One of the more curious chapters in Napolean Hillâ€™s self-help classic Think and Grow Rich is titled: The Mystery of Sex Transmutation. Iâ€™m sure it raised a few eyebrows when it was first published in 1937, because it tackles the subject of sexâ€”and how to effectively use it in the workplace.
The sober Hill isnâ€™t talking about sleeping your way to the top, but in using â€śsex emotionâ€ť to get ahead in business and in life. In 1967, an 84-year old Hill again weighed in on the subject in a sequel to his classic, Think and Grow Rich with Peace of Mind. There, the title of the â€śsexâ€ť chapter more closely mirrored his intent: How to Transmute Sex Emotion into Achievement Power.
Hill believed that â€śyoung people often make the mistake of seeing only the physical side of sexâ€ťâ€”not that thereâ€™s anything wrong with that. But Hill thought we needed to take a broader view of sex and the fact we can â€śuse transmuted sex energy to add value to everythingâ€ť we do. He proposed transforming our sex drive into a â€śdynamic drive which brings successâ€ť.
Hill was ahead of his time, and maybe our own, in that he saw sex as something more than physical passion but as a unique kind of energy that could be repurposed. â€śItâ€™s an energy that can be directed into many channels. Anything you do can be electrifying and positive and profitable when it is infused with sex emotionâ€ť.
The key to success is the â€śtransmutationâ€ť part. In essence, sex transmutation is the ability to switch a desire for physical contact to a similar desire for expression in some other field. Hill points out â€śwhen the energy is being transmuted, there is no desire for the physical actâ€ť of sex. â€śSomething else that is very vital and important can be accomplished with the same energy.â€ť
So what happens if you can successfully pull off this transmutation? According to Hill, transmuted sex energy can “add warmth to your handshake, strength to your voice, attraction to your personality.â€ť Hill believed that the thing we call personal magnetism is in fact rooted in sex, and those who have it have pulled off the transmutation.
In Hillâ€™s view, sex energy can be used to do just about anything you do better, as it adds an extra dimension to your work. He writes: â€śGreat artists know how to channel their sex energy into their artistry. Great orators use sex energy to sway their audiences. A great scientist uses the same dynamic force to solve the problems of invention.â€ť
Of course, the hard part is refocusing the wild beast we know as our sex drive. But maybe the issue here is our preconceived, compartmentalized notion of sex. As Hill points out, â€śsex does not exist in a separate compartment in our lives, but permeates our entire existence.â€ť So maybe itâ€™s all about keeping this magical essence alive, both inside and outside the bedroom.