How many of you’ve heard of the research completed by Napoleon Hill, more than 20 years’ worth, to learn what makes one successful and another one not? Well, during this research, Hill utilized biblical principles, in addition to interviewing the wealthiest men in the country.

During his research, he discovered that no matter which successful person he interviewed, 12 principles continued to come forth. It is written in his book, “Think and Grow Rich.”

This article is written to tell you what those 12 things are. Be advised that money is at the bottom of the list. Many people see success as only associated with money, but according to Hill’s research, that is one way, but the least important way of all.

In this column, I’m sharing three of the 12 principles with you. The first way that makes men rich is for them to have a positive mental attitude. You cannot achieve anything if you don’t have faith and believe you can do it, even though you don’t see any possible way. When you walk around thinking negative thoughts all of the time, it is of the devil. Scripture reminds us, “God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.” Therefore, we must be of good courage, and when things are looking bad, repeat scriptures such as “God wouldn’t see his seed begging bread.”

Perfect example: For 30 years, I never gave up on my dream! I kept telling my family and friends that one day my life is going to change! I will get a telephone call, and my life will never be the same! It happened just as I said. Scripture reminds us, “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Speak life!

The second thing that makes men rich is sound physical health. What does he mean by “sound”? Well, he means that you are taking good care of yourself, eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, not eating meats with antibiotics in them, exercising regularly and utilizing your body daily. When you do these things, your energy level will be at its peak, then you will feel like achieving those things that have been set before you. If you smoke, quit! If you drink, stop immediately. If you eat too much food, make a lifestyle change and quit eating so much!

The third principle is harmony in human relations: Don’t expect to accomplish your goals in a manner where all will be pleased if there are people fighting with each other on your committee, board or team. In my sorority, our motto is “Peace and Harmony.” That may sound simple, but folks must learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Do you have people in your life who throw temper tantrums like little kids when they don’t get their way? Do they tend to stop speaking to you until they can calm down? Not a good thing to do, not if you want to continue to travel the road to success. Plus, Scripture reminds us, “Love God first, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

When one has fear, they tend not to try to do very much. They’re afraid to go outside for fear that a plane might fall down on them. Some fear germs, others fear failure, and, believe it or not, there are some people who fear success. They are afraid that friends and family will only love their money or fame and won’t really love them, so they would rather remain a regular, everyday citizen.

This is a three-part article. Look for more next week.

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,, email or call 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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