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.
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.
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