(Part 1 of 10)

Back in 1937, Napoleon Hill published a book titled "Think and Grow Rich." It remains to this day the top-selling business book of all time. Much of the "new" business wisdom of our time is based upon Hill's book, including the new-thought best-selling book and movie "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne, the system that shows you how to work Hill's principles, "LifeWoRx by Design" by Don Cote," and even a yearlong coaching program from Bob Proctor, one of the celebrities appearing in "The Secret."

Steel baron Andrew Carnegie introduced Hill to the leading business minds of their time, including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Charles M. Schwab, John Pierpont Morgan, Fannie Hurst, Harvey Firestone, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, Kate Smith, Alexander Graham Bell, and Clarence Darrow. Hill interviewed them and distilled their views and experience into eight steps to riches which became "Think and Grow Rich."

The book is a roadmap to success that draws upon the knowledge, experience, and actions of the most financially successful people of the early 20th century. The eight steps correlate to components of a job search, as well. They are (in Hill's words):
1. Desire: The starting point of all achievement.
2. Faith: Visualization and belief in the attainment of desire.
3. Autosuggestion: The medium for influencing the subconscious mind.
4. Specialized knowledge: Personal experiences or observations.
5. Imagination: The workshop of the mind.
6. Organized planning: The crystallization of desire into action.
7. Decision: The mastery of procrastination.
8. Persistence: The sustained effort necessary to induce faith.

In our next few articles, we'll show more about how to put these steps to work in your job search.

Author's Bio: 

Jeri Hird Dutcher, Workwrite, inspires executives and professionals to envision, attract, and achieve their biggest dreams. She is certified as a Professional Career Coach, Resume Writer, and Employment Interview Professional. Jeri provides career / job search coaching and targeted resumes for clients in the United States and Canada. She welcomes inquiries at Workwrite.net.