Hurdles happen. They’re inevitable. But they can also be overcome. Let’s move on and jump right in to learn more about this essential next step towards wealth. Napoleon Hill helped us advance in this topic so let’s take advantage of that right now.
If At First You Don’t Succeed…
If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. This is the point at which the majority of men meet with failure, because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
The most intelligent man living cannot succeed in wealth creation–or in any other undertaking–without plans which are practical and workable. Just keep this fact in mind, and remember when your plans fail that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. Build other plans. Start all over again.
Try, Try Again
Thomas Edison “failed” ten thousand times before he perfected the incandescent electric light bulb. That is—he met with temporary defeat ten thousand times before his efforts were crowned with success.
Temporary defeat should mean only one thing–the certain knowledge that there is something wrong with your plan. Millions of men go through life in misery and poverty because they lack a sound plan through which they can build a fortune.
Henry Ford built a fortune, not because of his superior mind, but because he adopted and followed a plan which proved to be sound. A thousand men could be pointed out, each with a better education than Ford’s, yet each of whom lives in poverty, because each does not possess the right plan for wealth creation.
Only As Good As Your Plans
Your achievement can be no greater than your plans are sound. That may seem to be an axiomatic statement, but it is true. Samuel Insull lost his fortune of over one hundred million dollars. The Insull fortune was built on plans which were sound. The Great Depression forced Mr. Insull to change his plans; and the change brought “temporary defeat,” because his new plans were not sound. But because by then Mr. Insull was an old man, he, presumably, accepted “failure” instead of “temporary defeat,”; his experience might be considered by many to have turned out ultimately to be failure, but only for the reason that at that point in his life he lacked the fire of persistence to rebuild his plans.
No man is ever whipped, until he quits–in his own mind.
Never Say Quit
Napoleon Hill taught us that you control the end of your pursuit and achievement of wealth. As long as you know the difference between temporary defeat and failure, you possess the knowledge that you need to succeed and be wealthy. Persistence is a great gift indeed. With it, anything is possible for you!
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