It was the 21st of January, my phone rang.
As I was busy on a call, I let it go to voicemail.
It rang again.
Then there was a text message that came through that said “It’s over, the mine is closing, we’re out of here”.
It felt like a severe blow.
We had moved from South Africa to Australia just 18 months before with our three children. Our first house in Australia was half way to being built and we lived in a small country town, which I knew would be empty soon after this news. You see, 90% of the income in this little town was related to the BHPBilliton owned Nickel mine. So not only was my husband’s income about to dry up, but our house had just halved in value, making it the worst investment we could possibly have had. My business was only in its infancy.
On my desk was the book I was studying: Think and Grow Rich. Think and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in the early 1920’s, after 20 years of researching over 500 of the worlds most successful and wealthy individuals. The paragraph that stood out for me was this one:
“Before success comes in anyone’s life, that individual is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a person, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of people do. More than 500 of the most successful individuals this country has ever known have told me that their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.”
“Well”, I thought, “this feels like defeat and disaster – so it is probably time to get excited because this is preparing us for something bigger” !
Having a good working knowledge of the principles in Think and Grow Rich enabled us to change our circumstances dramatically. In the 5 years since this event occurred, everything has changed for the better. I’m not into bragging in blog posts, but will happily share our ‘wins’ that we’ve had if you ask.
Every time I read Think and Grow Rich I am astounded at how relevant the information is today, even though it was written almost 100 years ago. There are some principles that are absolutely timeless and this book is largely regarded as one of the best business books around today.
Have a look at this video of Napoleon Hill talking about these principles:
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Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich. Earl Nightingale read Think and Grow Rich and then did many ventures with the Hill Foundation. My mentor, Bob Proctor, from the hit film “The Secret” worked with Earl Nightingale and the Conant-Nightingale foundation. I share the insights passed down to me through this line. It’s both a blessing and a privilege to do so.
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