Napoleon Hill and his classic book, Think And Grow Rich has had a massive break during the Learn And Earn Internet Marketing Competition. It’s time to get back into the mindset again that Mr Hill so generously laid out in his great book for us to share.
A World Applauding
Most of the world applauds the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, because of their persistence in searching until they found life’s greatest reward. All of us can profit by following their example in our own search for what we demand of life.
What mystical power gives to men and women of persistence the capacity to master difficulties? Does the quality of persistence set up in a person’s mind some form of spiritual, mental or chemical activity which gives the person access to supernatural forces? Does Infinite Intelligence throw itself on the side of the person who still fights on, after the battle has been lost, with the whole world opposing them?
These and many other similar questions come to mind as you observe men like Henry Ford, who started at scratch, and built an Industrial Empire of huge proportions, with little else in the way of a beginning but persistence. Or, Thomas A. Edison, who, with less than three months of schooling, became the world’s leading inventor and converted persistence into the talking machine, the moving picture machine, and the incandescent light, to say nothing of half a hundred other useful inventions. Or Bill Gates, who founded the most widely used computer operating system without a college engineering degree, and the foresight to do it at the very birth of what is now modern computing, getting in before the field was full and the need fulfilled.
Before reaching his conclusions and writing this book, Hill had the privilege of analyzing both Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford, year by year, over many years; he speaks with first-hand, intimate knowledge of them both when he says he found no quality save persistence in either of them that even remotely suggested the major source of their stupendous achievements.
Any person who makes an impartial study of the prophets, philosophers, “miracle” men, and religious leaders of the past, will be drawn to the inevitable conclusion that persistence, concentration of effort, and definiteness of purpose were the major sources of their achievements.
Consider, for example, the strange and fascinating story of Mohammed; analyze his life, compare him with men of achievement in this modern age of industry, technology and finance, and observe how they have one outstanding trait in common, persistence!
We’ll stop here for today, but do be sure to join us for our next installment when we Think And Grow Rich with Mindset Mastery, where Napoleon Hill will offer us more examples of greatness, perseverance, and success, and we’ll learn more about the fascinating Mohammed.
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