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.
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.
Let me know your thoughts!
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.