Think, and grow rich. What a wonderful concept. So much so that Napoleon Hill wrote a book about it called Think and Grow Rich. 

This book has now sold over 100 million copies worldwide. It contains the secret recipe for how to grow your wealth and reach your maximum potential. 

Chapter 9 of Hill’s book (which cover’s the 8th step to riches), discusses a major road block that most of us experience: Lack of Persistence

“Here you will find the real enemies that stand between you and noteworthy achievement”, Hill begins. 

Here are the eight “enemies” that stood out the most to me:

1. "Failure to recognise and clearly define exactly what you want”.

    Do you have your goals in writing? Do you review them often? If you want to reach your potential, you need to know what you want, and when you want it. Write it all down and then share it with the important people in your life. Then start chasing your dreams!

2. "Procrastination, with or without cause (usually backed up with a formidable array of alibis and excuses)."

   Stop making excuses and start making progress!

3. "Lack of interest in acquiring specialised knowledge."

     Knowledge is only the potential energy for achieving great things. But it is still a necessary ingredient. Are you spending time outside of the whirlwind acquiring in-depth, specialized knowledge?


8. "The habit of blaming others for your mistakes, and accepting unfavorable circumstances as being unavoidable."

    Once you take 100% responsibility for everything, you will have a completely different outlook on life. Not everything that happens to you is your fault, but how you respond is 100% in your control. If you don’t like something change it. If you don’t like where you’re at in life, move! You’re not a tree!

10. "Willingness, even eagerness, to quit at the first sign of defeat."

    Success isn’t for the faint of heart. Once you write down your goals, plan for a lot of failure. It’s imminent. Just make sure you keep your eye on the prize, and then get up every time you get knocked down. 

11. "Lack of organised plans, placed in writing where they may be analysed."

    This is different than #1. This is the action plan. Write it down and share it with others. Then start executing.

12. "The habit of neglecting to move on ideas, or to grasp opportunity when it presents itself."

     We all have great ideas in the shower or on our drive to work. Act on those ideas immediately, otherwise you will find yourself with a lack of progress, and ultimately a lack of results. 

16. "Fear of criticism, failure to create plans and to put them into action because of what other people will think, do or say."

    You simply cannot be afraid of what others think. If you can get into the mindset that other people’s opinions don’t matter, you will open up a door to unlimited opportunities. 

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with a few of these almost daily. My biggest enemy is probably #12 because of #16. I’m working on it though, and writing this out helps. 

Where could you improve the most? What is your biggest enemy?

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Brad Telker
Vice President, Applied Systems Group at cfm Distributors, Inc.

Brad joined the cfm team in 2006, and now as the Vice President of the Applied Systems Group, he focuses on business development, as well as helping contractors and engineers find creative and unique solutions to any size HVAC project. When he’s not at work, Brad enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family