A large part of finding success in marketing or business has to do with mindset. Maintaining a positive frame of mind is crucial to your success. I’m a fan of Napoleon Hill. His books, Think and Grow Rich and The Laws of Success have had a substantial impact on me and my business. Below is an excerpt from The Laws of Success where Napoleon Hill discusses his “Code of Ethics”.
1. I Will Follow The Golden Rule Philosophy
I believe in The Golden Rule as the basis for all human conduct. Therefore, I will not do to another person that which I would not have them do to me.
2. I Will Be Honest In All Transactions
I will be honest – even to the slightest detail – in all my transactions with others. Not because of a desire to be fair with others but because of my desire to impress the idea of honesty on my own subconscious mind. Thereby weaving this essential quality into my own character.
3. I Will Forgive Others
I will forgive those who are unjust towards me with no thought towards whether they deserve it or not because I understand the law through which forgiveness of others strengthens my own character and wipes out the effects of my own transgressions in my subconscious mind.
4. I Will Be Just, Fair, and Generous
I will be just, fair, and generous with others always even though I know that these acts will go unnoticed and unrewarded in the ordinary terms of reward because I understand that the sum total of one’s character is the sum of one’s own acts and deeds.
5. I Will Discover And Correct My Weaknesses
Whatever time I may have to devote to the discovery and exposure of the weaknesses and faults of others, I will devote more profitably to the discovery and correction of my own.
6. I Will Slander No Person
I will slander no person no matter how much I believe another person may deserve it because I wish to plant no destructive suggestions in my own subconscious mind.
7. I Will Think No Destructive Thoughts
I recognize the power of thought as being an inlet leading into my brain from the universal ocean of life. Therefore, I will set no destructive thoughts afloat upon that ocean lest they pollute the minds of others.
8. I Will Conquer The Common Human Tendencies
I will conquer the common human tendency toward hatred and envy and selfishness and jealousy and malice and pessimism and doubt and fear. For I believe this is the seed from which the world harvests most of its troubles.
9. I Will Think Thoughts Of Courage And Faith
When my mind is not occupied with thoughts that tend towards the attainment of my definite chief aim in life, I will voluntarily keep it filled with thoughts of courage and self confidence and goodwill towards others and faith and kindness and loyalty and love for truth and justice. For I believe these to be the seeds from which the world reaps its harvest of progressive growth.
10. I Will Put Into Action The Golden Rule Philosophy
I understand that a mere passive belief in the soundness of The Golden Rule philosophy is of no value whatsoever, either to myself or to others. Therefore, I will actively put into action this universal rule for good in all my transactions with others.
11. I Will Take Care In Developing A Sound Character
I understand the law, through the operation of which my own character is developed through my own actions and thoughts. Therefore, I will guard with care all that goes into it’s development.
12. I Will Find Enduring Happiness Through Helping Others
12. Realizing that enduring happiness comes only through helping others find it and that no act of kindness is without its reward even though it may never be directly repaid, I will do my best to assist others when and where the opportunity appears.
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