“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” – Josh Billings
Daily Nugget of Gold 1179
For today’s topic, we turn to a subject that was brought up by Napoleon Hill in his list of 17 principles of success. We should remind folks that one of Napoleon Hill’s books, Think and Grow Rich, is considered one of the most important books people should read should they desire to be successful. That book continues to sell briskly today, many years after Mr. Hill’s passing.
So what is this principle about? Here it is in his own words: “Personal Initiative – The habit of starting tasks that are important to you and seeing them through to completion” – Napoleon Hill Wow, that’s pretty simple, isn’t it? There are just two parts of this one observation, and they seem like common sense, don’t they? As with many things in life, however, common sense doesn’t appear to be all that common when we take a closer look at how most people usually apply it to their lives.
It’s not all that unusual that people begin projects that are important to them, then again, not everyone does that, even. There are people who come up with an idea of something to do and never take it past the thought stage. If we closely examine ourselves, we may find that this has been true with us as well, at times. Why don’t we start things sometimes? Maybe we talk ourselves out of it. It could be we fear the ridicule of others. Perhaps we consider the time and effort it will take to do the thing we’re thinking about and decide it’s not worth it. Suffice it to say that there is never going to be success in a project we don’t bring ourselves to begin, can we agree on that?
The second part of Hill’s observation here is that tasks that are started need to be completed. Success demands that if we want something accomplished, we need to stick with it until we have reached our goal. The highways of life are littered with the abandoned vehicles of ideas which some well-meaning person started but failed to follow through with, aren’t they? Now, just to be clear, we’re not referring to people changing their approach as they pursue the vision they see- that’s important and necessary to do. What we’re talking about is how some people start things they never complete. They give up their pursuit of their dream at the first hint of resistance.
Let’s face it- obstacles exist and they exist in the path of every single one of us, and on the road to anything significant we intend to do. Our want to complete what we started must be greater in measure than the ability we grant our obstacles to slow us down. Our desire must be keen enough that we will not give up, and that we’ll find ways around the roadblocks and reach our destination. Does this make sense?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“How can I form the habit of starting what’s important to me and finishing what I start?”
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