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Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.
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Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
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When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
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First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
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Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
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Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
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Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
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Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
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Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
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It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
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Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
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Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
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Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
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Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.
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Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
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There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
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Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
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Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
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Until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
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More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
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Money without brains is always dangerous.
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The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.
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Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
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All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
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There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
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You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
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If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
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The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
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A goal is a dream with a deadline.
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Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
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Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
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Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
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War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
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It is always your next move.
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When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
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The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
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No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.
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If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.
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Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.
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Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
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Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
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What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
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We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.
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It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
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The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
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There is no such thing as Something for nothing.
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Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
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Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
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Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
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The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
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Action is the real measure of intelligence.
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The starting point of all achievement is desire.
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Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
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Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
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Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
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Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
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If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
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Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
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Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.
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No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.
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Until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire, you will be neither successful nor happy.
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Think and grow rich.
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One must marry one’s feelings to one’s beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one’s life.
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Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you, you will be neither successful nor happy.
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You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.
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Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
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All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
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The battle is all over except the ‘shouting’ when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
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Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
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Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.
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Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.
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No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
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It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
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You don’t have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn’t know you possessed.
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Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
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The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.
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The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.
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You give before you get.
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No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
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The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat
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Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
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You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.
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When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
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Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.
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Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.
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When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
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You may be hurt if you love too much, but you will live in misery if you love too little.
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Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
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The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.
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A quitter never wins and a winner never quits.
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Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.
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The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
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Action is the real measure of intelligence.
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Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.
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Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
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Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
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A goal is a dream with a deadline.
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More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth it self.
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An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.
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Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
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We refuse to believe that which we don’t understand.
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When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.
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To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit that serves as the life-blood of our own country – your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.
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If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it . . .
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Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
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Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.
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Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking.
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I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.
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One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. Its nature is ephemeral, and transitory. It comes when it pleases,and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it while it remains, but spend no time worrying about its departure. Worry will never bring it back.
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Helen Keller became deaf, dumb, and blind shortly after birth. Despite her greatest misfortune, she has written her name indelibly in the pages of the history of the great. Her entire life has served as evidence that no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.
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Those who succeed in an outstanding way seldom do so before the age of 40. More often, they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of 50.
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If you are not learning while you’re earning, you are cheating yourself out of the better portion of your compensation.
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Neglecting to broaden their view has kept some people doing one thing all their lives.
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There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.
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TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST SHOW IT. This is the equivalent of saying “deeds, and not words, are what count most.
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You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
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If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water’s edge.
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Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the ‘other self’ is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror.
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Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire brings a small amount of heat.
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A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.
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If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
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Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
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There are no limitations to the mind except those that we acknowledge.
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Remember,too,that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start,and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at some moment of crisis,through which they are introduced to their “other selves”.
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The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
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First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
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IF – and this is the greatest of them all – I had the courage to see myself as I reallyam, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others,for I know that there is something WRONG with me, or I would now be where I WOULD HAVE BEEN IF I had spent more time analyzing my weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.
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Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
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Remember that it is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins.
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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
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Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
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If you believe yourself unfortunate because you have loved and lost, perish the thought. One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely.
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Most so called FAILURES are only temporary defeats.
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Adversity will do something too you or for you …
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If you give up before your goal has been reached, you are a “quitter.” A QUITTER NEVER WINS AND A WINNER NEVER QUITS. Lift this sentence out, write it on a piece of paper in letters an inch high, and place it where you will see it every night before you go to sleep, and every morning before you go to work.
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The only limitation is that which one sets up in one’s own mind.
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You become what you think about.
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Awake, arise, and assert yourself, you dreamers of the world. Your star is now in ascendancy.
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Desire backed by faith knows no such word as impossible.
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Love attracts only one thing and that thing is love.
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Remember that your dominating thoughts attract, through a definite law of nature, by the shortest and most convenient route, their physical counterpart. Be careful what your thoughts dwell upon.
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Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
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the world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.
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Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.
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Goals are dreams with a deadline.
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If you are ready for the secret, you already possess one half of it,therefore, you will readily recognize the other half the moment it reaches your mind.
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Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
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There is no substitute for persistence. The person who makes persistence his watch-word, discovers that “Old Man Failure” finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with persistence.
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It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind.
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The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on DESPITE all opposition, until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons. There may be no heroic connotation to the word persistence, but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.
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Opportunity…it often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat.
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You are entitled to know that two entities occupy your body. One of these entities is motivated by and responds to the impulse of fear. The other is motivated by and responds to the impulse of faith. Will you be guided by faith or will you allow fear to overtake you?
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Successful men become successful only because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success.
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The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.
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Success in life depends upon happiness, and happiness is found in no other way than through SERVICE that is rendered in a spirit of love.
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Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
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Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.
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The most practical of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a definite plan.
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A man whose mind is filled with fear not only destroys his own chances of intelligent action, but he transmits these destructive vibrations to the minds of all who come in contact with him, and destroys, also, their chances.
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Faith removes limitations!
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Your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind!
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There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
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Let us consider the power of FAITH, as it is now being demonstrated, by a man who is well known to all of civilization, Mahatma Gandhi, of India. In this man the world has one of the most astounding examples known to civilization, of the possibilities of FAITH. Gandhi wields more potential power than any man living at this time, and this, despite the fact that he has none of the orthodox tools of power, such as money, battle ships, soldiers, and materials of warfare. Gandhi has no money, he has no home, he does not own a suit of clothes, but HE DOES HAVE POWER. How does he come by that power? HE CREATED IT OUT OF HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRINCIPLE OF FAITH, AND THROUGH HIS ABILITY TO TRANSPLANT THAT FAITH INTO THE MINDS OF TWO HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE. Gandhi has accomplished, through the influence of FAITH, that which the strongest military power on earth could not, and never will accomplish through soldiers and military equipment. He has accomplished the astounding feat of INFLUENCING two hundred million minds to COALESCE AND MOVE IN UNISON, AS A SINGLE MIND. What other force on earth, except FAITH could do as much? There will come a day when employees as well as employers will discover the possibilities of FAITH. That day is dawning. The whole world has had ample opportunity, during the recent business depression, to witness what the LACK OF FAITH will do to business.
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Both success and failure are largely the results of habit!
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Disappointment over love affairs generally has the effect of driving men to drink, and women to ruin; and this, because most people never learn the art of transmuting their strongest emotions into dreams of a constructive nature.
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Every man is what he is, because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind.
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That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.
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Anything you do to and for another person, you do it to and for yourself.
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The starting point of all achievement is desire.
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The cause of the depression is traceable directly to the worldwide habit of trying to reap without sowing.
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It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
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Remember, the thoughts that you think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can’t.
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The capacity to surmount failure without being discouraged is the chief asset of every person who attains outstanding success in any calling.
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The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.
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Every great leader of the past, whose record I have examined, was beset by difficulties and met with temporary defeat before ‘arriving.
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War grows out of desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
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Knowledge is power. It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
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There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
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No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.
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All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
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He had nothing to start with, except the capacity to know what he wanted, and the determination to stand by that desire until he realized it.
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If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else.
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Success requires no apologies, failure permits no alibis.
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No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy; unless you let him.
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“Opinions” are the cheapest commodities on earth.
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You have to understand you cannot have faith and fear at the same time; you can only have one or the other.
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If you must slander someone, don’t speak it – but write it – write it in the sand, near the water’s edge!
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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves”.
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In parting, I would remind you that “Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate decisions!”
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If you must be careless with your possessions, let it be in connection with material things. Your mind is your spiritual estate! Protect and use it with the care to which Divine Royalty is entitled. You were given a WILL-POWER for this purpose.
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No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
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Remember, the thoughts that you think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can’t.
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Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say, “I want plenty of money”. Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter.) 2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing”.) 3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. 4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action. 5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire. Name the time limit for its acquisition. State what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it. 6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after rising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
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There comes with every experience of temporary defeat, and every failure and every form of adversity, the seed of an equivalent benefit.
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You have been disappointed, you have undergone defeat during the depression, you have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled. Take courage, for these experiences have tempered the spiritual metal of which you are made- they are assets of incomparable value.
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INDECISION is the seedling of FEAR!
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There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of LACK OF AMBITION!
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FAITH and FEAR make poor bedfellows. Where one is found, the other cannot exist.
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Remember that your real wealth can be measured not by what you have, but by what you are.
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Failure cannot cope with persistence.
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Thoughts are things.
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Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive.” The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves.
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Before we can master an enemy, we must know its name, its habits, and its place of abode.
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The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.
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The mind has a definite way of clothing one’s thoughts in appropriate physical equivalents. Think in terms of poverty and you will live in poverty. Think in terms of opulence and you will attract opulence. Through the eternal law of harmonious attraction, one’s thoughts always clothe themselves in material things appropriate unto their nature.
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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when overtaken by temporary defeat.
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Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
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Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
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If you fill your mind with FEAR, doubt and unbelief in your ability to connect with, and use the forces of Infinite Intelligence, the law of auto-suggestion will take this spirit of unbelief and use it as a pattern by which your subconscious mind will translate it into its physical equivalent.
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Your poverty is serving no one. If you’re a charitable person, you’d be a whole lot more charitable if you had lots of money.
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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.
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Success come to those who become success conscious.
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Remember that the moment you reduce the statement of your desire, and a plan for its realization, to writing, you have actually taken the first of a series of steps, which will enable you to convert the thought into its physical counterpart.
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Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application towards some worthy end.
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Memory is the ‘filling cabinet’ of the brain wherein is stored all thought impulses, all conscious experiences, and all sensations which reach the brain through the five physical senses.
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind.
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Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
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Riches are shy and timid. They have to be attracted.
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The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.
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INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION. This is a handicap that may be overcome with comparative ease. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made” or self-educated. It takes more than a university degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated has learned to get whatever they want in life without violating the rights of others. Education consists not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently applied. People are paid not merely for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with what they know.
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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.
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The habit of INDECISION acquired because of the deficiencies of our school systems, goes with the student into the occupation he chooses . . . IF . . . in fact, he chooses his occupation. Generally, the youth just out of school seeks any job that can be found. He takes the first place he finds, because he has fallen into the habit of INDECISION. Ninety-eight out of every hundred people working for wages today, are in the positions they hold, because they lacked the DEFINITENESS OF DECISION to PLAN A DEFINITE POSITION, and the knowledge of how to choose an employer.
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Disappointment over love affairs, generally has the effect of driving men to drink, and women to ruin; and this, because most people never learn the art of transmuting their strongest emotions into dreams of a constructive nature.
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The object of your definite chief aim should become your “hobby.” You should ride this “hobby” continuously; you should sleep with it, eat with it, play with it, work with it, live with it and THINK with it.
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Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger of faster man,
But soon or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!
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Love is essential for happiness, but the person who loves so deeply that his or her happiness is placed entirely in the hands of another, resembles the little lamb who crept into the den of the nice, gentle little wolf and begged to be permitted to lie down and go to sleep, or the canary.
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Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine.
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You have a brain and mind of your own. Use it, and reach your own decisions.
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Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one through “opinions” and sometimes through ridicule, which is meant to be humorous. Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life, because some well-meaning, but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through “opinions” or ridicule.
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Before you can achieve success in the higher and broader sense you must gain such thorough control over yourself that you will be a person of poise.
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Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
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You have been endowed with the power to use the most highly organized form of energy known to man, that of thought.
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FORD SAID, “I’LL BELT THE EARTH WITH DEPENDABLE MOTOR CARS,” AND HE DID! His decision to trust his own judgment has already piled up a fortune far greater than the next five generations of his descendents can squander. For the benefit of those seeking vast riches, let it be remembered that practically the sole difference between Henry Ford and a majority of the more than one hundred thousand men who work for him, is this–FORD HAS A MIND AND CONTROLS IT, THE OTHERS HAVE MINDS WHICH THEY DO NOT TRY TO CONTROL.
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Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act for yourself.
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It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
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The great leaders of business, industry, finance, and the great artists, musicians, poets, and writers became great, because they developed the faculty of creative imagination.
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IT PAYS TO KNOW HOW TO PURCHASE KNOWLEDGE
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Power is organized effort, as has already been stated! Success is based upon power!
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Nature has endowed man with absolute control over but one thing, and that is thought.
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Awake, arise, and assert yourself, you dreamers of the world.
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Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognise failure, will bring riches.
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Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.
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Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made” or self-educated. It takes more than a university degree to make one a person of education. Any person who is educated has learned to get whatever they want in life without violating the rights of others. Education consists not so much of knowledge, but of knowledge effectively and persistently applied. People are paid not merely for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with what they know.
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Faith is the only known antidote for failure!
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It is one of the strangest anomalies of life that the absence of fear, and not formal education or brilliance of mind, is the major cause of individual success.
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The Creator never singles out an individual for an important service to mankind without first testing him, through struggle, in proportion to the nature of the service he is to render.
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Where thought prevails power may be found!
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A philosophy a system of principles that will guide your thoughts and actions.
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The day of the “go-getter” has passed. He has been supplanted by the “go-giver”.
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A definite purpose, backed by absolute faith, is a form of wisdom and wisdom in action produces positive results.
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Prayer based upon FAITH always works.
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The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on despite all opposition, until they attain their goal. These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons.
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If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
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Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
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I look up from my work, and see before me, less than a block away, the great mysterious “Broadway”, the “Graveyard of Dead Hopes”, and the “Front Porch of Opportunity”. From all over the world people have come to Broadway, seeking fame, fortune, power, love, or whatever it is that human beings call success.
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The entire world is made up of only two things, energy and matter. In elementary physics we learn that neither matter nor energy (the only two realities known to man) can be created nor destroyed. Both matter and energy can be transformed, but neither can be destroyed. Life is energy, if it is anything. If neither energy nor matter can be destroyed, of course life cannot be destroyed. Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed through various processes of transition, or change, but it cannot be destroyed. Death is mere transition. If death is not mere change, or transition, then nothing comes after death except a long, eternal, peaceful sleep, and sleep is nothing to be feared. Thus you may wipe out, forever, the fear of Death.
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Taking an inventory of mental assets and liabilities, you will discover that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence. This handicap can be surmounted – and timidity translated into courage – through the aid of the principle of autosuggestion.
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Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you;until you have culrivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
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Thoughts are things, and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.
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Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be “attracted”.
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Those who work for money alone, and who receive for their pay nothing but money, are always underpaid, no matter how much they receive. Money is necessary, but the big prizes of life cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
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Your subconscious mind recognizes and acts only upon thoughts which have been well-mixed with emotion or feeling.
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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.
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SERVICE, Sacrifice and Self-Control are three words which must be well understood by the person who succeeds in doing something that is of help to the world.
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Anybody can wish for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a burning desire for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth.
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If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they”, perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
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One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success.
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Somewhere in your make-up (perhaps in the cells of your brain) there lies sleeping, the seed of achievement which, if aroused and put into action, would carry you to heights, such as you may never have hoped to attain.
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Lack of harmony and cooperation between the railroad management and the workers has made it necessary for the railroads to increase their freight and passenger rates, and this, in turn, has increased the cost of life’s necessities to almost unbearable proportions. Here, again, lack of cooperation between a few leads to hardship for millions of people.
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Employers who understand human nature, get the best there is in men, not by criticism, but by constructive suggestion.
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My complaint is not against the work that the churches have done, but the work that they could have done through leadership that was based upon the principle of co-ordinated, co-operative effort which would have carried civilization at least a thousand years ahead of where it is today. It is not yet too late for such leadership.
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Self-Confidence Formula First. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action. Second. I realize the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action, and gradually transform themselves into physical reality, therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for thirty minutes daily, upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person. Third. I know through the principle of auto-suggestion, any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it, therefore, I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence. Fourth. I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life, and I will never stop trying, until I shall have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment. Fifth. I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice, therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects. I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people. I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others. I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself. I will sign my name to this formula, commit it to memory, and repeat it aloud once a day, with full faith that it will gradually influence my thoughts and actions so that I will become a self-reliant, and successful person.
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An intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into material rewards.
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Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.
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You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
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One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities is his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly.
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Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.
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If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honesty, alone, will bring riches, perish the thought! It is not true! Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of hard work! Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.
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We rise to high positions or remain at the bottom because of conditions we can control if we desire to control them.
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Very well, Broadway, you may whip some, but not me. I’m going to force you to give up.
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Building alibis is a deeply rooted habit.
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The leaders in every walk of life decide quickly, and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.
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Broadway will give any beggar a cup of coffee and a sandwich, but it demands persistence of those who go after the big stakes.
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A long while ago, a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which insured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against a powerful foe, whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers into boats, sailed to the enemy’s country, unloaded soldiers and equipment, then gave the order to burn the ships that had carried them. Addressing his men before the first battle, he said, “You see the boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now have no choice-we win, or we perish!” They won.
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If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will believe it to be the truth.
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Failure is man-made circumstance. It is never real until accepted by man as permanent.
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ASK any wise man what he most desires and he will, more than likely, say “more wisdom”.
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When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form, and from a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.
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If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no desire of your own.
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Do not wait. The time will never be “just right”. Start where you stand, work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
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It was a great surprise to me when I discovered that most of the ugliness I saw in others, was but a reflection of my own nature.
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Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
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It is always safe to talk about others as long as you speak of their good qualities.
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During times of disaster sorrow brings people together in a spirit of friendship, and influences man to recognize the blessings of becoming his brother’s keeper.
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Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
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WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?
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MAN’S ONLY LIMITATION, within reason, LIES IN HIS DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF HIS IMAGINATION. He has not yet reached the apex of development in the use of his imaginative faculty. He has merely discovered that he has an imagination, and has commenced to use it in a very elementary way.
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“It Couldn’t Be Done” Somebody said that it couldn’t be done, But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t”, but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing and he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it. Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that; At least no one has ever done it”; But he took off his coat and he took off his hat, And the first thing we knew he’d begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing and he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it. There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure; There are thousands to point out to you, one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start to sing as you tackle the thing That “cannot be done”, and you’ll do it. Edgar Guest (1881-1959)
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One of the strange things about human beings is that they value only that which has a price.
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Most people go through life by the line of least resistance in every circumstance where they can make a choice. They do not recognize that following the lines of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, crooked!
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Every adversity, every unpleasant circumstance, every failure, and every physical pain carries with it the seed of an equivalent benefit.
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PROCRASTINATION. The habit of putting off until tomorrow that which should have been done last year.
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“Thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire…
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Every man is what he is, because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. Thoughts which a man deliberately places in his own mind, and encourages with sympathy, and with which he mixes any one or more of the emotions, constitute the motivating forces, which direct and control his every movement, act, and deed!
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.
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If we sow the seeds of hatred and envy and discouragement in others, we, in turn, develop these qualities in ourselves.
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All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.
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Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches. The method by which DESIRE for riches can be transmuted into its financial equivalent, consists of six definite, practical steps, viz: First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” First. Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definite-ness which will be described in a subsequent chapter). Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.) Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action. Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it. Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ-SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”.
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Meet struggle and master it, says nature, and you shall have strength and wisdom sufficient for all your needs.
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You were instructed, in the last of the six steps described in the chapter on Desire, to read ALOUD twice daily the WRITTEN statement of your DESIRE FOR MONEY, and to SEE AND FEEL yourself ALREADY in possession of the money! By following these instructions, you communicate the object of your DESIRE directly to your SUBCONSCIOUS mind in a spirit of absolute FAITH.
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Knowledge will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power”. It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
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There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it.
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Faith is the “eternal elixir” which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!
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ALL IMPULSES OF THOUGHT HAVE A TENDENCY TO CLOTHE THEMSELVES IN THEIR PHYSICAL EQUIVALENT.
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this power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that it will urge us to translate into physical reality thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as it will influence us to act upon thoughts of riches
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Strength, both physical and spiritual, is the product of struggle!
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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they arrive.
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He did not say, “I will work there for a few months, and if I get no encouragement, I will quit and get a job somewhere else”. He did say, “I will start anywhere. I will do anything Edison tells me to do, but before I am through, I will be his associate”. He did not say, “I will keep my eyes open for another opportunity, in case I fail to get what I want in the Edison organization”. He said, “There is but one thing in this world that I am determined to have, and that is a business association with Thomas A. Edison. I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my entire future on my ability to get what I want”. He left himself no possible way of retreat. He had to win or perish!
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Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.
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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.
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Success comes to those who become success conscious.
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Another weakness found in altogether too many people, is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs.
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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.
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When a man, whether he is a leader or follower, admits that he is “too busy” to change his plans, or to give attention to any emergency, he admits his inefficiency. The successful leader must be the master of all details connected with his position.
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Plain, unemotional words do not influence the subconscious mind. You will get no appreciable results until you learn to reach your subconscious mind with thoughts, or spoken words which have been well emotionalized with BELIEF.
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.
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A negative mind spawns only negative ideas.
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Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust.
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All the world loves a winner, and has no time for a loser.
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When you offer a negative thought of action, you open the negative memory-bank and you may lose all your power to persuade.
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Definiteness of decision always requires courage, sometimes very great courage. The fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence staked their lives on the decision to affix their signatures to that document.
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The power of faith as it is was demonstrated by a man well known to all of civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi of India. In this man the world experienced one of the most astounding examples of the possibilities of FAITH. Gandhi wielded more potential power than any man living in his time, and this despite the fact that he had none of the orthodox tools of power, such as money, battleships, soldiers and materials of warfare. Gandhi had no money. He had no home. He didn’t even own a suit of clothes but he did have power. How did he come by that power? HE CREATED IT OUT OF HIS UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRINCIPLE OF FAITH. AND THROUGH HIS ABILITY TO TRANSPLANT THAT FAITH INTO THE MINDS OF 200 MILLION PEOPLE. Gandhi accomplished, through the influence of faith, something that the strongest military power on earth could not, and never will, achieve through soldiers and military equipment. He accomplished the astounding feat of influencing 200 million minds to coalesce and move in unison, as a single mind. What other force on earth, except faith, could do as much?
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Imagination is a faculty of the mind which can be cultivated, developed, extended and broadened by use.
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Remember that no one is ever rewarded or promoted because of a bad disposition and negative mental attitude.
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Success is the development of the power with which to get whatever one wants in life without interfering with the rights of others.
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If you know your own mind, you know enough to keep it always positive.
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Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage.
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Face the facts squarely. Ask yourself definite questions and demand direct replies.
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Nothing is impossible to the person who backs desire with enduring faith.
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Love is, without question, life’s greatest experience.
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Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive”. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves.
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A negative mind never attracts happiness or material success, but it will attract their opposites.
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As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “One single idea may have greater weight than the labor of all the men, animals and engines for a century”.
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Accurate analysis of over 25,000 men and women who had experienced failure, disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the list of the 30 major causes of failure. This is no mere statement of a theory – it is a fact.
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All achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea!
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Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. There is no hall-way compromise.
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If life hands you a lemon, don’t complain, but instead make lemonade to sell those who are thirsty from complaining.
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The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
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Affliction was not a liability, but an asset of great value.
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As Carlyle put it – “All that mankind has done, thought, gained or been – it is lying in matchless preservation in the pages of books”.
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Love may come and go, times without number, but there are no two love experiences which affect one in just the same way.
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Fear of poverty is a state of mind, nothing else! But it is sufficient to destroy one’s chances of achievement in any undertaking, a truth which became painfully evident during the depression.
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Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise, not to devastate and to conquer, but to reestablish the reign of peace, and of law.
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Money, without brains, always is dangerous. Properly used, it is the most important essential of civilization. The simple breakfast here described could not have been delivered to the New York family at a dime each, or at any other price, if organized capital had not provided the machinery, the ships, the railroads, and the huge armies of trained men to operate them.
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More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
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If the first plan you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan. If this new plan fails to work, replace it, in turn, with still another, and so on until you find a plan which does work.
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Desire backed by faith, pushed reason aside, and inspired me to carry on.
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It’s a sure thing that you will not finish if you don’t start. The most difficult part of any job is getting started.
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He had no money to begin with. He had but little education. He had no influence. But he did have initiative, faith and the will to win.
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Newspapers of the future, to be conducted successfully, must be divorced from “special privilege” and relieved from the subsidy of advertising. They must cease to be organs of propaganda for the interests which patronize their advertising columns. The type of newspaper which publishes scandal and lewd pictures will eventually go the way of all forces which debauch the human mind.
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaning that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
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The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.” The right word? desire!
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If we are related, we have, through these pages, met.
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Within every adversity is an equal or greater benefit.
Within every problem is an opportunity.
Even in the knocks of life, we can find great gifts.
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This is a capitalistic country, it was developed through the use of capital, and we who claim the right to partake of the blessings of freedom and opportunity, we who seek to accumulate riches here, may as well know that neither riches nor opportunity would be available to us if organized capital had not provided these benefits. For more than twenty years it has been a somewhat popular and growing pastime for radicals, self-seeking politicians, racketeers, crooked labor leaders, and on occasion religious leaders, to take pot-shots at “Wall Street, the money changers, and big business.” The practice became so general that we witnessed during the business depression, the unbelievable sight of high government officials lining up with the cheap politicians, and labor leaders, with the openly avowed purpose of throttling the system which has made Industrial America the richest country on earth. The line-up was so general and so well organized that it prolonged the worst depression America has ever known. It cost millions of men their jobs, because those jobs were inseparably a part of the industrial and capitalistic system which form the very backbone of the nation.
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I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because men say ‘no’ when I ask them to buy insurance. – Darby
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One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible”.
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Time to nurse an idea is at the time of its birth.
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Know your own mind and you will be as wise as the sages.
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It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.
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No one could ride a horse if the horse discovered its real strength. The same thing is true for people.
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Every human being who reaches the age of understanding of the purpose of money, wishes for it. Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.

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When people first come into contact with crime, they abhor it. If they remain in contact with crime for a time, they become accustomed to it, and endure it. If they remain in contact with it long enough, they finally embrace it, and become influenced by it.
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For you to have success, you “the person that’s reading this right now” for you to have success, you have to be insane.
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The only “break” anyone can afford to rely upon is a self-made “break”.
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The best method of protecting oneself against the inflow of negative thoughts being released by other people is that of keeping the broadcasting station so busy sending out positive thoughts that no time will be available for receiving negative thoughts. This formula is unbeatable.
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The capitalists are the brains of civilization, because they supply the entire fabric of which all education, enlightenment and human progress consists.
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His mistake in having stopped only three feet from gold, “but”, he said, “that experience was a blessing in disguise. It taught me to keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn before I could succeed in anything”.
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Ships and railways do not spring up from the earth and function automatically. They come in response to the call of civilisation, through the labour and ingenuity and organising ability of people who have imagination, faith, enthusiasm, decision and persistence! These people are known as capitalists. They are motivated by the desire to build, construct, achieve, provide useful service, earn profits and accumulate riches. And, because they provide service without which there would be no civilisation, they put themselves in the way of great riches.
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Every brain is both a broadcasting station and a receiving station for the vibrations of thought.
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If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance.
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Your subconscious mind recognizes and acts upon Only thoughts which have been well-mixed with emotion or feeling.
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Genuine wisdom is usually conspicuous through modesty and silence.
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If Europe had been blessed with more rulers with the human heart and the traits of honesty of ex-king Edward, for the past century, that unfortunate hemisphere now seething with greed, hate, lust, political connivance, and threats of war, would have a different and a better story to tell. A story in which Love and not Hate would rule.
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If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they”, perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
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The emotions of faith, love, and Sex are the most powerful of all the major positive emotions.
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I realise the dominating thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward, physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality. Therefore I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become, thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person.
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Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
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You probably know that you are not the only man who has had to sacrifice immediate monetary remuneration for the sake of gathering knowledge, for in truth your experience has been that of every philosopher from the time of Socrates down to the present.
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It taught me to keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn before I could succeed in anything.
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Millions of people believe themselves “doomed” to poverty and failure, because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control. They are the creators of their own “misfortunes” because of this negative belief, which is picked up by the subconscious mind and translated into its physical equivalent.
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You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form.
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The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.
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It is the personalities back of a business which determine the measure of success the business will enjoy. Modify those personalities so they are more pleasing and more attractive to the patrons of the business and the business will thrive. In any of the great cities of the United States one may purchase merchandise of similar nature and price in scores of stores, yet you will find there is always one outstanding store which does more business than any of the others, and the reason for this is that back of that store is a man, or men, who has attended to the personalities of those who come in contact with the public. People buy personalities as much as merchandise, and it is a question if they are not influenced more by the personalities with which they come in contact than they are by the merchandise.
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The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.
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Why? Personalities! Ninety-nine people out of every hundred who purchase life insurance policies do not know what is in their policies and, what seems more startling, do not seem to care. What they really purchase is the pleasing personality of some man or woman who knows the value of cultivating such a personality.
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no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty
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An efficient leader may, through his knowledge of his job and the magnetism of his personality, greatly increase the efficiency of others, and induce them to render more service and better service than they could render without his aid.
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Fortune definitely frowns upon all ill-gotten wealth, and often causes it to mysteriously evaporate.
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money is attracted to him whose mind has been deliberately prepared to attract it
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The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
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Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward some worthy end.
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Somehow the Creator seems to favor those who know precisely what they want and what they do not want.
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One of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities is his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly. This quality is so pronounced in Mr. Ford, that it has given him the reputation of being obstinate.
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The greatest among ye shall be the servant of all.
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First. I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.
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Love, alone, will not bring happiness in marriage, nor will sex alone. When these two beautiful emotions are blended, marriage may bring about a state of mind, closest to the spiritual that one may ever know on this earthly plane.
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When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence are removed.
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One of the largest industrial companies, the leader in its field, in writing to Mr. Moore concerning prospective seniors at the college, said: We are interested primarily in finding men who can make exceptional progress in management work. For this reason we emphasize qualities of character, intelligence and personality far more than specific educational background.
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Grove encourages his people to work in small, autonomous work units in which everyone understands the system and their role in it. Each person contributes their knowledge, expertise and creativity. Team members are trained and motivated to produce to the best of their capacity. When crises arise, the team willingly puts in the extra time, energy and brain power to meet and beat the problems faced.
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There is nothing, right or wrong, which belief, plus burning desire, cannot make real. These qualities are free to everyone.
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Psychologists have correctly said that “when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance”.
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Examine the first hundred people you meet, ask them what they want most in life, and ninety eight of them will not be able to tell you. If you press them for an answer, some will say – security, many will say – money, a few will say – happiness, others will say – fame and power, and still others will say – social recognition, ease in living, ability to sing, dance, or write, but none of them will be able to define these terms, or give the slightest indication of a plan by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
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Henry Ford has been repeatedly mentioned, because he is an astounding example of what a man with a mind of his own, and a will to control it, can accomplish.
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RESPOND POSITIVELY TO LIFE. Develop a positive self-image.Your image, your reactions to life and your decisions are completely within your control.
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He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetised with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds. By means with which no one is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonise with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
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Man’s greatest motivating force is his desire to please woman! The hunter who excelled during prehistoric days, before the dawn of civilization, did so, because of his desire to appear great in the eyes of woman. Man’s nature has not changed in this respect. The “hunter” of today brings home no skins of wild animals, but he indicates his desire for her favor by supplying fine clothes, motor cars, and wealth. Man has the same desire to please woman that he had before the dawn of civilization. The only thing that has changed, is his method of pleasing. Men who accumulate large fortunes, and attain to great heights of power and fame, do so, mainly, to satisfy their desire to please women.
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Where failure is experienced, it is the individual, not the method, which has failed. If you try and fail, make another effort, and still another, until you succeed.
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This idea of starting at the bottom and working one’s way up may appear to be sound, but the major objection to it is this – too many of those who begin at the bottom never manage to lift their heads high enough to be seen by opportunity, so they remain at the bottom. It should be remembered, also, that the outlook from the bottom is not so very bright or encouraging. It has a tendency to kill off ambition. We call it “getting into a rut”, which means that we accept our fate because we form the habit of daily routine, a habit that finally becomes so strong we cease to try to throw it off. And that is another reason why it pays to start one or two steps above the bottom. By so doing one forms the habit of looking around, of observing how others get ahead, of seeing opportunity, and of embracing it without hesitation.
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Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivated. Like all states of mind, persistence is based upon definite causes.
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The starting point of all individual achievement is the adoption of a definite major purpose and a specific plan for its attainment.
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Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is TIME. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by TIME. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate INDECISION!
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Cut all sources of retreat.
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Duty does not require any person to submit to the destruction of his personal ambitions and the right to live his own life in his own way.
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Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action. Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it. Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ–SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY. It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of money” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.
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Through repetition of this procedure, you voluntarily create thought habits which are favorable to your efforts to transmute desire into its monetary equivalent.
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Men take on the nature and the habits and the POWER OF THOUGHT of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.
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Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
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Thoughts which go out from one’s mind, also imbed themselves deeply in one’s subconscious mind, where they serve as a magnet, pattern, or blueprint by which the subconscious mind is influenced while translating them into their physical equivalent.
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IDEAS CAN BE TRANSMUTED INTO CASH THROUGH THE POWER OF DEFINITE PURPOSE, PLUS DEFINITE PLANS.
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Power grows out of ORGANIZED KNOWLEDGE, but, mind you, it “grows out of it” through application and use!
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Henry Ford, poor and uneducated, dreamed of a horseless carriage, went to work with what tools he possessed, without waiting for opportunity to favor him, and now evidence of his dream belts the entire earth. He has put more wheels into operation than any man who ever lived, because he was not afraid to back his dreams. Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers DO NOT QUIT! Whelan dreamed of a chain of cigar stores, transformed his dream into action, and now the United Cigar Stores occupy the best corners in America. Lincoln dreamed of freedom for the black slaves, put his dream into action, and barely missed living to see a united North and South translate his dream into reality.
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When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form, and from a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.
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Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
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There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of persistence. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:
1. A definite purpose backed by burning desire for its 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 persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.
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The emotion of sex is an “irresistible force”, against which there can be no such opposition as an “immovable body”. When driven by this emotion, men become gifted with a super power for action.
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The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it. Only those who become “money conscious” ever accumulate great riches. “Money consciousness” means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it. To the uninitiated, who has not been schooled in the working principles of the human mind, these instructions may appear impractical. It may be helpful, to all who fail to recognize the soundness of the six steps, to know that the information they convey, was received from Andrew Carnegie, who began as an ordinary laborer in the steel mills, but managed, despite his humble beginning, to make these principles yield him a fortune of considerably more than one hundred million dollars. It may be of further help to know that the six steps here recommended were carefully scrutinized by the late Thomas A. Edison, who placed his stamp of approval upon them as being, not only the steps essential for the accumulation of money, but necessary for the attainment of any definite goal. The steps call for no “hard labor”.
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Maintain a spirit of open-mindedness.
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Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but soon or late the man who wins is the man who thinks he can!
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An intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into its physical counterpart by the application of known principles.
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Success begins with a fellow’s will. It’s all in the state of mind.
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AUTOSUGGESTION is the agency of control through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.
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You may as well know, also that every great leader, from the dawn of civilization down to the present, was a dreamer.
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SUCCESS REQUIRES NO APOLOGIES, FAILURE PERMITS NO ALIBIS. If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go ahead and do it! Put your dream across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they”, perhaps, do not know that EVERY FAILURE BRINGS WITH IT THE SEED OF AN EQUIVALENT SUCCESS.
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The fear of criticism robs man of his initiative, destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self-reliance, and does him damage in a hundred other ways.
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A man’s alibi is the child of his own imagination. It is human nature to defend one’s own brain-child.
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All great truths are simple in final analysis, and easily understood; if they are not, they are not great truths.
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Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.
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A man’s best recommendation is that which he gives himself . . . by rendering superior service in the right mental attitude.
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FAITH is the head chemist of the mind. When FAITH is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.
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Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting Your own desire into money.
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Repetition or affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.
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Fortunate is the young woman who learns this great truth and keeps her lover always guessing, always on the defensive lest he may lose her.
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What has chance ever done in the world? Has it built any cities? Has it invented any telephones, and telegraphs? Has it built any steamships, established any universities, any asylums, any hospitals? Was there any chance in Casar’s crossing the Rubicon? What had chance to do with Napoleon’s career, with Wellington’s, or Grant’s ? Every battle was won before it was begun. What had luck to do with Thermopyle, Trafalgar, Gettysburg? Our successes we ascribe to ourselves; our failures to destiny.
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You cannot enjoy outstanding success in life without power, and you can never enjoy power without sufficient personality to influence other people to cooperate with you in a spirit of harmony.
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The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.
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The Koran, the revealed word of God, was the closest thing to a miracle in Mohammed’s life. He had not been a poet; he had no gift of words. Yet the verses of the Koran, as he received them and recited them to the faithful, were better than any verses which the professional poets of the tribes could produce. This, to the Arabs, was a miracle. To them the gift of words was the greatest gift, the poet was all-powerful.
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A real student will not merely read this book, he will absorb its contents and make them his own.
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Sex, alone, is a mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone-they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and balance.
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Everything worth having has a definite price.
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The person who uses his free time solely for personal pleasure and play will never be a success at anything.
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Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach.
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Consider, for example, the strange and fascinating story of Mohammed; analyze his life, compare him with men of achievement in this modern age of industry and finance, and observe how they have one outstanding trait in common, persistence!
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The pages of history are filled with the records of great leaders whose achievements maybe traced directly to the influence of women who aroused the creative faculties of their minds, through the stimulation of sex desire.
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It is an eternal truth that men receive more pay for their ability to get others to perform, than they could possibly earn by their own efforts.
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“Show me a man’s closest associates”, said Thomas A. Edison, “and I will tell you what sort of character the man has and where he is going in life”.
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What can you do with a man who has an invincible purpose in him; who never knows when he is beaten; and who, when his legs are shot off, will fight on the stumps. Difficulties and opposition do not daunt him. He thrives upon persecution; it only stimulates him to more determined endeavor. The world always listens to a man with a will in him.
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Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
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I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.
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Group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony, will provide more thought-energy than a single brain.
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Keep your mind fixed on what you want in life, not on what you don’t want.
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Whatever your mind feeds upon your mind attracts to you.
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In the world of physical matter, whether one is looking at the largest star that floats through the heavens or the smallest grain of sand to be found on earth, the object under observation is but an organized collection of molecules, atoms and electrons revolving around one another at inconceivable speed. Every particle of physical matter is in a continuous state of highly agitated motion. Nothing is ever still, although nearly all physical matter may appear, to the physical eye, to be motionless. There is no “solid” physical matter.
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Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
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You cannot afford to suggest to another person, by word of mouth or in writing, or through any act, that which you yourself do not believe.
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The mind grows only through use, and it atrophies through idleness.
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When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in Harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance, becomes available to every individual brain in the group.
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You are more apt to “rust” out your brain from disuse than you are to wear it out from use. You can do it if you believe you can.
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But he did have initiative, faith and the will to win.
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First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money”. Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter). Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.) Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action. Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it. Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read- see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
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Drifting, without aim or purpose, is the first cause of failure.
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This idea of starting at the bottom and working one’s way up may appear to be sound, but the major objection to it is this – too many of those who begin at the bottom never manage to lift their heads high enough to be seen by opportunity, so they remain at the bottom. It should be remembered, also, that the outlook from the bottom is not so very bright or encouraging.
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Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it.
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Everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit.
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One comes to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false.
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All success begins with definiteness of purpose.
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The ability to say ‘woe is me’ shows an abundance of inactivity. If I have time to think about how crappy things are, then I simply am not in action. I am not doing enough.
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Kill the habit of worry, in all its forms, by reaching a general, blanket decision that nothing which life has to offer is worth the price of worry.
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Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.
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Yet before another ten years had passed, he was dictator of all Arabia, ruler of Mecca, and the head of a New World religion which was to sweep to the Danube and the Pyrenees before exhausting the impetus he gave it. That impetus was threefold: the power of words, the efficacy of prayer and man’s kinship with God.
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It isn’t defeat, but rather your mental attitude toward it, that whips you.
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Mohammed had invited the Jews and Christians to join him; for he was not building a new religion. He was calling all who believed in one God to join in a single faith.
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Many successful people have found opportunities in failure and adversity that they could not recognize in more favorable circumstances.
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In every adversity or defeat there is a seed of equal or greater benefit.
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A successful man continues to look for work after he has found a job.
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Every man who has accumulated a great fortune, has recognized the existence of this stream of life. It consists of one’s thinking process. The positive emotions of thought form the side of the stream which carries one to fortune. The negative emotions form the side which carries one down to poverty.
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It should be recognised as a crime (in reality it is a crime of the worst nature) for any parent to build inferiority complexes in the mind of a child through unnecessary criticism. Employers who understand human nature get the best there is out of people not by criticism but by constructive suggestion. Parents may accomplish the same results with their children. Criticism will plant fear or resentment in the human heart but it will not build love or affection.
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When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. If you give up before your goal has been reached, you are a “quitter”.
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Until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
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Sound character is our greatest asset because it provides the power with which we may ride the emergencies of life instead of going down under them.
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Lack of self-discipline. Discipline comes through self-control. This means that one must control all negative qualities. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself. Self-mastery is the hardest job you will ever tackle. If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.
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It may interest you to know that Marconi’s “friends” had him taken into custody, and examined in a psychopathic hospital, when he announced he had discovered a principle through which he could send messages through the air, without the aid of wires, or other direct physical means of communication. The dreamers of today fare better. The world has become accustomed to new discoveries. Nay, it has shown a willingness to reward the dreamer who gives the world a new idea.
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Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move. With persistence will come success.
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You cannot succeed when surrounded by disloyal and unfriendly associates, no matter what may be the object of your definite chief aim. Success is built upon loyalty, faith, sincerity, co-operation and the other positive forces with which one must surcharge his environment.
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Faith is the head chemist of the mind. When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.
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Procrastination. This is one of the most common causes of failure. “Old Man Procrastination” stands within the shadow of every human being, waiting his opportunity to spoil one’s chances of success. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right”. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
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Riches begin in the form of thought! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith removes limitations!
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Every human being has the ability to completely control his own mind, and with this control, obviously, every person may open his mind to the tramp thought impulses which are being released by other brains, or close the doors tightly and admit only thought impulses of his own choice.
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Visualization Of, and Belief in Attainment of Desire: The Second Step toward Riches.
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When you get yourself under complete control, you can be your own boss.
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Lack of persistence. Most of us are good “starters” but poor “finishers” of everything we begin. Moreover, people are prone to give up at the first signs of defeat. There is no substitute for persistence. The person who makes persistence his watch-word, discovers that “Old Man Failure” finally becomes tired, and makes his departure. Failure cannot cope with persistence.
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Blessed is the man who has come to know that our muted thoughts are our sweetest thoughts. Blessed is the man who, from the blackest depths, can see the luminous figure of LOVE, and seeing, sing; and singing, say: Sweeter far than uttered lays are the thoughts I have of you.
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The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.
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He recalled, too, his mistake in having stopped only three feet from gold, “but,” he said, “that experience was a blessing in disguise. It taught me to keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn before I could succeed in anything”.
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Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.
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The Golden Rule means we should do unto others as we would wish them to do unto us if our positions were reversed.
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Lack of concentration of effort. The “jack-of-all-trades” seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.
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Money is as shy and elusive as the “old time” maiden.
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The spell of fear in the minds of the people gradually fade away and become faith.
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Never ask anyone to do anything for you that you wouldn’t do for him or her if the circumstances were reversed.
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You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities, unless you can work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.
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Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings of emotions, constitute a “magnetic” force which attracts other similar, or related thoughts.
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Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.
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Failure so often hates the very sight of success. Speaking with successful men, I have noticed they speak in complimentary terms of other men who are succeeding. Their attitude is not one of envy, but of willingness to learn from others.
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Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically everyone must conquer.
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Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!
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It is always better to imitate a successful man than to envy him.
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Decisions is the seedling of fear! Remember this, as you read. Indecision crystalizes into doubt, the two blend and become fear! The “blending” process often is slow. This is one reason why these three enemies are so dangerous. They germinate and grow without their presence being observed.
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Watch the one ahead of you, and you’ll learn why he is ahead. Then emulate him.
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Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
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Adversity relieves people of vanity and egotism. It discourages selfishness by proving that no one can succeed without the cooperation of others.
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Do not expect something for nothing. Be willing to give an equivalent value for all that you desire, and include in your plans a definite provision for doing so.
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Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS.
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Life is strange, and often imponderable! Both the successes and the failures have their roots in simple experiences.
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The way to success is the way to action, based upon organized thinking followed by action, action, action.
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DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning DESIRE to possess it.
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The answer you may be seeking, to the questions which have caused you to ponder over the strangeness of life, maybe found in your own mind.
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Enthusiasm is a state of mind that inspires and arouses one to put ACTION into the task at hand. It is the most contagious of all emotions and transmits the impetus toward agreement and action to all within reach of your words.
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It has been said that man can create anything which he can imagine.
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The author discovered, through personally analyzing hundreds of successful men, that all of them followed the habit of exchanging ideas, through what is commonly called conferences. When they had problems to be solved they sat down together and talked freely until they discovered, from their joint contribution of ideas, a plan that would serve their purpose.
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The person who stops studying merely because he or she has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what that person’s calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.
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If you really are smarter than others, show them with your actions.
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The money which is essential for the conduct of business is as worthless as a sand dune, until it has been mixed with efficient “brains”.
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Form the habit of going the extra mile, giving service that is not expected, for this attracts friends, clients, and supporters in many ways
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The quality and quantity of the service you render, plus the attitude with which you render it, determine the amount of pay you get and the sort of job you hold.
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Find at least one person each day, and more if possible, in whom you see some good quality that is worthy of praise, and praise it. Remember, however, that this praise must not be in the nature of cheap, insincere flattery; it must be genuine. Speak your words of praise with such earnestness that they will impress those to whom you speak. Then watch what happens. You will have rendered those whom you praise a decided benefit of great value to them.
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Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.
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The climb upward will be easier if you take others along with you.
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No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.
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The richest persons are those who give most in service to others.
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Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches! faith is the basis of all “miracles”, and all mysteries which cannot be analyzed by the rules of science! faith is the only known antidote for failure! faith is the element, the “chemical” which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. faith is the element which transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent. faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used by man.
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Remember, it is not necessary for others to fail in order that you may succeed. The richest persons are those who give most in service to others.
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Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence.
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Some individuals appear to be “allergic” to honest work, but opportunity is equally allergic to them.
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and you will have gone just one more step in the direction of developing the habit of looking for and finding the good qualities in others. I cannot overemphasize the far-reaching effects of this habit of praising, openly and enthusiastically, the good qualities in others; for this habit will soon reward you with a feeling of self-respect and manifestation of gratitude from others that will modify your entire personality. Here, again, the law of attraction enters.
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We call it “getting into a rut”, which means that we accept our fate because we form the habit of daily routine, a habit that finally becomes so strong we cease to try to throw it off.
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Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of REACHING DECISIONS PROMPTLY, and of changing these decisions SLOWLY, if, and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception have the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
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Do your job precisely as if you were your own boss, and sooner or later you will be.
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Instead of complaining about what you don’t like about your job, start commending what you do like and see how quickly it improves.
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To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and above all, attain happiness. All of these evidences of success begin in the form of thought impulses.
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THOUGHTS WHICH HAVE BEEN EMOTIONALIZED, (given feeling) AND MIXED WITH FAITH, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart.
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The chances are that your job likes you precisely as much as you like it, but no more.
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Those who master and apply the secret will reach high stations, accumulate riches, and bargain with life on their own terms, even if their schooling has been meagre.
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When the going is hardest, just keep on keeping on, and you’ll get there sooner than someone who finds the going easy.
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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.
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Have you noticed that the most effective worker is generally the busiest?
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There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of LACK OF AMBITION!
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Remember, also, that every time you open your mouth in the presence of a person who has an abundance of knowledge, you display to that person, your exact stock of knowledge, or your LACK of it!
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The best recommendation is the one you give yourself by rendering superior service – with the right mental attitude.
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In parting, I would remind you that “Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is TIME. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by TIME. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate INDECISION!
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The desire for sexual expression is inborn and natural. The desire cannot, and should not be submerged or eliminated. But it should be given an outlet through forms of expression which enrich the body, mind, and spirit of man.
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We all have the right to take possession of our own mind and direct it towards all we desire.
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When you approach every job enthusiastically in a spirit of friendly cooperation, you distinguish yourself from the vast majority of people.
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If your mental attitude is negative, if you complain and find fault with others, it will offset whatever you do, even if you do more than you are paid to do.
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Those whom you praise will see in you the qualities that you see in them. Your success in the application of this formula will be in exact proportion to your faith in its soundness.
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The seven major negative emotions (to be avoided) are the emotion of fear, the emotion of jealousy, the emotion of hatred, the emotion of revenge, the emotion of greed, the emotion of superstition, the emotion of anger.
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Your mental attitude is the most dependable key to your personality.
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Her entire life has served as evidence that no one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
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I had the happy privilege of analyzing both Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford, year by year, over a long period of years, and therefore, the opportunity to study them at close range, so I speak from actual knowledge when I say that I found no quality save persistence, in either of them, that even remotely suggested the major source of their stupendous achievements.
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A positive mind finds a way it can be done. A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.
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The work and achievements of hundreds of men of outstanding accomplishment, that there was the influence of a woman’s love behind nearly every one of them.
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If you can’t manage your own mental attitude, what makes you think you can manage others?
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Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
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One quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
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Self-respect is the best means of getting the respect of others.
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A mind ill with negative attitudes is more dangerous than a sick body, for its sickness is always contagious.
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If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance. Never, in the history of America has there been so great an opportunity for practical dreamers as now exists.
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Most illness begins with a negative mind.
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Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate decisions!
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I am master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
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A mind dominated by positive emotions, becomes a favorable abode for the state of mind known as faith.
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Men are paid, not merely for what they know, but more particularly for what they do with that which they know.
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When a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.
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Faith is the head chemist of the mind.
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Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
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Without doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people. This weakness is all the more damaging, because most people do not recognize that they are cursed by it, and many who acknowledge it, neglect or refuse to correct the evil until it becomes an uncontrollable part of their daily habits.
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any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind
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Accumulation of money cannot be left to chance, good fortune and luck. One must realise that all who have accumulated great fortunes first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring and planning before they acquired money.
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Make your desires clear, and reduce them to writings.
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Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive in thought.
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Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer.
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Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie which we ascribe to heaven; the fated sky gives us free scope; and only backward pulls our slow designs when we ourselves are dull. How much I could do if I only tried.
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Deeds, and not words, are what count most.
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Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit!
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If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. You may see at one and the same time both your best friend and your greatest enemy, by stepping in front of a mirror.
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Sexual overindulgence may not only destroy reason and willpower, but it may also lead to either temporary or permanent mental dysfunction.
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Finally, he lifted his head slowly, got up and walked to the door. Then he turned around, came back, laid his hand on my shoulder and said, “My boy, you will need much courage if you remain steadfast in carrying out your purpose in life. But remember, when difficulties overtake you, the common people have common sense. Adversity will develop it”.
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Without doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people.
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Truly, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects.
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Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
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Keep your eyes and ears wide open – and your mouth closed, if you wish to acquire the habit of prompt decision.
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Resolve is what makes a man manifest. Not puny resolve; not crude determinations; not errant.
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Edison concentrated upon the work of harmonizing natural laws.
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The starting point of all achievement is desire. The finishing point is that brand of knowledge which leads to understanding-understanding of self, understanding of others, understanding of the laws of Nature, recognition and understanding of happiness.
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The “depression” was a blessing in disguise. It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives everyone a new opportunity.
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The practical dreamers have always been, and always will be, the pattern-makers of civilisation.
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Develops the capacity to reach decisions. Definiteness of purpose tends to develop the capacity to reach decisions quickly and firmly. Successful people make decisions quickly (as soon as all the facts are available) and change them very slowly (if ever). Unsuccessful people make decisions very slowly, and change them often and quickly.
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This “missing link” in all systems of education may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it.
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their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one up when success is almost within reach.
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Business men accumulate great fortunes, by giving before they try to get.
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Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive in the form of an impulse of thought.
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Success comes through the application of power, and power is attained through the cooperative efforts of other people. A negative personality will not induce cooperation.
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The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasi-public official whose duty it is to manage his trust in such a way that it will work hardship on no individual, or group of individuals.
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Only those who become “money conscious” ever accumulate great riches. “Money consciousness” means that the mind has become so thoroughly saturated with the DESIRE for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it.
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Psychologists have correctly said that “when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance”.
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One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.
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as there is a close relationship between one’s mental attitude and one’s physical environment. The effects of environment so vitally influence those who work in factories, stores and offices, that employers are gradually realizing the importance of creating an environment that inspires and encourages the workers.
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Fear of competition from followers. The leader who fears that one of his followers may take his position is practically sure to realize that fear sooner or later.
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Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before they start.
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Every great railroad, and every outstanding financial institution and every mammoth business enterprise, and every great invention, began in the imagination of some one person.
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Most people never learn the art of transmuting their strongest emotions into dreams of a constructive nature.
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There is a difference between Wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.
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