I have found myself reading works by Napoleon Hill, an American author who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal success literature. In the early nineteen hundreds, Andrew Carnegie commissioned him to interview over 500 successful men and women in order to discover and publish their formula for success.
As I am on a journey to better myself and to take my business and my clients to the next level, I was intrigued with some quotes in his book Think and Grow Rich about failure. I thought I would share those with you as you begin your journey into 2011.
"One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat."
"Before success comes in any man's life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit.That is exacty what the majority of men do."
"More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known, told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach."
Do any of these quotes resonate with you - either personally or professionally?
When I think about companies building their internal team (s), these quotes make me realize the mindset that the leader needs to have. The easy reflex is to quit. There is less pain. It takes a leader who does not know the word "impossible" to go one step beyond defeat.