Definitiveness of purpose – Beware drifting, losing your definiteness of purpose. Keep your highest aspirations always top of mind
Mastery over self
Learning from adversity
Controlling environmental influences
Letting time play its role – What you dwell upon you attract. Let it be your aspirations and not your fears
Harmony – letting definitiveness of purpose pervade everything you do and surrounding yourself with others who share your definiteness or purpose
Caution – think through your plan before you act and be cautious of whom you surround yourself with
What I got out of it
I enjoyed the “conversation” between the author and the “devil”. Interesting to note that the manuscript was written more than 70 years ago but only recently released because of the author’s fear of criticism and retribution.
The problem most of us face isn’t that our goals are too audacious, but that we aren’t using our mind properly. Carnegie classified his approach into three broad principles: Creative Vision, Organized Thought, Controlled Attention
Creative Vision – the ability to spot opportunities and act upon them
Focus your mind intently on one or a few problems and your subconscious mind will reward you with solutions. It also prepares you to recognize the solution once you see it or stumble upon it. Persistence and obsession is vital
Must have a definite purpose, an obsessive mission, plans to follow, make use of the mastermind principle (learning from other greats), using the power of applied faith
The man who helps the greatest number to succeed is himself the greatest success
The road to riches is well known, but long. You cannot get something for nothing
Focus more on the services rendered than the riches you shall receive
The most important skill needed is the ability to negotiate with others with the least amount of friction so as to get the maximum of friendly cooperation. In other words, win/win human relations
Man of vision recognize that sound ideal oh best investments one can make
10 principles of creative vision
Recognizes opportunities favorable to his own advancement.
Moves with definiteness of purpose in embracing opportunities.
Plans every move he makes….
Provides himself with….the knowledge of others.
Removes limitations from his own mind.
Adopts and follows the habit of Going the Extra Mile.
Keeps his mind….attuned to the circumstances and conditions of those around him.
Moves on his own personal initiative, without being urged to do so.
Assumes full responsibility for his own deeds and depends upon the soundness of his own judgement.
Develops and uses….the faculties of imagination.
Those with creative vision make their work look effortless. They achieve what they want with the minimum amount of effort
Organized Thought – self-discipline, perseverance, definitiveness of purpose
You must make your mind and willpower the master over emotions
The mind comes to believe any idea which it is repeatedly presented, whether sound or on sound. Make sure you feed your mind with as accurate and foundational facts as possible. Habit and social heredity and mimicry play an incredibly important role. Be aware of each of their effects on your life and thinking
Remove procrastination, stimulate the subconscious mind, become self-reliant, learn from others
Controlled Attention – With Creative Vision and Organized Thought, you’re able to pinpoint your attention fiercely onto any goal you set
Controlled attention magnetized the brain with the nature of one’s dominating thoughts, aims, and purposes, thus causing one to be always in search of every necessary thing that is related to one’s dominating thoughts.
What I got out of it
“New Age” thinking but from 1908. Interesting to see how Carnegie outlines why and how he succeeded – setting ambitious goals (creative vision), setting a definiteness of purpose (organized thought), and then having the perseverance and focus to follow through (controlled attention).
There are 17 major principles of success and one must first be aware of them, then embody them and then act and live by them to achieve success in any field and area of life – the principles of definiteness of purpose
All success begins with a definiteness of purpose. Develop a definiteness of purpose which arouses a burning desire in you, one which never leaves your thoughts, one which you can devote your life to. A burning desire backed by a solid and actionable plan which excites and brings in other great minds (a mastermind group). A group of disciplined and sharp minded people can achieve multiples more than an individual ever could
The first step from poverty to riches is the most difficult
Every great endeavor and road to riches begins with a clear vision of what one seeks and when it evolves into an obsession, the subconscious mind works on it until it is realized. A positive mental attitude is what gives power to ones thoughts and plans
There is a definite law between giving and getting and not understanding or appreciating this has disappointed and ruined many men and endeavors
A burning desire is not enough if you do not bring forth a useful product or service rendered in the spirit of harmony
The very best way to distribute wealth is to disturbe the means by which to achieve it. Money earned is far more powerful than money given
Carnegie’s definition of success – the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others
Personal power is achieved through a combination por personal traits and habits. The 10 point rule of personal power
The habit of definiteness of purpose
Promptness of decision
Soundness of character – intentional honesty
Strict discipline over one’s emotions
Obsessional desire to render useful service
Thorough knowledge of one’s occupation
Tolerance of all subjects
Loyalty to one’s personal associates and faith in a supreme being
Enduring thirst for knowledge
Alertness of imagination
Mastermind Group – an alliance of two or more minds working together in the spirit of perfect harmony for the attainment of a definite purpose
Seems like a worthy mission statement for any organization
The 9 key human motives (top 3 most powerful and should be in harmony for a successful mastermind group)
The emotion of love – the gateway to one’s spiritual power
The emotion of sex
Desire for financial gain
Desire for self preservation
Desire for freedom of body and mind
Desire for self expression leading to fame and recognition
Desire for perpetuation of life after death
The emotion of anger – often expressed as envy or jealousy
The emotion of fear
Mental attitude of the mastermind group, like for every other group or organization, is the most important characteristic which determines the success of the group
One of the most beauitful sights on earth and one of the most inspiring is that of a group of men that work together in a spirit of perfect harmony. Each man only thinking in terms of what he can do for the group
The relationship between the men in the mastermind group should be confidential. The alliance should never be discussed outside the ranks of the members
A marriage may be the most important mastermind group you will ever form
Who we surround ourselves with on a daily and intimate basis is therefore so important for our happiness, development and future achievement
An educational alliance is also always important to have as continuous learning is key, especially when it comes to acquiring specialized knowledge. What we read and learn should be as carefully consumed as the food we eat. Public libraries, one’s associates, groups and clubs and other contacts which have exoertise relevant to your definite purpose are some of the greatest resources
Attractive personality traits – positive mental attitude, flexibility, sincerity of purpose, promptness of decision, courtesy, tone of voice, smiling, expression of the face, tactfulness, tolerance, frankness of manner and speech, a keen sense of humor, faith in infinite intelligence, appropriateness of words, emotional control, alertness and presence, effective speech, versatility, genuine fondness of people, good showmanship, clean sportsmanship, personal magnetism (sex energy)
Applied faith is of utmost importance and a prerequisite for any major undertaking
Every failure has in it the seeds of a similar advantage. Is there is such thing as permanent failure until you accept it
Adopting a definite plan and a burning desire to achieve it is the beginning of all success
Mans arch enemy is fear – fear or poverty, ill health, criticism, loss of love, old age, loss of liberty, death; failure. Build faith by ridding the mind of these thoughts of fear
The habit of going he extra mile – rendering more service and better service than is expected from you and that you are paid for
Goodwill and confidence are necessary in every walk of life and going the extra mile is the best way to achieve both. The law of compensation is such that no many can truly do more work than he is paid for for he will eventually reap the rewards of his effort
Use organized individual effort – planned action. initiative and action, never procrastination, is found in all successful men
Found in all successful leaders – definite purpose, definite motive, mastermind alliance, self reliance, self discipline over head and heart, persistence, a well developed faculty of imagination, definite and prompt decisions, opinions made on fact and not hearsay, capacity to create enthusiasm at will and direct it, keen sense of fairness and justice, tolerance and open mind, going the extra mile, tactfulness and a keen sense of diplomacy, listening much and talking little, an observing nature, determination, capacity stand critisicm without resentment, temperance of appetites, loyalty to all who deserve it, frankness with those who have a right to it, familiarity of men’s desires (love, sex, other motives), attractive personality, effective salesmanship, concentrate full attention on one thing at a time, learning from ones own and others mistakes, willingness to take responsibility of ones subordinates, adequately recognizing merits of others, applying golden rule to all relationships, positive mental attitudes at all times, full responsibility for all take one undertakes, keen sense of values
Knowledge is of little use until it is put into some form of useful service
Creative and synthetic imagination
Turn definite of purpose into consistent and emotional user thought to tap into power of subconscious. The two key driving emotions are love and sex
9 based motives printed out and worked into DCA
Carbegues morive is to make men and not money
It is ibky through mans partnership with woman that he dan reach his highest potential
Ritualized positive thinking habits and strict use of time are key
Learning from defeat and realizing it is temporary is necessary for success
Causes of failure – the habit of drifting through life without a definite major purpose, unfavorable hereditary foundations (only cause of failure not subject to elimination and even this can be managed), habit of meddlesome curiosity in others affairs, inadequate preparation, lack of self discipline, indifference to opportunities towards self advancement, ill health, not aiming high enough, unfavorable environmental influences, habit of negative mental attitude, lack of emotional control, indecision and indefiniteness, succumbing to 7 basic fears, wrong selection of a mate, over caution, excess tendency towards chance, wrong choice of associates, wrong choice of vocation, lack of focus to main effort, indiscriminate spending, failure to budget and use time properly, lack of controlled enthusiasm, intolerance, failure to cooperate with others, desire for power not based on merit, lack of loyalty, egotism and vanity, exaggerated selfishness, opinions and plans not based on know facts, lack of vision and imagination, lack of a mastermind group, not aligning to forces of infinite intelligence, vanity of speech, speaking before thinking, covetousness, revenge, greed, procrastination, speaking slanderously of others, ignorance of the power of thought, lack of personal initiative, lack of self reliance, lack of a pleasing personality, lack of faith in oneself, of others and of God, insufficient power of will because of poor thought patterns
Conjuring up willpower and enthusiasm and inspiration is an important skill to have
Getting an outside perspective on self is always helpful
Splitting ones energy and attention takes away from ones superpowers
A well ordered life requires preparation, commitment and vision. They plan their life like they plan their business. 1/3 sleep, 1/3 work, 1/3 growth and healthy recreation – opportunity time
The golden rule may cause temporary losses but massive permanent long term gains
Conservative living and saving on a regular schedule is important for self discipline and any pote rial future issues
A healthy body is as important as a healthy mind and healthy thought patterns. Eat so that you’re not too full, eat balanced meals, enough fruits and veggies, slow eating, no snacking between meals, no liquor, supplement with lacking vitamins and minerals, mind must be conditioned and grateful for the meal (no stress or fighting while eating)
Relaxation by clearing the mind of all thoughts and stresses should be done for at least an hour per day
8 hours per sleep per night is required for a healthy body, mind, spirit and attitude
At least one hour per day for a recreational sport should be worked into one’s schedule
Hope inspires good health and good health inspires health
Frequent flushing and detoxifying of the sewer system is required through healthy eating, fasts and plenty of water
Avoid too many medicines and drugs. Listening to the body is often the best thing you can do
Cosmic habit force – the particular application of energy with which nature maintains the relationships between all atoms of matter. It is what gives power to our thoughts. We are ruled by our habits which are formed by thoughts and experience. We control our destinies by the amount we control our thoughts. This law translates our thoughts into their physical equivalent through the most efficient means if we are dedicated and open to the opportunities the universe presents. This gets man to focus intensely on every way to translate his thoughts into reality. The power of the cosmic habit force is multiplied by the mastermind group as multiple people are purely focused on the same goal
Everything worth having has its required price to pay. Nothing comes for nothing
What I got out of it
The combination of a burning definiteness of purpose and a harmonious mastermind group is the keystone to all success
One of the all-time leading books on creating and maintaining wealth. However, in many ways it is also a practical guide on how to live and conduct yourself to achieve a quality and happy life.
Must have a Definite Chief Aim (DCA) and focus on it intently. Can have no doubt and must have a burning desire to achieve your DCA
Thoughts are manifested into reality so must have a very clear picture of what you want and make sure no negative thoughts creep in. Figuring out your DCA is often one of the more difficult things you’ll have to do
Habitualize positive acts and emotions as much as possible. Habits require less willpower and will allow you to achieve more
Having a mastermind group is vital
What I got out of it
In many ways this book, although centered around wealth and investing, preceded many of the same sentiments found in “self-help” type books such as Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret. You must have a very clear goal that you think of often before you can make it happen.