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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Think and Grow Rich

One of my goals is to share with you some of the most powerful success principles that can help you change your life: Think and Grow Rich contains many of these ideas. If you have yet to read Napoleon Hill’s book, get it and read it today. And if you have read it, read it again. I know people in the business world who read it once a year—it just takes a couple of hours. Hill wrote the book nearly 100 years ago, yet it continues to resonate today. The focus is not just about money and becoming rich, it’s about having a rich life. Here is one of my favorite sections:

“There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this in the beginning and it will hearten you when the going may seem difficult and slow.

Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up near the top of the ladder. Sometimes it appears there is a hidden guide whose duty is to test people through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying arrive; and the world cries, ‘Bravo! I knew you could do it!’ The hidden guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can't take it simply do not make the grade.

Those who can 'take it' are bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as their compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing."