There have been many great minds that have practiced the law of attraction throughout time. For 6,000 years it has been studied by theologians, philosophers and psychologists and either consciously or unconsciously practiced by historical figures. Also called the Life force or “energy” it goes back to the beginning of time.
Many world religions and spiritual practices have also taught the law of attraction. Among some of the religious texts it can be found are in Buddhism, the Kabbalah, Christianity and the Bible. It was part of ancient civilizations such as the Alexandrians, Egyptians and Babylonians.
In more modern times people began to teach and write about it as early as the 19th century. Phineas Quimby, an inventor and philosopher first began to discuss it in the Health field. By the late 19th century others began writing about it not only in relation to health but in other aspects of life as well.
By the 20th century many people were writing books about the law of attraction. Two of these books became the best selling books of all time; Think and Grow Rich (1937) by Napoleon Hill and You Can Heal Your Life (1984) by Louise Hay. Although there have been many who have studied and taught about this subject, in this article we will be focusing on 5 of the main and top leaders in most recent time.
The modern lineage of the law of attraction mastery started with a man named Wallace D. Wattles and his 1910 classic book The Science of Getting Rich.” Wallace taught the law of attraction technique of creative visualization. He was a New Thought author writing over a dozen books on personal development, health and Christian Socialism, and also ran for political office.
After Wallace Wattles, came Napoleon Hill. Napoleon was a protege of Andrew Carnegie in the early 1900’s. Napoleon first met Carnegie when as a journalist he was given a journalism assignment to interview successful people for a newspaper article on leadership. He chose Andrew Carnegie for the interview since Andrew was a business genius, an industrialist and philanthropist, a leader in the steel industry who was the wealthiest man in the world at the time and the first recorded billionaire.
During that first meeting and interview the two men became instant friends. Andrew Carnegie asked Napoleon to take on a project for the next 20 years of analyzing 500 successful men and women, many of whom were millionaires, to understand how they became wealthy and successful, in order to come up with a formula for success that could be published so that people could understand and achieve. A book dedicated to the philosophy of success.
So Napoleon went on to interview the most successful and greatest minds alive at the time. Some of the people he interviewed were Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, Harvey Samuel Firestone, Charles M. Schwab, F.W.Woolworth, J.P.Morgan,sr., and many others. Hill also later became an advisor to two presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Napoleon ended up dedicating the rest of his life working on the project. These interviews were what resulted in his book Think and Grow Rich that is still so famous today, containing the success formula made with the concepts of the law of attraction that these great minds had either consciously or unconsciously implemented. His book went on to be one of the most popular books ever printed. They say without question his book has had the greatest influence of any other of it’s kind on peoples lives, accomplishments, and fortunes, and is the standard against which all motivational books are measured. Napoleon Hill influenced millions and went on to become known as the Godfather of Self-help.
After Napoleon, another rare seeker of truth about leadership came along, a man named Earl Nightengale, who then became a protege of Napoleon. At 29 years old, Earl had read Think and Grow Rich and then went on to update much of Hill’s theories to be more contemporary. Like Napoleon he dedicated his whole life to studying great minds of leadership throughout the ages. He took all he learned and summarized it down, calling it The Strangest Secret in the World, and then coined what is now the famous sentence that we know in the law of attraction “We become what we think about.”
Earl Nightengale went on to reach great success. He recorded The Strangest Secret which earned a gold record and became the largest selling non-entertainment record in history. He became known as the Dean of Personal Development. He became an author and went on to record over 7,000 radio programs, 250 audio programs as well as television programs and videos. His work was all based on the universal law of attraction, “you become what you think about, you will reap what you sow and you must provide service to others.” Zig Ziglar, another famous top personal development expert said that “Earl Nightengale inspired more people to succeed than any other motivational speaker on the planet.”
The next great mind that came was Bob Proctor who in 1961 at the age of 26 was given a copy of Think and Grow Rich. After reading it his life completely changed. He was fascinated and motivated by the book, and following it’s concepts he took his income from $4,ooo a year to 175,000 in 2 years. Then 3 years later he was earning over a million a year. It was at this time that he began to listen to Earl Nightengale’s Strangest Secret repeatedly in his car. He was so intrigued how Think and Grow Rich had changed his life in such a profound way that he was inspired to go and meet Mr. Nightengale.
Bob Proctor went on to become Earl Nightengales protege and began working for him in his corporation. After Earl’s passing, Bob formed his own organization and went on to distributing coaching programs in over 100 countries, he is an author of numerous books, a teacher, lecturer, business consultant and counselor. He carries Think and Grow Rich with him everywhere he goes, never having stopped reading it. Today he is considered the world’s foremost expert on the mind and one of the most respected speakers on prosperity in the world.
Comment on Napoleon’s Think and Grow Rich: “You can listen to yesterdays and todays motivational speakers including successful pastors, business people and some of our greatest civil rights leaders and you will find the principles Hill presents are valid and guaranteed to produce fruit if exercised to it’s instruction. Lets look at messengers such as Disney, Lincoln, Washington, Edison, M.L.King, etc.”
Leaders should understand the wisdom and philosophies discussed by these 5 great men and know that they have been refined from the best minds of leadership in the history of mankind. And as you see there has been a lineage here, from Wallace Wattles to Andrew Carnegie to Napoleon Hill to Earl Nightengale to Bob Proctor. From one great mind to another and now to…your great mind.