This post starts us off on Chapter 9 of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich updated version, Mindset Mastery. This chapter is a lesson in persistence—an important lesson that can serve us so well in so many facets of life. I normally post these on a Monday and Friday, however, today is Sunday and a beautifully great day to publish another thought towards Thinking And Growing Rich 😉
9 Persistence – The Sustained Effort Necessary To Induce Faith
The Eighth Step toward Riches
Persistence is an essential factor in the process of transmuting desire into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the power of will.
Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded, and sometimes ruthless. Often they are misunderstood. What they have is will-power, which they mix with persistence, and use to back up their desires to insure the attainment of their objectives.
Henry Ford has been generally misunderstood to be ruthless and cold-blooded. This misconception grew out of Ford’s habit of following all his plans through with persistence.
The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons.
The Quality Is to The Character
There may be no heroic connotation to the word “persistence,” but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel. The building of a fortune, generally, involves the application of the entire thirteen factors of this philosophy. These principles must be understood, they must be applied with persistence by all who accumulate money.
If you are following this book with the intention of applying the knowledge it conveys, your first test in persistence will come when you begin to follow the six steps described in the second chapter. Unless you are one of the two out of every hundred who already have a definite goal you are aiming for, and a definite plan for its attainment, you may read the instructions, and then go on with your day, and never exercise those instructions.
Sticking With It
Persistence is that ability to stay with your actions, plans, and goals despite road-bumps and –blocks. It is the dedicated willingness and determination to see your plans through to fruition. And it is one of the bedrock cornerstones of all success—a character trait not only worth nurturing, but critical to the achievement of wealth and success. This is precisely why Napoleon Hill dedicates so much of this book to persistence, and to its relative traits and characteristics.
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