In this second article in a four-part series, you will see the next three of the 12 things that make men rich.
Don’t confuse these things with the 13 principles to success, which Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich,” studied from many angles over his 20 years of research. Not only did he discover over and over again the main principles, he also includes in his book those 12 things that make men rich — and he is not speaking of money only.
Here, I share with you the next five ways we must all adhere to. The fourth thing is “You have freedom from fear,” which simply means you are not allowing those fears that so easily beset us all to impede your progress. In fact, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, though you cannot see the stair in front you, you must be ready, willing and determined to take that next step — even if you fall.
Anyone seeking to take their life to a higher level must first practice the fifth principle, which is having hope in one’s plans for future achievement. Hope is the opposite of fear. What is fear? I define it as the opposite of faith — faith in reverse, if you will.
The sixth principle is having the capacity for applied faith. Applied faith means not only must one be able to define the principle of faith as the object of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, Scripture also says we must walk by faith and not by sight. How can you walk by faith, unless you actually put that faith into action? Every businesswoman or businessman is exercising the principle of applied faith when they open their doors to provide a product or service.
Business is risky — everyone is not going to make it. However, everyone who does succeed had to at least get started. And those who succeed beyond their wildest imagination worked smart and not hard. They created a business plan which contains steps in which they can take to carry this goal out, putting faith into action.
The seventh thing that makes men rich, Hill says, is having a willingness to share blessings with others. Again, this is scriptural. In the book of Proverbs 11:25, it says, “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can live with greed, but so we can bless others. God loves a cheerful giver. When He sees that someone is giving freely out of love, God blesses them more.
We are blessed to be a blessing. God has given everyone different talents to be used for the benefit of others. You can be a blessing to others by speaking kind words, sharing your testimony, praying for someone in need, patiently listening to someone.
Finally, are you engaged in a labor of love? Would you be providing this service even if you were not being paid to do so? (Like I would with my radio show, and this religion column.)
In conclusion, fight your fears and move forward on your dreams. Put your hand in God’s hand, read your Bible and believe. Believe in your plans, and apply your faith. Always remember that selfishness is that the way, be willing to help others and share your blessing all along the way.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.