Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for December 16 2011
This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation ezine has Napoleon Hill's famous Self Confidence Formula. Judy Williamson includes a poem titled It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar A. Guest in her article. There is also a picture of me and a description of my talk for the 2012 Napoleon Hill International Convention in Malaysia.
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In aspiring towards success, one characteristic a person must possess is self-confidence. This ability to be self-assured and ready to undertake any challenge is a gift that parents give to children at an early age. This "you can do it" attitude enables youngsters to believe in themselves and their abilities strongly enough to begin and to finish a task. Parents who praise, encourage, and enable a child to do something successful are laying the cornerstones for a lifetime of success.
Believing in yourself because of your accomplishments is one way to pat yourself on the back when parents are not around to do it. Another way is to recite Napoleon Hill's self-confidence formula daily. This formula serves as a positive reminder that we are responsible for charting our own course to success.
An additional way is to memorize the poem "It Couldn't Be Done," by Edgar A. Guest. Many speakers recite this during their presentations and this creates a dynamic presentation piece and also causes the audience to respond warmly. Try reciting it, and notice how enthusiasm grows inside you and awakens your spirit of success.
It Couldn't Be Doneby Edgar A. Guest
Somebody said that it couldn't be done,But he with a chuckle repliedThat "maybe it couldn't," but he would be oneWho wouldn't say so till he'd tried.So he buckled right in with the trace of a grinon his face. If he worried he hid it.He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;At least no one ever has done it";But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,Without any doubting or quiddit,He started to sing as he tackled the thingThat couldn't be done, and he did it.There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,There are thousands to prophesy failure;There are thousands to point out to you one by one,The dangers that wait to assail you.But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,Just take off your coat and go to it;Just start to sing as you tackle the thingThat "cannot be done," and you'll do it.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center
Self-Confidence Formula by Napoleon Hill
1) I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life; therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.
2) I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality; therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture.
3) I know through the principle of autosuggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it; therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence.
4) I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment.
5) I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself. I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant, and successful person.
Source: Think and Grow Rich Chapter 3: Faith
A Video Discussion with Ray Stendall & Judy Williamson
Remarks by Amber Carter, Senior, University of
Virginia College at Wise, during the Alumni
Good afternoon alumni and friends. My name is Amber Carter, and I am honored to represent my fellow UVa-Wise students. In the spring I will graduate with a psychology major and a computer science minor. I am a Napoleon Hill scholar. I have earned Dean's List recognition and maintained over a 3.0 GPA. I am proud to say I have accomplished this while being a full-time student athlete. As the point guard for the women's basketball team, I have earned honors such as first team all conference and defensive player of the year. However, I could not reach academic or athletic success without the help and guidance of the community. The generous alumni members and donors are responsible for giving me a chance to reach my dreams. Scholarships provided by various donors are responsible for the success of many students here at UVa-Wise. The caring and supportive attitudes of the donors are a reflection of the campus and community energy, which attracted me to becoming a student.
I am a native of Manassas, Virginia, which is located in the Northern Virginia area. I attended Stonewall Jackson High School, which is very large with over 2,600 students. On my first visit to the campus, I instantly recognized the small town feeling, along with the cold weather. However, the campus was small, comfortable and located within a beautiful landscape I was not familiar with. The town was much smaller than the suburban area that I was from. The assistant coach even informed me that it was not uncommon for residents to leave their homes unlocked while out and about the town. It became apparent that the Wise community was close knit and contained a peaceful atmosphere. I was attracted to the personal connections the campus offered. There were fewer students on campus than in my high school, which would allow me to gain a personal relationship with faculty and staff. The student to teacher ratio on campus was 15:1, opposed to 25:1 during my high school career. I was happy to know the classroom sizes were smaller and teachers could truly focus on the education of every student. The final selling point of the campus was my interest in software engineering. UVa-Wise is one of the few schools in the country that was already experienced in offering a software engineering major. After my first visit to the campus, I could not turn down a chance to attend UVa-Wise. The campus was beautiful; the staff was very polite; and I felt an instant bond with my teammates. The campus provided a sense of comfort even with my great distance from home.
As I approach graduation, I can say the campus has provided me with many new experiences. I have interacted with various types of students. I shared a dorm room with a young woman who was originally from Romania. She taught me many things, always helping me to stay focused and providing me with small insights to help with schoolwork and basketball. I have gotten to know many local students also. Students from the surrounding counties showed me the hospitality of the area, which is not as exaggerated in Northern Virginia.
Not only did I learn from the students in my classes, but I also interacted with high school students in the surrounding areas through the Napoleon Hill Scholar Program. I visited and worked with many teenagers in the local high schools. At each school we visited, the scholars gave a presentation about Napoleon Hill and participated in group activities such as games, puzzles and other learning events. I was able to interact with kids that were very different from the teenagers that I went to high school with. They also introduced me to the unique aspects of their culture. After forming bonds with many different people in the community, I have learned many things that have helped me to develop into a well-rounded student. My teammates are also a large reason I am the person I am today. As a freshman they welcomed me in with open arms and eventually lifted me up into a leadership position. They trusted me to lead them on and off the court, to lead by example and to lead with communication. After many long practices, bus rides and challenging games, they have become my second family. I thank my basketball team for continuing to shape me as a leader and for the many invaluable lessons they have taught me over the years.
I would like to close by once again thanking the alumni, donors and friends who contribute to scholarships and who provide other gifts for the campus. The generosity and dedication you have shown for students through your contributions continues to help students grow, learn and excel. On behalf of the students, I want to thank you all for your interest in making UVa-Wise the best it can be. Your support is making a difference. Thank you!
Amber Carter is a senior at The University of Virginia's College at Wise located in Wise, Virginia.
The Napoleon Hill Foundation book The Path To Riches in Think and Grow Rich has contributions from people around the world about what they think the secret in Think and Grow Rich is.