Thoughts on professional success.

July 30th, 2010

Welcome to Brain Food. My place to share ideas, articles and links that I hope will inspire and get you excited about the many possibilities that exist for you in advancing your professional life. And, ideally, you’ll get a chance to know more about me and how I think.

My expertise is helping people gain leverage in the achievement their goals. And a number of influencers and motivators have shaped my approach and best practices. One of them is Napoleon Hill (1883-1970), best-selling author, publisher, lecturer, educator and presidential advisor to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

His most famous book is Think and Grow Rich (1937). More than 25 years in the making, it was written after Hill accepted a challenge from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie to research and write the first-ever “philosophy of success.”

Carnegie told Hill he would introduce him to the world’s most successful and influential people, but Hill would have to finance the cost of the project himself. They agreed, and Hill interviewed hundreds of successful men and women, among them Henry Ford, William Wrigley Jr., George Eastman, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, F.W. Woolworth, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. (You can listen to Napoleon Hill recall his first meeting with Andrew Carnegie here.)

The book is a personal favorite, not only for the knowledge and information it contains, but because it’s the earliest mention I know of that links the ideas of energy, vibration and thought in the context of professional success.

I am reminded everyday of Napoleon Hill’s principles. I subscribe to a “Thought for the Day” email published by the Napoleon Hill Foundation. I encourage you to subscribe to this free service, too. It’s an uplifting way to start the day. And I think it will leave you positively hungry for more.

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