Want to Be Successful? Be Decisive

Want to be Successful? Be Decisive, One Step at a Time.

The great Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, The Law of Success, and many other books that lay out the path to success said, Opportunity never sneaks up on those who straddle the fence of indecision.

Hill made no bones about it: Successful people are decisive people, because they know that indecision wastes time that could otherwise be invested in productive tasks.

Hill also said they generally implement their decisions gradually, with each action based on the success of the one before it.

One step at a time.

The easiest decision-making process in the world:

Be DecisiveDraw a line down the center of a sheet of paper. Title the columns “pros” and “cons.” Now list all the advantages and disadvantages of the decision.

In the end, you will have a clear picture of the consequences – positive and negative – of any decision, and the choice should be very apparent.

Think that sounds too simple? One of history’s wisest men, Benjamin Franklin, used this technique.

We do, too.  Will you?



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Contentment in 2013

Contentment in 2013

Dear Friends:

As we turn our faces and thoughts and actions to the New Year, we are reminded that there are few things truly valuable in this world and this life. Contentment is one of them. The essay below was written by Napoleon Hill many years ago, but holds much for us to consider and move towards in our own lives. We hope it has meaning to you.

The Lucid Business Team – Jeff, Erin, Rita, Linda, and the rest of the staff.

Contentment (by Napoleon Hill)

Napoleon Hill


The richest man in all the world lives in Happy Valley. He is rich in values that endure, in things he cannot lose—things that provide him with contentment, sound health, peace of mind and harmony within his soul.

Here is an inventory of his riches and how he acquired them:

“I found happiness by helping others to find it.

“I found sound health by living temperately and eating only the food my body requires to maintain itself.

“I hate no man, envy no man, but love and respect all mankind.

“I am engaged in a labor of love with which I mix play generously; therefore, I seldom grow tired.

“I pray daily, not for more riches but for more wisdom with which to recognize, embrace, and enjoy the great abundance of riches I already possess.

“I speak no name save only to honor it, and I slander no man for any cause whatsoever.

“I ask no favors of anyone except the privilege of sharing my blessings with all who desire them.

“I am on good terms with my conscience; therefore, it guides me accurately in everything I do.

“I have more material wealth than I need because I am free from greed and covet only those things I can use constructively while I live. My wealth comes from those whom I have benefited by sharing my blessings.

“The estate of Happy Valley which I own is not taxable. It exists mainly in my own mind, in intangible riches that cannot be assessed for taxation or appropriated except by those who adopt my way of life. I created this estate over a lifetime of effort by observing nature’s laws and forming habits to conform with them.”

Source: Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1960. Pgs. 211 & 212.


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