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Life’s greatest tragedy consists of men and women who earnestly try, and fail! The 108 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH tragedy lies in the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared
to the few who succeed. I have had the privilege of analyzing several thousand
men and women, 98% of whom were classed as “failures.” There is something
radically wrong with a civilization, and a system of education, which permit 98%
of the people to go through life as failures. But I did not write this book for the
purpose of moralizing on the rights and wrongs of the world; that would require
a book a hundred times the size of this one.
My analysis work proved that there are thirty major reasons for failure, and thirteen major principles through which people accumulate fortunes. In this chapter,
a description of the thirty major causes of failure will be given. As you go over the
list, check yourself by it, point by point, for the purpose of discovering how many
of these causes-of-failure stand between you and success.
1. UNFAVORABLE HEREDITARY BACKGROUND. There is but little, if anything,
which can be done for people who are born with a deﬁciency in brain power. This
philosophy offers but one method of bridging this weakness-through the aid of
the Master Mind. Observe with proﬁt, however, that this is the ONLY one of the
thirty causes of failure which may not be easily corrected by any individual.
2. LACK OF A WELL-DEFINED PURPOSE IN LIFE. There is no hope of success
for the person who does not have a central purpose, or deﬁnite goal at which to
aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed, had no
such aim. Perhaps this was the
3. LACK OF AMBITION TO AIM ABOVE MEDIOCRITY. We offer no hope for
the person who is so indifferent as not to want to get ahead in life, and who is not
willing to pay the price.
4. INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION. This is a handicap which may be overcome with
comparative ease. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often
those who are known as “self-made,” or self-educated. It takes more than a college degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated is
one who has learned to get whatever he wants in life without violating the rights
of others. Education consists, not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently APPLIED. Men are paid, not merely for what they know,
but more particularly for WHAT THEY DO WITH THAT WHICH THEY KNOW.
5.LACK OF SELF-DISCIPLINE. Discipline comes through self-control. This
means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must ﬁrst control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever
tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at 109 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.
6. ILL HEALTH. No person may enjoy outstanding success without good health.
Many of the causes of ill health are subject to mastery and control. These, in the
a. Overeating of foods...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
- Spring '12