Napoleon Hill thoughts that can change fortune

Napoleon Hill thoughts that can change fortune

As the business environment gets more and more complex, organisations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed personally and help organisations succeed.

Much has been written, spoken and discussed about the secret formula for being a good and successful leader and how key leadership success secrets set the great leaders apart from the rest.

Napoleon Hill, an American author in the area of new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature, summed up the secret formula of a leader’s success as “patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination of success.” Here is a compilation of his inspirational quotes that can help today’s leaders succeed:

  1. The starting point of all achievements is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.

    A good leader neither fears the responsibilities attached to his position nor fears failure. Good leaders need to have a strong desire to succeed personally and in the goals set for the organisation.

    If you are a leader, your desire to succeed should be greater than your fear of failure, because that is what turns mediocrity into outstanding success.

  2. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.

    So as a leader, if you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you can’t perform as a winner. So surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams and believe they can help you achieve your goal.

  3. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. If doing great things is not within your reach or seems impossible, sweat the small stuff. Doing small things in the right way leads to things turning out in a great way.

    In fact, great things are done by a series of small things brought together. That is the greatest mantra. So, leaders never stop doing little things.

  4. Most great people have attained their greatest success one step beyond their greatest failure.

    Many people fail when they did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up. Some times we miss out on opportunities because they come dressed in overalls and looks like work or challenges.

    So if you are a leader, don’t limit your challenges, instead challenge your limits. As Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed 10,000 times, I have only failed once. I have succeeded in proving that there are 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

  5. If you do not conquer yourself, you will be conquered by yourself. Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength. Success and happiness come from being the genuine you and mastering your inner conflicts.

    It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours, it cannot be taken from you.

  6. Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another: Words once spoken, can only be forgiven not forgotten.

    As a leader, you may be put in many stressful situations, situations that can blow your mind away or take away peace & balance, but a moment of patience in a moment of anger can save you many thousands moments of regret.

  7. Do not wait, the time will never be just right. Often we wait for the perfect moment forgetting the fact that we can take the moment and make it perfect.
  8. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans and set sail once more towards your coveted goal.
    Simply put, plan for the best, but be prepared for failures.

    You may face many circumstances where you feel you have exhausted all possibilities, yet nothing works, then just follow this simple mantra, remember this - you haven’t.

  9. Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing. If you are a leader, remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself and your efforts.

    You can’t sustain for long as a leader by merely possessing the tag or the perks. So go ahead, sweat it out and find happiness as a true leader. Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.

Sri is the founder and chief mentor of Kuza Biashara Limited, a capacity building organisation coaching youth & SME owners across Africa. @Sbharatam or

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