Coach Curt comments on Napoleon Hill’s classic book, Think and Grow Rich.
Be sure to view the introduction video to this video series on Napoleon Hill’s work before watching the subsequent videos, like this one – Law #2: “Faith”
Coach Curt has written an editorial ebook that reflects on Napoleon Hill and his classic book: Think and Grow Rich.
If you prefer to read instead of view the above video – here is the transcript:
Hey good morning or good afternoon or good evening. Thanks to everybody who’ve come to this live or listening to the recording. This is Coach Curt Johnson outside of Chicago, Illinois USA Central Time. And we’re doing a series here based off of Napoleon Hill ’s work Think and Grow Rich. It’s kind of a classic foundational for a lot of the self-improvement, success industries.
Many, many companies, marketing companies, network marketing companies, so on and so forth recommend Think and Grow Rich for their clients to read. And that’s what happened to me back in the day. It’s a hundred years old or something like that and there’s some really, really great stuff in it. I read it several times actually. But the more I got into it and the more I heard people reference it and the more I hear the people kind of give a what could be taken as a blank recommendation of the whole thing, more and more I say, “You know what? I’m opinionated [laughs] so I’m going to write an editorial on this and point out what’s really good about it and point out what’s not good about it.”
Because everything, almost everything except the Bible itself, there is good and then there’s bad stuff in it. And every movie, you name it, every sports team everything has a positive and a negative. And so it’s not to rain on Napoleon’s parade, it’s to bring about if you embrace Judeo-Christian values there are things that need to be pointed out in my opinion. And so that’s what we do in this series.
There’s some really good stuff too on maybe the other side of that flip-coin is a lot of Christians that in my opinion don’t understand Success laws, don’t understand the truths that Napoleon Hill, as a scientist, did discover and propagate. Some really good stuff in there and then the opposite reaction is throwing the baby out in the backwater and that’s not good either.
There are success laws that Napoleon Hill I looks at it as a scientist discovered and here are those 13 success principles that he covers in his book Think and Grow Rich: desire, faith, auto-suggestions, specialized knowledge, imagination, organized planning, decision, persistence, mastermind, sex transmutations, subconscious mind, a brain to success. That’s all from Think and Grow Rich.
Well my book, Think Again and Grow Richer you can get right on my blog here. You’re probably listening to the recording. Go ahead and grab that and it’s more or less an editorial comment. I’m just putting some pretty snippets here in audio regarding this in this series. Each one is about 10 minutes. So last week we talked about the principle of desire. And I couldn’t agree with that more, a burning desire for success. There’s much also in the Bible about having strong desires, passion, vision. Even at the end of the Bible, God said to people, “I’d rather you be hot or cold.” Don’t be lukewarm. And so to have a burning, burning desire is very necessary to accomplish anything in life including fulfilling your destiny and creating wealth.
I want to talk today though his second principle that he talked about is faith. He brings in some dynamics of faith but he — at least at that point I’m not judging the man’s heart — did not know the God of the Bible, did not know the God I know. And so it is a kind of faith more or less in a very ambiguous sense and mostly think it himself. It’s called humanism which I don’t agree with.
We all need to have faith but faith in something beyond ourselves. I am not my own creator. I am not my own maker. I believe in the God that created me. I believe I’m a creative being wired and built in such a way to fulfill the destiny that my maker has for me. And so and to accomplish that I need faith. Those underlying principles, his foundations are totally different than mine.
But that doesn’t mean that what he talks about there isn’t some value to. I don’t know. I’m able to sift through, I don’t care who it is, I’m able to sift through whether it’s a humanist like Napoleon Hill, whether it’s a new-age person, whether it’s someone that has an Eastern religion. Great differences between the Judeo-Christian faith.
As an example, I was having a conversation with a great Jewish young lady yesterday. And she started to insinuate that the Bible’s not good for women. And here she’s very successful. Not a Christian. A great young lady and so I said to her, you know the Bible throughout history every generation and every culture anywhere the gospel has been preached, it’s been fantastic for women. You study history. You study other cultures that didn’t have the influence of Judeo-Christian values and the role and the plight of women are much worse than where the gospel came in and brought freedom, respect, grace and all that.
Now, has the implementation of Christian principles for women has that always been perfect? Absolutely not. I’m not saying that. I’m saying overall the Bible of Christianity has been fabulous for women historically and culturally. There’s things like that. It’s the foundation of things that are so important, the foundation of faith.
This is a picture of David and Goliath. And again David had faith moving forward and he is, to me, an incredible historical figure that exemplifies the principles of faith that Napoleon Hill was trying to bring out even though his foundations are off.
The principles of faith, the laws that come into effect, their success laws. One of them is he did talk and they’re about motivations. And so David’s motivation was to honor his king, to honor his country but there are other motivations, too. And you read this story and what I talk about that some people get uncomfortable but I don’t care, it says it.
David. There’s also this motivation of wealth and honor. David, if you read the story of David and Goliath in the Bible, if you are a Christian and study it, I’ve studied this in-depth and if you disagree in that I want you to read it at least 50 times like I have and study it, all right? By then if you disagree then we got a great conversation. But part of David’s motivation he has is money.
You mean if someone knocks off Goliath they’re going to get a lot of money and they get the king’s daughter? And he asked that. It says more than once. He wanted to be sure. So motivations don’t have to be so holy or whatever. Even though I talked about that in the last lesson it’s okay to have their desire, to have them wanting to create wealth and wanting to be better. Absolutely no problem with that.
But again it’s more where Napoleon Hill comes in and talking about burning desire and then coupling it with faith. It’s more than “Oh I hope so or I want to or I wish I could.” The burning desire and the faith principle comes in, the burning desire that is coupled with the expectations. And see David, when he faced Goliath, he wasn’t hoping he was going to win. He had the full expectation already pictured in his mind of what was going to happen. He knew, he knew that he was going to win. He had the whole thing played out in his mind before he stepped forward with his five smooth stones. And so we’re going to talk about another principle that Napoleon Hill talked about. We’ll talk about that in a later lesson about the use of the imagination.
God gave us our imagination to use not just because like money, money can be used for evil things. The imagination can be used for evil things just because something’s used for evil things, some people think that that’s evil there. It’s not money that’s evil. It’s not your imagination that’s evil. Some people freak out because people, for instance, in the New Age or Satanic movement use their imaginations. Oh Christians shouldn’t use their imaginations.
God gave you your imagination! And David had pictured in his mind and you can read this to study it, the whole scenario. He pictured in his mind the stone going into Goliath’s head and I don’t mean to be gross but you read it yourselves it’s in the Bible, he pictured cutting off Goliath’s head and holding it up in the air. He pictured all that before it happened and he declared, this is another faith principle, he declared that that is indeed what was going to happen.
Those are faith principles. Now when your foundation’s right and you’re doing it with as pure motives as you can, and we talked about more motivations last week, it’s okay to declare, to call those things that haven’t happened yet almost as if – not almost, as if they’ve already happened. And so David said, “I’m going to go. I’ve met the bear. I’ve met the lion. And I’m going to meet this guy. I’m going to kill him and cut off his head.”
When we have a burning desire and we couple it then with our destiny in our success, I will, for instance, I will generate in these last days millions of dollars for kingdom of God purposes. I’m going to do that and the more specific I can get into my mind how that’s going to happen, picture it happening, then declaring that to happen is actually how God designs success principles to work.
Now then another principle is faith is also action. David didn’t sit in the back line. He didn’t run away when Goliath did his taunts. And this is really where the rubber meets the road. David’s there and Goliath comes. This happened for day after day after day, twice a day. And Goliath would taunt and literally all the fighting men of the Israeli army including David’s older brothers would turn and run away.
Finally David said, “No I am not running.” And I see many entrepreneurs at the face of danger, at the face of discouragement, at the face of even disaster, they turn and run away. The next faith principle is “No, I’m going to stand my ground and I’m going to move forward” because being on business for yourself and being an entrepreneur does incur and require great risk management.
You will have to risk.
I’ve been told through studies that the average millionaire has filed bankruptcy twice in the right, in the process of getting there. Now that doesn’t mean we have to. That doesn’t mean you have to. And they’re probably, as they look back, they violated some principles of whatever, Godly councel or whatever you want to call it, that had to happen today. I’m not going to say it has to happen.
All of this indicative of is these great risks when you start applying faith principles. So when we move forward, just like David did against Goliath, you have to really look at all your motivations. Look at the expectations, what you’re picturing in your mind and then what you say with your lips with all your faith principles that are required for great success and big fulfillment of destiny. I say all these principles more or less in the business setting.
I could preach on this stuff to promote totally Christian perspective too. But I will not do that in this blog. I’m here interfacing and those of you that don’t believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible like I do, that’s totally cool. And I gave that example before. I fly in airplanes where atheists or people that don’t believe in God. I don’t care. They’re cooperating with the laws of aerodynamics. It’s cool. We will cooperate together as a team.
Those that come under my influence of leadership. We will operate in the laws of success and they’ll work whether or not you believe in the God that designed them or not. Don’t get me wrong. I want you to but I hope you understand my perspective. So this is Coach Curt. This was the second principle. We got eleven more to go through and I really encourage you to get my editorial ebook totally free,
Think Again and Grow Richer
from a Christian perspective. Taking what’s really great and what Napoleon Hill discovered but. Thanks for your time. We’ll see you there at the next lesson and grab the next recording if it’s done. If not it’ll be on its way shortly. Bye.