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Character: the grandest thing in the world  (1899)


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"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."--Orison Swett Marden

A collection of essays by Orison Swett Marden on the subject of success. The essays include the following: He Can Who Thinks He Can; Getting aroused; Education by absorption; Freedom at any cost; What the world owes to dreamers; The Spirit in which you work; Responsibility develops power; An overmastering purpose; Has your vocation your unqualified approval? Stand for something; Happy, if not, why not? Originality; Had money, but lost it; Sizing up people; Does the world owe you a living?; What has luck done for you?; Success with a flaw; and Getting away from poverty.

Chapter I A Grand Character; Chapter II The Light Bearers; Chapter III The Great-Hearted; Chapter IV A North-Star Course; Chapter V Intrepidity of Spirit; Chapter VI "A Fragment of the Rock of Ages"; Chapter VII The Wealth of the Commonwealth; Chapter VIII The Apollo Belvidere and the Venus Di Milo ; Chapter IX Cultivating the Growth of Man-Timber.

So long as you carry around a failure atmosphere, and radiate doubt and discourage- ment, you will be a failure. Turn about face ; cut off all the currents of failure thoughts, of discouraged thoughts. Boldly face your goal with a stout heart and a determined endeavor and you will find that things will change for you ; but you must see a new world before you can live in it. It is to what you see, to what you believe, to what you struggle inces- santly to attain, that you will approximate...

" Trust thyself ; every heart vibrates to that iron string."

Why try to be somebody else? To be yourself, or to express yourself with original- ity and power, is the greatest thing you can do. You cannot be another if you try. It only makes you unnatural and ridiculous, and robs you of the power which comes from self- expression, from being yourself...

Keyword Catagories: Self-Realization | Creativity | Personal Achievement | Spiritual Laws

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