THE DIFFERENCE ONE LIFE CAN MAKE – ANDREW CARNEGIE
FROM A MERE LABORER TO BECOME ONE OF THE RICHEST MEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY –THE PRINCIPLES APPLIED
How could a laborer with little formal education and a meager income, rise to become an industrialist and the wealthiest man in the world in his time? Could it be that he walked along the way and stumbled on a million bucks? Could it be that he had met an influential person who came along and raised him up from poverty to riches? Or could it be that he was born under a lucky star?
Andrew Carnegie revealed, “I had but little schooling, and I began my career on exactly the same basis that any other working man begins. I had no pull, no extra favors, no rich uncle to help me along, and no one to inspire me to promote myself into a more favorable economic status in life. The idea of doing so was entirely my own. Moreover, I found the task to be comparatively easy. It consisted, mainly, of the taking possession of my own mind and using it with Definiteness of Purpose”.
Let’s discover the secret of his achievement together.
When he was a laborer, he conceived of making and marketing steel. In his words, “First, I knew that I wanted to go into the making of steel. I whipped up that desire until it became a driving obsession with me. By this, I mean that my desire drove me day and night.” The young man started working on his dream by sharing his idea with a co-worker and a friend who had no financial resources but he had the mental capacity to recognize the potency of his dream, and the willingness to join him in accomplishing it. The two men persuaded two others; with vision, courage, and initiative to buy into the idea of making and marketing of steel. This team with four men grew into what they called a Master Mind group consisting of more than twenty men who in turn persuaded other men with financial resources to supply the money for the full implementation of the idea.
Here’s the catch, “I demand riches indefinite terms; I have a definite plan for acquiring riches; I am engaged in carrying out my plan, and I am giving an equivalent, in useful service, of the value of those riches I demand, while the others have no such plan or purpose.” The man became the wealthiest in the world in his generation and he also gave out 90% of his wealth to elevate humanity. Most importantly, he gave out an intangible wealth to the world; the true philosophy upon which enduring success is built. He was the person that assigned, helped and inspired Napoleon Hill to organize these success principles for the benefit of humanity, in a book titled, “Think and Grow Rich”.
THE PRINCIPLES APPLIED:
- Definiteness of Purpose
- The Master Mind
- Attractive Personality
- Applied Faith
- Going the Extra Mile
- Organized Individual Endeavor
- Creative Vision
- Organized Thinking
- Learning From Defeat
- Controlled Attention
- The Golden Rule Applied
- Budgeting of Time And Money
- The Habit of Health
- Cosmic Habit Force