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How To Succeed: Stepping Stones to Fame and Fortune  (1896)

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"Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation."--Orison Swett Marden

Like many proponents of the New Thought philosophy, Orison S. Marden believed that our thoughts influence our lives and our life circumstances. Although he is best known for his books on financial success, he always emphasized that this would come as a result of cultivating one's personal development...

Chapter I. First, Be a Man; Chapter II. Seize Your Opportunity; Chapter III. How Did He Begin?; Chapter IV. Out of Place; Chapter V. What Shall I Do?; Chapter VI. Will You Pay the Price?; Chapter VII. Founadtion Stones; Chapter VIII. The Conquest of Obstacles ; Chapter IX. Dead in Earnest; Chapter X. To Be Great, Concentrate; Chapter XI At Once; Chapter XII. Thoroughness; Chapter XIII. Trifles; Chapter XIV. Courage; Chapter XV. Will Power; Chapter XVI. Guard Your Weak Point; Chapter XVII.Stick; Chapter XVIII. Save; Chapter XIX. Live Upward; Chapter XX. Sand; Chapter XXI. Above Rubies; Chapter XXII. Moral Sunshine; Chapter XXIII.Hold Up Your Head; Chapter XXIV. Books and Success; Chapter XXV. Riches Without Wings;

There are multitudes of men who never rely wholly upon themselves and achieve independence. They are like summer vines, which never grow even ligneous, but stretch out a thousand little hands to grasp the stronger shrubs; and if they cannot reach them, they lie dishevelled in the grass, hoof-trodden, and beaten of every storm. It will be found that the first real movement upward will not take place until, in a spirit of resolute self-denial, indolence, so natural to almost every one, is mastered. Necessity is, usually, the spur that sets the sluggish energies in motion. Poverty, therefore, is often of inestimable value as an incentive to the best endeavors of which we are capable....

The incident helps to throw light on the vexed problem of the intercourse of the rich with the poor. Kind but thoughtless people, who take up the work of "slumming," intent upon elevating and reforming the needy classes, are apt to forget that these unfortunates have self-respect and rights and sensitive feelings.

"But I am not derided," said Diogenes, when some one told him he was derided. "Only those are ridiculed who feel the ridicule and are discomposed by it."

Dr. Franklin used to say that if a man makes a sheep of himself the wolves will eat him. Not less true is it that if a man is supposed to be a sheep, wolves will very likely try to eat him.

"O God, assist our side," prayed the Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, a general in the Prussian service, before going into battle. "At least, avoid assisting the enemy, and leave the result to me..."

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

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