I love how Hill humbles himself and makes this material approachable by sharing his moment of darkness with the audience and how he was paralyzed by fear which is something a lot of us have experienced.
Outwitting the Devil is a different angle on Hills famous "Think and Grow Rich." The difference is that "Think and Grow Rich" was from a stand point of science and authority. The narration flowed as if you are sitting in a class room receiving instruction from the leading expert on success. It really puts you in the mindset of a student and Hill as the master/teacher. On a subconscious level it works wonders since subconsciously most of us have been in the setting and are trained to learn this way whether we like to admit it or not.
I myself have been on a journey which is the bases of a novel on its own but to hone in on one of the most important and underlying lessons I've learn on my journey and through Hills writings is that fear is the biggest cause of failure. If you can overcome your fear whether it be something life changing such as pursuing a certain career or something as simple as initiating a conversation with a person, you must first take action and not fear the outcome. A solid foundation for incorporating a non-fear based lifestyle is to remember that you have two voices in your head and you must first learn to identify which voice will serve you and which voice will lead you down a dark and destructive path. Even the word fear is so delicate and skewed in its meaning that it can mislead people down the wrong path. The best way I can describe the correct meaning of the word fear here is to use it in my famous "manly man" example. You are a manly man and you are sitting at a coffee shop sipping on your favorite caffeinated morning beverage and you notice another man staring at you. Now since you are a manly man you begin to feel uncomfortable so you think to yourself, "This is uncomfortable, if I merely ignore this other man staring at me I am being fearful of this other man, so naturally I should confront this other man and if he gives me a negative response I'll punch him in the face." So you go up to him with all this negative energy that you generated and confront him. Now since you are exuding all this fear based negative energy this other man subconsciously picks up on it and responds accordingly. Fists are thrown, maybe a couple knees and if you have learned anything from Bruce Lee then maybe a foot or two make their presence known. Now I understand that this example is extreme but it sets the stage for us to examine this approach to fear which stems from the ego and is rooted in fear resulting in a negative outcome. Another approach to the same situation is letting go of the ego based fear and coming from a place of love or goodness or as Hill would call it a positive vibration. This other approach would sound something like this: "Hello, please pardon the interruption but I noticed you from my seat over there and I couldn't help but to approach you and ask if we know each other?" Now as you can see just to arrive to this moment of saying hello is so full of life and opportunity but we miss it over and over again by living in a fear based mind. This "other man" could be your next best friend, employer, business partner, associate, teacher, coach, etc, the list goes on but you would never find out unless you operate on a non-fear based mindset.
My final thoughts about this audio book is this. I LOVE Hills point of view and style and believe Sharon Lechter is coming from a good place when she decided to include her commentary however I believe that it takes away from Hill intelligence and almost condescends his point of view. I think it would better serve this material if Sharon Lechters views were included on a special edition volume like when you watch a dvd and there is a special feature where you can watch the film with director commentary and have the voice included from actors, directors and producers. But definitely don't have the commentary of Lechter in the original book/audio book. Definitely takes away from the message. I hope Hills foundation makes these changes and updates the book. I wish you all an amazing journey in this thing called life.
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