Leadership and the Essential Lessons of Napoleon Hill
Intention alone is usually benign. At best, it is a mere seed of possibility. In 1937, Napoleon Hill published Think and Grow Rich. Hill was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to interview the world’s most successful people in an attempt to learn the common ingredients of success. The most common ingredient, overwhelmingly so, was intention. But not just passive desire. Rather, ACTIVE intention… a practice of intention. It is what ripens the mere seed of possibility into the fruit of probability. Everyone has intentions. But only a small minority truly believe they have the power to change the conditions in their life and the course of events. For instance, almost everyone I have met has a desire to something different in his or her life. A corporate executive wants to start a non-profit. A plumber wants to be a corporate executive. A short order cook wants to become a renowned chef. Etc. Etc. But they just sit there passively with this intention, wondering if it might become a reality someday. The small minority recognize that desire alone is not enough. It has to be ignited by an active practice. They wake up every morning and describe in writing and aloud, with great specificity, their intentions. They review their writings throughout the day and before they go to sleep at night. They meditate on it. They pray for it. These affirmations begin to cause an energetic shift in themselves and in their environments. They start to notice doors opening and they start exploring what lies beyond. Conditions start aligning with their intentions and their intentions start shaping reality. Their desires are fulfilled while the great minority quietly wish away in their minds. More on this in Chapter 4 of my book, The Source of Leadership: Eight Drivers of the High-Impact Leader.