In this final of a four-part series, you will read about the last three of 12 principles that make men rich. Not to confuse these tenets with the 13 principles for success, Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich studied this subject from many angles throughout his 20 years of research. Not only did he repeatedly discover the main principles, he also includes in his book, those things that make men rich; and he's not speaking of money only. There are 12 things Hill discovered that make men rich.
Here, I share with you the complete list of 12, in case you missed previous columns. Men are rich when they go through life, 1-With a positive mental attitude; he found that men are rich when they 2- Have sound physical health; 3-You have harmony in human relations; 4-You have freedom from fear; 5-You have hope of future achievement; 6-You have the capacity for applied faith; 7-You have a willingness to share your blessings with others; 8-You are engaged in a labor of love; 9-You have an open mind on all subjects toward all people. And this week, we will conclude this four-part series by sharing the final three things that make men rich, and they are: 10-You have complete self-discipline, 11-You have wisdom with which to understand people, and 12-You have financial security.
Principle No. 10: You have complete self-discipline: What is discipline? It's defined as controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control. More simply put, this tells each of us that we have control over our behavior that results in the good or bad things that happen in our lives. Either we come home every day from work, eat dinner, sit on the couch and watch television; or we get off work, we go to help someone else in need, maybe you are a tutor for a student; you go to the gym or you take your daily walk; you come home, have your dinner then you take some time to read. You read your Bible, you read a book, and you sit down in front of your computer and work toward your goals. You stick to a routine, rather than just coming home and shutting down. That's discipline.
Principle No. 11: You have wisdom with which to understand people. Well scripture reminds us how sweet wisdom is, and it lets us know that we can have hope. Take a look: "Wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 24:14).
Principle No. 12: You have financial security: Meaning whatever amount of finances you believe will work for you. You can feel rich when you have organized your finances in such a way as to ensure that your bills are paid; that you have a strong credit rating; that you have a savings account; or you have worked on your goal as a businessman in one form or another, and you've actually learned how to accumulate great wealth, the 11 other things on the list are absolutely a must.
Don't expect to get wealth and keep it, if you have a negative mental attitude about yourself and others. How can you achieve very much when your health isn't good; and you expect to become wealthy when you're not working in harmony with others? Forget about it! You cannot work against others, you must work with them.
Take some time, review the list of 12 things that make men rich, and exercise discipline in your life. It is thought-provoking, and it could be a workshop. There is so much more to say!