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Summer, Time for Fun and Success – Part 13

A review of Napoleon Hills “Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement”.

Learn from AdversityThis is # 13.

13) “Learn from Adversity and Defeat” So you miss an opportunity or even fail. If you were sooo good that you never failed, you would be shooting for too easy a prize. How boring life would be if we always won. No challenge that we could not do?? That would be worse than a ballgame that no matter how many years you played it, there was never a score. How would we learn to get better? Napoleon Hill said: “Each setback is a seed of opportunity. Most so-called problems and temporary defeats may prove to be a blessing in disguise. Because what grows from adversity are powerful life lessons that form the steps to success. Defeat is never “failure” unless you believe it to be so.” Remember that Napoleon Hill interviewed hundreds of successful people and saw their successes and setbacks. Thomas Edison tried over 10,000 times to make a light bulb, carefully logging each attempt and making adjustments in the invention until he got it right. He stated about this experience: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  He also said: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“Five percent of the people think, ten percent of the people think they think, and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”

“We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are first: hard work, second: stick-to-itiveness, third: common sense.”

Thomas Edison truly was all these things. He also had #14 well in hand.

I will follow with the next principle in a day or so. I hope that you enjoy this and benefit from it.

Scott Shields DPM

Remember: It shouldn’t hurt to walk.

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