I’m sure I have mentioned before how big of a self-help reader I am. I’m a huge fan of inspirational and motivational reading and role models and all that good stuff. A while ago my uncle gave me a book entitled Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and I happened to stumble upon it while going through my books this past weekend. I’d like to share some tips from the book from a chapter titled You’ve got a problem? Good.
The reason why I decided to share this excerpt upon reading it was an encounter I had just yesterday with a young lady named Vuyokazi (my sister’s name as well) who is one of the cleaning ladies at my building. I had been feeling guilty from reading about how we treat domestic workers on Milisuthando Bongela’s blog and decided to have a conversation with Vuyokazi. She is in her twenties and works two jobs while she is studying. On Mondays she is a student, from Tuesday to Thursday she is a cleaner and on Fridays she is a receptionist. These jobs help her to cope with the financial strain of her studies as well as provide for herself and her son.
What struck me about her was how she did not seem to feel sorry for herself when talking about her life. So often when we go through problems we feel sorry for ourselves and think it is the end of the world, but here is someone with big challenges (bigger than mine at least) making use of the exact insights that I read from this book over the weekend.
- So you’ve got a problem? That’s good. Why? Because every time you meet a problem and tackle and conquer it with a positive mental attitude, you become a better, bigger and more successful person.
- Everyone has problems.
- Your success, or failure, in meeting with the problems presented by the challenges of change will be determined by your mental attitude.
- Direct your thoughts control your emotions and ordain your destiny.
- God is always a good God.
- When you have a problem: ask for guidance, think, state the problem and analyse it, adopt a positive mental attitude, then change the adversity into seeds of greater benefit.
- One good idea followed by action can change failure into success.
I’m definitely keeping these close-by to remind me how to tackle any problems I might face in future. And to reiterate point number 2, we all have problems. You’re not alone.