Although, as Napoleon Hill told us last time, persistence is essential to success, we find that people in general have a severe lack of the trait, which only works to explain why so many people are not wealthy when it could really be so easy to be.
A Major Cause Of Failure
Remember that lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure. Moreover, experience with thousands of people has proven that lack of persistence is a weakness common to the majority of men. It is a weakness which may be overcome by effort. The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely on the intensity of a person’s desire.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.
Immediate Action Required
Continue to read through to the end, then go back to Chapter two, and start immediately to carry out the instructions given in connection with the six steps. The eagerness with which you follow these instructions will indicate clearly, how much, or how little you really desire to accumulate money. If you find that you are indifferent, you may be sure that you have not yet acquired the “money consciousness” which you must possess before you can be sure of accumulating a fortune.
Fortunes gravitate to men whose minds have been prepared to “attract” them, just as surely as water gravitates to the ocean. In this book can be found all the stimuli necessary to “attune” any normal mind to the vibrations which will attract the object of one’s desires.
If you find you are weak in persistence, center your attention on the instructions contained in the chapter on “Power”; surround yourself with a “Master Mind” group, and through the cooperative efforts of the members of this group, you can develop persistence. You will find additional instructions for the development of persistence in the chapters on auto-suggestion, and the subconscious mind. Follow the instructions outlined in these chapters until your habit nature hands over to your subconscious mind a clear picture of the object of your desire. From that point on, you will not be handicapped by lack of persistence.
Laying The Cornerstone
We said last time that persistence is a cornerstone of success and wealth. But we know that persistence, especially in the modern society of “instant gratification,” is lacking. Before you can succeed and be wealthy, you must pay particular attention to what Napoleon Hill says in this chapter and to building your desires into a fueling fire that will continue to burn as long as it takes to achieve your end goals.
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