My Favorite Quotes from “Success Habits” – Napoleon Hill (pt.2)

I quickly noticed that one blog post wouldn’t be enough for Hill’s podcast book as I like to call it, so I decided to make another post where I share my favorite takeaways from each chapter.

Chapter 1 – Definite of Purpose

“Do you know that if you wait for all circumstances to be just right before you undertake something that you’ve been planning, maybe for a great number of years, you’ll never start, because circumstances are never just right. If you want to do a thing badly enough, get together all of the information you can about it, and start where you stand to do what you can about it at that time.”

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Chapter 2 – Mastering Your Definite of Purpose

“Our greatest demonstration of the universal application of the principle of definiteness of purpose may be seen by observing how nature applies it.”

“When the sun goes down in the evening, we go to sleep knowing that it’s going to arise again in the east next morning, the sun never failed to come up after it went down in the evening.”

Hill means that we have to become so dedicated to our purpose so much that it becomes automatized to do it over and over every day.

Chapter 3 – Accurate Thinking

“Accurate thinking and accurate thinkers permit no one to do their thinking for them. If you’re going to be an accurate thinker in the strict sense of that term, you have got to get into the habit of becoming responsible for your own thinking and your own opinions and your own ideas. It’s all right to seek information from other people; get all the knowledge you can, get all the facts you can. But in the final analysis, don’t let anybody make up your mind for you about anything.”

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Chapter 4 – How to Be an Accurate Thinker

“You know that people never do anything without a motive. If you understand the motive, which prompts a man to write a boon or to make a speech or to make a statement, you’ll come very near determining whether his statements, whether written or spoken, are accurate or merely guesswork, or merely opinions without proper research.”

Chapter 5 – Applied Faith

“We all have hopes and wishes; we’d like to have a lot of money without working for it, we hope to be famous, we hope to be recognized, we hope to have good health, but that isn’t what I’m talking about in connection with applied faith. I’m talking about a burning desire placed behind some definite objective with the belief that you’re going to obtain that objective.”

Chapter 6 – Applied Faith Success Stories

“Mr. Edison was regarded throughout the world as a genius, and the thing that made him into a genius more than everything else was his capacity to know what he wanted until he got it. That’s all there is to it. I don’t know why he was forced to go through ten thousand failures, but I do know one thing, that that probably was the source of his greatness, because that was his first great invention. Had he not stuck by these ten thousand testing times that nature put him through, he probably never would have become one of the greatest inventors of all time.”

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“If you allow your mind to dwell upon the things you don’t want, that is exactly what you get, and that is what the majority of people are getting, the things that they don’t want. If you get a hold on this principle of applied faith you will learn to fix your mind upon the things you do want.”

Chapter 7 – The 15 Major Causes of Failure
  1. Habit of drifting through life without a definite purpose
  2. Unfavorable physical conditions (doesn’t always have to be thought)
  3. Meddlesome curiosity (busy speculating in other peoples lives)
  4. Lack of major purpose, life goal
  5. Inadequate education
  6. Lack of self-discipline (exercise, eating, drinking, etc.)
  7. Lack of ambition above mediocricy.
  8. Ill health, due to wrong thinking, improper diet, lack of exercise.
  9. Negative environmental influences during childhood.
  10. Lack of persistence in carrying through a project/plan.
  11. Negative mental attitude.
  12. Lack of control of the emotions of the heart.
  13. Desire for something for nothing (gambling).
  14. Procrastination, the lack of the habit of reaching decisions promptly and definitely.
  15. Giving in to one or more of the seven basic fears.
Chapter 8 – Persistence and Decisiveness

“One failure is sufficient to make the average person quit. Perhaps this is why there are so many average persons [in this world].”

“Decisiveness and persistence can help you turn adversity into advantage and overcome the causes of failure.”

Chapter 9 – Self-discipline

“The penalty for not taking possession of your own mind, not disciplining it, consists in the fact that you will become the victim of the stray winds of circumstance, which will remain forever beyond your control. In other words, you’ll be blown hither and yon in life, just like the dry leaf on the wind, if you don’t learn to take possession of your own mind, and to keep it focused on things that are beneficial to you, and off things that are not beneficial.”

Chapter 10 – Pleasing Personality

The pleasing personality trait list:

  • Positive mental attitude.
  • Flexibility – be a rubber band, snap back every time someone pulls you the wrong way.
  • Pleasing tone of voice – it’s not so much what you say as to the way you say it.
  • Tolerance – have an open mind on all subjects toward all people at all times.
  • Keen sense of humor – Learn to laugh, and relax.
  • “Frankness of manner and speech. Control of the tongue and measuring your words are so important.”
  • Pleasing facial expression. Smile – it changes the chemistry of your body.
  • Keen sence of justice toward all people.
  • Sincerity of purpose in all human relationships.
  • Versatility – remain versatile.
  • Yactfulness in speech and manner.
  • Promptness in decision making.
  • Faith in infinite intelligence – if you believe it in, it will be helpful to you in getting through life with the least amount of resistance.
  • Appropriateness of word use, free from slang, wisecracks and profanity.
  • Controlled enthusiasm.
Chapter 11 – More Factors of a Pleasing Personality
  • Good clean sportsmanship – nobody likes a poor looser.
  • Appropriateness of personal adornment.
  • Good showmanship, based on the ability to say and do the right thing at the right time to attract favorable attention to oneself.
  • The habit of going the extra mile.
  • Temprance in eating, drinking, work, play, and thinking.
  • Patient under all circumstances, patient and understanding of people.
  • Gracefulness in posture and carriage of the body.
  • Humility of the heart, based upon a keen sence of modesty,
  • Personal magnetism (sex) – controlled & directed to beneficial usage.
Chapter 12 – Cosmic Habit Force

“Cosmic habit force is a law of the universe into which all of the other natural laws blend and become apart.”

Here are the eight guiding principles to a successful life

  1. Princ of financial prosperity
  2. Princ of sound physical health
  3. Princ of peach of mind
  4. Princ of hope
  5. Princ of faith
  6. Princ of love
  7. Princ of romance
  8. Princ of overall wisdom
Chapter 13 – Further Application of the Law of Cosmic Habit Force

“Develop a system for keeping your mind so busy working out ways and means to acquire everything you desire that no time will be left for you to waste in connection with the things you do not desire.”

“Fear is something like physical pain; it’s an indication that there is a problem that needs to be dealt with.”

Until next week, remember, “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

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