Mindset Mastery 194 – To Kill An Ambition

Mindset Mastery eBookOverall, 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.

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. Never give up because if you do you will regret it. Stick to what you know and work at it. If it takes you longer to get there with your learning the knowledge then it does not matter.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Isn’t life Grand in Home Buying =-.

  2. The definiteness of purpose followed by the persistence is a winning combination. First and foremost is to be clear about what it is that’s most important to you and then have a plan to achieve what it is that you most want.

  3. I agree, you have to create your own break, as not everything is evolving about one self and not everybody is just waiting for me to come around the corner.
    If you really want something, you need to do everything in your own power – that includes creating your own break 🙂
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement – 25 Self Motivation Quotes =-.

  4. Facing your fears, taking up opportunities when they arise and seeing any failure as a learning experience, will allow you to create your own breaks. With these breaks, comes faith in your abilities and, combined with a definiteness of purpose and persistence, success is inevitable.
    .-= Colin´s last blog ..Wealth and Success =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Persistence is the key. I won’t fail as long as I am willing to persist until I achieve my goals. Still, if I don’t have clarity about what I’m trying to achieve; a definiteness of purpose; I can end up persisting with meaningless tasks.

    I’ve always believed that the harder I work the luckier I get. As in, the harder I work the more ‘big breaks’ seem to come my way. For me, it’s about knowing what I want, focusing on that, working hard and being persistent.

  6. It is really true that you have to be persistent and believe what you have in order to be successful. Of course, you have to work hard in order to achieve your goals.

  7. Hi Sean
    One thing you should remember is that it will take time, and there will still be moments when you will stumble, especially in the early stages of learning .
    It is what you do when that happens that makes the difference.
    Look at what made you stumble and see it as a test of your determination and persistence, and so with overcoming each stumbling block, and you get stronger and closer to achieving your goals.
    .-= Rita pepper´s last blog ..SEO Training =-.

  8. I keep dreaming and doing knowing that great things are just around the bend. No one can kill the ambition even if they don’t reply, do reply with negativity or say I’m dreaming the impossible. So many great people dreamed up what “couldn’t” be to get us to where we are today.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..Live With Regis And Kelly in PEI!!! =-.

  9. Luck based ‘breaks’ are far and few in life and it is absolutely true that the only definitive breaks in life are created by the individual.

    These breaks must not be seen as a wonder of nature or miracle, but rather the result of a carefully thought-out plan and steps taken to live out that plan.
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Following a Entrepreneurs Mindset =-.

  10. Persistence is the key. I won’t fail as long as I am willing to persist until I achieve my goals. Still, if I don’t have clarity about what I’m trying to achieve; a definiteness of purpose; I can end up persisting with meaningless tasks.

  11. Marie Dressler is a great example. In her heyday, she was the greatest silent film actress performing in many Chaplin films. In her decline she became an alcoholic and out of work until she was cast opposite one of my fave’s Greta Garbo. It was Garbo’s first talkie (Anna Christie) – and Marie Dressler was awesome in it. So natural… and I think it was for that film Dressler received an Oscar… I do know she received one from the great Norma Shearer. Not that I was there… although I could have been – we’ll never know!

    Point is – Dressler made a triumphant return. It doesn’t matter how “down & out” one is anything is possible if you just stick in there and persist, you might just achieve the impossible.

    BTW – I highly recommend watching Anna Christie. If you can get your hands on it – besides seeing Garbo’s great talent but to also see Marie Dressler in her element. And you’ll see that just as Sean says you can achieve success at any age!
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..How To Make Money Quickly =-.

    • Hi Sam,

      I agree that it doesn’t matter how down and out we feel; anything is possible if we just hang in there and keep trying. Persistence is the difference between success and failure.

      You haven’t failed while you’re still persisting. Besides if you keep persisting until you succeed; you’ve just guaranteed yourself success.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  12. I once thought that to be a movie star meant that you had really made it and that movie stars always lived a life of luxury. I hadn’t considered the hard work and burning ambition needed to succeed in such a competitive industry. The tenacity of the movie stars used in this article is a great reminder that you definitely do make your own “big breaks” in life with a lot of hard work and dedication.

    Great article!

  13. Hi Sean

    A great article once again Sean.
    Definiteness of purpose is the most important ingredient in reaching your goal. You need to know without a doubt, where you are going, what your goal is and how you are goiong to get there.

    Definiteness means defining your outcome. What makes you get out of bed every day?
    When you have formed an image in your mind of exactly how you would like to see yourself and where, (see it, feel it, touch it hear it) what feeling will it give you when you have reached your goal?

    Remember we are always desiring to feel and have our feelings fulfilled so this is tantamount to address.
    .-= Elly´s last blog .. =-.

  14. Cathy Howitt says:

    Wealth does not respond to wishes. It responds only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
    How true is this statement! W can wish for whatever we want, but unless we have a plan and take action, they will remain just that….wishes!

    Wishes often remain wishes because people are afraid that if they take action, someone else will kill their ambition. So they kill it themselves before they have even started.


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