are harmonious and friendly. It is known that their achievements are too outstanding to be easily compared with those of others in their respective fields of activity.A Master Mind may be created by any group of people who will coordinate their minds, in a spirit of perfect harmony. The group may consist of any number from two upward. Best results appear to come from the blending of six or seven minds.
It has been suggested that Jesus Christ discovered how to make use of the principle of mind chemistry, and that His seemingly miraculous performances grew out of the power He developed through the blending of the minds of the twelve disciples.
It has been pointed out that when one of the disciples Oudas Iscariot) broke faith, the Master Mind immediately disintegrated and Jesus met with supreme catastrophe.
A Master Mind may be created by any group of people who will coordinate their minds, in a spirit of perfect harmony. The group may consist of any number from two upward. Best results appear to come from the blending of six or seven minds.
It has been suggested that Jesus Christ discovered how to make use of the principle of mind chemistry, and that His seemingly miraculous performances grew out of the power He developed through the blending of the minds of the twelve disciples. It has been pointed out that when one of the disciples Oudas Iscariot) broke faith, the Master Mind immediately disintegrated and Jesus met with supreme catastrophe.
An opposite example is Adolf Hitler, whose ability to hold the minds of his people in thrall allowed him to dominate Europe, terrify the world, and commit countless crimes against humanity. His immoral use of the Master Mind was defeated only by a greater Master Mind in which leaders like Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill united their people in a valiant effort. It is interesting to note that in the United States many people had opposed going to war against Hitler and his allies. President Roosevelt, however, applied many of the principles of the laws of success topersuadethepublicofthenecessityandrightnessofhiscourse. Trulygreatleaders have the ability to create harmony where it does not already exist. Roosevelt's Master Mind, like that of Christ's, survived his death. Hitler's perished with him.
When two or more people harmonize their minds and produce the effect known as a Master Mind, each person in the group becomes vested with the power to contact and gather knowledge through the subconscious minds of all the other members of the group. This power becomes immediately noticeable, having the effect of stimulating the mind to a higher rate of vibration and otherwise evidencing itself in the form of a more vivid Imagination.
It is through this sixth sense that new ideas will flash into the mind. These ideas take on the nature and form of the subject dominating the mind of the individual. If the entire group has met for the purpose of discussing a given subject, ideas concerning that subject will come pouring into the minds of all present, as if an outside influence were dictating them. The minds of those participating in the Master Mind become like magnets, attracting ideas and thoughts of the most highly organized and practical nature, from no one knows where!
it is a well-known fact that as soon as the individual minds of an audience become en rapport with the speaker (attuned to the rate of vibration of the mind of the speaker), there is a noticeable increase of Enthusiasm in the speaker's mind, and he or she often rises to heights of oratory which surprise all, including themselves.
The first five to ten minutes of the average speech are devoted to what is known as warming up. This is the process through which the minds of the speaker and the audience are becoming blended in a spirit of perfect harmony.