Don’t Do What Doesn’t Work

Napoleon Hill, author of the classic book “Think And Grow Rich,” had the great idea that he would interview all of the great successful people of his time and organize what he learned into a book describing the principles of their achievement.

Napoleon Hill, who was a nobody at this time, pursued his idea passionately and eventually was even able to get in contact with the great industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie thought Hill’s idea was noble, but he wanted to give Hill one suggestion.

In the book “Outwitting The Devil,” Andrew Carnegie tells Hill,

“If you undertake this job, you should interview not only the few who have succeeded, but the many who have failed… As inconsistent as it may seem, you will learn more about how to succeed from the failures than you will from the so-called successes because they will teach you what not to do.”

This is called an aversion to logic.

This means that if you want to become a millionaire, your goal should not be to be a millionaire. Instead, your goal should be to not be poor.

If you want to find success in any aspect of your life, whether it’s finance, love, or business, simply don’t do what doesn’t work. As billionaire investor Charlie Munger says,

“To figure out how to be successful, first ask what would it take to be unsuccessful?”

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