Is your mind open or closed?


Yesterday I received a package from America. Inside were 2 books and a calendar.

Both the books, “Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow” and “Paloma”, and the calendar had been published by the Napoleon Hill Foundation and had been sent by its Director, Judith Williamson. If the name Napoleon Hill is new to you, he wrote one of the most influential business psychology books of all time, “Think and Grow Rich”.

Inside was a note, requesting that I turn to page 25 of “Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow” and there I noticed that the quote at the beginning of Chapter 7 was from me.

“Being able to think from the inside out, rather than from the outside in, enables us to block out external distractions that can impede our performance, such as environment and economic conditions, and instead allows us to tap into the infinite potential within our own mind.”

It was a very strange feeling seeing my words in print like that, especially since they were within a book associated with someone whose philosophy has inspired me to understand more about the impact of our own thinking on our results.

I realised that all of what I have experienced and accomplished over the past few years has only been possible because I have been prepared to open my mind. It is only when we open our mind, and directly challenge the beliefs and values that we hold, that we can allow change to happen. It is also the only way that we will learn new things about ourselves and the ever-changing world around us.

Change is unavoidable and therefore to keep our ideas, experiences and even our bodies ‘fresh’, it is so important to continue challenging and refreshing our perspective of our environment.

It is therefore no surprise that the quote from Dr Hill on the calendar for today is this:

“Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief.”



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