I’ve been reading The Wisdom of Success: The Philosophy of Achievement by Napoleon Hill. This book is the original interview of Andrew Carnegie by Napoleon Hill. Hill used this interview and subsequent interviews as the basis for his world famous book, Think & Grow Rich.
By the way, Andrew Carnegie is often noted as the richest American even. He came to America from Scotland and is known as a powerhouse of the Industrial Era, building Carnegie Steel into a mammoth company.
Carnegie gave away about 90 percent of his riches, equivalent to about 78 Billion dollars in today’s dollars.
During this interview Carnegie challenged Hill to interview 500 successful men and women to discover the secret of success
People like Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., Charles M. Schwab, and others.
This resulted in one of the greatest books of all time: Think and Grow Rich
Here’s the Secret that Napoleon Hill discovered:
“If you truly desire (something) so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it.
“The object is to want (that something), and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it. . .
“You may as well know, right here, that you can never have (what you desire) in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for it, and actually believe you will possess it.”
I’ve also heard it this way… When you desire something like a drowning man desires oxygen, there’s nothing in this world that’s going to keep you from achieving that thing.
For example, when an alcoholic desires sobriety like a drowning man desires oxygen, he’ll stay sober. Or, when a man desires the love of a women so that it becomes his greatest obsession, he’ll win the love of that woman.
Whatever it is YOU want to achieve, if it’s a worthy goal, and if you want it with the white heat of obsession, you shall have it.
That’s the secret of success.