Do you need a big break to get ahead in life financially? Can only those who get a break become rich? Let’s see what Hill has to say about your big break.
Millions of people go through life hoping for favorable “breaks.” Maybe a favorable break can give a person an opportunity, but the safest plan is not to depend on luck. It was a favorable “break” that gave author Napoleon Hill the biggest opportunity of his life—but–twenty-five years of determined effort had to be devoted to that opportunity before it became an asset.
The “break” consisted of Hill’s good fortune in meeting and gaining the cooperation of Andrew Carnegie. On that occasion Carnegie planted in his mind the idea of organizing the principles of achievement into a philosophy of success. Thousands of people have profited by the discoveries made in the twenty-five years of research, and several fortunes have been accumulated through the application of the philosophy. Hill’s work was even one of the pioneering works which spawned a whole new genre of literature—empowerment literature. Hill, and others like Wallace Wattles, have become classical motivational writers still (obviously) referenced today as nurturing the ideal of the state of mind as the starting point toward wealth creation. The beginning was simple. It was an idea which anyone might have developed.
Your Real Contribution
Hill’s favorable break came through Carnegie, but what about the determination, definiteness of purpose, and the desire to attain the goal…the persistent effort of twenty-five years? It was no ordinary desire that survived disappointment, discouragement, temporary defeat, criticism, and the constant reminding of his “waste of time.” It was a burning desire! An Obsession!
When the idea was first planted in Hill’s mind by Mr. Carnegie, it was coaxed, nursed, and enticed to remain alive. Gradually, the idea became a giant under its own power, and it coaxed, nursed, and drove the author. Ideas are like that. First you give life and action and guidance to ideas, and then they take on a power of their own and sweep aside all opposition.
More Power Than The Physical
Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust. For example, take the power of Christianity. That began with a simple idea, born in the brain of a man they called Christ. Its chief tenet was, “do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Christ has gone back to the source from whence He came, but His idea lives on. Some day, it may grow up, and come into its own, and then it will have fulfilled Christ’s deepest desire. The idea has been developing only two thousand years. Give it time!
Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.
No explanations, no alibis, and no excuses, either. You do not need a big break. You may, in a stroke of luck, enjoy one, but even that will be useless to you without the determination and desire to make it happen. It is these things that really matter in creating wealth, or in any successful venture.
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