Oops! Once again, I have managed to drop everything of my own and spend a few weeks in “someone else land”. I suppose I got busy with life 😉
Let’s get back to this blog, Napoleon Hill and Think and Grow Rich! Let’s talk about Age And Success.
If you think there is a reason why people are more successful as they age, you might just be right. Napoleon Hill would certainly agree.
Why Men Seldom Succeed Before Forty
Hill discovered, from the analysis of over 25,000 people, that men who succeed in an outstanding way seldom do so before the age of forty, and more often they do not hit their real pace until they are well beyond the age of fifty. This fact was so astounding that it prompted Hill to go into the study of its cause very carefully, carrying the investigation over a period of more than twelve years.
This study disclosed the fact that the major reason why the majority of men who succeed do not begin to do so before the age of forty to fifty, is their tendency to dissipate their energies through over indulgence in physical expression of the emotion of sex. The majority of men never learn that the urge of sex has other possibilities, which far transcend in importance that of mere physical expression. The majority of those who make this discovery do so after having wasted many years in a period when sexual energy is at its height, prior to the age of forty-five to fifty. This usually is followed by noteworthy achievement.
The lives of many men up to, and sometimes well past, the age of forty, reflect a continued dissipation of energies, which could have been more profitably channeled. Their finer and more powerful emotions are sown wildly to the four winds. From this habit is where we get the phrase “sowing his wild oats.”
The desire for sexual expression is by far the strongest and most impelling of all the human emotions, and for this very reason this desire, when harnessed and transmuted into action, other than that of physical expression, may raise one to the status of a genius.
One of America’s most able business men frankly admitted that his attractive secretary was responsible for most of the plans he created. He admitted that her presence lifted him to heights of creative imagination, such as he could experience under no other stimulus.
One of the most successful men in America owes most of his success to the influence of a very charming young woman, who has served as his source of inspiration for more than twelve years. Everyone knows the man to whom this reference is made, but not everyone knows the real source of his achievements.
While it would be easy to turn this into a conversation about the merits of good-looking help, we’ll try to bring the focus back to where it belongs: the channeling of natural instincts into success and wealth. Given some thought, it’s easy to see the point that Napoleon Hill is really making, and that is that, once settled enough to exercise some control, we all have natural emotional energy that can be put to some very good and relatively unconventional uses.
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