“Outwitting the Devil” by Napoleon Hill is an absolute must-read for a serious Law of Attraction follower. If you want to actualize what many of the Matrix fear programs are and turn them off so you can become your true potential self, then this is a MUST READ.
“Outwitting the Devil” was written by Napoleon Hill in 1938, but was only just published for the first time this year (2011) . The reason for that is due to the controversial nature of the material, and how it equates all fears and lack of ambition (as well as the cause for all lack of success) as being the work of the Devil (fear), literally. It is very explosive, and will likely upset a great many people, but if you want to know more about why many people do not ever succeed in reaching their dreams, this book will give you powerful insights!
For the people who say, well I don’t believe in the devil
While reading or listening to this book keep in mind the Devil can also be fear, The Matrix, Demons, the negative side of your mind, Please do not discredit the empowering information in this book because the word devil.
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Napoleon interviews the Devil in full dialog. The Devil says he exists as the “negative part of the atom”. This means he has to exist and is part of the human condition. Regardless of the religious connotations here, one thing is for certain – with success comes failure and failure success. Understanding that positive and negative exists in every facet of life is empowering once you free your mind from limitation and accept it as part of the ground rules for living. Being conscious of this fact is the first step to master it.
The Devil reveals that he controls negative thought while GOD controls positive thought. In his own words – “One of my cleverest devices for mind control is fear, the fear of poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of love, old age and death.” These fears fall right into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which are; physiological, safety, love/belonging, Esteem and Self-actualization. The Devil hammers fear right at the foundation of these needs.
Devil – “My greatest weapon over human beings by which I gain control of their minds, is the habit of drifting.” A drifter is one who permits himself to be influenced and controlled by circumstances outside of his own mind. The greatest defense against this is thinking for yourself and free will. Free will is the greatest paradox for the human condition because you can focus on negative and positive.
The greatest trick of the devil plays is convincing people he does not exit. The clever move here is that school teachers, religious leaders and parents use fear as a tool to educate about the devil. The problem is that this inhibits accurate thinking. The devil uses this to his advantage because fear is what paralyzes people into the habit of drifting. The greatest of all fears implanted into children is the fear of “hell”.
Devil – “Accurate thought is the death of me……” Thus we can combat drifting with accurate thought.
Paraphrasing the Devil, “I cause people to allow me to do their thinking for them because they are too lazy and too indifferent to think for themselves.” “Laziness + Indifference = Procrastination = Drifting”
“Everything outside the minds of men is controlled by my opposition (GOD), by laws so definite that drifting is impossible. I control the minds of men solely because of their habit of drifting, which is only another way of saying that I control the minds of men only because they neglect or refuse to control or use their own minds.”
Eating wrong sort of food or in a wrong quantity
Money matters in marriage leads to conflict
Working in a job he/she doesn’t like or have passion in
Fear of poverty
Other negative thoughts
Lack of confidence
Little or no imagination
Lack of enthusiasm
Doesn’t have control over his emotion
Not attractive personality
Have a lot of opinions, but no knowledge
Jack of all trades but master of none
Neglect to cooperate
Make the same mistake over and over again
Narrow minded and intolerant
Begin many things but complete nothing
Criticize a lot without giving solution
Eat too much, exercise little
Gambling, drugs, liquor
They have to work harder than other to have something
Criticize other in the back but flatter to their faces
Always engaged in doing something definite through well organized plan
Quick decision, know what he/she wants and determined to get it, no matter how long or what price he must pay
He gives direct answer
Extends many favors to others, but accept none
Always lead in every aspect of life
If he doesn’t know the answer, he’ll say no so frankly
Has good memory
Blame no one but himself
His presence could be felt
He is an inspiration
He has a mind of his own and uses it for all purposes
The capacity to surmount failure without being discouraged is the chief asset of every man who attains outstanding success in any calling
Watch out for:
Love, thirst for sex expression, covetousness for money
Obsessive desire to gain something for nothing
Vanity and egotism
Desire to be master of others, intoxicants, narcotics, self expression through word and deed, imitate other, perpetuation of life after death, be hero, food
Do your own thinking on all occasions
Decide what you want from life and create a plan for attaining it, and sacrifice for it
Analyze temporary defeat for equivalent advantage
Render useful service to community
Connect to the infinite intelligence through your brain (heart)
Use your time wisely, it is the biggest asset
Occupy your mind so that fear couldn’t get in
Demand, don’t beg
Master your life
Use your thought to get what you want
Non-drifter control and use their own minds
Most real failures are due to limitations which men set up in their own minds
Happiness doesn’t come merely from having a lot of money, but from knowing you are doing something for a noble purpose
The worst human ailments: indecision
The urge to continue has to be stronger than the desire to quit
When trouble aroused, your reasoning faculty could be paralyzed
I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul
Have a little faith and let it guide you
Failure and temporary defeat are part of the journey to finding true success
Be grateful for what you have now, every gift and every blessing . It is the surest way up and put things into perspective
98% of people are drifting, they don’t use their brain to think independently. They are controlled by fear, fear of poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of love, old age and death
Cigarettes and liquor are the bait for young people to drift
Think and analyze every of your decision to avoid drifting
Know what you want in life and make a plan to be followed
Avoid bad habit as it will drift you
Those who do little or no thinking for themselves are drifters. A drifter is one who permits himself to be influenced and controlled by circumstances outside his own mind
School system gives so many knowledge without how to turn the knowledge into something useful. They don’t stimulate children to think independently
7 principles to attain spiritual, mental, physical freedom:
1. Definiteness of purpose
2. Mastery over self
3. Learning from adversity
4. Controlling environmental influence (association)
5. Time (giving permanency to positive habit and developing wisdom
6. Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, physical environment)
7. Caution (thinking through your plan before you act)
The person who moves with definiteness recognizes the difference between temporary defeat and failure. When plans fail he substitutes others but he doesn’t change his purpose. He perseveres
The first duty of human is to themselves. Every person owes themselves the duty of finding how to live a full and happy life.
The emotion of sex can be transmuted into a driving force capable of lifting one to great heights of achievement
Don’t believe opinion, ask for the facts even if it is stated by someone with authority
Faith is definiteness of purpose backed by belief in the attainment of the object of that purpose
Life gives no one immunity against adversity, but life gives to everyone the power of positive thought, which is sufficient to master all circumstances of adversity and convert them into benefits.
Be careful in choosing your environment, whether it is friends, work place, or even home.
Nature will not tolerate vacuums of any sort. All space must be filled with something. When the individual does not use the brain for the expression of the positive, creative thoughts, nature fills the vacuum by forcing the brain to act upon negative thoughts.
People are not born with wisdom, but the capacity to think and think their way to wisdom.
- Napoleon Hill shares some of his own failures and crises of faith as an introduction to how “Outwitting the Devil” came about in the first place. I have been inspired to know that “the founder” of the self-help movement suffered failures himself!
- The Devil in Napoleon Hill’s narrative refers to people without a definite aim, or purpose in life, and those who have allowed their minds to be consumed by fear as “drifters” (just the word brings to mind a big problem many people have, doesn’t it?!)
- “The majority of people begin to drift as soon as they meet with opposition, and not one out of ten thousand (people) will keep on trying after failing two or three times” (p. 104)
- Fear and failure facilitate the Devil’s work because “failure breaks down one’s morale, destroys self-confidence, subdues enthusiasm, dulls imagination, and drives away definiteness of purpose” (p. 104)
- The Devil (fear) “controls people by making negative thinking and destructive actions pleasing to them” (p. 137)
- Advice for what to teach in public schools: “Teach children the true nature of the Golden Rule, and above all show them that through the operation of this principle, everything they do to, and for another, they do also to themselves.” (p. 176)
- “Teach children the danger of believing anything merely because their parents, religious instructors, or someone else says it is so.” (p. 176)
- “It is a sin to permit one’s mind to be dominated by negative thoughts of envy, greed, fear, hatred, intolerance, vanity, self-pity, or discouragement, because these states of mind lead to the habit of drifting. It is a sin to cheat, lie, and steal, because these habits destroy self-respect, subdue one’s conscience, and lead to unhappiness.” (p. 182)
- The class of people who control their environmental influences are: “The non-drifters. All who are victims of the habit of drifting forfeit their power to choose their own environment. They become the victims of every negative influence of their environment.” (p. 223)
Key Points from Books: Outwitting the Devil