I was recently privileged to write a wonderful story about Anya, a 21-year-old Deaf young lady, which has been posted on Good News Toronto. Just a couple years ago, Anya was lost and depressed in her isolated world. Today she is an award-winner and creator of a fun exercise and sign-language education program, called “Hearing The Deaf”. It is partially done in complete silence, teaching what it’s like to be deaf in a hearing world.
We began the Success Warrior Program yesterday with a group of very inspirational, creative, and driven people. The program is based on Napoleon Hill’s “Law Of Success.” You may watch the video below, which contains the full content of Law of Success. The video is well over 2 hours, and it is a bit dated. Yet by watching even a few minutes, you could see the amazing gift of this work. If you are ready, and can see beyond the few things that you may not agree with, you may be blessed beyond your imagination.
The best thing is that the updated book (based on Law of Success) that we are using for the Success Warrior Program is that it is written as a course, with actual lessons that you have to apply. It is not only excellent in content, it tells what one should do to achieve your greatest aim. That is to say, it requires action. The Success Warrior Program holds each participant accountable for these actions. We are not just talking success, we are creating it.
Law of Success, the original work, is beyond anything I have seen in all my years as a trainer or avid reader. It is known to have influenced popular works such as “Thinks and Grow Rich” and “The Secret.” The one draw back is that it is over 1000 pages. Even the greatest of books would be very hard to complete for today’s busy life style. I am therefore in the process of creating a significantly abridged and updated version, more readable today. We are using this for the Success Warrior Program. As I mentioned last week, the lessons will be presented as ebooks, and made available shortly, with application and measurement tools.
I am off on a development trip for a couple of weeks. Since this will be my last post until August 10, I thought I would leave you with a great story, excerpted from Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’ (written in the early 1900’s). Tell me if you see yourself in this story of failure, wealth and success; and what does what you see say about you.
THREE FEET FROM GOLD
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is
overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one
time or another. An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever” in the
gold-rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was deﬁnite.
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered
up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the “strike.” They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. Then uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.
The ﬁrst car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.
Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again-all to no avail.
Finally, they decided to QUIT. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some “junk” men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” His calculations showed that
the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found!
The “Junk” man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. Most of the money which went into the machinery was procured through the efforts of R. U. Darby, who was
then a very young man. The money came from his relatives and neighbors, because of their faith in him. He paid back every dollar of it, although he was years in doing so.
Long afterward, Mr. Darby recouped his loss many times over, when he made the discovery that DESIRE can be transmuted into gold. The discovery came after he went into the business of selling life insurance.
Remembering that he lost a huge fortune, because he STOPPED three feet from gold, Darby proﬁted by the experience in his chosen work, by the simple method of saying to himself, “I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because men say `no’ when I ask them to buy insurance.”
Darby is one of a small group of fewer than fifty men who sell more than a million dollars in life insurance annually [note, this is in the early 1900’s]. He owes his “stickability” to the lesson he learned from his “quitability” in the gold mining business.
Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.
More than ﬁve hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known, told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
Since I started working again (following the Stroke) stuff has been flying at me like rubble in a hurricane. But I am not running anymore, because it is not the hurricane around me that is causing my pain, it is really where I am and how I am standing.
Creating a Hurricane in My Mind
One of my most recent hurricanes was caused by an employer (let’s call him Bill) who I believe did not want to pay me after I put a lot of time into completing a job. So I created a hurricane in my mind and he was the source. The thoughts flared angrily in my head.
I am not just going to sit back and take this! I am not going to hold on to this emotion, and let it boil up, until I implode with a stroke! I have to let it out, even if it gets ugly!
So, I sent an unprofessional and hurtful email, blasting Bill and his team for what they were doing to me. They would receive my tirade of lashings, for all the people in the past that took advantage of me and treated me unfairly. The problem is my tirade backfired, for I felt so sick inside. I felt as though I would have another stroke.
Recognize the Source of What is Killing You
It was not until I began to notice that it didn’t matter whether I held my anger in or blast it out, I could never address it unless I look from or stand in another place. It is a place that allowed me to see inside myself. I saw my childhood conversations about ‘not being good enough,’ and the childhood experiences which reinforced them. The conversation is so powerful, that it lies quietly inside me like a still and weak hurricane, just waiting for the right winds to set off; the perfect wind (like Bill) to blame for its strength.
The Deception of Frustration
I am normally aware of my ‘not enough’ conversation, and for the most part, it usually cannot hold me back. That is, until I am caught off guard, not realizing that I am frustrated and standing in a place where I am looking outside of myself. Then it can squash me like a hurricane squashes a home, leaving only unrecognizable sticks.
Finding Success in the Midst of My Tirade
However, it will not squash me, as long as I get to a place where I see I am the source of the hurricanes in my life. I reached that place after a couple of days in my personal tirade with Bill. But I had to see the real possibility of killing myself with my own mind, before I could realize that I was the problem. Bill may be pissed off at me for a while, for my tongue can be mightier that a sword. Still, I thank him for being a part of the experience, that enabled me to stand in a place of strength, knowing I have the power to kill all hurricanes that come at me; for they start in my own mind. Kill those hurricane and we kill anything that stands in the way of our success.
What is it to be a success warrior? It is the willingness to fight for our success. It is standing forcefully and strong for the realization of all that is within us. In this blog, I introduce to you Nudaan Learning Center (Nudaan), an information and training vehicle for those, like me, who choose to be success warriors, who choose to be more than the ordinary. At the end of this post, I offer a free live web-based training for those who have a goal you would like to achieve.
Choose to be more is the motto for Nudaan Learning Center, a training initiative focused on helping people be the best that they can be. I call myself a success warrior, for I have fought many demons within myself to achieve many goals, some of which have been monumental.
Training to Succeed
I developed Nudaan Learning Center to train people via the web, to hone the skills that accelerate their success in the achievement of their goals, and defeat the things that slow them down. I will share much with you here. But perhaps most important, you can access, live training, via the web. All you need is a computer and fortitude.
Learn People Skills for Success In Today’s Economy
Nudaan Learning Center is based on a program I developed, called “people skills for success in today economy”. It covers skills such as confidence, speaking, writing, relationship building, interpersonal relations and other skills we need to battle for our success, in a world where we are our greatest opponents. With Nudaan, we can choose to be more than our limitations; we can choose to be all that we are inside.
As our first initiative, I am offering a free program called “Achieving Our Goals: It’s a People Skill.” This is more of a group coaching program, and is based on achieving practical results. Participants must have a short-term goal they would like, and be willing to work to achieve. You must also be able to devote one hour a week for a group coaching and accountability session. The dates and time will be determined at the end of June, once participants are selected.
How I Became A Success Warrior
The program was conceived following a detrimental stroke, which I suffered 4 years ago. Medical practitioners could do nothing but prepare me for living with severe long-term disability, and never working again. Facing this possibility, I looked inside myself and saw the wherewithal to work and thrive again. I saw what only my soul could see; that with true commitment and effort, I could be better than I ever was. Today, I still have visible physical disability, but inside where it counts I am better (more successful in the achievement of my goals) than I ever was. I found the answer to being all that I can be, and I have developed a program to help others find that answer for themselves.
Your Unique Area of Success
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s wrote:
If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
Success is sharing, and impacting the world with that one thing that you do better than anyone else. For me, that unique thing comes from seeing, feeling, knowing, and communicating the good in our unique struggles. I look back at the last 4 years since my stroke, and see amazing perseverance, while looking daily at invisible hope, even when it took more than a year to see visible healing. I feel extraordinary joy, and unique success, from inspiring others to find the area in which they are better than anyone else, and seeing good in the struggles that enable them to be successful.
Struggle and Being Better Than Anyone Else
Many of us do not embrace the area in which we are most gifted, because we are looking for the easiest ways to make money; often doing things that we may be good at, but which are not in the areas of our unique strength. We try to avoid unavoidable struggle. Though struggle is the source of our success. Embracing our struggle on the way to our success requires faith, working hard, and great investment of time. This is where we experience true and exhilarated success.
What is your unique area of success? What are you better at than anyone else? What are you so good at that in Emerson’s words, ‘people will beat down the road to your house?’ How do you know?