Unformatted text preview: EACHING DECISIONS PROMPTLY, and of changing these decisions SLOWLY,
if, and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without
exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly, and of
changing these decisions quickly and often.
One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities is his habit of reaching decisions
quickly and deﬁnitely, and changing them slowly. This quality is so pronounced
in Mr. Ford, that it has given him the reputation of being obstinate. It was this
quality which prompted Mr. Ford to continue to manufacture his famous Model
“T” (the world’s ugliest car), when all of his advisors, and many of the purchasers
of the car, were urging him to change it.
Perhaps, Mr. Ford delayed too long in making the change, but the other side of
the story is, that Mr. Ford’s ﬁrmness of decision yielded a huge fortune, before the
change in model became necessary. There is but little doubt that Mr. Ford’s habit
of deﬁniteness of decision assumes the proportion of obstinacy, but this quality is
preferable to slowness in reaching decisions and quickness in changing them.
The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufﬁcient for their needs,
are, generally, easily inﬂuenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the newspapers and the “gossiping” neighbors to do their “thinking” for them. “Opinions
are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a ﬂock of opinions ready to 128 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are inﬂuenced by “opinions”
when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less
in that of transmuting YOUR OWN DESIRE into money.
If you are inﬂuenced by the opinions of others, you will have no DESIRE of your
own. Keep your own counsel, when you begin to put into practice the principles
described here, by reaching your own decisions and following them. Take no one
into your conﬁdence, EXCEPT the members of your “Master Mind” group, and be
very sure in your selection of this group, that you choose ONLY those who will be
in COMPLETE SYMPATHY AND HARMONY WITH YOUR PURPOSE.
Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one
through “opinions” and sometimes through ridicule, which is meant to be humorous. Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them
all through life, because some well-meaning, but ignorant person destroyed their
conﬁdence through “opinions” or ridicule.
You have a brain and mind of your own. USE IT, and reach your own decisions. If
you need facts or information from other people, to enable you to reach decisions,
as you probably will in many instances; acquire these facts or secure the information you need quietly, without disclosing your purpose.
It is characteristic of people who have but a smattering or a veneer of knowledge
to try to give the impression that they have much knowledge. Such people generally do TOO MUCH talking, and TOO LITTLE listening. Keep y...
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