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How Napoleon Hill Became A Success

This is a letter Napoleon Hill (Think and Grow Rich author) wrote about life when he faced a major defeat in his life. He had many ups and down like so many of us entrepreneurs. With this mindset no wonder he became known as the millionaire maker.

This letter was circulated in his books and other prints in his era as a sign of encouragement. I believe this essay still applies for today. When you face tough times I want you to remember these powerful words. Know deep within you are made with the great stuff that Napoleon Hill was made of. Trust in the process, overcome the setbacks and forge forth to your destination. Adopting Hill’s approach to life, you too can start to think and grow rich. Even when the bottom seems to fall out, remember it’s not over until you win. I leave you with Hill’s words;


“Life, you can’t subdue me because I refuse to take your discipline too seriously. When you try to hurt me, I laugh — and the laughter knows no pain. I appreciate your joys wherever I find them; your sorrows neither frighten nor discourage me, for there is laughter in my soul.
“Temporary defeat does not make me sad. I simply set music to the words of defeat and turn it into a song. Your tears are not for me, for I like laughter much better, and because I like it, I use it as a substitute for grief and sorrow and pain and disappointment.
“Life, you are a fickle trickster — don’t deny it. You slipped the emotion of love into my heart so that you might use it as a thorn with which to prick my soul — but I learned to dodge your trap with laughter. You tried to lure me with the desire for gold, but I have fooled you by following the trail which leads to knowledge instead. You induced me to build beautiful friendships — then converted my friends to enemies so you may harden my heart, but I sidestepped your figure on this by laughing off your attempts and selecting new friends in my own way.
“You caused men to cheat me at trade so I will become distrustful, but I won again because I possess one precious asset which no man can steal — it is the power to think my own thoughts and to be myself. You threaten me with death, but to me death is nothing worse than a long peaceful sleep, and sleep is the sweetest of human experiences — excepting laughter. You build a fire of hope in my heart, then sprinkle water on the flames, but I can go you one better by rekindling the fire — and I laugh at you once more.
“You have nothing that can lure me away from laughter, and you are powerless to scare me into submission. To a life of laughter, then, I raise my cup of cheer!” — Napoleon Hill

At Your Service,

Midas Shaw

Double Your Rate Of Failure To Success

The Money Game

One of the reason you hesitate is because of fear of failure. I know that is common in human nature. I mean who wants to fail at anything? No one. Everyone wants to go out there, give it their best and walk away winning. But life isn’t made that way. Fear has often been your bedfellow. Fear has kept you from accomplishing many great feats in life. Some were even small, but fear made them look enormous.

And this is why you’re here, facing and overcoming your fears. And the best part is you can get over your fears of failure. IBM former chairman Thomas John Watson, Sr once quoted;

“If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.” He also said beautifully, “Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity.”

It is human nature to fear, it is also human nature to go against the grain and become extraordinary. In spite of the internal fears and doubts and the outside hecklers who does nothing but call you names.

Fear is no longer my bedfellow nor is it yours. I say take whatever chance you have been giving. Do whatever that has been placed in your hands. Act on that idea that has been in your head. It’s time to double your rate of failure so you can succeed.

At your service,

Midas Shaw.

Just Take Action

moving forwardInformation Overload

What’s the difference between a fit person and an unfit person? Exercise. As entrepreneurs we can become stagnant and unfit. I say it this way because in the beginning getting into the online business realm. I use to consume every information I could get my hands on. I listened to countless podcasts, read so many blogs and how to guides. But one thing I wasn’t doing was taking massive action. I ate but did not exercise the nutritious contents I consumed.

I found myself in paralysis analysis—and if correct you have been there at some point on your journey.

The cure for you in this phase is to take action. Yes, take action. You know all the information, you have all the facts, and you’ve read others who have done it. Now it’s your turn to stop the overeating information and start exercising these ideas you have in your head.

If you are a blogger and you are stuck on research. Stop. And write down what you have so far. You’d be surprise that when you sit down to write, ideas seems to surface without much needed research.

If you are a podcaster—go to your station and record, do a “Fun Run” recording. That simply means have fun with any subject that comes to mind. Or answer the last question a listener ask you on Facebook or twitter. This should release some creative juices.

If you are starting out as an online entrepreneur and don’t know where to start. Write down an introduction of your product or yourself. Purchase a domain name if you already settled on one. You don’t have to set it up right away. Maybe simply buying it will get you to the next step.

If you’re stuck on which product to launch first, and are stuck on the research and development stage. Put one out there now, to get your feet yet. And learn from the lessons and feedbacks.

The whole point is to take action. Ideas in your head don’t pay the bills and help people. Ideas in the real world does. So stop over analyzing and just do it.

It’s a pleasure serving you,

Midas Shaw