What Happened to the Golden Rule?

What Happened to the Golden Rule?

For those valuable readers of my blog, you know that I have been reading and studying “Law of Success in 16 Lessons” by Napoleon Hill. In lesson 16, the final lesson titled The Golden Rule, you soon understand this is the lesson that ties the first 15 lessons together. Years ago when I was growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee, a lot of people I was exposed to seem to mention the Golden Rule quite often. However today, I began thinking, not that many people mention the Golden Rule any more. Why? Is the Golden Rule outdated? Is it cliché? Let’s look at the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule simply states “to do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. However, it really means to do unto others as you wish they would do unto you. The Bible speaks of the Golden Rule as “whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap”. Confucius stated “do not unto others which you would not have them do unto you”. Napoleon Hill stated “every thought you release and every act in which you indulge has its counter-part in some fact or circumstance with which you will later be confronted.” The masses refer to this as karma, or “what comes around goes around”.

The Golden Rule is the quintessential element in a person’s success or failures. It is not enough just to perform good and kind acts, but also think of good in people and circumstances. The law of attraction that our brain is the center magnet of all we create cannot create great scenarios of success if our thoughts are those of hate, retaliation or ill will towards others. The seeds of future events are sown by the thoughts of today. If you believe if someone has to lose in order for you to achieve gain, you are sowing a seed of failure for your own future. In other words, you cannot hurt someone without hurting yourself somewhere in the future. To the masses, that do not understand these laws of success, they cannot comprehend creating their own misfortunes, yet they do. There are those negative folks that seem to have a dark cloud over them daily, yet believe themselves to be positive. Yet they wish ill will towards those that wrong them. Remember karma?

The Golden Rule should be one of the easiest lessons to learn and use, yet it is one of the hardiest. To have forgiving, positive thoughts everyday along with positive thoughts of your definite chief aim is very challenging. But if you understand these 16 laws of success, it is impossible to achieve that level of happiness and success without mastering the thoughts of the Golden Rule. Go forth and sow great seeds today for your great, successful future tomorrow. Here’s to your success!

“The Golden Rule finds no limit of application in business”. —James Cash Penney

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Tim Wilhoit is owner/principal of Your Friend 4 Life Insurance Agency in Nashville, TN. He is a family man, father of 3, grandfather of 1, entrepreneur, insurance agent, life insurance broker, employee benefit specialist, salesman, sales trainer, recruiter, public speaker, blogger, author and team leader with over 29 years of experience in sales and marketing in the insurance and beverage industries.


14 Responses to What Happened to the Golden Rule?

  • Thanks for providing this Tim
    When we are patient and kind to others, it naturally rubs off on us and vice versa

  • Don, you’re welcome. Thanks for your kind words.

  • the “golden rule” should be practiced more often there would be less aggression thank you

  • I never thought of applying the Golden Rule to my Definite Chief Aim. Thank you for that expansive insight!

  • All sorts of thoughts are quickly running through my head, Tim. When prayer was removed from schools came to mind right away…the spiral downward started back then…very slowly…a number of years later the me generation appeared…moving forward quickly here…the PC years came in and now we are stuck in the easily offended for real and imagined slights…Grace…which we all receive if we want it, is in short supply, it is much easier to receive it, then to exted it! Dying to self has always been in short supply, but today it’s unheard of…the me generation on steriods has taken over. Oh we learn to ‘build realtionships’ and to ‘serve’ others…to learn what others are looking for before presenting our wares in the buisness arena, for example. However, as God and His instructions are kicked to the curb, there is no room for the Golden Rule. It isn’t taught or discussed, and so, sadly, it goes by the wayside.

    • Consuelo, That is an amazing observation. I really wasn’t thinking in that direction when I wrote this blog, but what you stated really hits home with me as well. Great insight and I appreciate you sharing it!

  • Be aware that Adam Smith wrote “Wealth of Nations” which was his second book, his first was “Theory of Moral Sentiments,” i.e. ethics are the foundation of economics.

  • You got me buddy… I thought the article would be about “golden Rule”… as in the UHC division… HA!!

  • Great read

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