‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill is without a doubt one of the greatest self-improvement books of all time. If you were to ask a group of millionaires if they have read this book, they would all respond with an emphatic YES. Bob Proctor and Tony Robbins are among many who firmly stand behind the principles of this book.
Reading ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ has been a real eye-opener for me, and I have adopted many of the practices provided in this book, including how to develop persistence.
Persistence (Chapter 9) is one of my favorite chapters, and in the foreword to the book, Bob Proctor urges us to read this chapter on “Persistence” everyday for 30 days at least twice a year. In case you haven’t read ‘Think and Grow Rich’, or you would like to be reminded, I have organized the main points to help you develop the habit of persistence.
How to Develop Persistence:
4 Main Points on Developing Persistence:
1. A definite purpose backed by burning desire for it’s 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 people who will encourage you to follow through with both plan and purpose.
The Definite Causes of Persistence:
1. DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. Knowing what you want is the first and, perhaps, the most important step toward the development of persistence. A strong motive forces you to surmount many difficulties.
2. DESIRE. It is comparatively easy to acquire and to maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.
3. SELF-RELIANCE. Belief in one’s ability to carry out a plan encourages one to follow the plan through with persistence.
4. DEFINITENESS OF PLANS. Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage persistence.
5. ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE. Knowing that one’s plans are sound, based upon experience or observation, encourages persistence; “guessing” instead of “knowing” destroys patience.
6. COOPERATION. Sympathy, understanding, and harmonious cooperation with others tend to develop persistence.
7. WILL-POWER. The habit of concentrating your thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose, leads to persistence.
8. HABIT. Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and becomes a part of the daily experiences upon which it feeds. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Everyone who has seen active service in war knows this.
What’s your favorite chapter from ‘Think and Grow Rich’? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!