Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Johnny Ray Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines

Posted: 2018-11-28

30 Reasons for Failure

  1. Unfavorable Heredity Background

  2. Lack of a Well-Defined Purpose in Life

  3. Lack of Ambition to Aim Above Mediocrity

  4. Insufficient Education

  5. Lack of Self-Discipline

  6. Ill Health

    • Overeating of foods not conducive to health

    • Wrong habits of thought; giving expression to negatives

    • Wrong use of, and over indulgence in sex

    • Lack of proper physical exercise

    • An inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing

  7. UNFAVORABLE ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES DURING CHILDHOOD

  8. Procrastination

  9. Lack of Persistence

  10. Negative Personality

  11. Lack of Controlled Sexual Urge

  12. UNCONTROLLED DESIRE FOR “SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.”

  13. LACK OF A WELL DEFINED POWER OF DECISION

  14. ONE OR MORE OF THE SIX BASIC FEARS

  15. WRONG SELECTION OF A MATE IN MARRIAGE

  16. Over-Caution

  17. WRONG SELECTION OF ASSOCIATES IN BUSINESS

  18. SUPERSTITION AND PREJUDICE

  19. WRONG SELECTION OF A VOCATION

  20. LACK OF CONCENTRATION OF EFFORT

  21. THE HABIT OF INDISCRIMINATE SPENDING

  22. Lack of Enthusiasm

  23. Intolerance

  24. Intemperance

  25. INABILITY TO COOPERATE WITH OTHERS

  26. POSSESSION OF POWER THAT WAS NOT ACQUIRED THROUGH SELF EFFORT

  27. Intentional Dishonesty

  28. Egotism and Vanity

  29. Guessing Instead of Thinking

  30. Lack of Capital

I was going to list these all… as I can see how these have affected people, myself included when these manifest in my life. It’s heartbreaking, especially when you see someone basically handcuffed by these… excuses. On Wednesday, one old friend contacted me and you see how procrastination, a negative personality, ill health, and more… it’s like a virus that eats you up. One thing builds until it becomes two, then three and four. And before you know, suddenly it’s a definition of character and it’s a beast controlling you.

And it’s really because of this reason that I am grateful for the tragedy of my divorce. It’s why I am grateful for my addiction. I was being devastated by more than my addiction. I was being devoured by these failures. It was when I entered the gates of rehab that suddenly I was given purpose and meaning in my life. I became a leader and I didn’t even know it. I was given a voice, character, and life that I had forgotten.

A leader has SELF-CONTROL. The man who cannot control himself, can never control others. Self-control sets a mighty example for one’s followers, which the more intelligent will emulate.

I learned self control. I learned to have unwavering courage. I’ve learned something better than sympathy, I learned empathy. I learned to understand. These steps weren’t learned overnight. It was a process.

This completes my first time through this book. I look forward to completing the second time in fifteen weeks.

As stores post when they are under construction “Here I grow again” and as a friend of mine whom I think is possibly the craziest person I have ever know would say… “we are all but seeds”

To which I would now reply, “we determine the type of seed we are…” and lets be something beautiful and majestic.

Johnny Ray