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Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill 


The class of people who 
control their environmental influences are : "The non-drifters. All who are victims of the habit of drifting 
forfeit their power to choose their own environment.
They become the victims of every negative influence
of their environment." (p. 223)

Teach the Children:


  1. Reverse present system by giving children the privilege of leading in their schools instead of following orthodox rules designed only to impart abstract knowledge.

  2. Let instructors serve the students and the students serve as instructors.

  3. As far as possible, organize school work into definite methods through which the student can learn by doing and direct the class work so that every student engages in some form of practical labor connected with the daily problems of life.

  4. Ideas are the beginning of all human achievement.  Teach all students how to recognize practical ideas that may be of benefit and help them require whatever they demand of life.

  5. Teach the students how to budget and use time.  Above all teach the truth that time is the biggest asset of all among human beings and is the cheapest.

  6. Teach the student the basic motives by which all people are influenced and show how to use these motives to acquire the necessities and luxuries of life 

  7. Teach children what to eat, how much to eat and what is the relationship between proper eating and sound health.

  8. Teach children the true nature and function of the emotion of sex and above all...that it can be transmuted into a driving force capable of lifting one to great heights of achievement.

  9. Teach children to be definite in all things beginning with the choice of a definite major purpose in life.  

  10. Teach children the nature of and possibilities for good and evil in the principle of habit using illustrations in which to dramatize the subject in the everyday experiences of children and adults.

  11. Teach children how habits become fixed through the laws of hypnotic rhythm and influence them to adopt, while in the lower grades, habits that will lead to independent thought.

  12. Teach children the difference between temporary defeat and failure and show them how to search for the seed of an equivalent advantage which come with every circumstance of defeat.  

  13. Teach children to express their own thoughts fearlessly and to accept or reject at will all ideas of others reserving to themselves the privilege of always relying upon their own judgment.

  14. Teach children to reach decisions promptly and to change them if at all...slowly and with reluctance and never without a definite reason.

  15. Teach children that the human brain is the instrument with which one receives from the great store house of nature the energy which is specialized into definite thoughts....that the brain does not think but serves as an instrument for the interpretation of stimuli which cause thought.

  16. Teach children the value of harmony in their own minds and that this is attainable only through self control.

  17. Teach children the nature and the value of self control.

  18. Teach children that there is a law of increasing returns which can be and should be put into operation as a matter of habit by rendering always more service and better service than is expected of them.

  19. Teach children the true nature of the golden rule and above all show them that the operation of this principle... everything they do to and for another they also do to and for themselves.

  20. Teach children not to have opinions unless they are formed from facts or beliefs which may reasonably be accepted as facts.

  21. Teach children that cigarettes, liquor, narcotics and over indulgence in sex destroy the power of will and lead to the habit of drifting.  Do not forbid these evils, just explain them.

  22. Teach children the danger of believing anything merely because their parents, religious instructors or someone else says it is so.

  23. Teach children to face facts whether they are pleasant or unpleasant without resorting to subterfuge or offering alibis. 

  24. Teach children to encourage the use of their sixth sense through which ideas present themselves in their minds and unknown sources and to examine all such ideas carefully.

  25. Teach children the full import of the law of compensation as it was interpreted by Ralph Waldo Emerson and show them how the law works in the small everyday affairs of life.

  26. Teach children that definiteness of purpose backed by definite plans persistently and continuously applied is the most efficacious prayer available to human beings.

  27. Teach children that the space they occupy in the world is measured definitely by the quality and quantity of useful service they render the world.

  28. Teach children there is no problem which does not have an appropriate solution and that the solution often may be found in the circumstance creating the problem.

  29. Teach children that their only real limitations are those which they set up or permit others to establish in their own minds.

  30. Teach them that man can achieve whatever man can conceive and believe.

  31. Teach children that all school houses and all text books are elementary implements which may be helpful in the development of their minds but that the only school of real value is the great university of life wherein one has the privilege of learning from experience.

  32. Teach children to be true to themselves at all times and since they cannot please everybody therefore to do a good job of pleasing themselves.

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