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ever organized a philosophy of success, what right have you to believe you can do
it?-who are you, anyway, to aim so high?- remember your humble birth-what do
you know about philosophy-people will think you are crazy-(and they did)-why
hasn’t some other person done this before now?”
These, and many other questions ﬂashed into my mind, and demanded attention.
It seemed as if the whole world had suddenly turned its attention to me with the
purpose of ridiculing me into giving up all desire to carry out Mr. Carnegie’s suggestion.
I had a ﬁne opportunity, then and there, to kill off ambition before it gained control of me. Later in life, after having analyzed thousands of people, I discovered
that MOST IDEAS ARE STILL-BORN, AND NEED THE BREATH OF LIFE INJECTED INTO THEM THROUGH DEFINITE PLANS OF IMMEDIATE ACTION.
The time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth. Every minute it lives, gives
it a better chance of surviving. The FEAR OF CRITICISM is at the bottom of the
destruction of most ideas which never reach the PLANNING and ACTION stage.
Many people believe that material success is the result of favorable “breaks.”
There is an element of ground for the belief, but those depending entirely upon
luck, are nearly always disappointed, because they overlook another important
factor which must be present before one can be sure of success. It is the knowledge with which favorable “breaks” can be made to order.
During the depression, W. C. Fields, the comedian, lost all his money, and found
himself without income, without a job, and his means of earning a living (vaudeville) no longer existed. Moreover, he was past sixty, when many men consider
themselves “old.” He was so eager to stage a comeback that he offered to work
without pay, in a new ﬁeld (movies). In addition to his other troubles, he fell and
injured his neck. To many that would have been the place to give up and QUIT.
But Fields was PERSISTENT. He knew that if he carried on he would get the
“breaks” sooner or later, and he did get them, but not by chance.
Marie Dressler found herself down and out, with her money gone, with no job,
when she was about sixty. She, too, went after the “breaks,” and got them. Her
PERSISTENCE brought an astounding triumph late in life, long beyond the age
when most men and women are done with ambition to achieve. 146 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Eddie Cantor lost his money in the 1929 stock crash, but he still had his PERSISTENCE and his courage. With these, plus two prominent eyes, he exploited himself
back into an income of $10,000 a week! Verily, if one has PERSISTENCE, one
can get along very well without many other qualities. The only “break” anyone
can afford to rely upon is a self-made “break.” These come through the application of PERSISTENCE. The starting point is DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE.
Examine the ﬁrst hundred people you meet, ask them what they want most in
life, and ninety eight of them will not be able to tell you. I...
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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