What is Wisdom?

Wisdom is the ability to relate yourself to Nature’s Laws so as to make them serve you, and the ability to relate yourself to other people so as to gain their harmonious, willing cooperation in helping you to make life yield whatever you demand of it. ~ The Devil

Napoleon Hill, Outwitting the Devil: the Secret to Freedom and Success (written in 1938), Sterling Publishing, 2011

7 principles to attain spiritual, mental, physical freedom

  1. Definiteness of purpose
  2. Mastery over self
  3. Learning from adversity
  4. Controlling environmental influence (association)
  5. Time (giving permanency to positive habit and developing wisdom)
  6. Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, physical environment)
  7. Caution (thinking through your plan before you act)

Two Habits

My greatest weapon over human beings consists of two secret principles by which I gain control of their minds. I will speak first of the principle of habit, through which I silently enter the minds of people. By operating through this principle, I establish (I wish I could avoid using this word) the habit of drifting. When a person begins to drift on any subject, he is headed straight toward the gates of what you earthbound call hell.

The Devil

My second best trick is not second at all. It is first! It is first because without it I never could gain control of the minds of the youths. Parents, schoolteachers, religious instructors, and many other adults unknowingly serve my purpose by helping me to destroy in children the habit of thinking for themselves. They go about their work in various ways, never suspecting what they are doing to the minds of children or the real cause of the children’s mistakes.

The Devil