The sixth sense is an intuition, a feeling, a sense of deja vu. This chapter details the benefits which can be had if we would just trust our instincts and don’t shake off our gut feelings. How many times have we had a feeling that something was going to happen and when it does, you get that feeling as if it has happened before. That’s what Mr. Hill is referring to as our sixth sense. It’s a feeling that when followed can lead to some great opportunities but when ignored it can lead to regret.
Here are my top Two Favorite quotes from Chapter 14:
“The depression was a blessing in disguise. It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives every one a new opportunity” – Napoleon Hill. One of the reasons I prefer this quote is that it reminds me that even today as we deal with the impact the recession has had on our society, that there are many more resources available for us to not only pursue new opportunities but to also make our own opportunities.
“One of the blessings of maturity is that it sometimes brings one greater courage to be truthful, regardless of what those who do not understand, may think or say” – When you get to a certain age, you stop caring what others think and you begin to focus on making sure you living life according to your own rules, beliefs, and ideas. Also, by the time you reach your forties most of your children are of an age in which they can take care of themselves while you pursue other interests.
Here are our questions for reflection for Chapter 14:
1. The principle referred to as the apex of the philosophy can only be understood by what? Do you understand this principle?
2. While the invisible counselor principle may be hard to accept, is there a way you can revise this principle for the benefit of your personal goal attainment?
3. Birth, gender, race, and height are all variables out of our control but the voluntary rebirh method discussed can allow for us to begin again. What would you do right now to correct the things of the past which may be holding you back right now and in the process improve your personal character?
4. The author discusses the act of self-suggestion (which I prefer to classify as affirmations) is a powerful method for building character. Identify three affirmations associated with character traits you would like to possess and then repeat to yourself each day.
5. The author held imaginary council meetings in order to build off the strengths of men he admired. In today’s society we learn from mentors. Can you identify any persons you can build a mentorship relationship with in order to learn from them?
6. The author used a quote from Abraham Lincoln regarding adversity – What did he say? What has been the impact of adversity on your life?
7. What are the six fears indicated in this chapter? Which of the six are your top 2? What can you do to move past these fears?
Application step: Reread the six fears and look up their definitions. Do you possess the character traits these fears depict? What is the impact of their presence on your life? If not positive, make some decisions as to what you must do to change your life.
Til next time,
“Action is the foundational key to all success” – Pablo Picasso