James Lombard Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
In this chapter, Hill asks us to examine the first hundred people we meet and ask them what they most want in life. The answers we will get, he says, could be “security”, “money”, “happiness”, “fame and power”, “social recognition”, “ease in living”, “ability to sing, dance or write”; but that none of them will be able to define these terms or give the slightest indication of a plan by which they hope to attain these vaguely expressed wishes. He says: “Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence”.
In the past, I too have followed false trails, leading nowhere, because I had not considered what I truly desired and translated it into a written-down purpose. Yes, I did follow through and persist with plans, but because they were not in accord with my true nature, they came to nothing or did not bring me the happiness I had imagined. In the case of network marketing, I picked the wrong companies: ones in which my upline advised me to hound my friends and relations, or ones that had expensive products, or one that was just a retail operation, masquerading as a viable network business.
I did not have six of what Hill describes as the essential prerequisites for persistence, namely, definiteness of purpose, desire, self-reliance or (belief in my ability to carry out plans), organized plans, accurate knowledge and a mastermind group. It is not surprising my persistence lead nowhere since I didn’t know what I really wanted and lacked the accurate knowledge to analyse company policies and procedures and compensation plans.
The lesson is clear; be persistent at worthwhile undertakings, or waste precious time and energy.
Regards and best wishes to all.
James Lombard, Dublin, Ireland.