Bilal Muhammad EULESS, TX, United States
Ch 8 Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination
Proscrastination is in fact a major dream stealer for the majority of people including myself. I love that the Author mentions that, "The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are, generally, easily influenced by the "opinions" of others...Close friends and relatives, while not meaning to do so, often handicap one through "opinions"...You have a brain and mind of your own. USE IT, and reach your own decisions."
This whole chapter Decision, was very powerful I like how the Author tied the importance of Decision to the History of The USA where, "DECISION, in the minds of two men, might be properly called the beginning of the freedom which we, of the United States now enjoy." and "the greatest decision of all time, as far as any American citizen is concerned, was reached in Philadelphia, July 4,1976, when fifty six men signed their names to a document, which they well knew would bring freedom to Americans, or leave every one of the fifty six hanging from the gallows!"
What stuck out to me most was how the Author identify the problem that, "INDECISION is a habit which usually begins in youth. The habit takes on permanency as the youth goes through graded school, high school, and even through college, without DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE. The major weakness of all educational systems is that they neither teach nor encourage the habit of DEFINITE DECISION.
It would be beneficial if no college would permit the enrollment of any student, unless and until the student declared his major purpose in matriculating. It would be of still greater benefit, if every student who enters the graded schools were compelled to accept training in the HABIT OF DECISION, and forced to pass a satisfactory examination on this subject before being permitted to advance in the grades.
The habit of INDECISION acquired because of the deficiencies of our school systems, goes with the student into the occupation he chooses... IF...in fact, he chooses his occupation. Generally, the youth just out of school seeks any job that can be found. He takes the first place he finds, because he has fallen into the habit of INDECISION. Ninety-eight out of every hundred people working for wages today, are in the positions they hold, because they lacked the DEFINITENESS OF DECISION to PLAN A DEFINITE POSITION, and the knowledge of how to choose an employer."
The Author not only identified the problem but he gave a suggestion to solve or fix the problem.