Mindset Mastery 88 – Due Time For Reform

Mindset Mastery eBookIt is uncanny the parallels between the life and times of Napoleon Hill and the economy and world of today. If we ever really could learn from history, we could take his lessons to heart and begin to look toward a brighter world economic future.

Reforms Of Today And Yesterday

Business during the time of the Depression was due for a reform, as it is again today. The methods of the pre-Depression era, based on economic combinations of force and fear, began to be supplanted by the better principles of faith and cooperation. This is the time when business began to give the labor force more than daily wages; they began to receive benefits like insurance and dividends (or profit sharing) the same as investors received; but, first, workers had to give more to their employers; they had to learn the art of negotiation, and stop bickering and bargaining by force, at the expense of the public. They had to earn the right to dividends!

Best Of The Best

Following the Depression and workplace reform, the best business leaders, and workers who would become leaders, came to understand and implement these practices. Still, however, today, or perhaps again today, there is a call for business leaders to reconfirm their dedication to the best of business-leading practices. Ultimately, the successful leaders since the Depression, and those poised to emerge and rise higher today lead and are led by leaders who understand and apply the principles of Gandhi. Only in this way can leaders elicit the spirit of full cooperation from their followers—the spirit which constitutes power in its highest and most enduring form.

Soul Food

The industrial age, in which Hill lived and wrote, had taken the soul out of men and women. Its leaders had driven workers as though they were pieces of cold machinery; to some extent, they were forced to do so by the employees who bargained, at the expense of all concerned, to get and not to give. With the populace coming to feel more and more entitled today, we could be in danger of this happening again; for this reason, the business world and the labor force all need to take stock of their assets, liabilities, practices, and attitudes, and reaffirm their dedication to maintaining a positive, productive compensation package while employees commit to earning their compensations. In this way, our modern business world is not so unlike that tenuous post-Depression era.

Personal Success

What Hill is basically talking about here is responsibility—the responsibility to yourself, to build and to earn that which you are aiming to achieve. You cannot expect wealth to be handed to you; you have to be willing to hold up your end of the bargain. Fortunately, even in this tough global economy, the opportunities for building wealth are more plentiful than ever before. And success is just around the corner for those who take the responsibility for their own personal success.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Hi, Just came across your blog. Great stuff Sean. I will visit regularly. I am in total agreement about the unbelievable opportunities that are still around us despite the economy. I still feel that much of our economy problems are the continued media depressing the masses.

    Kens last blog post..Wealth Mindset And The Paycheck

  2. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I’m all for taking personal responsibility. I think once I fully realized that I am completely responsible for where I am in my life, it was much easier to move forward. It’s really freeing when you stop blaming other people for things or making excuses and start living life on your own terms.

    I am responsible for making my life a success. I can’t wait for someone else to give me permission to have the things I want, or to hand me the things I want on a silver platter. I have to work for them and earn them. I wouldn’t have it any other way.:)

    • Jazz, I am really enjoying Sean’s posts, with its abundance of wisdom and knowledge and insight. I have to say that I am very much enjoying getting to pages where you have already been, as I find all your comments are really adding wealth to the post. Thank you for being yoursself, and sharing yourself during these posts. I benefit from your input.
      .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

      • Hi Jo,

        Thank-you for your kind words. I really like reading everyone’s comments as well. Sometimes they teach me just as much as Sean’s posts do.

        I’m really glad that we belong to such a wonderful group of people. 🙂
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  3. Very interesting post.
    I do run a small business with employees myself and have come across a wide range of attitudes in employees. I might not be the perfect employer but I strive to be fair towards everybody.
    What I had to realize is that this is not appreciated by everybody. There are quiet a number of people around who fully believe they are entitled to everything and I as the business owner am (by definition, not by prove) a bad person.
    By now I learned to let these people go, because I am not going to change them. I love to work with people who take responsibility for their actions, who love to provide a good job and take action. And I am more than happy to reward that above the normal wage.
    But I stopped trying to convince people who expect a bonus payment (an “incentive”) on top of their wage to just do the standard work for which they are employed.

    So I fully agree with Hill – everybody is responsible for what they achieve, and you need to take responsibility for your own actions if your are employed or the employer.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      It’s great to read your views on this. I’ve seen similar things. The thing I find most interesting is that there are people who don’t think they have to give me a fair day’s work in return for a fair day’s pay.

      They show up to work tired and hungover all the time wanting to do the absolute minimum and still get paid well for it. It’s amazing to me as I was always taught that you should give more than you are paid.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  4. Much is said about the freedom of working for yourself, but less is said about the responsibility that comes with it. If you love both, then that’s a good foundation for entrepreneurship.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  5. Hello Sean,
    Yes there are a great deal opportunities still around us despite the economy you just have to recognize have your mind open those opportunities, be willing to wok to achieve your goals

  6. These methods of running businesses are cyclical, like who wins Federal elections. You get a dictatorial SEO of a corporation and things improve for a while then the staff start feeling like numbers or machines and productivity drops off. So they appoint a humanistic SEO and productivity improves for a while but then staff slacken off. Charismatic and inspirational SEOs like Richard Branson, are few and far between.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

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