How One Business Owner Found Success Through Clarity

by Michelle Salater on September 15, 2011

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I am so excited to share with you Part III of our blog series, Business-Transforming Books, where we ask business owners what ONE book has changed how they do business and why.

Today, we’re featuring one business owner who provides an exceptional detailed response on how Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has transformed her business.

If you missed Part I of this series, click here. If you missed Part II of this series, click here.

See below for Part III:


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What ONE book has changed how you do business and why?

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has profoundly influenced the way I approach business and life. Based on Andrew Carnegie’s formula for success, and drawing on the insight and experiences of many other great men, the wisdom contained in the book is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1937.

It’s impossible to describe all the brilliant principles, so I’ll summarize my top four:


A fundamental tenet of Think & Grow Rich is to base your efforts and sense of purpose on burning desire. My favorite way to nurture this is through creative visualization, especially via a vision book filled with words and images from magazines, which reflect the essence of my dreams. Paging through this regularly evokes a similar sense of joy and pervading inner peace to that reached by meditation.


Another key concept described in Think & Grow Rich is the importance of tapping into “Infinite Intelligence” through the subconscious mind—to source guidance and even genius. Meditation can provide a path for this, as letting go of thoughts leaves room for the subtle kiss of clarity. Falling asleep with a lightly held question (free of emotional attachment) can lead to similar inspiration, often soon after waking.


The mastermind principle detailed in Think & Grow Rich is one of its most priceless gems. Since reading about this and internalizing the message, I consciously invite the option of key business partners and mentors. Not simply to make more money, but because of the multiplied potential for building far-reaching relationships, enhanced products and services, as well as exponential networking opportunities.

In fact, this post bears direct testament to the mastermind theory. Through engaging the advice of a phenomenal panel of experts at the Writer’s Telesummit in 2008 and Your Creative Career Telesummit in 2009 (, I started my blog (—primarily to develop a platform for my first novel and to share my husband’s wildlife photography. Soon afterwards, I connected with Sandy Salle from Hills of Africa Travel, who forwarded some information about their 2009 Soul Safari.

Significantly, my desire to participate was immediate and forceful as the rush of a river. By a proverbial twist of fate, Dave and I became the professional photographers and videographers for the trip, leading to additional work, invaluable relationships and amazing opportunities—such as an affiliate partnership with Michelle Salater from Sumer, and her Love Your Blog program! All of this has transpired through social media, on opposite sides of the Atlantic.


Think & Grow Rich contributed to this process, encouraging me to have faith and follow my heart, by taking active steps towards fulfilling my dreams. Here’s a final quote from the book: “Life is a checkerboard and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!”

What one book has transformed the way you do business?

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