"THINK and GROW RICH" (Chapter 1): "13 Principles to Riches" | Keto Mom Book Club
Updated: Oct 30
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"Thoughts are things when they are mixed with definite of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches or other material objects. You will have a better understanding of the Thirteen Principles, which lead to riches or success" ~ Napoleon Hill
Points to Ponder:
02:27 Opportunity to Learn from Andrew Carnegie
03:30 Be Ready for the Secret
04:14 Know What It Is That You Want
06:19 Everything Starts with an Idea
07:15 Thoughts are Things
08:06 A Burning Desire
08:25 What Do You Really Want
09:14 Define Your Major Purpose
10:56 What is Your No Matter What
11:48 The Only Way You Fail is If You Quit
11:59 Gold Rush days in California
13:24 Seek expert counsel before giving Up
14:49 Get back up and Keep Going
16:04 Thirteen Principles you can apply to your life
16:07 First principle: "If You Quit, You will Fail
17:00 "Do you have a definite of purpose?"
18:57 Find an Accountability Group
Full Episode Transcript:
Hey everybody! Welcome to the Keto Mom page, my name is Stephanie and happy October 1st. It's a new month with a new goals, new excitement and a new book that we are going through. It's called "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. I've read this book multiple times and I've listened to it on Audible. It is an incredible book, and it's not what you think... So as you're tuning in, where are you tuning in from? We are going to dive into what this book is all about, and how in the world can it help you on your Fat loss journey. Some of you might be saying "All right, Stephanie! I'm just going to keep following along"...
My goal every single day is to help you on your mindset. We'll still talk about different recipes, net carbs, total carbs and all of the things Keto. But if you've been here for a while, you know that my goal is to help you every morning, with getting up and having a definite of purpose. Why are you here? What do you want? Where is your mindset? Are you thinking negatively or positively?... That is what we're going to focus on. This book may take us a little while to get through. So I don't have the next book yet, because we're going to go through this book until we're done. We're not going to rush it, instead we are going to read it, we are going to take it in and we're going to enjoy it...
So, good morning! If you have the book, you can follow along and read it. If you're just tuning in here every single morning, then you still get to listen to my highlights. Here's the basic overview of the book, the author is Napoleon Hill. And in the very beginning, in the author's preface, he talks about the overview of the entire book. So he talks about Mr. Carnegie and about wanting to learn from him. He went to him one day and he said "Hey! I want to learn from you"... So he got the opportunity to learn from Andrew Carnegie.
The only reason he got to learn from him is because he said, "Okay! I'm going to give you a task. I want you to study the most influential, super successful business men". And so basically he said "I want you to study what they did to have success in their life". Most people would say "What did they do to get rich?"...
What you're going to find in this book is, he's going to give you Thirteen Principles throughout the entire book, of the most successful people and what they did, at that time, years and years and years ago. And you would think a lot of them went to school, you would say the first thing they did was probably get a good education. Well guess what? Andrew Carnegie only had three months of education. And he said as you go through this book, every single chapter will give you the secret to what they did. There's a secret and he goes, the only way that you're going to see, understand or actually take the secret in, is you have to be ready for it. So what does that look like getting ready? You've got to have an open mind. You've got to want to see, positive and not negative. You have to be ready to go after better.
So my question to you as we go through this book, as we start a new month, go after some new goals and get refocused is "Are you ready?", "Are you open?", "Do you know what you want?", "Do you know?"... Because it's going to be a great book. He says "Know what it is that you want"...
Because if you don't, if you're wishy washy, if you're not focused, then you're not going to listen. You're not going to hear, and you're just going to go through the motions and let everybody else control your life. If you are ready to put it to use, you will recognize the secret at least once in every single chapter. He shares a ton of stories, I can't read the whole thing to you. So I would encourage you, even if you don't make time to read, get the audible book. It's really great and you can listen to it as you're showering, getting ready for the morning, driving kids to school or as you're driving to work. Listen to the book... So basically he says this "The secret had found its way into the possession of Thomas Edison"... The secret in this book and Thomas Edison, Oh! it wasn't Andrew Carnegie. "Thomas Edison used a secret that they talk about intelligently that he became the world's leading inventor even though he only had three months of schooling"...
So he talks about interviewing hundreds and hundreds of people. He worked for Andrew Carnegie who said "If you will put in twenty years of work without pay, you will find the secret to success"... He talks a lot about riches in here, but he's going to give you Thirteen different steps to riches, but it's not what you think. You can use any of these steps in any areas of your life.
So are you ready? That was the introduction. He said "Remember this as you go through the book, that it deals with the facts, and not fiction. It's purpose of being is to convey a great universal truth, through which all who are ready may learn not only what to do, but also how to do it. And receive as well, the needed stimulus to make it start. Final words... All achievements, all earnings, all riches, all have their beginnings, and they start with an idea"...
We're going to dive into the first five pages and I'm going to give you just a quick overview of what he talks about. And then as we go throughout this book, we're just going to talk five pages at a time. Whether you decide to read right along with me or you just hop on and listen... I read the very beginning and that was just the intro from the author. He gives you an overview of what he's talking about. He gave twenty years to this research without pay, and he's going into telling you some secrets to success in life... I'm on chapter one, page seventeen. I think every book is a little different and there's a couple of different ways they publish it.
So I'm going through chapter one, it says the introduction and just the first five pages. Here's what he says "Truly, thoughts are things when they are mixed with definite of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches or other material objects. You will have a better understanding of the Thirteen Principles, which lead to riches or success"...
Riches doesn't always mean money. It could be riches in your health, in your relationship, riches in your finances, riches spiritually. There are Thirteen Principles he's going to go through in this book, that he said schooling won't give you.
One of the things he said was, if they would teach this to kids in schools, they could cut school in half. It'll be interesting. I read this book a long time ago, and I clearly did not read it or internalize it well enough to remember all of the principles. He says "When a man truly desires a thing so deeply, that he is willing to stake his entire future on one single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he will win"... So he talks about a burning desire, wanting something no matter what. So for instance, here on the page, I could say "What do you want in your health?", "What are you determined to get no matter?", "What are you going to go after?", "What is your definite purpose?", "What do you want in your health and fitness?"... I'd love for you to share below. Like if money wasn't an option, if your negativity never came into play, if other people's voices didn't matter, and you got to just simply say "I want this in my health"...
"What do you want?" I need you to share, because it's the first act of knowing what you want and writing it down. That's going to help us figure out the secret and going after what you want a definite of purpose.
All right! Okay, we'll keep going, we've got a couple more pages. "You need to define your major purpose. Psychologists have correctly said that when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts it into appearance. Barnes, he was determined to remain ready until he got what he wanted and what he was seeking"... So I'll give you an example. There was a man who wanted to work with Thomas Edison. He wanted to learn everything that he was doing. And he went in there and he said "I want to learn from you"... He didn't get to actually learn from him for a while. But no matter what happened, he said "If I give everything that I have my entire life, I I will not leave, I will work right along with Edison"...
He had a definite purpose, and he was going to go after what he wanted, no matter what. It was a no matter what situation. He never found himself saying "What's the use? He'll never hire me". Instead he said "I'll accomplish this and I will not quit for the remainder of my life". He had a definite purpose.
So here's something that he said "Maybe young Barnes, who wanted to work with Thomas Edison did not know it at the time. But his Bulldog determination, his persistence and standing back of a single desire was destined to mow down all opposition and bringing him to an opportunity he was seeking because he defined it. He wasn't going to back down, he wasn't going to quit and he kept after it no matter what"... What is your no matter what? "I'm going to get healthy no matter what", "I'm going to lose this weight no matter what", "Are you willing to stand on your own, no matter?", "Are you willing to say no to the birthday party, or be able to go to a party without giving away your big desire, your big purpose, your big goal and your big dreams?". "Can you say no to little things like a doughnut or a piece of cake?", Are you willing to get up even if you have to give an extra hour in the mornings, no matter what?"... Know what you want.
"So he knew what he wanted and he had the determination to stand by the desires until he got it. 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 in their life"...
The only way you fail is if you quit. So he tells one more story and then we're done... He tells the story of a man back in the Gold Rush days in California. "The man's name was R.U. Darby. He knew there was golden riches, so he left his hometown. He sought out gold and went to California". Oh! He lived in Maryland... So he went out, he got some land, got the drills, started digging and actually found some gold. But then he hit a wall, and nothing was happening so he figured he had found every piece of gold that was there. Then he quit, and he went back to where his home was from. He sold the land for super cheap and the man that bought the land from him knew something different. So Darby quit when he hit a roadblock. Maybe your roadblock is "I've lost twenty pounds. I'm super frustrated and I'm at a plateau so I'm going to quit"... Just keep following me here really quick.
So Darby sold it for super cheap and the junk man that he sold the land to, knew something a little different. He said "He knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up". He bought the land for cheap. He sought counsel. He had somebody who understood the California land, who understood fault lines, teach him what he needed to know. So the first man that hit gold for a little bit quit, because he did not seek counsel. This man that bought the land for cheap sought counsel, and said "Oh, we have to study the Faultline, we've got to understand how this works". Therefore, he struck an unsurmountable of gold, which gave him a crazy amount of wealth. What did the second man do? He sought counsel and he knew that Darby quit too early. So here's what happened... Darby, the man that owned the land first could have been super frustrated.... Maybe you started this health and fitness journey with a friend or a co worker, and you both went after it at the same time. But you quit and that other person kept going. And maybe you wish you would have followed them, and kept going...
Here's what Darby talks about, the man that gave up the land too early. He has his own success now, because he learned from his mistakes. He didn't get frustrated and go "Oh! I lost millions and millions of dollars". I'm sure he did, but he got back up and he kept going.
"Remembering that he had lost a huge fortune because he stopped three feet from gold, Darby profited by the experience of his chosen work. By this simple method of saying to himself 'I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because man says no when I ask them to buy insurance"...
So he has an insurance job and he said, "I learned, I stopped too early, I was three feet from gold. I didn't seek counsel". Then he dove into an insurance job, and he simply learned something. He said "I will never stop because somebody tells me no", "I will never stop because somebody says, I can't do it, or I'm not worthy, or this is silly", "I know what I want. I've got a definite purpose, and I'm going to go after it"...
This book might seem a little not old fashioned, but it's old stories. The book is full of old old stories of people that had success back in the Gold Rush, or people like Thomas Edison, and inventions. But you're going to learn some incredible tools to take with you in any single area of your life. So I need you to hold on to the book. I need you to keep reading, it gets more exciting. And I need you to know that in any area of your life, you can take these Thirteen Principles and apply them to your life. The first principle is "If You Quit, You will Fail"... But he he took what he learned, and he kept going. The only way you fail is if you quit. I wish I could read and just sit here and read the whole book for you.
But anyways "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 quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. They quit too early"...
So we're going to continue to move on. We'll start tomorrow on the fifth page, page twenty five... So here's what I want you to think about today "Do you have a definite of purpose?", "Do you have a definite desire?" "What do you want?"... Last month we talked about vision boards, hopefully you created a vision board. All summer we've talked about goals and habits.
You're going to see this repetitive words like "What do you want?", "Don't quit if you fail", "Let's work on your mindset" in every single book that we read. Because it really isn't hard. It is a simple concept of let's learn together, let's get up and work on our mindset. And if you can consistently get up and read or listen to somebody that's already done something before you. Learn from mentors, learn from people that have already done it, you will have success if you don't quit.
And you need a burning desire like "Do you really want to have fat loss or do you just feel like that would be nice?", "Do you really want to change your habits?", "Do you really want to feel better, or is it kind of out there for somebody else?", "I think about it, but I don't really want it"... Because he says in the beginning of the book until you have a definite purpose, a burning desire, and a no matter what. "I'm going to do it no matter what"... Like, no matter what kind of donut is in front of me, what kind of party I'm at. I chose to stay up too late, therefore I have to choose to get up early because I chose to watch the movie. It's not the excuse to not get up like I'm tired...
Choices! We all have choices every single day. And in this health and fitness journey, you have a choice every day of what you're going to eat. What you're going to drink, if you're going to work out or skip it, who you're going to surround yourself with and who you're going to let control your mind.
Do you let those negative people in, all the time. You are like the top five people you hang around with. So you might not get rid of your friends, but you might have to pivot and make some new friends. Find an accountability group, find somebody that's going to help you stay focused and not going to plant seeds of doubt. The only way you fail is if you quit.
So I would encourage you to continue either to tune in here for some golden nuggets or grab the book. Listen to the audible or actually read it.
This is an incredible book, I'm not going to say it's an easy read. It's not like the Miracle Morning, we can go through it, take some action steps and put it into play. I feel like you actually have to think about this. He's word, and it's storytelling but it's a good book. It's not a quick like pick up and go. You're going to have to think about it.
So I want to know, what is your definite of purpose? What do you want? What do you want in your health and fitness?... You may have tons of other goals that you're going to go after that we talked about last month. But you can take these Thirteen Principles and apply it. So I want to know, today October 1st, what are your health goals? Even if it's just this week, or overall? What do you want? You have to know. In order to go after them, you have to know it. You have to be able to define it. I want you to write it below, otherwise you're not going to get it. Okay! That was a long morning. I'm super sorry it was such a long video. I tried to keep them somewhat short. Here's the book we're going through, continue to tune into the page. We'll be doing lots of things all month. So I hope you have a great day. I'm always here to help reach out with your questions, and enjoy your October 1st. We'll talk to you soon, bye!
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