Burn your ships!
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to “burn his ships” and cut all sources of retreat. That is: you win or you perish. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success. This idea of having only success as an outcome is what allowed Edward Barnes, the warriors at battle and Napoleon Hill’s son to win.
Barnes had a yearning, a pulsating desire to be Edison’s business partner. Because he allowed himself just one option (success) he was able to place all his energy, all his willpower, all his effort to achieve the goal. Edward Barnes eventually become Edison’s business partner. He won.
A warrior led his army against a powerful enemy whose men outnumbered his own. When they got to enemy territory, he ordered for the ships that had carried them there to be burnt down. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice—we win, or we perish!”. They won.
The author’s son was born a deaf mute. He mixed faith with desire for normal hearing for his son. With believe and through persistent continuous effort over a period of time, his son was able to hear.
When you have a plan B, it is hard to stay motivated. At the first sign of obstacle, you will give up and run back to your comfort zone because you allowed yourself something to fall back on. When you truly ‘burn your ships’ it’s almost like magic. All your energy, all your conscious mind and sub-conscious mind has only the option to figure out how to succeed. And of course – then you do. This is how the universe works.
You are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul
We have the power to control our thoughts. The thing we think about most of the time magnetizes our minds. The magnetized mind then attracts the people, circumstances to help make those thoughts to manifest. The universal power that converts the thoughts to things does not discriminate between good thoughts and bad thoughts.
Before we become successful, we MUST magnetize our minds with the intense desire for success. We must become and stay success conscious.
My words: You are the BOSS! Nobody is coming to save you.
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A 50 CENT LESSON IN PERSISTENCE
A little girl was sent by her mom to go ask for 50 cents from their neighbor. The neighbor told her ‘NO” and asked the child to disappear from his presence. The girl responded with a meek “yes, sir” but did not move. The man carried on with his work and later realized that the girl was still standing there. He got very angry and threatened to beat her up if she did not get lost immediately. Again, the girl said “yes, sir”, but still did not move. The man started charging towards the little girl. The little girl did something very interesting: instead of fleeing for her life, she stepped towards the man, looked him straight in the eyes and yelled that her momma had to have the money. This stopped the man dead in his tracks. He gave the child what she wanted.
My Words: DO NOT TAKE “NO” FOR AN ANSWER. When you know what you want, you pursue it with the determination of a bulldog. You do not quit. You don’t let ‘NO’ stop you.
One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average person’s familiarity with the word “impossible”. We always argue for our limitations. We know all the reasons for why it cannot work. When you argue for why it cannot be done, guess what, it will not be done. Success comes to those who are success conscious. The reverse is true.
How was it that the little girl was able to completely render the man powerless? What power did she use? Could it be that this same power is available to all of us? The answer is a big YES. We all have the same power the little girl used to get what she wanted. We just have to start using it.
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Three feet from Gold
A man went in pursuit of his goal…which was to dig gold. Everything was going well until he ran into an obstacle. The vein of the gold ore disappeared. Sure enough, he did exactly what most of us would do in the face of adversity. He gave up. The man sold the tools he was using to another man and went home. The guy who bought the tools hired help and it was discovered that the big bounty was only 3 feet from where the previous man had stopped!
The man who gave up learned a lesson. To never take “NO” for an answer. He went on to become a very successful insurance salesman because of that lesson.
The most common cause of failure is we give up at the first sign of an obstacle. We quit too soon. One thing is for sure when you set out to do something: you will run into obstacles. How you deal with these obstacles determines your success in this game of life.
My word: STICK IT OUT! Only quitters lose. If it means calling for back up, do so. If it means going back to the drawing board, do so.
Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony. It takes delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach.
Are you in the habit of quitting on your goals when the going gets tough? You could be 3-feet from Gold and not know it.
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Edward Barnes was a basically a “nobody” who had a thought, a desire, a goal to work with Thomas Edison. However, he had some major obstacles: no money, little education and he did not even know Mr. Edison! Most of us would have given up. He did not let any of that stop him. He staked EVERYTHING to make it happen. He was persistent. He eventually found his way to Mr. Edison’s office. Mr. Edison saw the bulldog determination in him and gave him a job. But Edward’s goal was not to work for Mr. Edison. He wanted to work with him.
Barnes did not realize his goal immediately. He did what most of us will consider mean jobs around his office while he waited. He was constantly intensifying his desire. He kept the desire burning. He did not lose his motivation. When the opportunity came he was ready and immediately acted on it. His dream of having a partnership with Thomas Edison was realized.
Thoughts are powerful things. When mixed with purpose, persistence and burning desire, thoughts get translated into their material objects.
My word: BULLDOG DETERMINATION. Approach your goals with bulldog determination. When you really want something go for it with all you have. Stake everything and go for it. You already have what it takes, if you have the initiative, faith and the will to win. What you desire will not happen right way. There is always an incubation period when you are in pursuit of a goal. But you have to stay ready so you can jump at the opportuning once it presents its self.
Are you approaching your goals with bulldog determination? How are you staying ready while waiting for your opportunity? Can you recognize the opportunity when it shows up?
Opportunity has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door. It often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.
Let me know your thoughts.
Think and Grow Rich is not a novel. This book was not written to entertain. It is a textbook outlining steps that can be taken to achieve success in the game of life. Be it money, fame, power, contentment, peace of mind, personality, happiness. The book should be studied. The book will work only if you do your part and do the work. In other words, put what you read into practice.
- Get a notebook. A composition notebook will work.
- Read every story, take every action.
- Do not read more than one chapter in a day.
- Underline/highlight/jot down any sentence that speaks to you.
- Record any successes/ideas that you experience or that come to you as you read. These may be in the form of intuitions, creative ideas, chance meetings, dreams, connections.
We shall meet once a week to discuss one chapter at a time. Please show up ready.
Learn. Do. Become
I am excited to reveal the inaugural book for YAJE’S BOOK Club (YBC)… Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill! Think and Grow Rich is a classic. It was first published in 1937 and more than 15 million copies have been sold worldwide. It has been used by many rich and famous people and many entrepreneurs to build success.
The “GROW RICH” part of the title is not just about material wealth. The book is about the formula for success in whatever you desire. The book teaches powerful lessons for growing into your greatness and succeeding in life however you define it.
This formula for success was passed on to the author by Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was a world renowned steel magnate in his day. He passed on the secret formul to Napoleon Hill in an interview Hill had with him while working on an assignment to write a series of success stories about famous people. Carnegie made Napoleon Hill promise to make the secret known to the world. He wrote the book to keep that promise.
The Carnegie formula for success.
The formula is not given away. It is left for the reader to discover. It is a secret. Here are some attributes about the Carnegie Secret:
- The secret is mentioned more than a hundred times throughout the book. It is said to be mentioned at least once in every chapter.
- You have to be intentionally searching for it and you will only recognize it only if you are ready to put it into use.
- The secret cannot be had without a price but the price is far less than the value of the secret. It cannot be bought. It cannot be given away.
- Those who master and apply the secret will reach high stations in life, accumulate riches and bargain with life on their own terms. Those who acquire it use it to succeed with very little effort.
We shall officially kick start reading on JUNE 1, 2017. In the meantime, please get a copy of the book Think and Grow Rich.
I will post a reading guide on the blog at the beginning of the week.
Learn. Do. Become.
The average person reads one book per year! I find that such a sad statistic given the wealth of knowledge that can be found in books and the power that knowledge can have on your life if you apply what you read about.
I have been toying with this idea of an online book club for a while now. Anybody who knows me will not be surprised. I love to read and when I find something that changes my life, I share. It just makes sense to share my passion for learning through reading books as well.
Introducing…YAJE’s Book Club.
YAJE’s Book Club is a different kind of book club. The book club will emphasize applying the knowledge gained from books into our lives to make us become better in all areas. We will read books that will teach us about what was not traditionally taught in schools. Books about:
- how to set goals
- how to motivate ourselves and others
- how to handle adversity in life
- how to profitably use our time
- how to accumulate wealth
- how to handle stress
What you can expect from me:
- I will pick out a Book of the Month. This will be in any topic.
- I will provide a reading guide to make sure you get the most out of the book. The reading guide will be posted on my blog (www.myhealthyfitlifestyle.com) at the beginning of the week
- I will moderate a Facebook live session to discuss the book on the last Sunday of every month.
What I expect from you:
- Make time to read for at least 20 minutes a day at a minimum
- As you read, jot down notes about anything that stands out to you and how that can be applied in your life.
- Pick a “word of the day” from the book and use it either in speech or writing every day.
I plan to include my son, Nathan, on this project. I have already ordered all 19 Texas 2017 Bluebonnet books. He will read for a minimum of 20 minutes daily. Every day, he will write a “Dear Mommy” letter and tell me in his own words the important take home points. Additionally, he will pick out a WORD OF THE DAY and use it in 5 sentences in the letter to mom. I strongly encourage you to do the same for your kids if you have some.
Thomas Carlyle once said:
What we become depends on what we read after the professors have finished with us.
We all learned how to read in school. With the ability to read and apply the knowledge, we can be anything.
I truly believe this. Let’s LEARN, DO and BECOME better together!
If you would like to join the book club, let me know.