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.
The 10 basic motives that inspire all voluntary action will be the focus of the next few issues. These 10 motives constitute success in dealing with other people, for all sane people are engaged in voluntary action because of a motive. Unless you are familiar with the motives that affect success, you will not learn to live well. They are important in understanding other people and what makes them function. It is also helpful to understand how you respond to these motives.
Tenth motive – The desire for material gain
Desire for material gain is fundamental in human nature. If you combine the emotion of love, the emotion of sex and the desire for material wealth, you will have the three emotions that seem to drive the world.
You may be sure that if you are motivated by desire you will not feel that your work is a burden. You will feel it is a privilege, because by your work you will be obtaining the means of satisfying your desires.
Criticism has been levelled by some people because they feel there is too much consideration for the material things in life. If we seem to overemphasise the importance of money and material riches, it is because so many people let fear of poverty ruin their chances to enjoy the other riches in life. The real good there is in money consists of the use to which it is put and not the possession of it. True happiness consists not in the possession of things, but in the privilege of self-expression through material things. They are but a means to an end, physical instruments of impression and expression. You must have money to enjoy freedom of body and mind, which is a choice blessing. You cannot be really free if you are chained to a routine job most of your waking hours and receive in return a mere subsistence. If you have to pay that much for existence, you are paying too high a price!
This study will give you the means and the motivation for breaking past habits of accepting the crumb’s from life’s table. You will learn a proven way by which you can rid yourself of self-imposed limitations and enjoy your fill of life’s riches. Let people who imagine that they do not want or need money try to get along without it. They will soon find out that one of the worst crimes they can be guilty of is to be poverty stricken and broke. We need to be realistic enough to face the facts of life, and demand from life the best it can give.
This principle is one of human freedom and abundance. It is an antidote for poverty and want. Money is the most common form of wealth and therefore financial security is a highly sought-after goal. Our entire national economy is based on the profit motive and let us hope that nothing ever happens to remove or stifle that incentive of reward for Personal Initiative. Is it any wonder then, that the desire for wealth or gain is a powerful motive for action? Uncontrolled, this desire leads to greed. When it is controlled and guided by worthwhile goals, it is a source of constructive action that will bless and enrich all lives.
A suggested creed concerning material riches may be summarised in a few short statements. Napoleon Hill called this his daily prayer. Incorporate this creed or prayer into your goals and allow it to temper your desire for wealth.
“I give thanks daily, not for mere riches, but for wisdom with which to recognise, embrace and properly use the great abundance of riches I now have at my command. I have no enemies because I injure no one for any cause. I try to benefit all with whom I come in contact, by teaching them the way to enduring riches, I have more material wealth than I need because I am free from greed and covet only the material things I can use while I live.”
Excerpted from an article originally published in the Sep/Oct 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 Sep/Oct 2013 issue of TGR. If you are not a subscriber, click here to subscribe.