“Success requires no explanation, failure permits no alibis.” – Napoleon Hill
There can be no compromise between poverty and riches. The two roads that lead to poverty and riches travel in opposite directions. If you want riches, then you must refuse to accept any circumstances that lead to poverty.
If you demand riches, determine what form and how much will be required to satisfy you. If you neglect to make a start on the road to riches, or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame but you. The responsibility is yours. No alibis will save you from accepting the responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of life, because acceptance calls for one thing – a state of mind.
Fear of Poverty
Fear of poverty is a state of mind and nothing else. But, it is sufficient to destroy one’s chances of achievement in any undertaking.
This fear paralyzes the faculty of reason, destroys the faculty of imagination, kills off self-reliance, undermines enthusiasm, discourages initiative, leads to uncertainty of purpose, encourages procrastination, wipes out enthusiasm and makes self-control an impossibility. It takes the charm from one’s personality, destroys the possibility of thinking accurately, diverts the concentration of effort, it turns will-power into nothingness, destroys ambition and invites failure in every conceivable form.
It kills love and assassinates the finer emotions of the heart, it discourages friendship and invites disaster in a hundred forms. It leads to sleeplessness, misery and unhappiness.
It does all of this despite the obvious truth that we live in a world of over-abundance of everything that the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us and our desires, except a lack of a definite purpose.
The fear of poverty is without a doubt, the most destructive of the six basic fears. Nothing brings man so much suffering and humility as poverty.
Symptoms of poverty
Here are the symptoms of poverty. If you can change your life to do away with these symptoms, then you can overcome the fear of poverty.
Indifference. Commonly expressed through the lack of ambition, acceptance of whatever compensation life may offer without protest.
Indecision. The habit of letting others do your thinking for you.
Doubt. Generally expressed through alibis and excuses designed to cover up, explain away or apologize for one’s failures.
Worry. Usually expressed by finding fault with others, a tendency to spend beyond one’s income, neglect of personal appearance.
Over-caution. The habit of looking for the negative side of every circumstance, thinking and talking of possible failure instead of concentrating on the means of succeeding.
Procrastination. The habit of putting off until tomorrow that should have been done last year. Spending enough time creating alibis and excuses to have done the job
To overcome poverty you must make changes to your personality and belief system. You must refuse to compromise with difficulties and use them as stepping stones to advancement. You must not bargain with life for a penny, instead demand prosperity, opulence, riches, contentment and happiness. Gain self-confidence, definiteness of purpose and sound reasoning ability.
Stop demanding poverty instead of demanding riches. And stop associating with those who accept poverty and start to seek out those who demand and receive riches.