So here we are in quarantine week number ..?!? I’ve lost track. We’re at least 3 to 4 weeks in, but all these days seem blurred at this point. Many of us are newly unemployed, some may be taking the opportunity to apply for new jobs, and some may be using this time to pursue those entrepreneurial passions.
If you’re one of those people looking to finally start working your dreams, look no further. In this post, I am sharing my secret to success formula: to read and study this book. Obviously, the book isn’t going to do the work for you, you have to be dedicated to your goals. What this book will do is equip you with the right mindset you need to succeed, tell you exactly what to do to get there, and give you the push to do so.
“Why are you so confident about this”, you ask? Because I’ve tried and proved it myself. I first read this book in college, and I ended up starting a successful online fashion boutique by the end. I had the whole nine yards. I had models for my pictures, I met in person with sororities and other social groups, I worked with fashion bloggers, etc. I experienced many amazing opportunities and growth I would have never done otherwise. In other words, it was my dream job. Though I decided to end it years later, it became a pivotal moment in my life. It led me to the realization that I could do anything I wanted to. And yes- I credit this book for getting me there.
The name of this book is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s an absolute classic. Written in 1937, Napoleon Hill studied forty millionaires (remember in that day in age, the millionaire was like today’s billionaire), and learned about what made each of them successful. He tells of their stories, and gives real life- actionable lessons for you to take today. It’s sold well over 100 million copies, and for good reason.
After reading this through the first time, I immediately wanted to read it again. Sounds crazy right? I honestly felt like I had taken away so much from that book, yet still missed so much more that I could have learned. In order to avoid this pitfall, I highly recommend an extra step.
In addition to the book, pick up the Think and Grow Rich Action Guide from Amazon as well.
Put yourself to a schedule. Either…
- Daily: Read one chapter a night, and do the corresponding workbook first thing in the morning, or
- Weekly: Read one chapter a week, and work through the corresponding workbook pages in the morning
How busy your schedule is will obviously affect how much time you should devote. There’s no right or wrong way, but make sure your plan is attainable.
Regardless of how quick or slow you go through it, I definitely recommend waking up early to complete the workbook. Why? Because first thing in the morning is the best time to not get distracted. Do it well before 8 am – so there won’t be anyone calling you, and won’t feel like you should be doing something else instead (because you shouldn’t). No one to bother you and your mind is fresh after resting. This is the time you’ll think the clearest.
Plus, it starts your day on the right foot. By getting this done, you’ll be more inclined to have a successful day by just knowing you’ve done something great for yourself. Not to mention it gives you the opportunity to implement the strategies throughout the day.
Your success really is determined by what’s going on in your head. So you must develop the right mindset to succeed- no matter what the goal is.
If you were looking for a sign to tell you now is your time, here it is. I hereby challenge you to read this book and study it’s techniques- on a schedule and through completion. I promise you’ll be glad you did.