Monday, July 30, 2012

The Alex Project - Laws of Success "Tolerance"

Lesson fifteen in Napolean Hill’s Law of Success discusses the idea of tolerance. The chapter describes the destructive effects of intolerance, which according to Hill, clouds the mind of the individual and stops his moral, mental and spiritual development. Intolerance is a form of ignorance that must be mastered, and if not acknowledged, will surely prevent one from achieving the successes that they desire. In this brief lesson, Hill makes sure to emphasize that regardless of the business one is engaged in, cooperation and tolerance can be of tremendous help in achieving one's definite chief aim.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Alex Project - Laws of Success "Profiting by Failure"

The fourteenth lesson in Napolean Hill’s Law of Success is titled “Profiting by Failure.” In the lesson, Hill gives the reader a different view of the meaning behind the word “failure”. Normally a negative word, Hill distinguishes failure from temporary defeat, and temporary defeat can at times be a blessing in disguise. He then states that he is thankful for experiencing so much defeat, since it had the effect of giving him the courage to attempt things he would not have tried if his early life would have been easier. The lesson flips the idea behind failure so drastically that by the end of the lesson it appears as though failure isn’t a bad thing at all. The message that can be taken after concluding with the lesson is simple. Ultimately, there is no failure. What appears to be failure is usually a minor setback in disguise, and you must always refuse to accept it as being permanent.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Alex Project - Laws of Success "Concentration"

In his twelfth lesson in Law of Success, Napolean Hill discusses the importance of concentration in achieving great success. The lesson defines concentration as "the act of focusing the mind on a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation."

Two important laws enter into this principal, including both the Law of Autosuggestion and The Law of Habit. Hill states that habit grows out of environment, and out of doing and thinking the same things the same way, over and over again. Therefore, Hill reminds us of the importance of selecting our environment with great care. The habits that we develop can be both good and bad, but know that bad habits can always be turned into good ones. Habits are created by repetition, and the best way to break old bad habits is to replace them by forming new good ones.

Concentration is a person's ability to keep their mind focused on one subject until they have mastered it. Also, both the ability to control your attention and the ability to throw off bad habits and attain self-mastery are also included in the definition of concentration. These abilities are helped by constantly keeping your "Definite Chief Aim" in mind. Hill concludes the lesson by stating that concentration is a characteristic obtainable by all. It is possible for anyone to develop the ability to "tune in" and understand the thoughts of others through what he refers to as "the universal mind."

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Alex Project - The Laws of Success "Accurate Thinking"

According to author Napoleon Hill, the eleventh lesson in his proclaimed Law of Success is the most important, most interesting, and unfortunately the most difficult lesson to present to the reader. Accurate Thinking involves two paired ideas.

The first idea is separating fact from information, and the second is separating this fact into two classes. These classes are important and unimportant facts, or relevant and irrelevant facts.

Hill emphasizes the great importance of being able to make this distinction, because the accurate thinker will not believe anything he or she hears. Instead, he or she will arrive at a conclusion only after careful and thoughtful analysis.

The key to accurate thinking, according to Hill, is what he calls "creative thought", which allows us to tap into "infinite intelligence." The major step towards creative thought is autosuggestion, otherwise known as suggestions you make to yourself. The subconscious mind records the suggestions we send it, and invoke the aid of infinite intelligence to turn these suggestions into action.

The lesson concludes by reminding us that the subconscious mind accepts any and all suggestions, both constructive or destructive, and cautions us to be careful what we suggest. You must only suggest facts and no slander, for slander is poisonous to the subconscious mind and ruins this creative thought.