Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Tony Guthrie Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Posted: 2016-11-23

Dreams are commonplace. Dreams for riches are even more commonplace. But dreams are only pictures in the mind. Dreams backed by desire are more likely to become reality. But even a dream backed by desire will not likely become reality unless several prominent factors are added to it.

  • Desire needs to be set aflame by a persistent and non-ending BURNING drive for the attainment of a goal or dream.
  • Also, one must make the decision to take the necessary daily actions to make dreams become a reality. Decision in and of itself means little unless it is balanced with driving determination to succeed. It is driving determination that is the fuel of persistence. 

Persistence is the ability to keep on keeping on inspite of distractions, failures, and the tendency to procrastinate. The desire for success must be insatiable. As Hill noted several times throughout the book, our dreams and desires MUST be backed by emotion. If we are not emotionally attached to the goal, then it hasn't really become a part of us. We may "like" the idea but we are content not to make an all-out effort to attain it.  

The following quote from Hill is amazingly powerful:

The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE.

This is the essence of the chapter. Desire exists in each of us. But for many people (98 out of every 100) desire is low-key or cold. Only when that desire consumes us, even to the point of losing sleep or being inconvenienced, will it have any chance of making our dreams and goals a reality. 

Robert Kyosaki explained that his desire for financial freedom burned with in him so intensely that he literally thought of nothing else.

If you and I aren't consumed within the flames of hot, burning desire to succeed, then we will not be persistent. We will fall by the wayside and watch others pass us by on their way to the realization of their dreams. We will almost literally see and smell the smoke of their persistent drive as they pass us by. 

Here's the never-fail formula for persistence and success:

There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of PERSISTENCE. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:—
1. A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT.
2. A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION.
3. A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCOURAGING INFLUENCES, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
4. A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOURAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE.

Follow it persistently, 

Tony Guthrie