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Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill: Essential Lessons for Using the Power of Positive Thinking by Don Green

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16PERSEVERANCE AND PASSION

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.

—HEGEL

THE REASON THAT definiteness of purpose is the starting point for all achievement is that when you have a strong enough reason to accomplish your goal, you will persevere and not give up when that going gets tough. Surely you have heard the old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Holding on to a strong purpose all the way to a successful outcome means having determination to the very end.

During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was asked, “How does Grant impress you as a leading general?” He replied, “The greatest thing about him is cool persistency of purpose. He is not easily excited, ...

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