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Napoleon Hill’s Least Understood Success Principle

by Pete Godfrey · 2 comments

Napoleon Hill’s Least Understood Success Principle

Do you know what’s weird about talent?

It’s usually those folks with the least talent who think they’ve got the most. They are blissfully unaware of their ignorance.

Some are arrogant. Their egos swollen. Their minds closed.

If you’ve watched any of the talent shows on TV such as X Factor or Australia’s Got Talent and so on, I guarantee you’ve seen this process in action.

Picture the scene…

The 45 year-old woman takes the stage on X Factor, dressed as a cowgirl, complete with fake freckles drawn on cheeks.

She swaggers on to the stage, confidently takes the microphone and announces the Dolly Parton song she’s about to sing. The crowd falls silent. The woman smiles, knowing how lucky the audience is to see her, knowing, just knowing the judges are going to love her too.

She begins to sing.

At first, no one can believe it as she screeches out a painful warbling rendition of ‘nine-to-five’.

Audience members look around at each other.

Some laugh.

Some are quiet.

Some look like they’ve swallowed a fly, or smelt something real bad from the person next to them.

The pain becomes unbearable; the singer blissfully unaware of the anguish she is causing. As one, the audience rebels and boos and jeers.

The singer stands on stage, shoulders back, still confident in spite of the audience reaction. She shrugs her shoulders as if to say, “What’s wrong with you morons?” She leans forward, makes eye contact with the judges, still convinced she did well, still convinced she’ll breeze on through to the next round.

“That was dreadful,” says the first judge.

“What?” cries the singer. “You’re kidding me!”

With as much patience as he can muster, the first judge replies, “First, you sang in four different keys.” The judge is counting off on his fingers. “Your voice cracked several times throughout the song. You muffed some lines and frankly, your costume looks ridiculous. I suggest you keep your singing for the shower.”

The singer can’t believe it!

Her eyes are popping out of her head.

At any moment she’s gonna leap off stage and strangle the judge. Even when the other two judges say the same thing; albeit in a kinder manner, she still doesn’t comprehend. She strides off stage.

“They’ve got rocks in their heads and wax in their ears,’ she says into the microphone which appears before her. “I’ve been singing all of my life. Everybody knows I’m a great singer!”

End of scene…

Anyway, you’ve seen something similar right?

It’s a terrible thing to watch.

Just like a car crash where you just have to look, this public humiliation attracts big ratings. I find it hard to watch. I feel embarrassed for these folks and I don’t even know them for crying out loud! I’m just too damn sensitive; that’s my problem.

By the way, I’m a dreadful singer.

Trouble is, I enjoy it.

With just the right amount of alcohol pumping through my veins, and if I sing in a real low key, I can almost pull off a few bars without those in ear-shot killing me.

But unlike the before-mentioned singer above, I know I suck at singing, and have been told this on many occasions.

I’m glad I was told.

You see, no one told this lady she couldn’t sing. All of her life she’s been singing to friends, family and whatever gig she could get down the local CWA. But no one ever told her, “Lady, you suck!

We all have our blind spots

That’s why we need folks around us to tell us straight. You don’t wanna be the old Emperor Without Clothes, walking around naked, blissfully unaware of the situation, those around you too fearful to point out the obvious.

Nah, I’d rather get it straight.

That’s what I do in my newsletter and here on the blog; straight shooting straight from the hip.

Or, “The World According To The Wizard.”

For some, this truth-telling is a bit much. They would rather live in their fantasy world and attack anyone who bursts their bubbles.

That’s okay.

Those folks don’t stick long with my newsletter. They come, they go; I’m not going to change my ways to appease the masses.

So if you’re here reading this, you are in the minority. Be proud of the fact. It’s good to have you with me.

If there is a theme to this post, it would be one of Napoleon Hill’s least understood and least actioned success principle:

Accurate Thinking

To think accurately in this fast paced world takes some doing.

  • It takes determination to go one way while the masses rush headlong in the other direction.
  • It takes courage to stand firm while everyone else is jumping off the bridge.

But this is where the money is… in doing the opposite of the masses, to possess your own thoughts based on accurate thinking and proven concepts.

Love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…

And yes… I reply to all comments.



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Andrea Drew April 30, 2015 at 5:25 pm

So true Pete. Which is why I don’t critique manucripts despite being asked numerous times. Plus I’m too damn busy writing. Maybe one day…nah…stuff that. As I learn more and more, my focus becomes greater and the Cling-ons drop off. Plus, my writing still isn’t where I want it to be, there’s a long way to go, and shit, I’m enjoying the ride and there’s gold in them there hills. In the last 7-10 days I’ve quite SME (per last post) and barely pay attention to the squawking of public bitching and moaning and jostling for position. The power really is in doing more than I thought I could and getting better every day. Enjoying the ride, Wizard style. Rock on Pete!!


Harry Lynn April 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

G’day Pete,
On of my best mates at school was a Godfrey bloke and was nearly as irreverent as you – that’s why enjoy your newsletter.

The arrogance you mentioned with untalented / bad performers is alive and well at local talent quests even today. As a Pro piano player with 50+ years of experience, often playing for many of the “name” performers in OZ and overseas, I am continuously shocked by the way ARROGANT young would-be’s treat me as their slave ! No bloody respect !

Of course few of them are open to advice on minor technical musical matters such as choice of tempo or choice of key.The attitude is usually along the lines of “piss off you grey haired old prick, what would you know ?”

A saving grace is over the last few years people come to talent quests with their recorded backings and don’t need me – do I care ? No bloody way.

Last year I got conned into judging a quest – ONCE ONLY

OK, Pete, I better go before I rant your head off. Keep up the good work, mate.

Harry Lynn


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