In the 1988 classic, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill states that the first step to riches in any form is a strong desire for it. This desire is more than wishes, more than hope, more than “well, if I get it and if not, it’s okay.” It is rather a strong burning desire that makes you want to either do nothing else but get what you want or do everything else just to get it at all cost.
There is the story of a warrior who was going to fight an army whose men outnumbered his own men. “He landed his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them.”
He told his men that he burnt the boats to show them that they cannot go back unless they win—they have no other choice to live than to win.
The story of this warrior shows perfectly what it means to have a burning desire to get what one wants. It shows that to strongly desire to achieve a particular thing is to strongly be willing to forsake or sacrifice other things on the alter of achieving that one thing.
Can you do a little self-reflection right now? Ask yourself—
— What is that one thing I really desire in life?
— What are the things I might have to cut off from my life if I really want to achieve that one thing?
Ever since reading this part of Hill’s book, I’ve been doing a little bit of self-reflection myself and this week I’m simply inviting you to pause, ponder and recalibrate using those two questions above.
This week, we’d be expressing what I choose to call Instagram love. The social network has grown to become about anything anyone wants it to be. While being a playground for many people, it’s been a workplace for many. It’s been a canvas for art exploration, a blog for recording ideas, a family album and an archive for important memories.
What fascinates me most right now about the platform is the vastness of knowledge and inspiration that is being thrown around it daily. I believe that right now you can read and learn more than a-hundred-book’s worth on the app and if you strategize well you just might never really need to buy a single book for months and still experience the required amount of mind expansion.
So, instead of the usual blog posts suggestions I’m highlighting 3 of my most useful Instagram posts from the past week. I have decided to always add this to the Signal of Clarity mix in subsequent editions of The Piquant, so watch out and enjoy.
— The ONE Thing [book]
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results is a non-fiction, self-help book written by authors and real estate entrepreneurs, Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan. The book discusses the value of simplifying one’s workload by focusing on the one most important task in any given project.
You can download the ebook here.
— How to be a human being? [Read]
This post is from Chude Jideonwo, the co-founder of RED Africa, owner of brands YNaija, Red Media Africa, The Future Awards Africa and StateCraft Inc. He tells a simple story in his life that inspired in him the answer to what it means to be human—there is no one way to be a human being. As it is, we are all human beings in a billion different ways. Check out the post on IG to catch up on the entire gist.
— How to start healing after a breakup? [Read]
This short post by a magazine-styled Instragram account that I love shares a little insight on how to start healing after a breakup. The second ssuggestion is such an important one that I believe can help us heal and make the best from any relationship problems. Go check ‘em out.
— Bench Now, Ball Later [Watch]
Salem King creates short inspirational videos that are both refreshingly insightful and fun to watch. I stumbled on his account this week and I found myself watching every single video on the feed and almost all the videos in his IG story. Amongst these, I think you should realy watch this and this.