In the latest installment of this multi-part series, you will see the next three of the 12 things that make men rich.
Not to confuse these things with the 13 principles to success, Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich,” studied this subject 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 things that make men rich; and he is not speaking of money only. There are 12 things Hill discovered that make men rich.
Here, I share with you the next five ways we must all adhere to.
“You have freedom from fear,” which simply means you are not allowing those fears that so easily beset us to impede your progress. In fact, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, though you cannot see the stair in front you, you are ready, willing and determined to take that next stair — even if you fall, even when you don’t see the stair.
Anyone seeking to take your life to a higher level, must first the fifth principle, which is you must have hope in your plans for future achievement. What is fear? My definition, it is the opposite of faith, defined as “fear is faith in reverse.”
The sixth principle: One must consider, do you must have 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 it is the evidence of things not seen.” Scripture also says, we must walk by faith and not by sight.
Every business woman or business man 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 make it, 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 which every staff person who worked toward those goals were in fact putting faith into action.
The seventh thing that makes men rich, Hill says, one must have a willingness to share your blessings with others. Again, this is scriptural. The book of Proverbs 11:25 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, He 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, 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? Think about those women or men who are the best at home-baked goods, who could could probably parlay their skill into a business; someone who enjoys writing, whose skills are so magnificent that they can turn anything they write into a work of art.
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, selfishness is not 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 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.