The Satellite Principle

This entry is part 22 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 25:  The Satellite Principle

While true that it takes a lot of thought, energy and attention to get a business or some other creative project off the ground, it is also true that an enterprise can eventually become self sustaining. I call this The Satellite Principle.

To put a satellite in orbit requires a tremendous amount of thrust, but then once a certain speed is reached no additional energy is required. The satellite will then speed along almost endlessly without slowing down or speeding up. If it were to speed up an additional amount of energy would be required.

Any enterprise works this way. It takes a great amount of energy, work and thought to get it off the ground, but once launched it takes on a life of its own and sustains itself as if in orbit. If growth is desired then more thought and energy need to be applied.

To launch a satellite in orbit takes a tremendous amount of initial thrust from rocket fuel.  What then are the corresponding energies needed to achieve a self-sustaining goal?  Before answering that we should first note that there are two types of goals.

The first are goals that are an end unto themselves.  For instance, you may want a new car.  You save up money and buy it and then the goal is reached.  No satellite principle is involved.

The second are goals that incorporate the satellite principle and involve something that continues to benefit the receiver or others once it is reached. A successful business is in this category. Once a business is successfully launched, if done right, will have the power to continue, even if the owner should hire a manager and retire.

A successful retirement is self-sustaining.  The individual had to work hard for many years and direct energy toward the goal and when reached the successful person will have an income as long as he lives.

Another may create a club, a school, am association, a movement and spend many years in building it until it reaches the point where it can continue even if the initiator does.

DK talks about dreamers who “are of no use to God and man.”  These are often intelligent people with great potential, but they have not understood or mastered this principle.  Such people come up with lots of ideas, work a while on one or two of them, and then move on to the next dream.  They never get anything launched because dreaming is much more fun than putting forth the grunt work necessary to fulfill the dream.

Edison understood this principle.  He said that his success was 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Many dreamers are the opposite – 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration. These people often expect others to do the hard work where they just sit back and dream and give out instructions. The truly great successes of the world have not been afraid to get their hands dirty and dig in and just do what is necessary to get the work started.

Perhaps the best book I have read giving the principles to create that sustaining thrust necessary for success is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  It was written many years ago, but is still unsurpassed though many have borrowed its concepts and presented them as their own. Many of the ideas presented in The Secret are similar to those taught by Napoleon hill.

You can access the full text of his book HERE.

Here are the names of the chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Desire

Chapter 3 – Faith

Chapter 4 – Auto-Suggestion

Chapter 5 – Specialized Knowledge

Chapter 6 – Imagination

Chapter 7 – Organized Planning

Chapter 8 – Decision

Chapter 9 – Persistence

Chapter 10 – Power Of The Master Mind

Chapter 11 – The Mystery Of Sex Transmutation

Chapter 12 – The Subconscious Mind

Chapter 13 – The Brain

Chapter 14 – The Sixth Sense

Chapter 15 – How To Outwit The Six Ghosts Of Fear

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

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