Mindset Mastery 141 – If At First

Mindset Mastery eBookHurdles 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, Credit WikipediaThomas 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!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2009

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. Great Article Sean – persistence is a wonderful gift to have – something you need to be able to succed
    .-= Hanne Klein´s last blog ..Pregnancy from A-Z =-.

  2. Great Post Sean.
    I have tried lots of things [ apart from Jazz ] for the last 25 + years to find financial freedom, but it’s only in the last couple since my association with you and UWC gang that it’s working. I look forward to working with you until I’m at least 90 and PERSISTING with the projects.

  3. Another way to deal with disappointments is to look at the bigger picture. If you try to see what you want to experience in life, you’d be more open to explore other options that are available to you.
    .-= Linda Davis´s last blog ..Can You Regain Trust in Your Relationship with a Lying Spouse? Part 2 =-.

  4. Great principle for success! Try and try again and never say quit if at first I don’t succeed.
    .-= Patrice´s last blog ..Exercises to Shape Up Your Self Esteem =-.

  5. Yeah Dude..First attempt in anything is a trial one..! you can’t expect any outcome other than learning… You have quoted it perfectly… Nice approach dude.. Angeline @ Marcus evans scam

  6. Great article. Temporary defeats are opportunities.
    .-= Irene Watson, Rewriting Life Scripts´s last blog ..The Fine Line—Codependency, Politics, & Religion =-.

  7. Hey Sean,

    I have found your site via tagzilla and I have to say
    that I heard a lot of good stuff about you.

    Incidentely, I am also a Law of Attraction Fan/Expert
    and I would to know if you’re open for a jv? or doing a project

    .-= Igor Kheifets-IgorHelpsYouSucceed´s last blog ..How To Apply Law of Attraction In Internet Marketing To Make More Money Today =-.

  8. Hi Igor
    I’ll get in touch with you.

  9. Hi Sean – nice article – thanks. I try never to use the word failure. Out of interest I just looked the word up in the Oxford dictionary – quote… “unsuccessful person or thing”. How awful is that – the word should be banned! By the way, the comments box for this post was showing 0 comments, even though there were 8??

  10. HI Sean, This is really mind changing learning and, for the better! The teachings are so positive! Usually when something is referred to as mind changing it’s viewed in the negative… but not this. You have excelled Sean to choose so wisely for your teachings on wealth creation for your pupils.

  11. I have to say, the people who always get my respect are the persistent ones. They might not be the most talented or skilled. But they just refuse to give up. They’re also the ones who people tend to think have “exploded onto the scene” or “come out of nowhere”. The truth is, champions are not made at tournaments. They’re the ones who do what others refuse to do and work hard when no one’s watching. Bit by bit, day by day.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  12. so never quit no matter what? Sure I can do that!!! Make and lose money. Yep done that!!! Keep on going? Sure I am. Success is only around the next corner, and sometimes it is even right in front of your face, only the eyes are not open to see it. Gosh imagine if Thomas Edison gave up? Then we would all be in the dark 🙂
    Good inspiration Thanks Sean
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  13. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I guess I’ll have to keep adjusting and tweaking my plans until I get the result that I desire. I think success is about being flexible in your approach. If something isn’t working, then simply adjust your plans. Don’t give up entirely.

    From now on, I’m going to see all setbacks as temporary only. I’m going to persist with my plans until I get what I set out to achieve. Persistence is one thing that I’m confident I can do well.:)

  14. It’s funny. We grow up in such a competitive world and are told to be the best, yet we tend to give up at the first signs of temporary defeat. How come? Why don’t we learn to adapt our plans to the situation and to see obstacles as stepping stones? As challenges because we are greater than that?
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

    • Jazz Salinger says:

      Hi Renee,

      At least we will have many opportunities to learn how to handle temporary defeat better, as we try to create the lives that we want. I’m sure that it will be our constant companion, but every time it appears, we will be able to continue on because we now know that it is only ‘temporary defeat’. Not permanent, just temporary. 🙂

  15. Hi Sean

    “Persistence is a great gift indeed. With it, anything is possible for you!” Knowing this is all I need. A simple sentence that can have remarkable outcomes if one stays persistent and never ever gives up. I have no intention of giving up because my goals are set.

    I am reminded of Yoda whose famous statement has always stayed with me “do or not do there is no try!”

    • Hi Elly,

      I find persistence to be an integral part of success. I think if you acknowledge before you get started that there will be obstacles to overcome; it’ll make the journey easier.

      This way when obstacles appear to make your journey to success difficult; it won’t come as a surprise. You’ll already know if you just be persistent; you’ll overcome all obstacles in front of you.

      I love that quote by Yoda. It’s on my Twitter profile. 🙂
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

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