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Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich – Part Nine – The Power of Personal Initiative

Napoleon Hill introduces this video lesson on success by talking about two types of people – the kind of people that we do not want to be. He says “There are two types of people who never amount to anything:those who will not do what they are told and who will do nothing else.”

What is the difference in these types of commonplace ne’er do wells – and the exceptional successes that we are aiming to be? Napoleon Hill would say that one key factor is “personal initiative.”

What is personal initiative? Briefly, it is the power behind choosing one’s own way – the propelling force behind actions that make your primary purpose come into fruition.

Hilarious comedian Jonathan Winters was not always successful, but he knew he wanted to be a funny man. He said “I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” Also he insprises us to do the same and follow our dreams by using our own personal initiative to bring into force our primary purpose when he said “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!”

What is your personal initiative quotient? Do you do activities that you don’t have to because you are dancing to an internal musician – or are you like an automaton that performs only what you are told to do? Or are you like the adolescent – who can not do anything you are told – just because someone told you to do it, even if it is the best thing for you or is something you would actually love to do?

The person who is full of personal initiative is not like that. They respond to internal cues, and their external life begins to demonstrate that.

Just a few thoughts to ponder as we continue listening to the great master as he considers how to think and be rich.