Overcoming Adversity

May 11, 2006

Adversity in life is inevitable. Overcoming adversity–dealing effectively with setbacks, frustration, and resistance–is the single most important skill you can develop, in business and in your personal life.

Whenever you find yourself in a challenging situation, you have only 3 options:

  1. Wait for the situation to change
  2. Change the situation
  3. Change your response to the situation

Let’s look at each:

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Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill

May 2, 2006

Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich! continues to be a top-seller in the field of personal development ever since it’s publication in 1937. As you read it, it’s impossible not to notice its indelible stamp on the work of all of today’s top coaches, sales consultants, and inspirational speakers: Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Brian Tracy, Wayne Dyer, etc.

At the urging of Andrew Carnegie, Hill spent 20 years interviewing 500 of the most successful people of his time–including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, and Charles M. Schwab–incorporating what he learned from them into a comprehensive philosophy of personal achievement. And that 13-step philosophy is what he presents in this book.

As the title of the book implies, the philosophy’s main focus is money-making. But this step-by-step success formula can just as easily be applied to any goal, from changing careers to losing weight to finding a romantic relationship. Any goal you dare to dream can be made real using the principles Hill describes, as evidenced by the many people like you who’ve already done it.

There are some public domain versions of Think and Grow Rich! available on the Internet, but I recommend purchasing a copy. This is a book you will want to study and revisit again and again.

So I challenge you–read the author’s preface here, and see if you aren’t hooked.

Save time and go to the source of all modern personal development literature. Get your hands on this book ASAP.