The Power of a Decision

In 1908, a young newspaper reporter named Napoleon Hill met industrialist Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in the world at that time.

During that interview, Carnegie was so impressed with Napoleon that he gave him an  an opportunity of a lifetime.  Andrew asked Napoleon if he’d like to take a life long journey to study 500 of the world’s most successful people and identify the common characteristics or traits that led to their success.  What Napoleon didn’t know was that Carnegie had a stopwatch in his pocket, and if Napoleon took longer than 1 minute to respond, he would rescind his offer!

Carnegie only wanted to go into business with people who could make a definite decision and Napoleon did just that, responding with a “yes” at around the 30 second mark.  That one decision has positively impacted MILLIONS OF LIVES.

In fact, while study the world’s most successful people, those who had  accumulated fortunes well beyond the million-dollar mark, Napoleon learned that every one of those individuals had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing their decisions slowly, if and when they were changed.  Conversely, those who fail to accumulate money, Napoleon found, without exception, had the habit of reaching decisions, IF AT ALL, very slowly and changing their decisions quickly and often.

So in examining your own life, is there an area where you need to be more decisive?  Is it time to step into a decision that you’ve intuitively known that you’ve needed to step into?   Just think about the impact it could have!

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