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One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible”. He knows all the rules which will NOT work. He knows all the things which CANNOT be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willing to stake EVERYTHING on those rules.
Here’s the thing. There are rules that govern success and winning in life. Since that is the case, we need to learn what those rules are and then practise them. There are few who are willing to spend the time and the effort to learn the laws of success. Therefore, and because of that most of the world’s population is mediocre, poor, lacking in achievement, unsatisfied, and unfulfilled. Many despise and even hate the rich and successful people in this world. They are jealous and envious. Many have turned to crime and even murder to try to get the good things of this world. Many wars have been fought over the possession of money, land, and natural resources.
Yet the laws of success DO exist. But notice that Napoleon Hill said that it was necessary to stake EVERYTHING on the rules that have made others successful. There is a price to pay. It requires that you learn the laws of success and then you put ALL of your life and resources and EVERYTHING that you are on these laws. It will take a total commitment.
This sounds harsh to the uninitiated and unlearned, but the fact is that you really can achieve anything in life that you desire and you can have anything that you want in life as well. For such a great prize, is it not worth the price that is required? The greater the prize, the greater the price. Yet you will be dealing with what you desire more than anything else in the world, so it will not seem like such a great price when you have to pay it. The point that I am making is that you are being offered the ability, the secret, and the power of how to get anything in life that you desire. You do not have to accept second best any longer. You can have the very best that life offers. So I admonish you to make a quality decision to seek the rules that have made other people successful, and be willing to stake EVERYTHING on those rules.
A great many years ago I purchased a fine dictionary. The first thing I did with it was to turn to the word “impossible”, and neatly clip it out of the book. That would not be an unwise thing for you to do.
It’s time to get rid of the word “impossible” from our vocabulary. The only things that are impossible are those things that you say, believe and accept as being impossible. People said that for people to fly was impossible. To fly to the moon was impossible. To cure polio, tuberculosis, and many childhood diseases was impossible. For man to travel faster than 20 mph was impossible. To cross the ocean was impossible. For a man to run a four minute mile was impossible. To fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean was impossible. All of these things and many more were called impossible and now have been done. There is nothing impossible. Only those things which are misunderstood are called impossible. The only thing that is necessary is to learn how these things are done and to do them. There really is nothing that is impossible. Jesus said that all things are possible to the one who believes.
Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS. The object of this book is to help all who seek it, to learn the art of changing their minds from FAILURE CONSCIOUSNESS to SUCCESS CONSCIOUSNESS. Another weakness found in altogether too many people, is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some who will read this, will believe that no one can THINK AND GROW RICH. They cannot think in terms of riches, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.
The greatest thing that you can do for yourself, perhaps, is to change your thinking from failure consciousness to success consciousness. As long as you are failure conscious that is all that you will experience in life. What you think and believe is what will govern and control your life. There is no getting around it. If you change your thinking to success consciousness, then that is what you will begin to experience. Your changed thought and belief pattern will also change what you experience. It will take a lot of hard work, and it will not happen overnight, but you can do it if you want to do it. And the battle will just make the victory sweeter.
You need to stop measuring everyone and everything by your own impressions and beliefs. That is the natural thing to do. But it is also the wrong thing to do. Just because you think or believe a certain way that doesn’t make it so. There are natural laws and spiritual laws that govern this planet. They will be correct and constant for as long as this earth remains. The creator made them and man is powerless to change them. So no matter what you think or believe about these laws, if you think incorrectly about them, then it is your own thoughts and beliefs that are wrong. This will be so 100% of the time. So the wise choice is to learn the laws that govern this world and to change your thinking to be in perfect agreement with these laws.
These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came to America to be educated in the American ways. He attended the University of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Chinese on the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people. “Why”, the Chinaman exclaimed, “The queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!” What do we say about the Chinese? We refuse to believe that which we do not understand. We foolishly believe that our own limitations are the proper measure of limitations. Sure, the other fellow’s eyes are “off slant”, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT THE SAME OF OUR OWN.
People are always thinking that what they know and understand are the correct ways things are done. A young boy once watched me washing vegetables in the sink and told me that I was doing it wrong. I asked him why, and he responded that it wasn’t the way that his mother did it. We are all like that boy. We think that the way things are done in our culture, our city, and our family is the correct way to do things. The truth is that this is only the way that WE UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO THINGS. Other people will always do things in their own way and it will most likely be different than how we do it. Wisdom would tell us to observe other people and to learn from them. It is very likely that we can learn something of value from every person that we meet. It is of the greatest importance that we be open to observe and to learn the laws of success, and to adopt them into our thinking and into our actions. Let go of what has produced failure and heartache and embrace what will produce success and happiness.
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