Category Archives: SUCCESS

Sitting For Ideas

A Healthy Body Improves The Mind

I’ve read Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude  {<Free Copy} a few times. In it, the authors Napoleon Hill and W.Clement Stone tell a story about Elmer R. Gates.

When Hill was doing research for Think and Grow Rich {<Free Copy} he went to Dr. Gate’s laboratory with a letter of introduction from Andrew Carnegie. When he asked to see him, Gate’s secretary said that she was not permitted to disturb Dr. Gates at that time. When Hill asked why, she answered, “He is sitting for ideas.”

Hill waited and when he saw Gates, he asked him about what his secretary had said. So Gates asked Hill if he wanted to see where he sat for ideas. Then he showed him a small, soundproof room with only a plain table and chair. On the table were pads of paper, pencils, and a push-button to turn the lights off and on.

A Little Something More

During his lifetime, Dr. Gates discovered and developed hundreds of inventions through this creative thinking process.

When he was searching for a solution to a problem, Gates went into this room, turned off the lights, and engaged in deep concentration. Using the principle of controlled attention, Gates would ask his subconscious mind to give him an answer to a specific problem. As soon as the ideas began to flow, Gates would turn on the light and begin to write.

With this process, Gates refined and perfected over 200 patents that other inventors had undertaken, but had fallen just short of success. Gates would examine the application for patent and its drawings until he found its weakness. Then he would sit for ideas, and he would find the missing ingredient – the something more that was needed.

Correspondingly, I’ve found that by concentrating on solutions to life’s challenges, that most of them only need a little something extra to improve them.

Keep The Faith

By clearing your mind, going into the silence, and using the power of concentration you will find a solution. Learn how to harness The Power Of The Subconscious Mind {<Free Copy} then go to it and ask for help.

Ask your subconscious mind which is In Tune With The Infinite {<Free Copy} Intelligence of the universe to send you an answer. Sometimes it comes fast, and sometimes it may take a few days, but it will always come if you keep faith that it will.

When you ask your mind for something specific, you send out waves of energy that set in motion the law of attraction, and what you search for starts to drift towards you.

One of the secrets to success in any endeavour is the ability to aim the mind upon the desired target. In essence, by going into the silence and sitting for ideas, you’ll discover ways in which to improve your life.

By giving a little something extra in every area of your life, it will make a huge difference.

All the best, – Herb.



The Dickens Pattern

The End Is The Beginning

The humidity that night hung in the air with its menacing heat. Unable to sleep, I tossed and turned, thinking about how ridiculous my life had become. I thought that I had hit rock bottom before, but this was an all time low, and I felt that I couldn’t go on.

I got up, and sat on the edge of the bed. Looking at the clock – it was 3:30 am. Again my mind entertained thoughts of ending it all – the easy way out. But, as I discovered it wasn’t really that easy after all. I thought about my daughter and my aging parents. What about them? Just check out-adios-sorry, but I’m sick of it all-good luck.

I was in my forties already. Life seemed to be passing on by with unforgiving speed. The dreams of my youth had all but withered away. I was in debt, renting a basement suite, and my cousin was taking care of my kid. I didn’t have a girlfriend, but I didn’t really want one either because I always seemed to pick the wrong one.

I was addicted to cigarettes, and tended to smoke more when I was stressed, so I lit one up. I thought about writing my daughter a goodbye song, so I reached for my guitar. I wrote my song “Bound to Change” that night. Little did I know that in the writing of it that it would not only help me to make it through the night, but lead me onto the path of change.

Learn From The Past

Later that day I went and sat by the lake where I used to hang out when I was a teenager. I thought deeply about how my destiny had forever been altered by the decisions that I had made in those early years. Then I remembered back to to my mid twenties to a self-help audio program that I had listened to by Tony Robbins.

Sure, I had used some of its contents since then. Despite my bad habits, I exercised regularly. I had lived out west for many years where I completed a four year apprenticeship in carpentry. And I had started my own business. But that was about it.

I had also read a book by Robbins called Awaken The Giant Within {<Free Copy] which is one of my Top 10 self-help books. And sure enough here I was twenty years later calling upon its wisdom in my moments of reflection.

I also remembered listening to ” The Dickens Pattern” {<Free Audio}. Which was the perfect thing for me to think about as I sat by the lake. Lying back and closing my eyes,  like Scrooge in the Dickens classic, in my mind I traveled back in time.

Walk Away From The 97 Percent

When I was a teenager I gave into peer pressure. I mistakenly believed that it was cool and manly to smoke cigarettes. Smoking had cost me a small fortune since those days. I wish that I had heard Jim Rohn’s words back then…”Just walk away from the 97 %”.

In my mind, travelling back to the present moment, I felt the regret, shame, waste, and all of the health problems caused by smoking. A smoker’s hack is a daily ritual.

Then traveling into the future, I envisioned the doctor telling me why my lungs ached so much; the dreaded c-word – cancer. Which meant suffering then death. All because I wanted to appear cool to some teenagers who had all long since gone away.

Then I thought about how I would feel as the years passed by if I did quit smoking. I envisioned good health, happiness, confidence, and more money. I felt the pride of setting a good example for my daughter. And I felt the freedom of not being addicted.

The Bottom Line

To make a long story short. On that day I quit smoking by placing value on good health. Then I replaced my false belief that smoking was cool with my new cool – reading, learning, growing and improving. The Dickens Pattern literally scared the dickens out of me. And the writing of a song helped save my life.

The next day I went to the book store and bought my next self-help book. Then I started reading  lots of self-help books, which made my life worth living.

That was seven years ago, and I’ve read and listened to hundreds of self-help books & audios since then. I am not only out of debt, but I now own my own home, have solid long-term investments, and I am financially independent.

Shortly after that day I met my dream girl, and we’re still happy and in love. I am slim, fit, and healthy. I even do regular cardio-without hacking.

Yet, still something is missing. I wasted many of those early years, and seemed to have given up on my major dreams. But, when my mom died a year ago, ironically from a lung tumor because of smoking, it enlightened me.

The woman had talent. I look at some of her paintings that shall forever remain unfinished because she lacked the self discipline to finish them. And I know why. The same thing that holds most of us back from reaching for our dreams long enough to make them come true – our fears.

In my gratitude to the authors who wrote all those self-help books that changed my world, I want to give something back. I want to help others to see what I see.

There are very real universal laws of mind that are just as exact as the laws of mathematics. And by studying wealth, success, and happiness – you become those things.

I will heed the calling that beckons to me from within. And before my time is through, I will finish my masterpiece.

All the best – The Unknown Musician.



How To Use The Law Of Success

“Success Is A Science; If You Have The Conditions, You Get The Result”*

In schools they teach the laws of mathematics and science, but not the universal laws of mind. Yet those laws are just as exact as those of math and science, and are much more valuable and beneficial to daily living.

Fortunately, to those who seek self-improvement, the master wealth-builder Napoleon Hill created The Law Of Success.

Andrew Carnegie challenged Hill to come up with a formula for success. Then Hill spent more than twenty years researching and interviewing over 500 of the most successful entrepreneurs of his time.

Hill formulated his Law Of Success Course, initially teaching 15 principles, but later in Keys To Success  {<Free Audio} and the classic Think And Grow Rich {<Free Copy} Hill professed his 17 principles of personal achievement.

Just like in The Science Of Getting Rich  {<Free Copy} by Wallace D. Wattles, if you follow proven steps you’ll always get the same results.

Napoleon Hill’s 17 principles of success are:

#1 – Develop Definiteness Of Purpose

The road to riches begins when you specifically define what it is that you want. Then put those goals in writing because only 3% of the population ever put their goals in writing – and those same 3% own more wealth than the other 97% combined.

#2 – Establish A Mastermind Alliance

When two or more minds work together toward a common goal they call upon the forces of nature. With the power of an alliance toward a greater purpose you achieve results way more efficiently.

#3 – Assemble An Attractive Personality

A well-rounded pleasing personality not only wins friends, but helps to build a network that often leads to opportunity. People always remember and want to help other people that they like.

#4- Use Applied Faith

When you are aware of and believe in a Higher Power, you get in tune with the universal laws. With faith to believe in your purpose you can overcome all obstacles on your road to success. And by using the power of prayer properly you then manifest what it is that you want much quicker.

#5 – Go The Extra Mile

When you give more and better service then you are paid for, eventually you will receive compound interest for your investment because every seed you sow will inevitably blossom with the harvest of abundance.

#6 – Create Personal Initiative

When you take it upon yourself to do those things that should be done without being told, you call attention upon yourself and create opportunities for advancement.

#7 – Build A Positive Mental Attitude

Above all else, PMA gives you the winner’s edge. In fact, my favorite self-help book is Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude {<Free Audiobook} by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. Boiled down to its core, life is the result of only two choices – a positive or a negative mental attitude. To me the choice is obvious.

#8 – Control Your Enthusiasm

Used in harmony with PMA, controlled enthusiasm is the fuel that drives you along the road to success. Remember to “assume a virtue if you have it not”* by using the law of assumption, and your subconscious mind will do the rest.

#9 – Enforce Self-Discipline

When you welcome the disciplines you join those who have achieved greatness. Become a lord of self-discipline because the ability to take action is really what separates people.

#10 – Think Accurately

Since thoughts are things, you do become and manifest what you think about most. To me, when in doubt I use my powers of deduction to reason things out because logic and common sense always prevails.

#11 – Control Your Attention

Through concentration of effort, working diligently toward your goal, you always reap a bountiful harvest. Be relentless in the pursuit of your dreams and you will make them come true.

#12 – Inspire Teamwork

After you form a Mastermind Alliance, you then reap the benefits of increased enthusiasm, knowledge, and imagination. Working together in harmony towards a greater purpose will always achieve your desired results.

#13 – Learn From Adversity And Defeat

You can learn from every mistake, and in so doing turn it around and give it positive meaning. This is how to get over the past and look toward a brighter future that lies upon the distant shores of wisdom.

#14 – Cultivate Creative Vision

Stimulate and learn to harness the powers of your imagination in which all ideas, inventions, artistic endeavours, and creative expressions are born.

#15 – Maintain Sound Health

Nothing is more important than good health. Money can’t buy happiness, and it can’t buy good health. And without good health, happiness is rarely possible. A few simple habits practiced daily can make a huge difference long term. Here’s my Top 10 Tips To Good Health.

#16 – Budget Your Time And Money

These precious resources must be mastered. By mastering time, day by day, you chip away at the stone. By saving money you feel wealthier, develop a money consciousness, and are grateful for what you do have.Then you attract more into your life to be grateful for.

#17 – Use Cosmic Habit Force

Your consistent habits, both mental and physical use the same natural forces that cause the stars and the planets to revolve around each other with clocklike precision. Indeed, you become a force of nature to be reckoned with when you turn off the TV, and turn your car into a university on wheels, and take massive action.

Like Jim Rohn said, “If you want to reach the things on the higher shelf, you’ve got to stand on the books that you read.”

Regards, – Herb.

Quotes – * Ralph Waldo Emerson