by Michael Corthell
''Think and Grow Rich'' by Napoleon Hill is one of the best books on success ever written. If you haven't read it yet, get started on it today. It is the 'gold standard' in personal development books. It is endorsed by the world’s top leaders personal development and motivational leaders like Bob Proctor, Tony Robbins, because, like me, it is their 'bible' and their first exposure to the law of attraction, a positive mindset, and positive personal development.
''Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.''
I first read ''Think and Grow Rich'' about 40 years ago and since then have read it multiple times. It is my reference book along with other books written by Peale, Emerson, Thoreau and others.
One of my favorite chapters in ''Think and Grow Rich'' is on Persistence. If you haven’t read the book yet, this will give you a taste of what it’s like.
Here are the key takeaways on persistence.
4 Steps to a Persistence Habit
A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.
A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.
A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
A friendly alliance with one or more person who will encourage you to follow through with both plan and purpose.
Know WHAT YOU WANT. Knowing what you want is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the development of persistence. A strong motive forces you to surmount many difficulties.
A BURNING DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and maintain persistence when you have intense desire.
SELF-RELIANCE. Believe in your ability to carry out a plan makes you follow the plan through with persistence.
DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, help maintain a habit of persistence.
ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that your plans are sound, based upon experience or observation, builds persistence — guessing instead of knowing takes it away.
COOPERATION. Empathy, understanding and harmonious cooperation with others lends to the habit of persistence.
WILLPOWER. The habit of concentrating and focusing your thoughts upon the building of plans for attaining your definite purpose leads to a habit of persistence.
So then, as you can see, persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by persistently and repeatedly thinking positive thoughts so that your subconscious mind picks them up.
Finally, please get the book today. It is a must for anyone wanting to improve their lives and developing the habit of positive thought. There have been more millionaires and indeed, billionaires, who have made their fortunes as a result of reading this success classic than any other book every printed. Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" is his most famous work. It is a complete Reference Book. I also recommended my online magazine Living Wise Day by Day with hundreds of articles that cover what Hill teaches and much more.
You have no excuse not to because it is FREE online...right HERE or if you prefer, your local lending library should have a copy. You can also buy it at most book stores or at AMAZON.COM.
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He offers brilliant reasoning why some thrive while others become complacent. Of course, we all know there are social constructs and systematic variables that heavily influence a person's chance to become wealthy. However, there is something to be said for those who persevere with determination and faith through life's most difficult situations.
There is something special about the person who can dream for a better life AND create a plan of action AND do the work AND stay focused with unwavering commitment and fortitude.
How can we move our own mindset to reject mediocre living and demand extraordinary life? How can we be consistently successful?
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