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LACK OF INITIATIVE. Failure to embrace opportunities for self-advancement,
fear to express opinions, lack of conﬁdence in one’s own ideas, giving evasive answers to questions asked by superiors, hesitancy of manner and speech, deceit in
both words and deeds.
LACK OF AMBITION. Mental and physical laziness, lack of self-assertion, slowness in reaching decisions, easily inﬂuenced by others, the habit of criticising others behind their backs and ﬂattering them to their faces, the habit of accepting
defeat without protest, quitting an undertaking when opposed by others, suspicious of other people without cause, lacking in tactfulness of manner and speech,
unwillingness to accept the blame for mistakes. 213 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH THE FEAR OF ILL HEALTH
This fear may be traced to both physical and social heredity. It is closely associated, as to its origin, with the causes of fear of Old Age and the fear of Death,
because it leads one closely to the border of “terrible worlds” of which man knows
not, but concerning which he has been taught some discomforting stories. The
opinion is somewhat general, also, that certain unethical people engaged in the
business of “selling health” have had not a little to do with keeping alive the fear
of ill health.
In the main, man fears ill health because of the terrible pictures which have been
planted in his mind of what may happen if death should overtake him. He also
fears it because of the economic toll which it may claim.
A reputable physician estimated that 75% of all people who visit physicians for
professional service are suffering with hypochondria (imaginary illness). It has
been shown most convincingly that the fear of disease, even where there is not
the slightest cause for fear, often produces the physical symptoms of the disease
Powerful and mighty is the human mind! It builds or it destroys. Playing upon
this common weakness of fear of ill health, dispensers of patent medicines have
reaped fortunes. This form of imposition upon credulous humanity became so
prevalent some twenty years ago that Colliers’ Weekly Magazine conducted a bitter campaign against some of the worst offenders in the patent medicine business.
During the “ﬂu” epidemic which broke out during the world war, the mayor of
New York City took drastic steps to check the damage which people were doing
themselves through their inherent fear of ill health. He called in the newspaper
men and said to them, “Gentlemen, I feel it necessary to ask you not to publish
any scare headlines concerning the `ﬂu’ epidemic. Unless you cooperate with me,
we will have a situation which we cannot control.” The newspapers quit publishing stories about the “ﬂu,” and within one month the epidemic had been successfully checked.
Through a series of experiments conducted some years ago, it was proved that
people may be made ill by suggestion. We conducted this experiment by causing three acquaintances to visit the “victims,” each of whom asked the que...
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