Originally, I was going to write a post on, “Why I hate the Education System”. But I’ll save that for next week since the book “Think And Grow Rich” is freshly on my mind.
I’ve heard great things about the book, so I figured, why not read the book? After all, you can never be too inspired, right? 😉
Anyhow, in my opinion, the book is powerful BUT some of the chapters seemed a bit repetitive and/or unnecessary. I definitely didn’t read every word, but there are some very meaningful/deep points that intrigued me. I would like to share them with you:
1. “A quitter never wins – and a winner never quits.”
This is so simple and obvious. However, I find it so inspiring. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to keep going even when things are tough. If you quit, then you automatically lose.
This reminds me of a time when someone told me, “I never listen to quitters.”
Many times, quitters will tell you that you cannot do things because they themselves couldn’t do it. Has a winner ever told you to quit?
2. “It is one thing to want money -everyone wants more -but it is something entirely different to be worth more.”
Everyone wants more money. But how many of us aim to become more?
What do you need to do in order to be worth more??
3. “The starting point of all achievement is desire.”
This is common sense, but so powerful!! Honestly, I’m a very VERY VERYYYYYY average person. In fact, I’m probably below average. It took me 3 years to learn how to speak English, and 8 years to write in proper grammar. (I wasn’t trying very hard though, but still)
HOWEVER, when I want to do something, I don’t easily give up. I have A LOT of passion and desire in things I want to achieve.
Without the desire to want to obtain something (whatever it may be), you will not get very far.
You have to want it. And then, you have to decide what you’re willing to do to get it.
Because of my desire to achieve certain things, it makes it seem like I’m smarter than I actually am.
4. “When driven by his desire to please a woman, based solely upon the emotion of sex, a man may be, and usually is, capable of great achievement, but his actions may be disorganized, distorted, and totally destructive.”
This quote is not motivating but I found it extremely interesting. Again, it comes down to desire. Perhaps, the need to satisfy our sexual needs can truly change people.
I believe each person is capable of achieving great things. But whether or not he/she chooses to take action and do something is an entirely different story…
5. “The ladder of success is never crowded at the top.”
In my opinion, our society wants us to remain mediocre. We’re told to do the same thing until we retire. If we want to take risks, it’s looked down upon.
But what if you fail? But what if it doesn’t work out? It’s better to be safe than sorry. And so on.
Very few are willing to go through what it takes to get to the top.
6. “People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure and alibis to explain their own lack of achievement.”
It’s true. It’s either reasons or results. Either you give yourself excuses, or you take action despite all the obstacles you have.
Your reasons might be legit, but it won’t make your life better.
7. “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”
We tell ourselves what we can or cannot do. We are the ones who give ourselves limitations. In a way, we stop ourselves from achieving more in order to protect ourselves (fear of the unknown, fear of failure, etc).
Whatever you tell yourself, whatever you will be.
8. Lastly, this is my favourite quote:
Discipline comes through self control. Before you can control conditions, you must first control yourself.
I would like to end with one of the questions I found most useful from the book:
How much time out of every 24 hrs do you devote to:
a) your occupation
c) play and relaxation
d) acquiring useful knowledge
e) plain waste?
Everyone has 24 hours. What are you doing with your time?
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