The Laws of Success

Think and Grow Rich. In addition to being two of the harder things to come by in American life today, they also happen to be the name of a classic personal achievement book.

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”—Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich. In addition to being two of the harder things to come by in American life today, they also happen to be the name of a classic personal achievement book.

Written by Napoleon Hill, one of the nation’s first great motivational thinkers, Think and Grow Rich was one of the first books I read when I got into the field of business publishing for doctors. Published in 1937, the book remains a top-seller today with some 40 million copies printed. Hill, who started out as a small town newspaper reporter (as did I, so there’s still hope), died in 1970 at age 87.

And while I know that they "think," most of today’s practicing physicians are hardly "growing rich." The secret, according to Hill, is to have a “philosophy of achievement.” He maintained that the vast majority of people have no firm beliefs, thus making any real personal achievement near unobtainable.

The following are Hill’s 17 Success Scrolls, which he compiled during his two decades of study and observation of successful Americans:

1) Definiteness of Purpose—Successful people move on their own initiative, but they know where they are and where they are going before they start.

2) Mastermind Alliance—No one can become a permanent success without taking others along.

3) Applied Faith—You can do it if you believe you can.

4) Go the Extra Mile—The most successful people are those who serve the greatest number of people.

5) Pleasing Personality—It’s essential to develop a personality that’s pleasing to yourself and others.

6) Personal Initiative—Today’s employer is yesterday’s employee who found opportunity waiting at the end of the second mile.

7) Positive Mental Attitude—Keep your mind on things you want and off things you don’t want.

8) Enthusiasm—To be enthusiastic … act enthusiastic.

9) Self-discipline—Direct your thoughts, control your emotions and ordain your destiny.

10) Accurate thinking—Truth will be truth regardless of a closed mind, ignorance, or refusal to believe.

11) Controlled Attention—Coordinate all the facilities of your mind and direct their combined power to a given end.

12) Teamwork—Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset which you can acquire in proportion to your giving.

13) Adversity and Defeat—Every defeat, disappointment, and adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

14) Creative Vision—The imagination is the workshop of the soul wherein are shaped all plans for individual achievement.

15) Maintenance and Sound Health—If you think you’re sick, you are.

16) Budgeting Time and Money—Tell me how you use your spare time and how you spend your money and I’ll tell you where you’ll be 10 years from now.

17) Cosmic Habitforce—You are where you are and what you are because of your established habits, thoughts and deeds.

1.9%Median annual compensation increase for a US physician.(Medical Group Management Association, 2007)