Four basic principles

(From 2005)

There are four basic principles of THINK AND GROW RICH:

1) A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.

2) A definite plan expressed in continuous action

3) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative input from friends, family, and acquaintances.

4) A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

A huge amount of the rest of the book just tells you how to implant these four steps in your life, so that they function automatically. The whole “Lifewriting” thing came about when I posited that the core mythic story of mankind, the Hero’s Journey, can be viewed as the combined wisdom of all the world’s cultures on the path from one level of our life to the next. Actually gender neutral and apparently about as pan-cultural as a concept like this can possibly be, it suggests a syntax for organizing whatever resources you possess or must acquire that can be applied to a given task. And what task is that? Well, in my case it was balance, probably because I saw a very real potential for self-destruction in my efforts to succeed.

You might take a close look at these four principles, and ask yourself what happens to people who have NONE of these four in place? Which do you think most important? Which do you have in place in your life, and which do you still need to find a way to apply? Are there any that you find unnecessary, or counterproductive? This is an important conversation, as these four points are at the heart of the most successful success strategy I know of. Ignore it at your peril.

-Steve Barnes


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