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answer, some will say-SECURITY, many will say-MONEY, a few will say-HAPPINESS, others will say-FAME AND POWER, and still others will say-SOCIAL
RECOGNITION, EASE IN LIVING, ABILITY TO SING, DANCE, or WRITE, but
none of them will be able to deﬁne these terms, or give the slightest indication of
a PLAN by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. Riches do
not respond to wishes. They respond only to deﬁnite plans, backed by deﬁnite
desires, through constant PERSISTENCE. HOW TO DEVELOP PERSISTENCE
There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of PERSISTENCE. They call
for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but
little time or effort. The necessary steps are:1. A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT.
2. A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION.
3. A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCOURAGING INFLUENCES, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
4. A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOURAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE.
These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life. The entire purpose
of the thirteen principles of this philosophy is to enable one to take these four
steps as a matter of habit. These are the steps by which one may control one’s
economic destiny. They are the steps that lead to freedom and independence of
thought. They are the steps that lead to riches, in small or great quantities. They
lead the way to power, fame, and worldly recognition. They are the four steps 147 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH which guarantee favorable “breaks.” They are the steps that convert dreams into
They lead, also, to the mastery of FEAR, DISCOURAGEMENT, INDIFFERENCE.
There is a magniﬁcent reward for all who learn to take these four steps. It is the
privilege of writing one’s own ticket, and of making Life yield whatever price is
I have no way of knowing the facts, but I venture to conjecture that Mrs. Wallis
Simpson’s great love for a man was not accidental, nor the result of favorable
“breaks” alone. There was a burning desire, and careful searching at every step
of the way. Her ﬁrst duty was to love. What is the greatest thing on earth? The
Master called it love-not man made rules, criticism, bitterness, slander, or political “marriages,” but love.
She knew what she wanted, not after she met the Prince of Wales, but long before
that. Twice when she had failed to ﬁnd it, she had the courage to continue her
search. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou
canst not then be false to any man.”
Her rise from obscurity was of the slow, progressive, PERSISTENT order, but
it was SURE! She triumphed over unbelievably long odds; and, no matter who
you are, or what you may think of Wallis Simpson, or the king who gave up his
Crown for her love, she is an astounding example of applied PERSISTENCE, an
instructor on the rules...
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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