Being a Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor, I befriend some amazing people. I will be sharing some of their stories about how Hill and his writings have impacted their lives. This one is from Tyron McDaniel.
So what little known decision could have such far-reaching
impact that it could actually impact not the the city, not the state or even
country but instead the WORLD! That’s quite a bold statement to make!
My friend, many moons ago, before the roaring 20’s, America was growing as a country having established itself as the Land of Opportunity. Immigrants were arriving daily from various corners of the globe to realize their own version of the American Dream.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle, somewhere in New York in a nondescript office building two men were having a mild yet paradigm bending dialogue in the middle of 1908.
This conversation I speak of was between two profound men, that the annals of American history to this day lauds their very existence… the two men I speak of are none other than the business magnate and by many measures one of the richest men in the world, Mr. Andrew Carnegie and a scrappy young reporter named of all things, Napoleon. Napoleon Hill
In their conversation, there came a point of silence as Mr.
Carnegie posed a question to Mr. Hill and it was the answer that I reference in
the title of this article that has LITERALLY changed the world! How you ask?
Well it during this conversation that Mr. Carnegie casually asks a young Napoleon “would you dedicate the next 20 years or so of your life documenting and taking to the world the philosophy of success embodied in the phrase Think & Grow Rich!?” To which, a young Napoleon was eager to jump at the chance to meet all of the major businessmen of the world at that time and have unprecedented access to their wisdom!
This single decision literally has impacted the face of the world we live in today primarily because of the people who contributed their insights to the book we now know of today as Think & Grow Rich, people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, William Wrigley Jr., John Wanamaker, George Eastman, Charles M. Schwab, Woodrow Wilson, King Gillette and John D. Rockefeller just to name a few!
The decision Mr. Napoleon Hill made on that fateful day over 100 years ago along with the subsequent life work and studies of Mr. Hill has planted the philosophy of success and achievement into the minds of countless hundreds of thousands need I say millions of people have been impacted as a result!
This is one chance decision was the genesis for Mr. Hills lifework which in his now absence lives on and will forever be a monument to the power of DECISION! Countless books now line the halls of the Library of Congress because of that decision such as Think & Grow Rich, The Master Key to Riches, The Law of Success and these are just a few of Mr. Hills most popular works let alone the thousands of titles written by those who were initially inspired by the words from Think & Grow Rich!
It has been said as many that literally hundred if not thousands of Millionaires have read and re-read the book and many (if not most) attribute a great deal of their success with the principles and philosophies learned from reading the book, Think & Grow Rich!
The likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Mitt Romney, Larry Ellison and Donald Trump are all Think & Grow Rich fans having read the book numerous times!
I can think in my own life, over 20 years ago when for the first time in my life I had a very successful businessman I met recommend I read the book. A pivotal decision on my part was made because I followed his recommendation and I invested in a paperback copy of the book. At the time I was just a kid 2 years removed from high school still trying to figure out what was next in life.
There I sat reading this book which mentioned that there was a secret and that it was so prominently hidden on every page of the book I was reading! WOW, you mean success is as easy as finding the secret and this very secret I am looking for is hidden in plain sight on every page! AWESOME
Since then, so much has changed in my life and there is much to be said about how Mr. Hills decision back then has impacted my life and so many others today! I can recall reading the book and sensing that feeling on the inside that I had just discovered something important and special. I could feel that things were changing for the better based on what I was learning and the information in the book made sense to me, even though most of it I have never heard before!
Reading Mr. Hills writings gave a little kid from a Houston ghetto called 5th Ward the inspiration and evidence that anyone could make it as I read the story of how people from situations much worse than mine overcame the odds to great success. It planted the seed in my mind that dogged persistence much like Thomas Edison exemplified with his inventing the light bulb after over 10,000 attempts always wins out!
The determination shown by Mr. Edwin Barnes who out of nowhere literally willed himself into a business partnership with Edison although he didn’t know or have any connections to make him think such a partnership was even reasonable!
And these are just a few things from the top of my mind but I can think of so many ways that I was impacted by the knowledge contained in this book which leads me back to the title of this article:
The little unknown DECISION that has FOREVER changed the world!
You see, on a daily basis, we are all provided opportunities to make decisions, some with far reaching implications and some not so major. But let’s focus on the decisions we make daily that at this moment are unknown to many but over time their impact will compound and produce a ripple effect throughout time, your life and those whose lives you have been called to impact!
I am sure Napoleon Hill had no idea initially that his decision on that fateful evening would be a game changer for mankind and such is the case for many of us. We may not always have the foresight to see the impact of the decisions we are making on a daily basis but we can approach life knowing that in every day lies seed of greatness and in every decision there is opportunity to be the catalyst for change!
What little unknown DECISION will you and I make today that will have far reaching impact many years after we have transitioned on in life! Let’s take a cue from the historical annals of Think of Grow Rich and do just as our Success Philosopher Mr. Hill did over 100 years ago!