Yesterday I had the honor of speaking with Samuel. Samuel is 87 years old and once worked directly for Napoleon Hill. The stories and advice he shared with me are something I will never forget.
If you aren’t familiar with who Napoleon Hill is then we can’t be friends. His book Think & Grow Rich and his additional work continues to impact my life and business. I’ve been a student of Hill’s for longer than I can remember. No one has had a bigger impact on the world of self-improvement & business than Napoleon Hill.
Samuel has an incredible willingness to share what’s worked for him in life and what worked for Napoleon Hill.
Why don’t more people share what’s working for them?
You see, most people have a scarcity mindset that causes them to fear revealing what they do to achieve success. They’re afraid of their competition copying them. They’re afraid that what’s working for them will stop if everyone starts doing it. They’re afraid of anything they can come up with that will give them an excuse for keeping success to themselves.
They are making a huge mistake.
The more you teach, share, and help others the more you learn. Centuries ago soldiers would share their stories from the battlefield because re-counting the events gave them clarity in how they achieved victory. That clarity allowed them to duplicate their success.
So, what about your competitors?
You give them too much credit. The world is full of people who don’t take action. You can give someone the blueprint to success and they’ll find a reason it won’t work for them. You must have an abundance mindset and understand there’s enough out there for you and your competition.
Heck, even if your competition starts doing EXACTLY what you do and how you do it, they won’t execute it the way you do. Ray Kroc, the man who made McDonald’s into the global brand it is today once said “Competition can try to steal my plans and copy my style. But they can’t read my mind; so I’ll leave them a mile and a half behind.”
Another reason you should share your success is because someone helped you (whether you realize it or not). It’s good to keep the cycle going. I remember being flat broke and struggling to stay in business. I reached out to someone who had achieved success and asked for his help. That person was my good friend Danny Griffin. At the time we didn’t know each other. But we’ve been close ever since.
At the end of that phone call I asked Danny how I could repay him. Secretly I was praying his answer would not include the word “money” since I had none of that. Danny’s response was “one day I want you to help someone you don’t know”. At first I thought Danny was just a big fan of the movie Pay It Forward but then I realized that he gets it…
Success is more fun when you have people to share it with. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely. Don’t waste time building something that only you can enjoy.