We’ve completed our updated version of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich now through Chapter 7. Today we start in on chapter eight and the seventh step toward riches, with a topic that I think we can all relate to for sure!
Decision – The Mastery Of Procrastination
The Seventh Step toward Riches
Accurate analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the list of the 30 major causes of failure. This is no mere statement of a theory—it is a fact.
Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every person must conquer.
You will have an opportunity to test your capacity to reach quick and definite decisions when you finish reading this book, and are ready to begin putting the principles it describes into action.
The Difference A Decision Can Make
Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities was his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly. This quality was so pronounced in Mr. Ford, that it gave him the reputation of being obstinate. It was this quality which prompted Mr. Ford to continue to manufacture his famous Model “T” (the world’s ugliest car), when all of his advisors, and many of the purchasers of the car, were urging him to change it.
Perhaps Mr. Ford delayed too long in making the change, but the other side of the story is that Mr. Ford’s firmness of decision yielded a huge fortune before the change in model became necessary. There is little doubt that Mr. Ford’s habit of definiteness of decision assumed the proportion of obstinacy, but this quality is preferable to slowness in reaching decisions and quickness in changing them.
A Simple Solution
In and of itself, the ability to limit procrastination and make fast decisions, which you then act upon, is a simple fix to the stagnation of life. Pay close attention in this chapter and to Napoleon Hill’s lessons here, as this one lesson could very easily be “the one” to change your life forever!
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