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those who have failed, and forgetting those who have succeeded. Seeing the hole
in the doughnut, but overlooking the doughnut. Pessimism, leading to indigestion, poor elimination, auto-intoxication, bad breath and bad disposition.
PROCRASTINATION. The habit of putting off until tomorrow that which should
have been done last year. Spending enough time in creating alibis and excuses
to have done the job. This symptom is closely related to over-caution, doubt and
worry. Refusal to accept responsibility when it can be avoided. Willingness to
compromise rather than put up a stiff ﬁght. Compromising with difﬁculties instead of harnessing and using them as stepping stones to advancement. Bargaining with Life for a penny, instead of demanding prosperity, opulence, riches, contentment and happiness. Planning what to do IF AND WHEN OVERTAKEN BY
FAILURE, INSTEAD OF BURNING ALL BRIDGES AND MAKING RETREAT
IMPOSSIBLE. Weakness of, and often total lack of self-conﬁdence, deﬁniteness
of purpose, self-control, initiative, enthusiasm, ambition, thrift and sound reasoning ability.
EXPECTING POVERTY INSTEAD OF DEMANDING RICHES. Association with
those who accept poverty instead of seeking the company of those who demand
and receive riches. 208 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH MONEY TALKS!
Some will ask, “why did you write a book about money? Why measure riches in
dollars, alone?” Some will believe, and rightly so, that there are other forms of
riches more desirable than money.
Yes, there are riches which cannot be measured in terms of dollars, but there are
millions of people who will say, “Give me all the money I need, and I will ﬁnd
everything else I want.”
The major reason why I wrote this book on how to get money is the fact that the
world has but lately passed through an experience that left millions of men and
women paralyzed with the FEAR OF POVERTY. What this sort of fear does to one
was well described by Westbrook Pegler, in the New York World-Telegram, viz:
“Money is only clam shells or metal discs or scraps of paper, and there are treasures of the heart and soul which money cannot buy, but most people, being broke,
are unable to keep this in mind and sustain their spirits. When a man is down and
out and on the street, unable to get any job at all, something happens to his spirit
which can be observed in the droop of his shoulders, the set of his hat, his walk
and his gaze. He cannot escape a feeling of inferiority among people with regular
employment, even though he knows they are deﬁnitely not his equals in character, intelligence or ability.
“These people-even his friends-feel, on the other hand, a sense of superiority and
regard him, perhaps unconsciously, as a casualty. He may borrow for a time, but
not enough to carry on in his accustomed way, and he cannot continue to borrow
But borrowing in itself, when a man is borrowing merely to live, is a depressing
experience, and the money lacks the power of earned money to revive his s...
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