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Unformatted text preview: cult to say whether Mr. Andrews or Mr. Halpin is more deserving of eulogy, for the reason that both showed evidence of having an abundance of that
very rare quality known as IMAGINATION. Mr. Andrews deserves credit for seeing, in young Halpin, a “go-getter” of the highest order. Halpin deserves credit for
REFUSING TO COMPROMISE WITH LIFE BY ACCEPTING AND KEEPING A
JOB HE DID NOT WANT, and that is one of the major points I am trying to emphasize through this entire philosophy-that we rise to high positions or remain
at the bottom BECAUSE OF CONDITIONS WE CAN CONTROL IF WE DESIRE
TO CONTROL THEM.
I am also trying to emphasize another point, namely, that both success and failure
are largely the results of HABIT! I have not the slightest doubt that Dan Halpin’s
close association with the greatest football coach America ever knew, planted in
his mind the same brand of DESIRE to excel which made the Notre Dame football
team world famous. Truly, there is something to the idea that hero-worship is
helpful, provided one worships a WINNER. Halpin tells me that Rockne was one
of the world’s greatest leaders of men in all history.
My belief in the theory that business associations are vital factors, both in failure
and in success, was recently demonstrated, when my son Blair was negotiating
with Dan Halpin for a position.
Mr. Halpin offered him a beginning salary of about one half what he could have
gotten from a rival company. I brought parental pressure to bear, and induced
him to accept the place with Mr. Halpin, because I BELIEVE THAT CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH ONE WHO REFUSES TO COMPROMISE WITH CIRCUMSTANCES HE DOES NOT LIKE, IS AN ASSET THAT CAN NEVER BE MEASURED IN TERMS OF MONEY. 74 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH The bottom is a monotonous, dreary, unproﬁtable place for any person. That is
why I have taken the time to describe how lowly beginnings may be circumvented
by proper planning. Also, that is why so much space has been devoted to a description of this new profession, created by a woman who was inspired to do a
ﬁne job of PLANNING because she wanted her son to have a favorable “break.”
With the changed conditions ushered in by the world economic collapse, came
also the need for newer and better ways of marketing PERSONAL SERVICES. It
is hard to determine why someone had not previously discovered this stupendous
need, in view of the fact that more money changes hands in return for personal
services than for any other purpose. The sum paid out monthly, to people who
work for wages and salaries, is so huge that it runs into hundreds of millions, and
the annual distribution amounts to billions.
Perhaps some will ﬁnd, in the IDEA here brieﬂy described, the nucleus of the
riches they DESIRE! Ideas with much less merit have been the seedlings from
which great fortunes have grown.
Woolworth’s Five and Ten Cent Store idea, for example, had far less merit, but
it piled up a fortune for its creator. Those seeing OPPORTUNITY lurking in th...
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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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