Chapter 9 – Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith (The Eighth Step Toward Riches)

PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent.

The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.

Lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure.

Lack of persistence is a weakness which may be overcome by effort.

The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE.

The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE.

Weak desires bring weak results.

If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.

Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will WIN.

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSISTENCE!

Stories of Fannie Hurst and Kate Smith

Symptoms of Lack of Persistence:

  • Failure to recognize to clearly define exactly what one wants.
  • Procrastination, with or without cause
  • Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge
  • Indecision, the habit of “passing the buck” on all occasions, instead of facing issues squarely.
  • The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solution of problems
  • Self-satisfaction
  • Indifference, usually reflected in one’s readiness to compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and fight it
  • The habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes, and accepting unfavorable circumstances as being unavoidable.
  • WEAKNESS OF DESIRE, due to neglect in the choice of MOTIVES that impel action.
  • Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat.
  • Lack of ORGANIZED PLANS, placed in writing where they may be analyzed
  • The habit of neglecting to move on ideas, or to grasp opportunity when it presents itself.
  • WISHING INSTEAD OF WILLING
  • The habit of compromising with POVERTY instead of aiming at riches.
  • Searching for all the short-cuts to riches
  • FEAR OF CRITICISM

HOW TO DEVELOP PERSISTENCE:

  • A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR IT’S FULFILLMENT
  • A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION
  • A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCOURAGING INFLUENCES, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances
  • A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOURAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE

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