Saturday, February 21, 2009

Just share some quotes I obtained from Napoleon Hill's Positive Action Plan....

Pick out some person whom you admires and imitate him or her as closely as you can. This may be hero worship, but it improves characters

The difference between starry-eyed hero worship and thoughtfully emulating models lies in the ability to make the distinction between good character traits and ones that may not be so good. Your heroes won't be perfect, none of us is.
Recognize that we are all human, forgive your heroes if they display failings, and continue to emulate the things about them that you like and respect. Comparing your own character to that of others who have achieved great success in their fields broadens your horizons and elevates your goals. When you see others have done and the character they have developed in the process, you will be able to better recognize how to improve your own performance.

Money is either a good or bad influence, according to the character of the person who possesses it.

It's true. Money has no character, no personality, no values. Its actions only reflect the desires of its owner. Money can build great hospitals and schools, or it can be gambled away or squandered on meaningless possessions. Money can build museums to house beautiful works of art, it may construct beautiful houses of worship - or it may be used to create instruments of war and destruction.
As you build your personal wealth, make sure you build your character by settling aside a portion of your income to help others. Choose a church, a charity, or a cause that you can enthusiastically support. Then give of your money and your time in support of that cause. The primary beneficiary of such noble actions is always the one who gives, not the one who receives.

You either ride life or it rides you. Your mental attitude determines who is "rider" and who is "horse".

There is no compromise or negotiation when it comes to who will run your life. Either you take charge and live a productive life of your choosing or you allow yourself to be ruled by circumstances. But there will inevitable be setbacks. In the old West, a cowboy expression went: "There never was a horse that couldn't be rode, and there never was a rider that couldn't be thrown." Like everyone else, you will have days when everything goes right and you are on top of the world. Relish those days, enjoy them, and remember them. Recall the euphoria that accompanied them when you need an extra measure of positive thinking to get back in the saddle after you've experienced an embarrassing and painful fall.

Where will you be ten years from now if you keep on going the way you're going?

Many people fail to realize that big success is the result of little successes achieved, often cover a very long period of time. Truly successful people are long term thinkers. They know that they must build upon each achievement and constantly learn now and better ways of doing things. A regular review of your progress is an essential part of goal-setting. A goal is little more than a wish unless it has a timetable for completion. Make sure your plan for your life includes short-, medium-, and long-term goals. Revise your goals as circumstances dictate, check them off when they are completed, and set new and bigger goals for yourself as you grow. And take time to reflect often to make sure you are on the right course - for you.

Your progress in life in your own mind and ends in the same place.

Every great accomplishments began with the germ of an idea in the mind of a great person, then was shaped for practical usefulness and finally transformed into reality. Make your mind a fertile ground for ideas through constant study and learning, and condition yourself through constant practice to discipline yourself to follow through on your good ideas. The most brilliant concept in the world is only a dream unless you take action. Even a mediocre idea that is put into practice is far more valuable than a flash of genius that languishes in a fallow, undisciplined mind.

The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to it's job.

The tiny, insignificant postage stamp is a good example of what it is possible to achieve if you stick with the job until it is finished. Inconspicuously stuck on the corner of the envelope, it provides the impetus to keep moving until the entire packet reaches its ultimate destination. The influence you may have upon your company, your church, your family, or any organization is incalculable if you have the persistence to pursue your goal until you achieve it. It is an absolute certainty that you will encounter obstacles in any worthwhile endeavour. When you do, remember the inconsequential little postage stamp and stick with the job until it is finished.

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