A Year of Growing Rich: Learn from Defeat

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Venture Realty International

A Year of Growing Rich:  Learn from Defeat


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This is the 39th week of a 52 week motivational journey and I want to invite you along.  Each week, I will touch on one of the chapters from Napoleon Hill's book titled  A Year of Growing Rich and subtitled "52 Steps to Achieving Life's Rewards."  
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"Every adversity, every failure and every unpleasant experience carries with it the seed of equivalent benefit which may prove a blessing in disguise," says Hill.

This chapter gives examples of several famous and very successful individuals who overcame adversity.


Hill tales of a wise man discussing failure and defeat and says "...another important discovery: The truly great achievements were attained by men and women past the age of fifty, and he expressed the opinion that the most productive years of men and women engaged in brain work were from sixty to seventy," 
Hill says, "Two important facts of life stand out boldly. One is that defeat in some form inevitably overtakes each of us at one time or another. The other is that adversity brings the seed of an equivalent benefit, often in some hidden form."

Hill explains that struggle is actually a great form of teaching. As we struggle we improve our minds and we gain strength.

"It is often difficult for us to recognize the potential of an equivalent benefit in our adversities while we are still suffering from the wounds. But time, the greatest of all healers, will disclose them to those who sincerely search for and believe they will find them," concludes Hill.



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Comments (12)

Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA

Gary, Napoleon Hill is a great teacher and mentor. I have a 1950's series he did on Television, just as  good today as it was almost 60 years ago.

Jan 23, 2012 03:29 PM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Gary -- my Dad used to always say that to make steel, you've got to pass it through the fire.  how true.  your blog tonight reminded of that -- thanks!  Have a great week, Eric

Jan 23, 2012 03:32 PM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Gary,

Thanks for sharing.

Nice motivational blog.

I'll check out your other posts.

Have a wonderful week!

Jan 23, 2012 03:35 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Gary -  Hope you've had a good day and was wondering how cat is?  I can't remember how to spell her name so I'll call her Yamzie.  Hope she's doing better

Jan 23, 2012 03:43 PM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Gary--great chapter this week.  I find when I look back at my life that the "adversities" were really periods where I benefited the most.  Couldn't see it at the time, but in the end was happy at how things turned out.  Now when things are "tough" I wonder what great things are going to come along!

Jan 23, 2012 04:31 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

I didn't remember what he had to say about brain productivity at those advanced ages, in the math and science disciplines, the greatest advances are made by people before the age of 30. 

The business world is different, perhaps?  I would guess so. 

Jan 23, 2012 04:37 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gary~ I read chapter two today, beginning of the week. Then I decided at breakfast just to open the book and I think it was Week 23--such an excellent book and I love the real-life examples he gives. Yup, much of it is common sense, but I sure liked this part about people having great achievements after the age of fifty--woohoo!!!

Jan 23, 2012 04:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love the quote about the "blessing in disguise", and I think that this what this market has been about.  So much to learn and understand. A

Jan 24, 2012 02:12 AM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Gary my book store did not have this in stock, :(

I'm going to go ahead and order from Amazon or eBay. It's caught my attention. There are SO many versions it's confusing. Thank You Gary.

XO to Miss Yaz and you!

Jan 24, 2012 05:16 AM
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Gary,

Thank you for another insightful lesson learned from Napoleon Hill.  Good stuff for us on AR!  Best of success to you this year!

Jan 24, 2012 02:22 PM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Hello Gary - another great post!  I enjoyed reading and being reminded of these basic things - so important, and often so easy to forget.  I will be watching for the next one.  

Jan 25, 2012 06:08 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

As hard as it is when things are tough and we are experience some form of a trial - it will end and there are 'priceless' lessons that can be learned after the experience is over.  But that's the hard part. . . it's also the part that will help us help others not to know what to do if they find themselves in a similar situation.  Thanks for your post, I really enjoy them.

Jan 28, 2012 01:42 AM