Napoleon Hill Quotes: Burning Desire

napoleon hill think and grow rich

napoleon hill think and grow richNapoleon Hill on Burning Desire

Ever wish for something with every fiber in your body?

You wanted it so bad you could literally taste it. Napoleon Hill gave it a name; burning desire.

It was more than a wish. At one point in my life. I wanted success so badly it was all I thought about. Sound Familiar?

I kept seeing other people achieve amazing things and I kept saying “why not me? I can do that!” I kept believing it and kept saying it, but nothing changed. I bought every book on personal development and motivation that I could find.

To be honest I must have read Think and Grow Rich 50 times by this point. Truth be told I never got discouraged but I did start to doubt the steps to succeed in the chapter on Desire. I couldn’t understand what I was missing.

Napoleon Hill on Wishing Versus Burning Desire  

I wasn’t taking action. I was always preparing. I thought I was on the path to success because I was always getting ready. When you truly believe deep down in your gut, you take action. You take the first step…  

“Every human being who reaches the age of understanding of the purpose of money wishes for it. Wishing will not bring riches. But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure will bring riches”  

How to Move From Burning Desire to True Success

The part I was not understanding and I hope I can get across to you today is the word persistence…

I was mistakenly under the impression that if I did not quit, I was being persistent. This was wrong and cost me years of lost time I could never get back. Persistence implies action, pure and simple. To be persistent means you continually try. You take the first step.

What do you want to achieve? Start right now! Do not wait for the prefect opportunity, it doesn’t exist.

Prove to yourself you believe you have what it takes to succeed- and take action. Have a burning desire to own a profitable business? Take the first step. Decide what success is for you and make plans. Take action, pay attention and then adjust. Then take more action.  

Why Think and Grow Rich is Timeless Wisdom

Napoleon Hill talked about money because it was easy to keep score.
He could and did, mean any goal you have.

Wishing is hoping something good happens, possessing a burning desire as taught in Think and Grow Rich is so much more than having faith.

True faith in yourself and your business is displayed when you take action. You don’t blame anyone you take action and keep course correcting until you find the right combination to the lock on your door to success. If you believe most achieve success on the first attempt you are sorely mistaken.

If there is one gigantic lesson from Think and Grow Rich it is not the huge success by which we recognize the many names but by how many times they failed and kept on trying.

Three feet from gold will never happen to me. 🙂

About the Author

Pete has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years in multiple industries. Thirteen of which, he traveled the world mentoring stock traders. Pete is an author, educator, Mets fan and a born and raised NY-er, now living amongst the palm trees of South Florida.

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Andrew - February 4, 2014 Reply

Thanks, Pete!

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