MKS: The Real Secret to Freedom

The Real Secret is an attempt to convey the most important knowledge available to mankind in a way that the average person can understand.

For most people it is new, dramatic and almost unbelievable. We ask you to suspend judgement because everything you think and believe to be true has been fed to you since childhood by forces that do not want you to wake up to true freedom and personal power.

Many books have been written about the keys to success. There are many seminars that teach these same principles. So why do people still not find the success they desire? Could it be there are other forces at work that prevent you from finding the success you so richly deserve?

Do you want to outwit the devil in your life?

  1. What is your definition of success?
  2. Has there been a time in your life when nothing could stop you or get in your way? How did that feel? What were the circumstances surrounding that time?
  3. Has there been a time that you have been your own worst enemy? Have you gotten in your own way?
  4. Have you ever reacted to a situation and surprised yourself by your reaction (not knowing where it came from)?
  5. Have you ever talked yourself out of doing something that you knew was good for you? How did you justify it?
  6. Have you ever felt your creativity squashed or stifled? What got in your way?
  7. Do you want to conquer your obstacles and attain spiritual, physical and mental freedom?
  8. If you could identify something that prevents you from creating the success you deserve, would you deal with it and conquer it?
  9. Are you ready to release yourself from fear and uncertainty? The read on…

Drifter or Non-Drifter? Which one are you? “Wisdom comes only to non-drifters who form positive thought habits as a dominating force in their lives.”  – Napoleon Hill

Why in the world, when success is available to everyone, do so few succeed? To the vast majority of people this is one of the most perplexing questions with which they can be confronted.

Many will tell you it is a rhetorical question – there is no answer. However, that is just not so. There is an answer and we want to share it with you. Perhaps you have already heard the answer. Albert E. N. Gray delivered it in a speech years ago in Philadelphia. The speech was titled, The Common Denominator of Success.

Mr. Gray explained that success is something achieved by the minority of men and women. It is therefore unusual. Not to be achieved by following our usual likes and dislikes, nor by being guided by our natural preferences and prejudices.

In other words, success cannot be achieved by doing what comes naturally. Gray said the common denominator of success is in forming the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.

Let me repeat, successful people form the habit of doing things failures don’t like to do.

Mr. Gray was asked why the successful people like doing the things that make them successful. He replied that the beautiful truth is, successful people don’t like doing these things, which is precisely why they have formed the habit of doing them. A habit is something you do without any conscious thought given… you automatically do it.

Successful people are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing activities. They are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do.

Exercise: Make a list of four activities you know will give you the success you seek. Commit to do these things religiously for thirty days and they will become habitual.

Read Aloud and Do These 4 Simple Things Daily

Put Yourself In The Flow of Affluence

1. Where ever I go I bring a gift. I may bring a compliment, prayer, trinket, flower…. but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter

2. I promise to a grateful receiver of the gifts that surround me, pausing often and noticing nature, kindnesses, smiles, and compliments; to which I gladly receive with a ‘thank you’

3. I promise to give hope for joy, affluence, kindness, and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity

4. I promise to give, without expectation of reciprocity, to the channels I enrich because I know I am in the dynamic flow of giving and receiving

Then, as William James put it, you will wake up one fine day to find you are one of the competent or great ones of your generation.

You can choose whatever you want out of life. I personally thought this was the Carnegie wealth secret for a long time, especially since Napoleon Hill focuses on this concept in his other works. For example, in Outwitting the Devil, Hill explains that most people are drifters because they never decide what they want out of life. There is no secret.

  • HE (the Devil) CLAIMS TO OWN 98% OF ALL HUMAN MINDS through Hypnotic Rhythm. It is described as a Universal phenomenon. It is a force that collectively takes the natural course of the earth, moon, stars, galaxies and various environments and automates their rhythm in relation to each other.
  • The Law of Hypnotic Rhythm says a habit becomes a habit when you engage a behavior to which you devote no conscious attention. Conventional wisdom recommends applying personal discipline to change a bad habit.
  • The Law of Hypnotic Rhythm says a habit becomes a habit when you engage a behavior to which you devote no conscious attention. Conventional wisdom recommends applying personal discipline to change a bad habit.

In Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil: (1) Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil – YouTube Hill describes what he calls the Hypnotic Rhythm, which is a Law of Subconscious human nature that tends to slowly solidify our habits and make them a permanent part of our lives, often without us even noticing how powerful and addictive those habits may have become.

  • Breaking and designing new habits is a result of awareness, which leads to conscious repetition, which leads to habit, which leads to Hypnotic Rhythm. The Law of Hypnotic Rhythm is when a thought or physical movement repeats itself over and over through habit to the point where it reaches permanency.
  • A habit becomes a habit when you engage a behavior to which you devote no conscious attention. Conventional wisdom recommends applying personal discipline to change a bad habit.

24 TRAITS OF A “DRIFTER” Drifter Vs Non-Drifter?

I’ve always been a big fan of Napoleon Hill. After all, Think and Grow Rich is a timeless classic that contains a lot of seeds for personal development greatness.

So naturally, I was excited to learn about Napoleon Hill book entitled Outwitting the Devil. It was actually written in 1938, a year after Think and Grow Rich was published. The story goes that his family (specifically his wife) did not want the book published due to the controversial subject matter (an interview with “the devil”). Napoleon Hill died in 1970 and his wife, Annie Lou in 1984. The manuscript was kept by the Napoleon Hill Foundation and was only released for  publication in 2011.

Napoleon Hill describes a prevalent habit among all people which brings about suffering and destruction. This habit is known as drifting. When someone drifts, the devil, so to speak, takes hold of their life.  The “devil” claims to have control of 98% of the population while only 2% of people use their minds to stay focused and positive, thereby remaining immune to the devil’s powers.

People are divided into two classes: drifters and non-drifters. The 98% are what are referred to as “drifters”. The 2% the devil cannot reach are “non-drifters”.

Most people are drifters. This doesn’t make them good or bad. They simply let other people plan their lives for them. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t. Even if it does ‘work out’ the results are usually underwhelming. The “non-drifters” use a secret formula I discovered in the Master Key System referenced below:

DMP + PMA + WPOA + MMA = Personal Success

This formula sets forth the secret everyone should use to be a successful “non-drifter”.

DMP = Definate Major Purpose

PMA = Positive Mental Attitude

WPOA = Written Plan of Action

MMA = Master Mind Association

Key Takeaway: Without applying this success formula, we become drifters. The biggest thing that people struggle with is drifting: Allowing yourself to be influenced by circumstances outside your own mind.

Hill says that to get what you want in life simply requires a [1]: Definite Major Purpose, and [2]: Knowledge and Application of the Natural Laws. These two things produce the results you want.

A drifter has lots of opinions but none of them are his own. The youthful mind is apt to confuse temporary success for permanent success because they do not keep the following key points in mind.

Which one are you? Doer or Drifter?

Doers have a definite major purpose; positive mental attitude. Manage circumstances and resources; examine every idea they encounter before they adopt or discard it; take risks and assume responsibility; and learn from their mistakes. 

The following is a list of character traits and habits of a typical DRIFTER according to Napoleon Hill’s Book titled: Outwitting the Devil.

1. He will be conspicuous by his lack of self-confidence.

2. He will never accomplish anything requiring thought and effort.

3. He spends all he earns and more too, if he can get credit.

4. He will be sick or ailing from some real or imaginary cause, and calling to high heaven if he suffers the least physical pain.

5. He will have little or no imagination.

6. He will lack enthusiasm and initiative to begin anything he is not forced to undertake, and he will plainly express his weakness by taking the line of least resistance whenever he can do so.

7. He will be ill-tempered and lacking in control of his emotions.

8. His personality will be without magnetism and it will not attract other people.

9. He will have opinions on everything but accurate knowledge of nothing.

10. He may be a jack of all trades but good at none.

11. He will neglect to cooperate with those around him, even those on whom he must depend for food and shelter.

12. He will make the same mistake over and over again, never profiting by failure.

13. He will be narrow-minded and intolerant on all subjects, ready to crucify those who may disagree with him.

14. He will expect everything of others but be willing to give little or nothing in return.

15. He may begin many things but he will complete nothing.

16. He will be loud in his condemnation of his government, but he will never tell you definitely how it can be improved.

17. He will never reach decisions on anything if he can avoid it, and if he is forced to decide he will reverse himself at the first opportunity.

18. He will eat too much and exercise too little.

19. He will take a drink of liquor if someone else will pay for it.

20. He will gamble if he can do it “on the cuff”.

21. He will criticize others who are succeeding in their chosen calling.

22. In brief, the drifter will work harder to get out of thinking than most others work in earning a good living.

23. He will tell a lie rather than admit his ignorance on any subject.

24. If he works for others, he will criticize them to their backs and flatter them to their faces.

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Here’s the description of a “non-drifter” as described by Hill.

  1. He is always engaged in doing something definite, through some well-organized plan which is definite. He has a major goal in life to which he is always working, and many minor goals, all of which lead toward his central scheme.
  2. The tone of his voice, the quickness of his step, the sparkle in his eyes, the quickness of his decisions clearly mark him as a person who knows exactly what he wants and is determined to get it, no matter how long it may take or what price he must pay.
  3. If you ask him questions, he gives you direct answers and never falls back on evasions or resorts to subterfuge.
  4. He extends many favors to others, but accepts favors sparingly or not at all.
  5. He will be found up front whether he is playing a game, or fighting a war.
  6. If he does not know the answers he will say so frankly.
  7. He has a good memory; never offers an alibi for his shortcomings.
  8. He never blames others for his mistakes, no matter if they deserve the blame.
  9. He used to be known as a go-getter, but in modern times he is called a go-giver. You will find him running the biggest business in town, living on the best street, driving the best automobile, and making his presence felt wherever he happens to be.
  10. He is an inspiration to all who come into contact with his mind.
  11. The major distinguishing feature of the non-drifter is this: He has a mind of his own and uses it for all purposes.

There they are the traits of a non-drifter as opposed to those a drifter. Study them and make necessary changes.

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The Seven Principles of Hypnotic Rhythm

Make sure you put them into action!

  1. Definiteness of Purpose (VS. Drifting)- Using Hypnotic Rhythm for your own good. Definiteness of purpose is another way of saying that you MUST have a clear vision, clear goals, clear intentions and clear plans on how to achieve them. Many people in the world today are “Drifters”.
  • Napoleon Hill describes a drifter as someone that is lazy, indifferent, allows others to think for them and procrastinates. A passive consumer rather than a proactive researcher and thinker.
  • The classic drifter becomes part of someone else’s plan rather than having his/her own plan. As you look to break into the business field, you must know that there are many Drifters applying to these careers.
  • The Drifter copies and pastes job descriptions onto their resume vs. thinking through the problems potential employers might have and write up their resume as a solution to those problems, like someone with definiteness of purpose.
  • “Faith is definiteness of purpose backed by belief in the attainment of the object of that purpose. “ “All habits, save only that of the love of definiteness of purpose, may lead to the habit of drifting. “
  • 2. Mastery over Self: “The person who is not master of himself can never be master of others. “If you practice your god given gift to think about how you will apply yourself in a way that will add massive value, you’ll break free from the me-too mindset. Mastery over self is the ability to respond to your mind, body and spirit in such a way that does not tolerate anything below your standards.
  • 3. Learning from Adversity: In order to create meaningful results in your life, you must be able to learn from adversity. For every challenge, there is a huge opportunity on the other side.
  • 4. Controlling environmental influence (associations): Are you surrounding yourself with friends that are not supportive of your goals? Perhaps they don’t take you seriously when you share your dreams or aspirations. If that is the case, you must divest yourself of them.
  • 5. Time (giving permanency to positive, rather than negative thought-habits and developing wisdom) Whatever you feel, think or do consistently, with time, it becomes engrained in your life as a habit. This is why the principle of time will make or break you. It is in your best interest to understand that time is the glue of your thoughts and actions.
  • Time eventually sets a course for you, good or bad, profitable or not, that will determine your future. The important thing to remember here is smart business people set goals, measure and accomplish them daily. By doing so, you’ll be using the principle of time to mold you right into this six-seven figure business and beyond.

6. Harmony (acting with definiteness of purpose to become the dominating influence in your own mental, spiritual, and physical environment). This can work for or against you. It is a law of nature. Remember Hill’s definition of the Master Mind: “harmonious coordination of two or more minds working to a definite end. “

7. Caution (thinking through your plans before you act): As it relates to caution… The best think you can do is think through and practice your plans before showing up to the interview. There’s nothing worse than showing up unprepared. The same is true when you get into the business. You’ll want to make sure to prepare a yearly and quarterly plan for your territory or business.

10 rules to Eliminate Drifting

Rule #1: Do your own thinking on all occasions. The fact that human beings are given complete control over nothing save the power to think their own thoughts is laden with significance.

Use the spotlight of your mind to direct your thinking. If you cannot ‘not think’ for 15 seconds you are a slave to your mind.

Do you worry? Constantly feel fear and anxiety? These are all further reasons to take back the power that you have to control your thinking.

Rule #2: Decide definitely what you want from life; then create a plan for attaining it and be willing to sacrifice everything else, if necessary, rather than accept permanent defeat.

Understand that not having a plan, is a plan by itself. Just an absolute terrible one. If you don’t have the GPS destination of where you want to go, then you will just let the wind decide instead.

In order to create what we want in our life, it requires sacrifice. The bigger the sacrifice the more commitment and drive you create for yourself.

Rule #3: Analyze temporary defeat, no matter of what nature or cause, and extract from it the seed of an equivalent advantage. 

Squeeze that orange until all the juice comes out. By dissecting past failures, you gain invaluable lessons and prevent yourself from doing the same mistake again and again. Mistakes are great, just don’t make them twice. 

Rule #4: Be willing to render useful service equivalent to the value of all material things you demand of life, and render the service first. 

If you want a billion dollars, solve a billion dollar problem. Create and give the service equivalent or more of what you desire, first. No more needs to be said. 

Rule #5: Recognize that your brain is a receiving set that can be attuned to receive communications from the universal storehouse of infinite intelligence, to help you transmute your desires into their physical equivalent. 

Have systems put in place to create empty space in your mind. The more empty space from mindfulness, walking etc, will allow the universal intelligence to come inside and provide the guidance you desire. 

Rule #6: Recognize that your greatest asset is time, the only thing except the power of thought which you own outright, and the one thing which can be shaped into whatever material things you want. Budget your time so none of it is wasted. 

If you were truly in forward motion and on your path and purpose, would you want to rest? Take breaks? No. You wouldn’t. Eliminate procrastination, defeat the Enemies that are not allowing you to utilize the gift of time. 

Rule #7: Recognize the trust that fear generally is a filler with which the Devil occupies the unused portion of your mind. It is only a state of mind which you can control by filling the space it occupies with faith in your ability to make life provide you with whatever you demand of it. 

Fear is the compass to more life. Breathe, and overcome. Notice that every time you get close to the perceived dragon, it disappears. The fear is not real. It’s only a state of mind.

Rule #8: When you pray, do not beg! Demand what you want and insist upon getting exactly that, with no substitutes. 

Please oh please God! Absolutely never again. I want. I demand. I deserve. Demand what you want and insist on getting it. Raise your standards. 

Rule #9: Recognize that life is a cruel taskmaster and that either you master it or it masters you. There is no half-way or compromising point. Never accept from life anything you do not want. If that which you do not want is temporarily forced upon you, you can refuse, in your own mind, to accept it and it will make way for the thing you do want.

There is no half way or compromising. It’s either you are in control or you are not. The power of your mind is limitless.

Rule #10: Lastly, remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon. 

Are your dominating thoughts bringing you closer to what you desire or further? Think it’s time to change something?

Assessment: Question for you. Dear reader regarding Napoleon Hill defeating the Devil: If you were to rate these rules on a scale of 1-10. 1 being I’m terrible at it and 10 being I’m a master.

  • What would your combined number be?
  • Which one is your weakest link?

I look forward to hearing about it in the comments. 


[1]: Master Key System tells us everything in this Universe, including you, boils down to energy, frequencies, and vibrations. And within this Universe, there are Seven Major Universal Laws and Seven Major of Mind or Principles that explain how energy, frequencies, and vibrations “work” to become a non-drifter and create what you want. (1) The Master Key System – [CHARLES HAANEL] – The Secret of a Success Mindset – YouTube

[2]: Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil: (1) Napoleon Hill’s Audiobook Outwitting the Devil – YouTube

[3]: The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale: (4) Audiobook – The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale – YouTube

[4]: Success the Glenn Bland Method How to Set Goals | If You Want to Succeed Read This Book: 978-1-4143-3605-3.pdf ( This book is filled with many great illustrations and references to give you have a Life Plan, Goals and Plans that really work. 978-1-4143-3605-3.pdf (

[5]: The Greatest Salesman in the World Scrolls 1 to 10: (1) The Greatest Salesman in the World Scrolls 1 to 10 – YouTube

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