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Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary To Induce Faith

The basis of persistence is strong willpower. This is the eighth step to becoming rich.


Will power, when combined with desire makes a strong and irresistible combination. Men with great fortune are generally misunderstood to be ruthless and cold-blooded. 


However, what they have is willpower, along with persistence and a desire to achieve their goal. Lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure, and is found in the majority of the people nowadays. One can overcome their weaknesses by working towards themselves on a continuous basis. 


Persistence can only be achieved through the intensity of one’s desire. It matters a lot because a small amount of fire can generate large amounts of heat.


Fortune is attracted to those who have deliberately prepared their mind to attract it. Whereas, poverty is attracted to those whose minds are unfavourable to them. If you are not persistent you will lose even before you start. 


You can win only if you are persistent. It is very important to snap out of your mental inertia. A person progresses slowly at first, and then gains speed until he has complete control over his will. No matter how slowly you move, always be persistent.


Most people will tend to quit just after they fail a few times and this is exactly why they do not achieve success.


Remember Darby? 


Even he quitted digging when he was just 3 feet away from gold. 


“I have not failed. I’ve just 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Napoleon Hill


Persistence can be cultivated by the definiteness of purpose, desire, self-reliance, plans, knowledge, cooperation, willpower, and habit.


People do not take risks because they fear criticism. This fear of criticism is much stronger than their desire for success. 


The author suggests four ways which can make us persistent:


1.A definite purpose along with a burning desire.
2.A definite plan which should be in continuous action.
3.A mind immune tightly against negative and discouraging influences.
4.A friendly alliance which encourages planning.

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