In this last installment of a four-part series, you will see the remaining three of the 12 things that make men rich, according to Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich.”
In n case you missed the previous columns, here’s a quick recap of the other nine:
1 – positive mental attitude
2 – sound physical health
3 – harmony in human relations
4 – freedom from fear
5 – hope of future achievement
6 – capacity for applied faith
7 – willingness to share your blessings with others
8 – engaged in a labor of love
9 – You have an open mind on all subjects toward all people.
And this week, we will close the series by sharing the final three: having complete self-discipline, wisdom with which to understand people, and financial security.
Let’s start with number 10, complete self-discipline. What is discipline? It is defined as controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control. More simply, this tells each of that we have control over our behavior that results in the good or bad things that happen in our lives. Either we come home every day from work, eat dinner, sit on the couch and watch television, or we get off work, we go to help someone else in need, maybe you are a tutor for a student; you go to the gym or you take your daily walk; you come home, have your dinner then you take some time to read. You read your bible, you read a book, you get on your computer and work in the goals you’ve set in life. You stick to a routine, rather than coming home and shutting down. That is discipline.
As for number 11 — wisdom with which to understand people — scripture reminds us how sweet wisdom is, and it let us know that we can have hope: “Wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 24:14)
Number 12, attaining financial security, means whatever amount of finances you believe that will work for you. You can feel rich when you have organized your finances in such as way that your bills are paid, your credit rating is strong and you have a robust savings account.
Don’t expect to get wealth and keep it if you have a negative mental attitude about yourself and others. How can you achieve very much when your health is not good or you’re not working in harmony with others? Forget about it! You cannot work against others, you must work with them.
Take some time, review the list of 12 things that make men rich, and exercise discipline in your life. It is thought-provoking, and it could be a workshop. There is so much more to say!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.