Napoleon Hill opens,Think and Grow Rich,with a story about R.U. Darby’s failed attempt to mine gold out of the Colorado Mountains. Although inspiring,it’s not the story I want to focus on in this article.
Instead it’s the story after that of a small African American child who stared down a fierce white man for her “mammy’s fifty cents.”
The determination of the child was jaw dropping. In a time when a white man had the right to beat the child,she stood her ground despite the intimidation. In the end she won. She left the mill without a scratch and fifty cents in her pocket.
Is your business something you’re ready to battle for?
I ask this because in order for your business to grow,you will have to face,stare down and conquer the biggest scariest competition you can imagine,your own demons. Your fears and doubts are the biggest wall between you and the success you desire.
In the story,the little girl stood strong as the man threatened to beat her with a barrel stave. Instead of backing down in the most critical moment of their confrontation,she took a step closer to her would be assailant. In the end she triumphed,but why?
She had the power of a clear vision attached to a burning desire. She was not going to leave unless this man handed over the fifty cents. Was she scared? The story doesn’t indicate yes or no,but I’m thinking heck,yeah.
Many of our fears are made up. They aren’t screaming in our faces,but they might as well be. We need to take a lesson from this small child.
1. Create a very clear vision of your outcome.
2. Attach a burning desire to the vision.
3. When fear comes knocking,go back to your vision.
4. Refuel with your burning desire.
5. Move one step forward even if your fear is screaming in your face.
6. Watch your fear wither.
No matter if your fears are real or imaginary,for you and your business to survive you need to apply these simple lessons.