The two roads that lead to poverty and riches travels opposite directions.
If you want riches, you must refuse to accept any circumstances that leads toward poverty.
The STARTING POINT of the path that leads to riches is DESIRE.
If you demand riches, you must determine what form and how much will be required to satify you. You must know the road that leads to riches.
If you neglect to make the start, or stop before you arrive, you have no one to blame but yourself. No alibi will save you from accepting the outcome and the responsibility if you fail or refuses to demand riches of life, because the acceptance calls for one thing - the only thing you can control - and that is a STATE OF MIND. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased, it must be created.
The fear of poverty is a state of mind, nothing else! But it is sufficient to destroy one's chances of achievement in any undertaking.
The fear of poverty grew out of man's inherited tendency to prey upon his fellow man economically.
Nearly all animals lower than man are motivated by instinct, but their capacity to think is limited; therefore, they prey upon one another physically.
Man, with his superior sense of intuition, with the capacity to think and to reason, does not cat his fellowman bodily; he gets more satisfaction out of "eating" him financially. Man is so avaricious that every conceivable law has been passed to safeguard him from his fellowman.
Of all the ages of the world, of which we know anything, the age in which we live seems to be one that is outstanding because of man's money-machine. A man is considered less than the dust of the earth, unless he can display a fat bank account; but if he has money - never mind how he acquired it - he is a King, a big shot; he is above the law, he rules in politics, he dominates in business, and thw whole world about him bows in respect when he passes.
Nothing brings man so much suffering and humility as poverty. Only those who have experience poverty understand the full meaning of WHAT IS POVERTY.
The majority of people, if asked what they fear most, would reply, "I fear nothing." The reply would be inaccurate, because few people realise that they are bound, handicapped, whipped spiritually and physically through some form of fear. So subtle and deeply seated is the emotion of fear that one may go through life burdened with it, never recognizing its presence. Only a courageous analysis and self-examination will disclose the presence of this universal enemy.
Self-analysis and examination is essential to all who demand of life more than mediocrity and poverty. face the facts squarely. Ask yourself definite questions and demand direct replies. When the examination is over, you will know more about yourself.
Before we can master an enemy, we must know its name, its habits, and its place of abode.
Before you can become successful, your kind must be prepared to receive it. It begins with the study, analysis and understanding of your state of mind.
Man can create nothing which he does not first conceive in the form of an impulse of thought.
Man's thought impulse begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent, whether those thoughts are voluntary or involuntary.
--- Napoleon Hill
--- Think and Grow Rich