Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

“Analysis of over twenty-five thousand men and woman who had experience failure disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the list of thirty-one major causes of failure.  

Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer… 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 very slowly, if at all, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.

One of Henry Ford's most outstanding qualities was his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely, and changing them slowly.  This quality was so pronounced in Mr. Ford, that it have him the reputation of being obstinate.  It was this quality which promoted Mr. Ford to continue to manufacture his famous Model T (the world's ugliest car), when all of his advisers and many of the purchasers of the car were urging him to change it.

Perhaps Mr. Ford delayed too long in making the change, but the other side of the story is that Mr. Ford's firmness of decision yielded a huge fortune before the change in the model became necessary.  There is but little doubt that Mr. Ford's habit of definiteness of decision assumed the proportion of obstinacy, but this quality is preferable to slowness in reaching decisions and quickness in changing them.


Do you make decisions quickly or slowly? Which description would you like to be like? What can you do to get there?

“Those who reach decisions promptly and definitely know what they want, and generally get it.  The leaders in every walk of life decide quickly and firmly.  That is the major reason why they are leaders.  The world has a habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going.”

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Quotes from: Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich (New York: Hawthorne Books, Inc., 1972), page 157-158.


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