Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for November 25 2011
This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation ezine focuses on the Unseen guides that direct our lives.
My amazing friend, Mastermind member and colleague at George Media, Milos Bulatovic, is the guest columnist.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude for each other and for all the good things that have occurred in our lives throughout the year. All the good things life has to offer come in abundance when we first notice them and next send a "thank you" message back to the Universe for all the goodness that is gifted to us daily. This form of acknowledging and blessing what we like and enjoy causes us to pay attention and thereby receive more of the same. Whenever we place our attention on something we magnify it. Just as a magnifying glass increases the size of what we are observing, so too the placement of our attention on something causes us to experience more of it in our lives.
Have you ever stayed away from stores for awhile and then returned to them? Aren't you amazed at all the new things you see? Have you been on a long trip and then returned home to experience the joy of being in your own space? Things look different, don't they? It is good to go and good to return home. Life is cyclic. Just by noticing the good things in life, we can improve our attitude and a good attitude improves our outcome.
Think of the little things in life that make a big difference. In the fall, I love the rustle of leaves, the colourful landscape, the smell of ripe produce, the feel of my cats' winter coats, and the taste of pumpkin pie, and on and on. What would life be like without the enjoyment of little things? Big events are only ever so often, but little joys are like the invisible faeries (sometimes called the little people) of the world – under every leaf and waiting in every nook and cranny. But angels, they only come around every so often. Don't wait for the archangels to appear in all their glory, look for the little people hidden in everyday events.
The message: Enjoy the here and now – know that Today will be Yesterday Tomorrow so Do It Now!
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director, The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
My Journey In Life
By Milos Bulatovic
I first read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill back in Montenegro as a 12-year old boy in the early 90's. I saw my mother reading it and got curious about it. I didn't memorize too much of it, or at least I thought I didn't. The way my life has played out since my arrival to Canada in 2001 proved me wrong.
I immigrated to Canada 10 years ago with my mother and brother. My brother and I got our first job right away. Nothing too appealing – sifting through flour for nine hours every day looking for anything that didn't belong in there. We soon got transferred by our Employment agency to a warehouse closer to home, where we carried on with a low-paid general labour job. I was extremely excited about being able to wake up every day and go to work and feel that I've accomplished something at the end of every day. Furthermore, I knew it was a stepping stone. I wanted to go to college so badly for a few reasons. First – I didn't take high school and University seriously back in Montenegro. I studied barely enough to pass and I was proud of it. I thought my mother was deeply disappointed, even though she never said it. It didn't matter back then. It started to matter when we came here. It mattered even more when I saw my mother enroll herself into Oracle's 12-months Developer certification program with barely knowing any English language. I was so proud of her. Not only did she bring two kids to Canada on her own, she decided she needed to improve her education if she was to get the job she wanted. She defied the odds at the age of 47 and 12 months later passed the exams and got the Certificate with the average passing grade of over 90%. Oddly, 90% was my average at Humber College. She did even something more amazing. After realizing that the dream job wouldn't come right away, she worked in a warehouse for two years. Long story short, she now makes ten times more than she did back then.
I clearly remember a few things from my first few years in Canada. The most important thing was to go to College. The second most important thing was to see my mom get a decent job. I would go to bed every single night thinking about those two things. I would close my eyes and see myself at a college campus. I would see my mom getting ready for her dream job every morning. I didn't know how it was going to happen, but I knew it would. I figured getting up at 6 o'clock every day would increase my chances. I figured that picking up every overtime shift I was offered would help me earn the money I needed to pay my tuition. I let my thoughts design the course of my actions. As Napoleon Hill tells us at the beginning of his masterpiece – Thoughts are things, and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects. I wanted those two things so badly, and I never had any doubts about their realization. I think that people often make a mistake in a way that they think and talk about things a lot, but there is no action in order to translate those thoughts into riches. Thinking alone is nothing. Thinking and acting upon those thoughts is everything you need.
The Napoleon Hill Foundation is pleased to announce that Organo Gold Co-Founder, Shane Morand, will be one of the featured speakers at the 2012 Napoleon Hill International Convention in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia in March 2012. Shane is a life-long devotee of Napoleon Hill's work. Shane has been introducing healthier coffee to America since 2004. Shane will deliver a lecture entitled "Be, Do, Have!" discussing his experience applying the philospohy of success in business and private life.
Make sure to purchase the Napoleon Hill Foundation's newest books, Outwitting The Devil and The Path To Riches in Think and Grow Rich.
I'm really enjoying the newest addition to the Napoleon Hill Foundation's ezine, the video discussion between Ray Stendall and Judy Williamson. Enjoy this week's video.
The Napoleon Hill Foundation is also pleased to announce that the articles in the ezine are now translated into Portugese.
The Napoleon Hill Foundation Thought For The Day is now available in Spanish as welland is called Pensamiento del Dia por Napoleon Hill.