Elbert Hubbard’s great principles for life

I am currently reading ‘How to win friends and influence people’, by Dale Carnegie. I can’t wait to do its book review because it is definitely not what I thought it would be.

Meanwhile, I’d like to leave you with this passage from the book which I found profound, inspiring, and highly applicable. It was originally written by Elbert Hubbard, essayist and publisher.

Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.

Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; and then, without veering off direction, you will move straight to the goal.

Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, ad then, as the days go gliding away, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the element it needs.

Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular person… Thought is supreme.

Preserve a right mental attitude – the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that which our hearts are fixed.

Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.

Elbert Hubbard