Napoleon Hill not only extracted his principles for success by learning what traits and characteristics made the wealthy people he studied, but also by learning about how failures come to be—the mistakes that are made that prevent success. What follows here is just one example of this.
Conditions For Destruction
During the Depression, Hill spent several months in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania, studying conditions which all but destroyed the coal industry. Among several very significant discoveries was the fact that greed on the part of operators and their employees was the chief cause of the loss of business for the operators, and loss of jobs for the miners.
Through the pressure of a group of overzealous labor leaders, representing the employees, and the greed for profits on the part of the operators, the anthracite business suddenly dwindled. The coal operators and their employees drove sharp bargains with one another, adding the cost of the “bargaining” to the price of the coal, until, finally, they discovered they had built up a wonderful business for the manufacturers of oil burning heating units and the producers of crude oil.
The Price Of Greed
“The wages of sin is death!” Many have read this in the Bible, but few have discovered its meaning. During the Depression years all men were forced to listen to a sermon which might as well have been called “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” And today, that history is there for all of us to learn from as we go about building our business and fortunes.
Nothing as widespread and effective as the Depression could possibly be “just a coincidence.” Behind the Depression was a cause. Nothing ever happens without a cause. For the main part of it, the cause of the Depression can be traced directly to the worldwide habit of trying to reap without sowing.
Sowing The Right Seeds
This is not to say that the Depression represents a crop which the world is being forced to reap that the world did not sow. The trouble was that the world sowed the wrong sort of seed. Any farmer knows he cannot sow thistle seed and reap a harvest of grain. Beginning at the outbreak of the First World War, the people of the world began to sow the seed of inadequate service in both quality and quantity. Nearly everyone was busy with the pastime of trying to get without giving.
The point of taking such pains to illustration these facts is to learn from the past and bring it to the attention of those who people have personal services to market, to show that we are where we are, and what we are, because of our own conduct! If there is a principle of cause and effect that controls business, finance, and transportation, this same principle controls individuals and determines their economic status.
Stop History From Repeating
In your life and endeavors toward wealth, you can control the outcome and the crop by controlling the seeds you sow. Sow seeds of prosperity, positivity, truth, ethics, and integrity, and you will reap these things and much more.
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