Napoleon Hill’s work has been followed for decades. The author of Think & Grow Rich, one of the highest selling books of all time, also created the Science of Success. In each issue we bring to you the ideas within the Science of Success, so that you not only understand Napoleon Hill’s mindset, but so that you can use his guiding principles to create your own success.
A definite major purpose will enable you to condition your mind so that you can gain the harmonious cooperation of others without causing them injury or harm. Nature compensates for the things she takes away, as in the exchange of wisdom for youth; but she penalises you for that which you take away from others without compensating them. There are many people who ought to remember this. Consider how many people deal with others. They try to get in through the back door and come out with something to which they are not entitled. They are always trying to get something for nothing. This may be the condition of the majority of the people in the world today. It should not be that way because there is a better way of teaching you how to get the things you want, and in such a manner so that everybody will be glad to let you have them. Every exchange should be a ‘win-win’ event.
The third big idea
Any dominating idea, plan or purpose held in the conscious mind through repetition of thought and emotionalised by a burning desire for its realisation is taken over by the subconscious and acted upon through whatever natural and logical means may be available.
In this section you will discover how ideas are transferred to the subconscious mind from the conscious mind, which presents them to Infinite Intelligence. You can have what you will from life by taking possession of your own mind.
It is significant that the only thing over which you have complete right of control is your own mental attitude. Right of control means you can control it. It does not mean that you do control it. To be successful you must exercise this right as a matter of habit.
The mind consists of the conscious and subconscious. The conscious mind is where reasoning or thinking occurs, where deliberation and weighing of facts takes place. It is capable of analysing data and information that come before it. It also acts as the guardian of the passageway to the subconscious.
The conscious mind is the part of the mind with which you will select your Definite Major Purpose in life. The conscious mind develops as a result of experience. The mind of the newborn infant begins its development with input from the five senses: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling and tasting.
The subconscious mind is the natural, uncultivated part of the mind. It does not think, reason or deliberate. It acts instinctively in response to the basic emotions discussed in the earlier principle. These basic urges to action, or drives, are common to all human beings. They are similar in everybody; that is why we can understand and make use of them. The differences in people are caused by the different ways in which they have trained their conscious minds. Subconsciously there is very little individual difference in our individual natures. The subconscious mind may be likened to an automobile, while the conscious mind may be considered the driver.
The power is in the automobile – not the driver. The driver learns to release and control the power in the motor. In the same way, a person may learn how to tap the power of the subconscious mind and direct it into preferred channels.
The conscious mind is the architect, the subconscious mind is the vast storehouse from which may be requisitioned the mental materials for the project that is under construction. The conscious mind makes the plan and decides what shall be done. The subconscious mind develops the power to do it…
Excerpted from an article originally published in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine. If you are a subscriber to Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine, you will receive this article in your Nov/Dec 2013 issue of TGR. If you are not a subscriber, click here to subscribe.