Mindset Mastery 163 – The Tragedy Of Life

Mindset Mastery eBookAs Napoleon Hill puts it, the list of 30 causes of failure are an illustration of “the tragedy of life;” and it takes a very targeted, honest effort at self evaluation in order to see what is holding you back so that you can move above and beyond it.

See Yourself

If you look you can find in these thirty major causes of failure a description of the tragedy of life, which holds true for practically every person who tries and fails. It will be helpful if you have someone who knows you well go over this list with you, and help analyze you against the thirty causes of failure. You may be able to accurately do this alone but most people cannot see themselves as others see them. You may be one who cannot.

The oldest of admonitions is “Man, know thyself!” If you market merchandise successfully, you must know the merchandise. The same is true in marketing yourself. You should know all of your weaknesses so that you can either bridge them or eliminate them entirely. You should know your strengths so that you can call attention to it when selling your services. You can know yourself only through accurate analysis.

Real Self Worth

The folly of ignorance in connection with the self was displayed by a young man who applied for a job with the manager of a well known business. He made a very good impression until the manager asked him what salary he expected. He replied that he had no fixed sum in mind (lack of a definite aim). The manager then said, “We will pay you what you are worth, after we try you out for a week.”

“I will not accept it,” the applicant replied, “because I am getting more than that where I work now.”

Above And Beyond

Before you even start to negotiate for an increase in pay in your present position, or before you look for a job elsewhere, be sure that you are worth more than you are getting now.

It is one thing to want money—everyone wants more-but it is something entirely different to be worth more! Many people mistake their wants for their just due. Your financial requirements or wants have nothing whatsoever to do with your worth. Your value is established entirely by your ability to render useful service or your capacity to induce others to render such service (to lead).

Entitled Societies

The problem of perceived self-entitlement is probably stronger today even than when Napoleon Hill wrote Think And Grow Rich. It is easy to convince yourself that you are worth more than what you really are, or that you are due something just because you live. Go beyond the self-entitled attitude to one of true worth and value—deserve the wealth that you build!

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.

Comments

  1. Harry Lynn says:

    Hooray for Napoleon !

  2. wise words, indeed.

  3. Roger Veness says:

    what a lot of negative thoughts. I recommend aim high and even if you hit lower you still have achieved. Dont under rate yourself. Hill has it wrong this time!!!!

  4. Self-worth and value. They’re tough ones to define. At the end of the day, I think it’s about valuing ourselves based on our own judgment and then proving that to the market. The market will either agree or disagree, based on a whole range of factors. What’s fundamental, is providing value.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  5. One thing I have never been guilty of is ‘entitlement’ – to be honest my self-worth has been a quality that I have struggled with all my life. The question is – how do you put a $value on your self-worth to be able to ask for that.

    My up-bringing was not a happy one – my father was an alcoholic, violent when he drank and for some reason blamed me personally for all his problems. So I found it hard growing up & retreated in my own little world that I created with my imagination – it was my only escape.

    I stopped using it as an excuse for who I am a few years ago – once I started studying self development. And my self-worth is a hell-ava lot more than it was back then. But like anything it must become a habit – and it’s the practice of catching myself when my actions/words erode at my own self-worth.
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

    • I was tempted to say “I’m sorry,” Samantha yet I know, from personal experience, that our past is what makes is who we are. The idea that you can get past it, not dwell on it or use it as an excuse/ crutch tells a lot about you.

      I grew up with foster kids, since I was born my parents took in children from the community for various reasons. I was angry for so long, in fact, sometimes I find myself falling back into the anger as it was all I knew for a long time. But I got out and I found my voice through isolation while living there. Instead of speaking up and getting ridiculed, not listened to or put down I poured myself into writing and feel I have honed my craft enough now to call myself a writer.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  6. We’re raised to think speaking highly of ourselves is ignorant, rude and self centered but if we don’t count on ourselves to sing our praises how are others supposed to recognize what’s worth praising?

    There’s a big difference between self centered and self confident, embrace yourself and share your worth to others but listen to them share their own worth, too.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  7. There’s a big difference between self centered and self confident, embrace yourself and share your worth to others but listen to them share their own worth, too.

    We’re raised to think speaking highly of ourselves is ignorant, rude and self centered but if we don’t count on ourselves to sing our praises how are others supposed to recognize what’s worth praising?
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  8. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I’ve never had a problem with feelings of entitlement. I believe that if you want something you work for it. No-one owes me a thing. I owe myself.

    I am completely responsible for my life and the way it is. I have no intention of waiting for someone to give me what I want. At work, I have always believed that it is my responsibility to do more work than I am paid. It’s because I’ve always believed that hard work will bring success. Yes, I realize that is a fallacy. 🙂

  9. Hi Sean,
    Sometimes it may not be known when someone does not have self worth. An example is that I once worked for a company and although I was their best salesperson I did not have the courage to ask for more money. If I could have established my self worth in my own mind I would have been confident enough to ask for a commission on sales.

  10. I have the feeling that the entitlement-thinking becomes stronger and stronger. Not sure if it has to do with how then now 20-30 yrs have grown up, receiving everything without having to do anything for it. They come to work and demand title, pay etc without giving any worth or want a raise just because a more senior person gets more than they do, not because they bring the same value to the business.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  11. Hi Sean

    I can relate to many of those comments above. I used to work very hard to please my company with no extra remuneration for my efforts.

    I worked in my own practice for a few years and then went out into corporate again. I noticed that the people that got ahead had 3 things that they used to sell themselves to the Management when they were going for a promotion. They had confidence, the ability to save the company time and the ability to save the company money.

    I don’t know if that is what it is like everywhere now. Years ago you often got a good job on your character references, experience and education.

    Now you have to be a very good salesperson and convince a company of what you can do for them.

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