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5 Great Lessons I have learned from Claude Bristol’s book: The Magic of Believing (Part 1)

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The Magic of Believing is a wonderful book by the late News Editor and Reporter, Claude Bristol (1891 – 1951). You must read the book if you are interested in discovering how to use your thoughts to create a happy and successful life.

I read the book thrice because I had to completely grasp its marvelous, and eye-opening information. I have learned much from the book, and I would like to share 5 main lessons I have learned from it.

  1. Thought is a Powerful Force

Claude Bristol believes that thought is a powerful force that man possesses because everything around you was once a thought. The chairs, cars and any material thing you see were made after a certain individual thought about them.

In addition, he believes that your life is a product of your thoughts. Therefore, if you want a good life you must practice entertaining positive thoughts.

  1. You Attract Whatever You Constantly Imagine

Claude Bristol writes that you can bring anything into the physical world through powerful imagination because you attract whatever you often imagine. For instance, if you keep imagining failure, you will eventually fail because your imagination will affect your actions, and make you act like a failure. Therefore, you must constantly imagine prosperity if you want to attract prosperity.

  1. Hard work Alone Will Not Bring Success

In the book, Claude Bristol claims that a large percentage of the world’s population has worked very hard without achieving success. Therefore, according to him, hard work is not the only thing that makes one successful.

Claude Bristol believes that hard work is only fruitful when accompanied by creative thinking, faith and self-confidence. He argues that many successful people succeeded mainly because of creativity and faith: hard work was just a helper.

  1. The Power of Desire

Claude Bristol believes that all those who want to achieve great things must have a strong desire because it is impossible to achieve anything without an all-consuming desire. Desire pushes you towards success because it acts as a motivating factor and makes you work extremely hard.

  1. You can Achieve Anything if You Believe in the Power of God/Creator/Super-conscious Mind

In the book, Claude Bristol acknowledged the presence of a supreme intelligent force which controls the Universe. He writes that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you rely on this force.

Claude Bristol teaches that this force can help you when in trouble, and it can also warn you of incoming danger.  Besides this, Claude Bristol claims that many individuals have used this force to achieve riches, fame, and power.

He also teaches that the force has the ability to arrange things to work in your favor if you believe and rely on it to help you in all your affairs.

If you have never read the book, please read it. And if you have read the book, feel free to add other lessons you have learned from it

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10 Main Lessons from Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday, explains how the Ego leads to failure and how it makes it difficult for individuals to maintain success. Last week, I shared 40 Amazing quotes from the book. Today, I’ll share the main lessons from Ryan Holiday’s amazing book.

1.Too Much Talk About Your Work Depletes You

People love talking too much about their work because they are unaware of the negative effect of excessive talk.

Excessive talking decreases insights and provides a false sense of achievement. It also makes you think you’ve worked hard towards your goals.

2.You Must Adopt a Student Mindset

You must adopt a student’s mindset because there’s so much to learn in your career. You adopt a student mindset by striving to learn from everyone and looking for areas to improve on a daily basis. The student mindset allows you to quickly improve your skills and find better methods of working.

3.Attach Yourself to People Who Achieved Success in Your Field

Associating with people that have succeeded in your field helps to eradicate your ego because it enlightens you that some people are more skilled than you. Besides, you learn a lot from these individuals and quickly achieve success when you work with them. 

4.Practice Self-Control on Your Journey to Success

You must practice self-control when pursuing success because bad things will happen on your journey. For instance, many people will treat you poorly regardless of your socio-economic status, and you’ll be forced to work behind the scenes.

5.The Dangers of Pride

Pride makes you miss opportunities because it prevents you from establishing reliable relationships. Besides, it awakens your negative aspects and eradicates the desire to learn from others.

6.Know What You Want In Life

It’s easier to succeed if you know what you want because this knowledge enables you to avoid distractions. Furthermore, knowing what you want prevents you from desiring what successful people own because you’ll realize that your goal is more important than their possessions.

7.Maintain Your Sobriety When Things Get Better

Maintain sobriety when success starts approaching by avoiding behavior that reinforces the ego. This behavior includes obsessing with your self-image, despising people, desiring better treatment, and over-focusing on your self-anointed importance.

8.Ego Betrays You When Things Get Difficult

Ego prevents you from overcoming difficulty because it focuses on the negative side of difficulties. It also discourages you and provides sensible excuses that prevent you from overcoming difficulty.  As Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘ego says; I knew you couldn’t do it. Why did you ever try? It claims: This isn’t worth. This isn’t fair. This is somebody’s else’s problem. Why don’t you come up with a good excuse and wash your hands of this? It tells us we shouldn’t have to put up with this. It tells us that we’re not the problem.’

9.Choose Alive Time during Failure

During failure, you must choose ‘alive time’ by dedicating every second to improving your skills and using your surroundings to create a better situation.

10.Always Love

Avoid hate because, as Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘it is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and existence.’ Embrace love because it enables you to quickly move on and avoid the distractions associated with investigating the wrongs committed against you.

There are many great lessons from Ego is the Enemy, you must read the book to access them all. Anyway, thanks for reading.

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7 Great Lessons From Byways to Blessedness By James Allen

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Although Byways to Blessedness was written in 1904, the book is still useful today. In the book, James Allen provides advice that enables readers to live a wonderful life. He encourages readers to find happiness by avoiding negative states of mind as they lead to suffering. Also, he enlightens readers on the importance of difficulties and solitude.

Anyway, there are many lessons James Allen provides in the book, but here are the lessons I loved the most.

  1. How You Begin Your Day Matters

How you begin your day matters because it determines how your day will be. Your day will be filled with joy if you begin it wisely and joyfully, and you might have a bad day if you start it with a poor attitude.

  1. How to be Great

If you want to be great, you must sacrifice pride because it prevents you from doing the things that will make you great. Besides this, you must be willing to dedicate all your mind and energy on one thing, and you must avoid focusing on the outcome.

  1. The True Nature of Difficulty

According to James Allen, difficulty exists in the mind, and that’s why a difficult experience for a child might be easy for an adult.

He also teaches that difficulty fosters growth and development because it forces us to exercise our intelligence and awaken our hidden powers.

  1. The Negative Effects of Resentfulness

Resentfulness causes suffering because it prevents you from attaining true enlightenment. Moreover, it hardens your heart and prevents you from receiving the blessings meant for you.

Furthermore, it makes you suffer because it causes a troubled mind and makes you remember the bad things some people did to you.

  1. See No Evil And You’ll Free Yourself From Suffering and Sorrow

According to James Allen, you free yourself from suffering and sorrow when you stop judging people from your viewpoint of what’s right and wrong; when you realize that people have their personal viewpoints which make them do certain things, and that everybody thinks that whatever he or she is doing is necessary for them.

  1. The Secret to Joy

James Allen believes it’s possible to find abiding joy while here on earth because you are responsible for creating joy in your life. He believes you can find joy by being selfless because selfishness results in suffering. He also teaches that you can find joy by avoiding the attachment to things and loving everyone.

  1. The Importance of Solitude

Solitude is necessary for your spiritual life as sleep is necessary for your body. Solitude is so important that lacking it can result in a spiritual break down. It enables you to find the strength, wisdom, and knowledge needed to overcome life’s hardships. Moreover, it enables you to realize your true self and the hidden powers or possibilities within you.

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