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charge save the time necessary to understand and appropriate them. Those who
reach DECISIONS promptly and deﬁnitely, know what they want, and generally
get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and ﬁrmly. That is the
major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for
the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. 136 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH INDECISION is a habit which usually begins in youth. The habit takes on permanency as the youth goes through graded school, high school, and even through
college, without DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. The major weakness of all educational systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of DEFINITE
It would be beneﬁcial if no college would permit the enrollment of any student,
unless and until the student declared his major purpose in matriculating. It would
be of still greater beneﬁt, if every student who enters the graded schools were
compelled to accept training in the HABIT OF DECISION, and forced to pass a
satisfactory examination on this subject before being permitted to advance in the
The habit of INDECISION acquired because of the deﬁciencies of our school systems, goes with the student into the occupation he chooses . . . IF . . in fact, he
chooses his occupation. Generally, the youth just out of school seeks any job that
can be found. He takes the ﬁrst place he ﬁnds, because he has fallen into the habit
of INDECISION. Ninety-eight out of every hundred people working for wages
today, are in the positions they hold, because they lacked the DEFINITENESS
OF DECISION to PLAN A DEFINITE POSITION, and the knowledge of how to
choose an employer.
DEFINITENESS OF DECISION always requires courage, sometimes very great
courage. The ﬁfty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence staked
their lives on the DECISION to afﬁx their signatures to that document. The person who reaches a DEFINITE DECISION to procure the particular job, and make
life pay the price he asks, does not stake his life on that decision; he stakes his
ECONOMIC FREEDOM. Financial independence, riches, desirable business and
professional positions are not within reach of the person who neglects or refuses
to EXPECT, PLAN, and DEMAND these things. The person who desires riches in
the same spirit that Samuel Adams desired freedom for the Colonies, is sure to
In the chapter on Organized Planning, you will ﬁnd complete instructions for
marketing every type of personal services. You will ﬁnd also detailed information on how to choose the employer you prefer, and the particular job you desire.
These instructions will be of no value to you UNLESS YOU DEFINITELY DECIDE to organize them into a plan of action. 137 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 9
PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE
The Eighth Step toward Riches
PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE
into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistenc...
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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.
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