CHAPTER 8 DECISION: THE MASTERY
“The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly.
That is the major reason why they are leaders.” Napoleon Hill
Hill analyzed several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes
well beyond the million dollar mark. He discovered that every one
of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly (fast), but
changed these decisions slowly, if, and when they were changed. He
concluded that people who fail to accumulate money, and without
exception, had the habit of reaching decisions, if they did at all,
very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.
The reason he gave was that the majority of people who fail to
accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are, generally, easily
influenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the newspapers
and the “gossiping” neighbors to do their “thinking” for them.
I have the seen the truth behind this statement in my own life. I
started preaching when I was 16. I had regular speaking engagements
at small churches that could not afford a full-time minister.
One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter in the ministry
was my Dad. As far back as I can remember Dad referred to me as his
“little preacher man.” This was re-enforced by other leaders (bible
teachers, elders, and other preachers) in the different churches. So
the “opinions” of others did have a big part in my decision to become
enter the ministry. Many of those same “opinions” lead to a narrowest
of the mind, and the conclusion that I am always right and everyone
else in wrong.
My first real mastermind was Connie. Her blue personality and openness
to other people, thoughts and ideas was like the stream of water which
falls on a rock and slowly reshapes it. Now, be assure these changes
did not happen overnight, it did take time, but she never gave up on me.
For that I love and appreciate her.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have no regrets in being a minister. I loved
the ministry am still a preacher at heart. Many of the skills I have
today came from those years in service to those churches where I served.
I would not trade those years for even thing. I just know that today
I would have done things differently!
When confronted by Governor Gage Samuel Adams had the choice of two
decisions. He could cease his opposition, and take a personal bribe,
or he could stay on course with his mission to freedom, and face the
risk of being hanged!
Do we each face similar decisions? Yes! Do I listen and follow to
the “opinion” or old internal messages or turn to a new heading? NO!
As Michael spoke of his “110” heading we can and must find our "110"
heading to riches and prosperity. Let us lock ourselves in a room
were leaders who are immune to fear, blind to the possibility of
“By decisions made in a similar spirit of Faith, and only by such
decisions, can men solve their personal problems, and win for
themselves high estates of material and spiritual wealth. Let us
not forget this!” Napoleon Hill
I thank Linda and Michael Dlouhy for their decision to commit to
their dream in building Mentoring for Free. Bob Shoaf, thank you
for decision to work and mentor me. To each person on these calls
thank you for your decision to share your wisdom and brilliance.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who downloads the e-book and
talks to me every week.