So who is most to credit for Halpin’s success? Is it Andrews or Halpin himself?
The Credit Goes To….
It is difficult to say whether Mr. Andrews or Mr. Halpin is more deserving of tribute, for the reason that both showed evidence of having an abundance of that very rare quality known as imagination. Mr. Andrews deserves credit for seeing, in young Halpin, a “go-getter” of the highest order. Halpin deserves credit for refusing to compromise with life by accepting and keeping a job he didn’t want. That is one of the major points Hill is trying to emphasize throughout this entire philosophy—that we rise to high positions or remain at the bottom because of conditions we can control if we want to control them.
What Habit Will Get You
Hill is also trying to emphasize another point; namely, that both success and failure are largely the results of habit! Without a doubt Dan Halpin’s close association with the greatest football coach America ever knew planted in his mind the same brand of desire to excel which made the Notre Dame football team world famous. Truly, there is something to the idea that hero-worship is helpful, provided one worships a winner. According to Halpin, Rockne was one of the world’s greatest leaders of men in all history.
Hill believed that business associations are vital factors, both in failure and in success, so intently that he intervened when his son Blair was negotiating with Dan Halpin for a position in his company. Mr. Halpin offered him a beginning salary of about one half what he could have gotten from a rival company. Nevertheless, Hill pressured his son to accept the position with Halpin, because he believed that close association with someone who refuses to compromise with circumstances they do not like is an asset that can never be measured in terms of money.
The Company You Keep
And so we are back to this point as well—that your success or failure is also a reflection of the company that you keep. Those who you choose to admire and emulate and associate with on a regular basis certainly will impact your outcome, so best to choose carefully and wisely! Have your heroes and mentors, but make sure they are worthy of you!
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