Getting published is hard. You must have thick skin and lots of perseverance to withstand the rejection and criticism inherent in its process. That’s why everyone wants it and very few get it. Many aspiring authors quit without ever even knowing whether their writing or ideas were any good. What if they hadn’t quit so soon? What if they had stuck with it just a big longer? Would the contract have come?
It seems there are many of these aspiring authors who could learn a thing or two from Greg S. Reid. A self-proclaimed quitter himself, Reid has taken the principles explained in the works of Napoleon Hill and is demonstrating how we can apply STICKABILITY to them on a daily basis—pushing ourselves to see things through. According to Reid, it comes down to a difference between merely having an interest and having a true passion…
Day: What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Reid: The direct answer is that I am a quitter. I have quit business, marriage, dreams, desires, and realized that I am not alone. Most people write about what they need help with most, so we ventured out on a project that would enlighten the world and myself on what legendary icons have done to stay the course through their greatest adversities.
Day: How brave. Why Napoleon Hill?
Reid: Who else? When it comes to learning from authority figures, there is no greater leader than the late Dr. Hill. When the foundation uncovered hidden files from him, a discovery was made. A find where he shared in his own voice: the Three Causes of Failure.
Day: How were you able to tap these secret files from the Foundation?
Reid: Wish I could take credit for this, yet it was all the brainchild of the foundation’s CEO, Don Green, who discovered vintage audio tracks from the 1940’s. So many people know Hill’s teachings on prosperity, yet few have ever heard his thoughts on failure.
Day: What does it mean to think and grow rich for those who haven’t read Hill’s work?
Reid: That depends on who’s reading it, I suppose. For one person, rich can mean monetary success, where to another it’s the complete opposite. My favorite book he ever wrote was called Grow Rich with (Peace of Mind) where he states that the best form of success comes from living a purpose filled life.
Day: What do you see as the greatest obstacle to people being able to implement these principles?
Reid: One word: FEAR. Fact is, the largest chapter in Think and Grow Rich, is based o this very topic.
Day: There are three issues or states-of-being you address, including ghost of fears, cul-de-sac moments, and relaxed intensity. Can you define these?
Reid: The Ghosts of Fear, refers to the point I made earlier where Dr. Hill describes the six major fears (longest chapter in TGR) that anchors us to mediocrity. A cul–de-sac moment is where there is no way through. You are either in or out. And relaxed intensity is probably my favorite take away from this project. It’s about being cool under pressure. Just like a captain has to remain calm in the face of adversity, so do we if we want others to have respect for us and desire to follow along our journey.