The Six Basic Fears identified by Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich are;
Fear of Poverty
Fear of Criticism
Fear of Ill Health
Fear of Loss of Love
Fear of Old Age
Fear of Death
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Napoleon Hill suggests we overcome the Six Basic Fears in this manner.
1. Regarding the fear of poverty – firmly decide that you will accumulate wealth responsibly and that you will happily get along with the wealth you are able to accumulate. I like to think of this as a decision to stop focusing on what can go wrong and start to focusing on what can go right.
2. Regarding the fear of criticism – decide not to worry about what other’s think of you. In reality, I think that most people are so busy thinking about themselves that they don’t even notice others most of the time.
3. Regarding the fear of ill-health – decide to no longer focus on diseases and their associated symptoms. Don’t unnecessarily fill your mind with pictures of real or imagined diseases.Decide to focus on living in health, instead of focusing on the avoidance of any and every dreaded disease.
4. Regarding the fear of the loss of someone’s love – decide to enjoy and value the love you receive and to love back in return with as much love as you can. Also decide to happily get along without love if the situation occurs where you have to do that.
5. The fear of old age – decide to accept old age as a blessing … remember that many people have not even had the privilege of reaching old age. Also decide to be grateful for the wisdom and experience that comes through age alone.
6. The fear of death – dealing with the fear of death, in my opinion, is a very personal matter and depends on much your religion, or lack of religion, and beliefs regarding the afterlife. Evaluate your your beliefs on this matter, but also decide to accept and make peace with death as an inescapable event.
Which of the Six Basic Fears do you fear the most? Resolve today to eliminate that fear with your thoughts, words, and actions.
Which of the Six Basic Fears do you fear the least?
As Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, I receive many requests from people wanting the original 1937 copy of Think and Grow Rich.
To satisfy those of you who desire to have a 1937 unedited copy, we have reproduced Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, printed in March of 1937. The book has the notation, “not to be loaned,” and signed: Annie Lou Hill (the wife of Dr. Hill). This personal copy of Dr. Hill’s was given to me by Dr. Charles W. Johnson, Chairman of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and a nephew of Napoleon Hill.
It was Napoleon Hill who sent Dr. Johnson to medical school, and today he is a practicing cardiologist. Charlie refers to Napoleon Hill as “Uncle Nap” and will often makes the statement, “Uncle Nap would be proud of the Foundation today.”
The original 1937 manuscript was written and edited with the assistance of Napoleon’s wife. In later years, the existing document was again edited by Dr. Hill. For example, the Foundation owns a 1958 edition that Hill edited personally. This did not lessen the book’s value in Hill’s judgment. Hill made the editing remarks in his own handwriting and the resulting 1960 edited edition has sold over 100 million copies making it the most read self-help book of all time.
Today there are many so called authors who publish Think and Grow Rich and some even add their name alongside Dr. Hill’s. I believe that these “authors” should be able to write something themselves instead of merely copying the work of Napoleon Hill. Who do they think they are kidding?
Dr. Hill’s works are highly recognizable and have had long lasting influence worldwide. In fact, Think and Grow Rich sells more copies today than before Dr. Hill died in 1970.
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