Mindset Mastery 187 – Commonly Lacking

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.

Gathering Power

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.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

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.


  1. (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, )

    Sean I have been working very hard on my persistence and will to work toward detail, I thank you for helping me here, we all wish it could happen sooner rather than later, and I guess in the context of where I was 18 months ago things just seem to make a lot more sense today. I’m a better person and I love life no matter what comes before me.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Property: An Excellent Financial Investment =-.

  2. Hi Sean,
    I know one thing I do have is persistence, my attitude is “it’s not going to beat me”. It is because I know without persistence I would get nowhere, I am working to achieve wealth and I will have it. I know it will take a little time but hay, I am on my way.

  3. This entire site is inspirational. And like Richard, and Colin, the awareness of the benefits of the ‘power group’ concept is a great start to change – seeing new ideas, points of perception, new (to old tired paradigms) thoughts, expanded approaches and so much more are nothing short of inspirational. And when grasped and incorporated within us as part of ourselves, we are truly ‘bigger,’ and ‘more’ than we were.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  4. Hello Sean,

    Commonly Lacking !! Seems to me that we can all be guilty of lacking in one or more areas. Persisitence is most definitely the key. Without following through on any action then we all will be no better off next week, next month, next week, next year.
    I heard a great saying from a wonderful wealth creator (I will respect his privacy and call him John!) John once said that “If the pop corn is on the stove, and its popping hot, then that person was ready for wealth. Is your pop corn hot and ready”…great saying that is also like yours Sean “this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires”. So very true, if you are not moving forward build a bigger reason why you need to move forward:) Great blog – Thanks Sean

    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Chasing Your Dreams Or Chasing Your Tail =-.

    • When you go outside and mix with the regular folk – and observe their “normality” you see so many examples of people who are commonly lacking. They don’t even know it. You can’t tell them, of course – unless you are willing to take a mouthful of their commonly lacking communication skills. My lesson is in the observing them & then put the mirror in front of my face to ask myself some hard questions. This way I can get some real insights into myself so I can improve and I get inspired by the people I observe – and it’s through them I get more & more in touch with my sense of humour.
      .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  5. It’s funny… not in the Witty Sam sense of funny – like the “ha, ha… my belly hurts from laughing so much” kinda funny but in the sedate funny sense – when you say Master Mind. It makes me think firstly, of Dr Evil in the Austin Power movies. Secondly, as 2 separate words – Master and Mind. Being the Master of your own Mind means a lot to me – on the deepest of levels, I appreciate Mastering your Mind for success. If you are not in control of your own mind, it’s because your choices are not good and that affects every part of your life. I choice to be the Master of my own Mind – and never allow others who have “Dr Evil” intentions to try to take control. Me Master – My Mind!!

    And lastly, within a group of like-minded souls the Master Mind can prove to be more powerful than a single Master Mind. And here we all are in Sean’s blog and I feel surrounded by so many great Masters whose Minds are tuned into the same energy. It is awesome… more powerful than any superhero that ever lived. Yeah, I am talking about you “Sports Rub Man”
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

    • Thank you for this lightened yet powerful comment. I saw Master Mind in the Dr Evil sense but am just now seeing it as two separate words which are taking on a whole different and motivating meaning for me.

      Off to invite you to one of my groups on Facebook, Samantha. I hope you’ll have some time when this competition is over to spread your wisdom there 🙂
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

      • If I am full of nothing else it’s wisdom… and even through the crazy funny side of my blogs you might see a pearl or two within it – wisdom that is. But one may need to dig a little to see it. Jo calls me Wise & Witty – how fitting!!

        And personally there is no end to personal growth and development – so I will continue to visit Sean’s blog & learn something new & connect with all the peeps here!

  6. If you couldn’t tell before I’ll tell you now – I’m persistent all right! When the going gets tough I get tougher, when the road gets rough I buckle in and enjoy the ride and when the comments keep flowing from Jazz I start typing. 🙂 When I’m down on votes for my son I see more vividly getting the magazine with his picture on it and sharing it with him and the world.

    Like John Lennon sang “Some may say I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one”. I have always been a dreamer and now am doing whatever it takes to make my dreams come true. Even more than have already.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  7. Hi
    For some its not just a lack of persistence it is not believing they can get what they want by changing their thoughts.

    • True Rita.
      Some people don’t even know what they want.
      They tend to drift through life, like a ship without a rudder.
      I must admit, I myself have been there, but its only since I’ve begun to educate myself and developed a successful mindset, that I became aware of what you can achieve.
      Education is the key.
      .-= Cade´s last blog ..Trading System Review – Measure & Improve =-.

      • Society has put pressure on people to decide who they are and what they want to be a such a young age it’s no wonder they have a hard time deciding. Some people only figure things out later in life when they feel it’s too late to embrace a lot of things while others just give up.

        Universities should start to promote to a more mature audience to encourage those from the workforce who are skipping from job to job to quit and start anew. That way they are more confident in what they want to do for a career.
        .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  8. To persist carries a inherent reward of either completion or the sense of not quiting. I persist in looking for my “master mind”.
    .-= Terry Tiessen´s last blog ..Same Day Loans In Australia =-.

  9. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I totally agree that persistence is an integral part of succeeding. I think that there will always be obstacles and setbacks to overcome and the sooner we accept that fact, the easier it is to persist.

    Every time I run into a problem; I see it as a signal to push harder. I know that if I can just overcome this one thing in front of me; I increase my chances that I will get what I want.

  10. I agree, Persistence is definitely a key ingredient to success. You need to have some mental strength & desire to continue on, when thing don’t go your way. As the old saying goes “When the going gets Tough the Tough get going”.
    I tend to think its the “Mentally Tough” who get going, with the ability to control their mind and push harder or smarter to achieve success.
    .-= Cade´s last blog ..Trading System Review – Measure & Improve =-.

  11. Lack of persistence is one major factor in failure, but I am a firm believer that failure is not a failure if you learn from it so really – if you are persistent, learn from your mistakes, rinse and repeat you will get what you want – that is if you know what it truely is that you are chasing…
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Baby Sign for Puppy – A Dad’s Story =-.

  12. Hi Sean,
    The message on persistence is becoming ingrained into my thinking by the teachings in these articles. I’m learning more each day just how very perspicacious Napoleon Hill is and you also Sean. You’re helping students lay down solid foundations to a learning of these fundamental principles for achieving a successful mindset.

    The underlying principle and solid foundation is to begin with a strong desire. All the pieces of the jigsaw are slowly falling into place. This makes for enjoyable learning,

    Thanks for taking the time Sean. You are definitely not a “instant gratification” Aussie Marketing Man.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      Persistence is a necessary ingredient for success. You will always experience temporary defeat and encounter obstacles as long as you’re trying to succeed.

      Persistence will ensure you succeed because no matter what happens; you’ll never give up.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  13. Hi Sean

    It is true that a major cause of failure is having a weak desire.
    The desire needs to be a burning desire just like Napoleon Hill states in his book ‘Think and Grow Rich.

    I have had weak desires in the past and they were usually at times when I did things to try and please others. I didn’t please others and especially not myself.

    Nowadays I have no weak desires. I have passionate desires I follow thanks to Mr Hill or I discard the ‘maybe’s as they are just time wasters.

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