Napoleon Hill taught wealth creation in a way that is not unlike the Law of Attraction. He taught that in order to ‘Think and Grow Rich’, you must cultivate the mind to be a fertile field that is capable of sustaining wealth. That requires cultivating thoughts of success, money, and wealth; if you cultivate the opposite of these things, that is precisely what you will attract to you.
Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you are asleep. Spasmodic or occasional effort to apply the rules will be of no value to you. To get results, you must apply all of the rules until their application becomes a fixed habit with you. In no other way can you develop the necessary “money consciousness.”
Prepare Your Mind For Wealth
Poverty is attracted to the one whose mind is favorable to it, as money is attracted to those whose minds have been deliberately prepared to attract it, and through the same laws. Poverty consciousness will voluntarily seize the mind that is not occupies with money consciousness.
A poverty consciousness develops without conscious application of habits favorable to it. The money consciousness must be created to order, unless one is born with such a consciousness.
Catch the full significance of the statements in the preceding paragraph, and you will understand the importance of persistence in wealth creation. Without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.
The Value Of Persistence
If you have ever had a nightmare, you will realize the value of persistence. You are lying in bed, half awake, with a feeling that you are about to smother. You are unable to turn over, or to move a muscle. You realize that you must begin to regain control over your muscles. Through persistent effort of will-power, you finally manage to move the fingers of one hand. By continuing to move your fingers, you extend your control to the muscles of one arm, until you can lift it. Then you gain control of the other arm in the same manner. You finally gain control over the muscles of one leg, and then extend it to the other leg. Then—with one supreme effort of will–you regain complete control over your muscular system, and “snap” out of your nightmare. The trick has been turned step by step.
You might find it necessary to “snap” out of your mental inertia, through a similar procedure, moving slowly at first, then increasing your speed, until you gain complete control over your will. Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move.
Persistence Equals Success
With persistence will come success.
If you select your “Master Mind” group with care, you will have in it at least one person who will aid you in the development of persistence. Some men who have accumulated great fortunes did so because of necessity. They developed the habit of persistence because they were so closely driven by circumstances that they had to become persistent.
There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be replaced any other quality! Remember this, and it will give you heart, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow.
Working For It
Napoleon Hill is not promising that developing this infallible persistence will be simple or happen overnight, but you are certainly capable of cultivating this crop. It takes some work to be sure, but it is a reward definitely worth having; it is the key to your success in creating wealth, and in every other thing you set out to do!
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