How to Own Your Own Mind by Napoleon Hill

Key Takeaways


Creative Vision – the ability to spot opportunities and act upon them

  1. Focus your mind intently on one or a few problems and your subconscious mind will reward you with solutions. It also prepares you to recognize the solution once you see it or stumble upon it. Persistence and obsession is vital

  2. Must have a definite purpose, an obsessive mission, plans to follow, make use of the mastermind principle (learning from other greats), using the power of applied faith

  3. The man who helps the greatest number to succeed is himself the greatest success

  4. The road to riches is well known, but long. You cannot get something for nothing

  5. Focus more on the services rendered than the riches you shall receive

  6. The most important skill needed is the ability to negotiate with others with the least amount of friction so as to get the maximum of friendly cooperation. In other words, win/win human relations

  7. Man of vision recognize that sound ideal oh best investments one can mak


5 principles of creative vision

  1. Recognizes opportunities favorable to his own advancement.

  2. Moves with definiteness of purpose in embracing opportunities.

  3. Plans every move he makes….

  4. Provides himself with….the knowledge of others.

  5. Removes limitations from his own mind.


Organized Thought – self-discipline, perseverance, definitiveness of purpose

  1. You must make your mind and willpower the master over emotions

  2. The mind comes to believe any idea which it is repeatedly presented, whether sound or on sound. Make sure you feed your mind with as accurate and foundational facts as possible. Habit and social heredity and mimicry play an incredibly important role. Be aware of each of their effects on your life and thinking

  3. Remove procrastination, stimulate the subconscious mind, become self-reliant, learn from others


Controlled Attention – With Creative Vision and Organized Thought, you’re able to pinpoint your attention fiercely onto any goal you set

  1. Controlled attention magnetized the brain with the nature of one’s dominating thoughts, aims, and purposes, thus causing one to be always in search of every necessary thing that is related to one’s dominating thoughts.



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