Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Linda Ojutkangas Antigo, Wisconsin, United States

Posted: 2017-06-20

Chapter 9


Napoleon Hill states that the basis of persistence is willpower.  As defined by Merriam-Webster, willpower is defined as “energetic determination”.  I love that definition!  Energy requires action.  Therefore, we must be energetic, or actively pursuing our goals with a determined heart. 

That definition puts the word “persistence” in a whole new light for me.  To explore further, we could say that we must be unstoppable.  There is no option to quit or to stop fighting for our desires.  What if Steve Jobs stopped fighting when he was pursuing the technology for the iPhone?  Many of us enjoy and use that technology today, along with millions of other people.  It is almost unthinkable isn’t it?

The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE.

So to conquer the lack of persistence, it will depend on the intensity of our desire.  The word intensity is defined as:  extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling.  Oh!  Did you see it?  There is that word again:  ENERGY.  (Yes, I had to do it)  Energy is defined as:  vigorous exertion of power. 

In order to conquer the lack of persistence, we must vigorously exert our power and pursue our goals with a determined heart.  This is something that needs to happen daily for us to be successful.  We cannot expect to take a day off from our self-talk and be okay.  Remember that weak desires bring weak results.


I am certain many of us can think of someone right now who stopped fighting, maybe it was even ourselves at one point.  I know this was true for me. 

“So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT

We do not want to stop three feet from the gold! 

We must encourage others to be energetic and vigorously exert their power, pursuing their goals with a determined heart.  I can think of at least one person today that I want to encourage, how about you?

I am so thankful for Michael and Linda Dlouhy, my mentor John Wiser, and for all the rest here in our Mastermind Group.  Thank you all, for being here, for encouraging and supporting me!

To Your Success,

Linda O.