Written in 1937, during the height of the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill's "Think & Grow Rich" is the venerable book on success. The ultimate book on income, the principles herein are timeless and can be used to accomplish, attract, do, or be, whatever it is the mind can imagine. Put up to the challenge by business magnate and mentor Dale Carnegie, Hill would dedicate near a quarter century to interviewing the most successful men and women - many of whom came from humble beginnings. The book stands today at over 100 million sold, and its own success is an attestant to the solidness of the principles it preaches. So here are those 13 powerful nuggets, set so you can scroll and easily access and digest.
A burning hot desire is the starting point. It's the spark that feeds the flames of success. Once you've found that thing that you can stop thinking about, that impels you to action, you know your on the right track. A strong enough desire helps you weather the inevitable storms and keep your eye on the prize. Desire is what breeds champions.
Once your desire solidified, the next ingredient in your success pie is faith. Faith - belief in that which is unseen - is clutch to creating the energetic force fields that will align the universe in your favor. Before your desire manifests you have to believe in it and be grateful for it as if it has. That is Faith.
Helpful for maintaining the faith and keeping the desire during, is the principle of Autosuggestion. Science has discovered that the mind works in some ways like a computer disc. The information you program on to that disc is how your mind then works and operates. Autosuggestion is the notion that you can reprogram this brain disc based on the daily information and habits you intake and partake in. Things like mantras and/or affirmations or positive reinforcements are methodologies of autosuggestion designed to motivate and uplift the mind. So leave so inspiring quotes around the house and on your phone, look in the mirror and tell yourself "I'm intelligent, successful, a sexy beast, and today I shall conquer!" Or something like that. Studies show that daily positive affirmation in one form or another does help to maintain and elevate success levels.
This part takes time, money, and dedication. Whatever it is that you choose to do, you're going to have to know it well if you're going to do it a high level. It takes time and dedication, and cash to do all the things necessary to obtain mastery. And even if you wish to circumnavigate the learning curve and really on the specialized knowledge of others, it's gonna cost you, and you'll also have to be on their time. Sometimes your projects, your missions will require a mix of both. Respect the technique.
The Great Boundless Warehouse of the Mind. The imagination is where all the magic happens. And you can use it in two different ways. Your synthetic imagination takes all that you know, all that that you've experienced, your entire knowledge base and uses it to serve up excellent cocktails in the form of innovation and problem solution. However it has it's limits - its based on a limited reality. Behind door # 2 is the creative imagination. Great art, human flight, beautiful music, breathtaking architecture - all products of the creative imagination. The creative imagination is the conduit between the infinite, unlimited source of knowledge and our own.
Even with the most glorious ideas formed and all the faith and knowledge behind it, nothing of substance materializes in this world without Organized Planning. Diamonds are a result of a specific organization of carbon atoms. A different combination of the same atoms results in coal. It works
No great leader ever moved forward without the ability to make quick and decisive decisions and then to stand by those decisions. The only way to practice this is in the field, but getting into the habit of doing this with things as little as what to wear or what to eat, help build the muscle memory for when it comes time for those major decisions.
Whether Hollywood or Wall Street, the mistress that is success won't be tamed and reigned in as yours without a fight. It's as if its almost to test to separate those who really want it from those who will give up at the first few obstacles. Chopping a tree down takes time and you gotta take out bits and chunks as you make your way to yelling "Timber!" This is where persistence and consistence comes in - you've got to deliver the goods on a regular basis until thats what you're branded as. That's when success starts rolling in.
Up to this point theres much personal achievement to be obtained on your own. But to really move mountains, change the world, and swing your fortunes, you will need a crew of like minds on the same mission. "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Even the Bible references this principle. When two or more minds gather in unison, they form a mind greater than the sum of its parts. This synergy has propelled businesses, nations, small bands of rebels, artistic movements and much more, since antiquity.
Transmutation of any kind for that matter is extremely useful - changing energy into positive force to propel and motivate your success course. Sex energy is known to be the highest form of human energy manifest - it is literally the energy that creates life. Often times - particularly in a society with a firm belief that "sex sells" - this energy is wasted is licentiousness. However cultures ranging from yogis to Mayans have practices where the sex energy is redirected and transmuted to supply fuel behind thoughts of success and growth. It is a said to be a beast that few master until after age 40.
Our autopilot system. The subconscious is that part of us that is the programmable computer disc. The subconscious faithfully carries out tasks that we don't even bother to think about - breathing, the heart's beating, the muscle memory we use driving and walking home. It's still an uncharted real of human understanding, but what we do know is that what you tell your subconscious to do - it will. So tell it to do nice things and to believe that you're already a success - because you are!
The sending and receiving station. Like a radio or ethernet cord. Frequencies from around can felt down to the nervous system and frequencies produced from within can be experienced by others. As much as we know about outer space and the planets in our solar system, we still know astonishingly little about our own brains.
The Six Sense
This baby doesn't come until you earn it, but its probably a sweeter prize than the infinite money and acclaim that it can bring you. When you connect with the inner voice inside and can hear it clearly, you will be warned of dangers with time to avoid them before they occur, and made aware of opportunities at the ripest time to pluck them. With the six sense you will always have peace of mind, a feeling of gratitude and luck, and a sense that you're in control of your fate, and not a victim of it.
Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.
In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.
In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.
But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.
Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.
In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.
Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.
Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:
1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan
2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.
3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.
4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.
5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.
Here are charities offering support in Haiti:
1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.
2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.
3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.
4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.
When the new Tiffany's campaign was unveiled, reactions were mixed.
Tiffany's, the iconic jewelry brand which does not (despite what some might be misled to believe) in fact serve breakfast, featured Jay Z, Beyoncé, and a rare Basquiat painting in their recent campaign.
The aesthetics were undeniably luxe and historic. The campaign showcased the rarely-seen Basquiat painting Equals Pi (1982), which the brand acquired for the background's proximity to its distinctive Tiffany blue. Also notably historic is that Beyoncé was the first Black woman to wear the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond.
Before Beyoncé, the only other stars to wear the yellow diamond were Mary Whitehouse, wife of American diplomat Edwin Sheldon Whitehouse, Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn, and singer Lady Gaga.
"Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the epitome of the modern love story …. Love is the diamond that the jewelry and art decorate," said the press release accompanying the campaign.
The campaign, titled "About Love," is stunning and has both classic and contemporary references. The image of the couple posing in front of high art recalled the iconic stills from their "APESHIT" music video, for which they famously rented out the Louvre and posed in front of the Mona Lisa.
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Their "APESHIT" photo made a giant cultural impact for its juxtaposition of Western beauty and Blackness. Tiffany's campaign seemed to have similar goals — showcasing Beyoncé and Jay Z as the peak of luxury, this time juxtaposing the Basquiat and the Tiffany diamond.
As a Black couple, their appearance in such a luxury campaign was a big move for representation, but in a post 2020 landscape, there was an outcry of criticism.
Despite the aesthetic beauty of the image, the high capitalist undertones didn't sit right with some on the internet — largely younger demographics. Though this campaign was an effort by Tiffany's to appeal to younger audiences and make the brand feel more relevant, Twitter's verdict was clear: a blood diamond wasn't the way to go.
The diamond, which was mined in South Africa in 1877, comes from origins laden in the implications of colonialism. The practice of mining in South Africa at the time was exploitative and destructive, eschewing the livelihoods and safety of African miners and their communities for... what? Money? So Tiffany could try to sell us some dream of affluence using Black celebrities as to "Blackwash" the history behind their treasured piece?
The Washington Post also had some choice words, saying: "Its campaign does not celebrate Black liberation — it elevates a painful symbol of colonialism. It presents an ostentatious display of wealth as a sign of progress in an age when Black Americans possess just 4 percent of the United States's total household wealth. If Black success is defined by being paid to wear White people's large colonial diamonds, then we are truly still in the sunken place."
Alongside the campaign, Tiffany & Co have promised to donate $2 million to HBCUs to fund scholarships and internships. But this measly amount (considering the multi-billion dollar net worth behind LVMH) is not enough to cover up that, despite their performative efforts to promote "diversity," Tiffany's is entrenched in a colonial history that neither beauty nor Beyonce can make us ignore.
While Black representation has been increasing over the past few years, the question of how we are represented is starting to be considered with more nuance. And as we examine the structures of wealth and hierarchical values, many people are starting to ask whether these should be the standards we aspire to anymore.
Jay Z and Beyoncé have come under fire before for their promotion of Black Capitalist values — which the kids don't seem to want. Jay Z especially seems invested in the trappings of traditional (read: white) success and wealth. His cannabis line recently unveiled a campaign based on the work Slim Aarons — which was famously focused on "attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places" — and its unashamed opulence raised some eyebrows.
Images like this aren't as revolutionary as they once might have been since they reinforce the status quo and tell marginalized people to reach for the same luxuries and lifestyles deemed aspirational by the people who have oppressed them.
Anti-capitalist theory has been around as long as capitalism has, but younger generations are more likely to question the status quo — even when it comes packed with Basquiat and Beyoncé.
The conversation about the Tiffany campaign is indicative of how Gen Z thinks differently about money and what it means to them. They are less likely to be seduced by the luster of the aspirational, and more receptive to relatability.
No more does financial literacy seem restricted to the pretentious or the elite — we get it, finance bros; you love capitalism. With Cleo, understanding your money is something that can align users with their values.
And those values don't look like blood diamonds or corporate pandering.
- Sorry, Beyoncé, but Tiffany's blood diamonds aren't a girl's best friend - Washington Post
- The Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable — Brookings
- The Unashamed Opulence of Jay Z's Luxury Cannabis-Themed Slim Aarons Photoshoot — Popdust
- ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE DOING ATTRACTIVE THINGS IN ATTRACTIVE PLACES WITH SLIM AARONS — Elle Decor
Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.
From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.
1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance
If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.
2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping
All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.
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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).
3. Bring Food From Home
Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.
Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.
4. Avoid Tolls
Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).
You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.
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5. Save on Gas
Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.
6. Get a National Park Pass
All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.