As taught by Napolean Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich
At Launch Leadership Development we believe persistence is a required skill for successful leadership, and worthy of study and practice.
Napolean Hill devoted a chapter to the study of persistence in his book Think and Grow Rich, where he states that in his study of 500 successful entrepreneurs, persistence was a common trait in these great American leaders.
I’d like to share with you these ideas he presents concerning persistence:
- Hill’s definition and thoughts about persistence
- Qualities of persistence
- Symptoms of lack of persistence
- How to develop persistence
- The benefits of being persistent
Hill has this to say about persistence:
- The basis of persistence is the power of will
- Willpower and desire are required for success
- Lack of persistence is a weakness common to most men and the main cause of failure
- Persistence is a state of mind, and so it can be cultivated.
Qualities of Persistence according to Hill:
- Definiteness of purpose. This is the first step: know what you want.
- Desire – there must be a burning desire to maintain persistence
- Self-reliance – you must believe in your ability to achieve or obtain your goal
- Definiteness of plans – organize a detailed plan to obtain your goal
- Accurate knowledge – knowing, not assuming or guessing “facts”
- Cooperation – encouragement from others helps build persistence
- Willpower – build a habit of focusing on the plan and dream, keeping it in front of you
- Habit – persistence is a direct result of habit.
Symptoms of lack of persistence:
- Failure to recognize and clearly define exactly what one wants
- Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge needed to obtain the goal
- Indecision and/or “passing the buck” on all occasions
- Habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solution of problems
- Self-satisfaction – nothing can be done to help this dilemma, he says
- Indifference – shows in readiness to compromise rather than stand up to obstacles
- Habit of blaming others for one’s mistakes
- Weakness of desire
- Willingness to quit at the first sign of defeat
- Lack of organized plans, placed in writing
- Habit of neglecting to move on ideas or grasp opportunities
- Wishing instead of willing
- Habit of compromising with poverty instead of aiming at riches, general absence of ambition to be, to do, to own
- Searching for all the shortcuts to riches, trying to get without giving
- Fear of criticism and what others will say or think
How to develop persistence- Hill says you must have these things:
- A definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment
- A definite plan, expressed in continuous action
- A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences
- A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose
Hill says these 4 steps listed above are essential for success in all walks of life because they:
- Help one control his economic destiny
- Lead to freedom and independence of thought
- Lead to riches in small or great quantities
- Lead the way to power, fame, and worldly recognition
- Guarantee favorable “breaks”
- Convert dreams into physical realities
- Lead to the mastery of fear, discouragement, indifference
As you read through the lists of qualities of persistence and symptoms of lack of persistence, did you do a self-analysis? If not, I encourage you to reread the lists and rate yourself. If you see some areas where you could improve, I urge you to diligently work on them, as persistence is truly worth the effort and time needed to develop, my friend!
Check out this video on persistence!