Principles of success

The basic principles of success

The basic principles of success are (from Think and Grow Rich):

  1. Desire.
  2. Faith.
  3. Autosuggestion.
  4. (The application of) specialized knowledge.
  5. Imagination.
  6. Organized Planning
  7. Decision.
  8. Persistence.
  9. Master Mind.
  10. Sex Transmutation.
  11. The Subconscious Mind.
  12. The Brain.
  13. The Sixth Sense.
  14. Overcome indecision, doubt and fear.

And I just realized there may be a reason for the order of these principles in the book Think and Grow Rich. Everything indeed seems to start with desire for example, maybe next is faith indeed.

If found another list in a book of Will Edwards (7 keys to success):

  1. Commitment.
  2. An Open Mind.
  3. Persistence.
  4. Flexibility.
  5. Faith.
  6. Thankfulness.
  7. Passion.

Recently I found another page with principles of success, or maybe more about how to be happy on the site of James Altucher:

  1. Physical, being in shape:
    1. Wake up by 4-5am every day.
    2. Go to sleep by 8:30-9. (Good to sleep 8 hours a night!)
    3. No eating after 5:30pm. Can’t be happy if indigested at night.
  2. Emotional: if someone is a drag on you, cut them out. If someone lifts you up, bring them closer.
  3. Mental: write down ideas. Write down so many ideas that it hurts your head to come up with one more. Then try to write down five more.
  4. Spiritual:
    1. Pray.
    2. Meditate.
    3. Be grateful.
    4. Forgive.
    5. Study.

Find more on How to be lucky.

And I just realized there is another one, even though it is e.g. implicitly included in the Principles of Success: focus.

Am currently working on remarks on the principles of success.


We made an article about a sample application of the principles of success: sample application of the principles of success of Napoleon Hill.

Desire exercise

I have an exercise in mind and want to make some supporting document for it, but as long as I don’t have the document you could still do the exercise on just a piece of paper or a document you create yourself.

The exercise is to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on each of the principles or subjects mentioned above. This will tell you what you should probably work most on on your road to success and/or achieving your main goal or main desire.

Please find my sample below after feeling defeated with my Master Mind Group meeting on June 2, 2013. Was planning this for a long time. The idea behind is that low scores give indication what to work on and highs scores or improving scores are motivational.

Principle Score June 2, 2013 (Guus) Remarks
 Desire / passion  5  Out of focus, too many goals
 Faith  6  Goes up and down
 Autosuggestion  5  Limited disciplin in reading statements
Application of specialized knowledge  8  Using a lot of my consultancy experience, web development skills and Internet Marketing skills
 Imagination  8  Have quite some ideas for solutions to get to the goal
 Organized planning  5  Could formalize and analyze better and more
 Decision  7  Learning, learned a lot. Start small.
 Persistence  7  Maybe too stubborn
 Master Mind  5  Learning
 Sex transmutation  4  Too much focus on sexual needs, too emotional
 Subconscious mind  8  Lately following hunches seem to give very good results
 The brain / thought control  4  Have trouble controlling my thoughts, changing from negative thinking to positive thinking.
Overcoming doubt  6  Learning
Overcoming indecision  7  Learning, see decision above
Overcoming fear  5  Still often feel controlled by fear. Stop taking action, although from my perfectionism I also should stop taking too much action as I lose people that way.
Commitment  7  Maybe too stubborn sometimes
Open mind  5  Learning (listening to others, let others be themselves, impose less).
Flexibility  4  Guess still too stubborn, wanting everything my way.
Thankfulness  4  Learning. I keep track of my blessings on the page gratitude, but often have to search forcefully to find things to be graceful for.

Updated by Guus on November 23, 2013.

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