Table Of Contents
The Power Of Concentration to achieve success 5
Developing Self-confidence 11
Overcoming Self-consciousness 16
Thinking Right, Being Positive 22
Developing Imagination And Initiative 31
There are a few…just a VERY few…traits that a person must cultivate and develop in their lives before they can even START to become successful in whatever path they choose. You can think of these traits as the building blocks…the foundation…of your growth to achieve success in life.
You can build a life without them, but, like building a house without a strong foundation, it’ll be put at risk with the first heavy wind or rainstorm. Believe me, you will have a few of those in your life for sure!
A very successful businessman and public speaker originally wrote this book in the late 1800s. The author knows what he’s talking about!
The text was thoroughly edited and updated to make the language more readable and more current. However, the concepts and “laws” that are discussed in the book are ageless.
These are traits that are a “must” for any person who is looking for long-term success in their life…no matter WHAT their goals may be.
Read them carefully and thoughtfully. They WILL make a HUGE difference in your life!
The Power Of Concentration To Achieve Success
Throughout the ages, great people have invariably had great concentration. In art and science, business and warfare, literature, politics and philosophy, the real achievements of the race have been due to this power. Concentration arises chiefly from being deeply interested and is very closely related to persistence and definiteness of purpose. Concentration is an enemy of self-consciousness and vacillation. It enables a man to do the best that is in him. It is one of the characteristic marks of genius itself.
A timid person is erratic in their habits. They shift constantly from one thing to another, accomplishing nothing worth anything. Is it a book they’re reading? Soon they turn the pages impatiently, skim lightly over the most important parts, hasten to learn the conclusion, and cast the book aside. Is it a new business venture? They enter upon it enthusiastically, but at the first sign of difficulty lose heart and give up. Every change they make causes a loss of time and energy so that they are always going but never arriving.
People make their own world. To cultivate concentration they must think and do only one thing at a time. Concentration is the art of continuous and intense application to a task. It is not an abstraction; therefore it cannot be offered as an excuse for carelessness. Here’s an example: A young man who worked in a bank was assigned to collect a note for $75,000. He received the customer’s check for the amount, had it certified, and returned to the bank. Upon arriving at the bank, he immediately engaged a fellow worker in conversation, and then was sent out again for another errand. He loitered on the way, and when he returned, the bank had closed and everyone had gone home. That night the young man told his father how he came to have the check still in his pocket.
His father made him call the president of the bank at home, and early next morning the young man handed in the check. The president called him into his office and said: “We don’t require your services any longer.”
Thoroughness is one of the marks of a self-confident person. They do everything they undertake just as well as they can. If it is a business matter to be discussed, they first inform themselves so completely that they are able to talk with accuracy and intelligence. If it is a public speech to be delivered, they don’t wait until the day before and then put together a few hastily considered thoughts, but all are carefully and thoroughly prepared long in advance. Such a person speaks little of what they are going to do, but first does it and lets their work speak for itself.
Every person should get an idea of values in their life. There can be no true success where time and talent are squandered. “Every moment lost,” said Napoleon, himself a wonderful example of concentration, “gives an opportunity for misfortune.” The building of a self-confident person requires effort, self-sacrifice, and singleness of purpose.
It is not quantity but the quality of work that differentiates one man from another. One thing well and thoroughly done is better than any amount of careless work. The person who is completely absorbed in the present duty has no time for discontent and discouragement. Time does not hang heavily on their hands, for the clock is not their master.