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How Coco Chanel Built a Fashion Empire Worth More Than $1.4 Bill

Have you had the pleasure of watching Coco avant Chanel - the story of Coco Chanel's rise from humble beginnings to the heights of the fashion world?

A woman of ambition and determination, Gabrielle Chanel, nicknamed "Coco," rose from humble beginnings and an unhappy childhood to become one of the 20th century's most prominent couturiers, prevailing for nearly half a century.

If you have read Think and Grow Rich and watched the movie Coco avant Chanel it will be painfully obvious how Coco used the principles of Think and Grow Rich to build a massive fortune (and along with it, no doubt, a great life full of memorable experiences). You see, successful people use the same principles, whether they know it or not.

As Napoleon Hill writes: 'TRULY, "thoughts are things," and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.'

Did Chanel have DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE? Yes - she clearly wanted to create a statement in the world of fashion and change the way women dress. Chanel craved personal and financial independence, and was ruthless in her search for success. She was unique in revolutionizing the fashion industry with dress reform and in promoting the emancipation of women.

Did Chanel demonstrate PERSISTENCE? Definitely. There were long periods when Chanel was struggling to make ends meet, not knowing where she would find the money to pay the rent, or even her suppliers. But she never gave up.

Did Chanel have a BURNING DESIRE for riches? Chanel has been quoted as saying "I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.". Chanel was born in a poor house and abandoned by her father. There is little doubt that Chanel had a strong motivation to create the opposite of her life circumstances.

The next time you read about someone successful, see if you can find these same principles in their stories. I'm sure you will.