Mindset Mastery 189 – Insurance Against Failure

Can you insure yourself against failure? Isn’t there a saying that goes something to the tune of the best insurance being prevention or preparedness? (If there isn’t there should be; we’ll let Napoleon Hill explain, as he does it so well.)

Your Insurance Policy Against Failure

Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden Guide whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying, arrive; and the world cries, “Bravo! I knew you could do it!” The hidden Guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can’t take it, simply do not make the grade.

If You Can Take It….

Those who can “take it” are bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing. That is not all! They receive something infinitely more important than material compensation—the knowledge that “every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”

There are exceptions to this rule; a few people know from experience the soundness of persistence. They are the ones who have not accepted defeat as being anything more than temporary. They are the ones whose desires are so persistently applied that defeat is finally changed into victory. We who stand on the side-lines of Life see the overwhelmingly large numbers who go down in defeat, never to rise again. We see the few who take the punishment of defeat as an urge to greater effort. These people, fortunately, never learn to accept Life’s reverse gear. But what we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement. If we speak of this power at all we call it persistence, and let it go at that. One thing we all know, if a person does not possess persistence, one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling.

On Broadway

New York’s famed “Broadway,” has been known as both the “Graveyard of Dead Hopes,” and the “Front Porch of Opportunity.” From all over the world people have gone to Broadway seeking fame, fortune, power, love, or whatever it is that human beings call success. Once in a great while someone steps out from the long procession of seekers, and the world hears that another person has mastered Broadway, the same as we hear when a break-out star bursts into Hollywood. But Broadway and Hollywood are not easily nor quickly conquered. She acknowledges talent, recognizes genius, pays off (in money), only after one has refused to quit.

Then we know that star has discovered the secret of how to conquer Broadway or Hollywood. The secret is always inseparably attached to one word, persistence!

Understanding Failure Insurance

Do understand one thing—Napoleon Hill is not saying that successful people do not experience roadblocks; he is simply saying that they persevere and find the opportunity in each situation until they arrive and succeed. The only way to get through the tough times, is to prepare yourself and know that they are coming—but that they are also always manageable if you cultivate the habit of perseverance. Come back next time and Napoleon Hill will give us one of his famed examples of how persistence paid off in real life.

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. Hello Sean,

    Insurance against failure? Wonder if there will ever be insurance company with that name!!! Like life insurance !! Image that, a company set up with the insurance that success is going to happen to those that hang in there and keep going no matter what set backs they face. Broadway is a great example of “making it” – image all those that did make it, not staying and preservering even against all the “oh you wont make it”? That would of been a crime. Bravo to those that take the path of Insurance Against Failure 🙂
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..The Forgotten Generation =-.

  2. So true Sean , even though my wife thinks I’m chasing a false dreams , I know every day I’ve learned something , usually something about my own impulsiveness and impatience that has to be overcome . Every market night I search the charts waiting for that break out , so far over the past two plus years I’ve lost tens of thousands but each day I analyse my mistakes and successes I can see that it’s only a matter of time before I reach a point where my wins outnumber my losses
    .-= tony shirren´s last blog ..Wealth Creation =-.

    • Tony My partner says a similar thing to me he even gave me a time frame in which I should give up Well!!! that is the best thing he could have said to me because it makes me more determined to show everyone I will get the result I want. this little duck will not be giving up. On To Success !!!

    • Tony My partner says a similar thing to me he even gave me a time frame in which I should give up Well!!! that is the best thing he could have said to me because it makes me more determined to show everyone I will get the result I want. this little duck will not be giving up. It’s On To Success !!!

  3. “Where there’s a will there’s a way”. I often catch myself saying ‘There’s gotta be a way’. A few years ago I don’t think I’d have this belief system. It’s served me well and helped me capitalise on many opportunities that pass other people by. Thumbs up to Mr Hill.
    .-= David Moloney´s last blog ..Small Business Outsourcing Saved Me $5,000 and My Sanity =-.

    • I have a few motivation type quotes on my desk (demartini, waitley, etc) which I refer to when I feel the pressure and stress starting to get to me. They give that minute or two where I can calm down, put things in perspective and identify that this is just another ‘small’ roadblock that I need to and can get over.
      .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Real Law of Attraction =-.

  4. Insurance against Failure? Wow! What a great message! This message is greater than simply an insurance against Failure. It is the fundamental foundation that separates Winners from Losers.The strength of persistence in the face of adversity forces even the hardest of rocks to give way to success. No failure can overpower persistence.Indeed , to win in life is tantamount to immediate resurrection every after a fall, with renewed vigor and commitment in planned circumstances.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I find that persistence is a habit that really gets me through the tough times. When the world has gone to hell in a hand-basket, I just try to put one foot in front of the other.

    I know that nothing lasts forever and if I just hang in there long enough; the sun will shine again. Sometimes this can be a lot easier said than done.

  6. When I have a momentary setback at something I’m doing, I remind myself of a past experience where I overcame a similar hurdle. This always motivates me to overcome the current one and move forward.

    • G’day Colin,
      Mate, thankyou for that brilliant comment you made about reflecting on a previous victory and applying it to a problem you’re currently facing / overcoming. I took the liberty of quoting you in the comment I made below yours.
      Thanks again,
      .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..MY EIGHTH STEP TO PROSPERITY =-.

  7. G’day Sean,
    This commenting thing we all do is a special thing for me. Last Sunday I read of someone else’s exercise in persistence with applying for a job every day for weeks until one day he was asked to start immediately. SUCCESS !

    It instantly triggered a memory from my early 20 s when I applied persistence every Monday and Tuesday at 9.15 am [ WITHOUT MISSING ONE ] by phoning to convince the union organiser to give me more gigs. Having reflected on that comment for 3 days I realise that sadly, I had not recognised how stongly I’d applied persistence at that period of my life. What a pity I hadn’t carried on with such drive and persistence.

    Having seen Colin’s comment above, and I’ll quote it here:-
    ” When I have a momentary setback at something I’m doing, I remind myself of a past experience where I overcame a similar hurdle. This always motivates me to overcome the current one and move forward.”

    Colin – Thankyou for that comment. From now on, I’ll combine your remark and tie it to my memory of persistencing [ is that a real word ??? ] or applying persistence to the union organiser into supplying me with lots of gigs.

    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..MY EIGHTH STEP TO PROSPERITY =-.

  8. Hi Sean,
    Understanding Failure Insurance is a powerful message. The world would certainly be a better place if we all could put our failure insurance mindset into practice. Wow! It would be a dynamic place.

    I have an opportunity to put this concept into practice and am sure i will learn so much by the experience.

    Thank-you so much for this article I look forward to reading the next post.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      We have opportunities everyday to put this into practice. There are always obstacles and tough times that can act as learning curves for us.

      We have to make being persistent an everyday habit. It’s much easier to start with small obstacles and then work our way up to the ones that stand in the way of our dreams.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  9. Cathy Howitt says:

    Insurance against failure. Without a doubt that is persistence.
    How often do you see two talent musicians or artists or actors. One is usually more talented than the other, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the most successful one won’t necessary be the most talented….it’ll be the one with the most persistence.

    So it is in life. If you think back to highschool, some of the brainiest students didn’t always succeed in life, whereas the ones with determination and persistence did.

    What a great message.

    • Hi Cath,

      Success doesn’t always go to the smartest or the most talented. But, success will go every time to the most persistent. If you never give in you can’t fail.

      It’s only a matter of time before you reach your goal. Sometimes it’s hard to hang in there when life throws you a curve ball but if you can and keep moving forward, you’ll succeed.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Internet Marketing Success – Make It Happen =-.

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