Overall, Napoleon Hill was no different from the rest of us. He, too, had to choose to face the criticism and opinions of others, and had to choose to deal with that in order to find the success he sought. What set him apart, and what sets other successful and wealthy men and women apart, is the fact that he was willing to face down the naysayers and do what he knew was in his best interest.
The Chance To Kill
Hill had a fine opportunity, right then and there, before this book ever went as far as the first interview, to kill off ambition before it gained control of him. Later in life, after having analyzed thousands of people, Hill discovered that most ideas are still-born, and need the breath of life injected into them through definite plans of immediate action. The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth. Every minute it lives gives it a better chance of surviving. The fear of criticism is at the bottom of the destruction of most ideas which never reach the planning and action stage.
Many people believe that material success is the result of big “breaks.” There is an element of truth in this belief, but those depending entirely upon luck are nearly always disappointed, because they overlook another important factor which must be present before a person can be sure of success. It is the knowledge with which big “breaks” can be made to order.
Making Your Own Breaks
During the depression, W. C. Fields, the comedian, lost all his money, and found himself without income, without a job, and his means of earning a living (vaudeville) no longer existed. Better still, he was past sixty, when many men consider themselves “old.” He was so eager to stage a comeback that he offered to work without pay, in a new field (movies). Now as if that wasn’t enough, in addition to his other troubles, he fell and injured his neck. To many, that would have been the place to give up and quit. But Fields was persistent. He knew that if he carried on he would get the “breaks” sooner or later, and he did get them, but not by chance.
Marie Dressler found herself down and out, with her money gone, with no job, when she was about sixty. She, too, went after the “breaks,” and got them. Her persistence brought an astounding triumph late in life, long beyond the age when most men and women are done with ambition to achieve.
Eddie Cantor lost his money in the 1929 stock crash, but he still had his persistence and his courage. With these, plus two prominent eyes, he exploited himself back into an income of $10,000 a week! Truthfully, if a person has persistence, he or she can get along very well without many other qualities.
The Only Reliable Break
The only “break” anyone can afford to rely on is a self-made “break.” These come through the application of persistence. The starting point is definiteness of purpose. Examine the first hundred people you meet, ask them what they want most in life, and ninety eight of them will not be able to tell you. If you press them for an answer, some will say—security, many will say—money, a few will say—happiness, others will say—fame and power, and still others will say—social recognition, easy living, ability to sing, dance, or write but none of them will be able to define these terms, or give the slightest indication of a plan by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. Wealth does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
Persist And Be Delivered
Believe in yourself and be persistent. Simple, but effective. In fact, Napoleon Hill‘s entire book and plan is simple, but effective. It is not that the average man or woman does not have what it takes to succeed or be wealthy; rather, it is that the average person will not face these fears and take the chances; will not create his or her own breaks and persist long enough to succeed. That is a situation rather simply remedied, however, and you certainly have the power to do so.
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