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poverty stricken never do! Those who succeed in any calling must prepare their
minds to resist the evil. If you are reading this philosophy for the purpose of
accumulating riches, you should examine yourself very carefully, to determine
whether you are susceptible to negative inﬂuences. If you neglect this self-analysis, you will forfeit your right to attain the object of your desires.
Make the analysis searching. After you read the questions prepared for this selfanalysis, hold yourself to a strict accounting in your answers. Go at the task as
carefully as you would search for any other enemy you knew to be awaiting you in
ambush and deal with your own faults as you would with a more tangible enemy.
You can easily protect yourself against highway robbers, because the law provides
organized cooperation for your beneﬁt, but the “seventh basic evil” is more difﬁcult to master, because it strikes when you are not aware of its presence, when you
are asleep, and while you are awake. Moreover, its weapon is intangible, because
it consists of merely-a STATE OF MIND. This evil is also dangerous because it
strikes in as many different forms as there are human experiences. Sometimes
it enters the mind through the well-meant words of one’s own relatives. At other
times, it bores from within, through one’s own mental attitude. Always it is as
deadly as poison, even though it may not kill as quickly. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST NEGATIVE INFLUENCES
To protect yourself against negative inﬂuences, whether of your own making, or
the result of the activities of negative people around you, recognize that you have
a WILL-POWER, and put it into constant use, until it builds a wall of immunity
against negative inﬂuences in your own mind.
Recognize the fact that you, and every other human being, are, by nature, lazy,
indifferent, and susceptible to all suggestions which harmonize with your weaknesses. 224 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Recognize that you are, by nature, susceptible to all the six basic fears, and set up.
habits for the purpose of counteracting all these fears.
Recognize that negative inﬂuences often work on you through your subconscious
mind, therefore they are difﬁcult to detect, and keep your mind closed against all
people who depress or discourage you in any way.
Clean out your medicine chest, throw away all pill bottles, and stop pandering to
colds, aches, pains and imaginary illness.
Deliberately seek the company of people who inﬂuence you to
THINK AND ACT FOR YOURSELF.
Do not EXPECT troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint.
Without doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of
leaving their minds open to the negative inﬂuence of other people. This weakness
is all the more damaging, because most people do not recognize that they are
cursed by it, and many who acknowledge it, neglect or refuse to correct the evil
until it becomes an uncontrollab...
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