The Golden Rule and Business
In 1919 Napoleon Hill started a magazine called Hill’s Golden Rule. As per most of Hill’s work he provided an unusual perspective on life and how success was a fully integrated aspect of one’s entire life.
Hill made an interesting correlation between the golden rule and how one could run their entire business life through the lens of the golden rule and how that would make a huge difference in our society as a whole. In one specific article Hill challenged the clergy across America to mix with every sermon preached “a liberal sprinkling of the Golden Rule philosophy and show their followers exactly what is the economic value of practicing this philosophy in business? (Hill’s words are italicized).
For those who wonder the Golden Rule philosophy Hill speaks about is simply “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” His premise was this philosophy should encompass our entire life. On a daily basis do you think this thought would make a difference in your present business success?
What I find of most interest is that when reading Hill’s work much of which is almost now 100 years old I find his precepts and concepts are not only still timely they are basically timeless. Of course this can be perceived as Pollyannaish by much of today’s accepted standards. I however choose to see the world in terms of abundance and therefore recognize the intrinsic value of the universal laws such as cause and effect and sowing and reaping. These laws are undeniable and they are inflexible. The laws of the natural human condition defy any and all advances in technology, industry, medicine, and science. While the world changes as do those of us who seek to be the most successful, the laws that rule the human condition are etched in stone and will always follow the same path. Too often society seems to be come conditioned to think of itself as too advanced to call upon the law of cause and effect and the law of sowing and reaping, or the law of compensation.
In general the last 100+ years has maintained the same identical statistical results of those who obtain unusual success. It is still a 5/95 deal with 5% of the population enjoying the benefits of unusual success. The reason behind this is due to the acceptance of the laws with which one cannot negotiate. Hill’s perception of the Golden Rule philosophy was simply embedded in the understanding of cause and effect. The issue has and always will be that we reflect our own inner attitudes and therefore the way we treat others is the identical result we receive in the way others treat us. There is simply no denying this basic rule of human existence.
In the coming days and weeks I want to revisit and reflect upon much of Napoleon Hill’s work and how it may make a huge difference in your life. My goal at the Advocacy Network is to stop financial victimization and as such it requires that people I work with and represent (our members) take a true look at their behaviors, values and beliefs because this is what determines their financial success.
I would like to close with the words of Napoleon Hill written almost 100 years ago:
Let us remember that there is a cause for every effect. If the effect of our efforts in life is not pleasing, we should remember that it is a good plan to analyze and inquire into the cause. If we are not succeeding, it is about a hundred-to-one bet that we may find the cause by stepping to a looking glass.
May it not be possible that we can control enough causes to considerably change our attitude towards others and the attitude of others towards us?
When you write out the “chief aim” that you intend to put into use on January first, let me suggest that one of the planks in your platform read something after this fashion:
“During the ensuing year I will make a special effort to develop a fair sense of proportion by making it a habit to analyze, inquire into, and examine the cause of all effects that in any way affect the object of my lifework, my peace of mind and my material success.”
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