Think and Grow Rich Principle 7 – Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination

DECISON: THE MASTERY OF PROCRASTINATION Every time you open your mouth in front of a person who has abundance of knowledge, you display to that person your exact stock of knowledge, or lack of it. Genuine wisdom is conspicuous through modesty and silence. If you talk about your plan too freely, you may be surprised to learn that some other person has beaten you to your goal by PUTTING INTO ACTION ahead of you, of which you talked about unwisely. Let one of your first decisions be to KEEP A CLOSED MOUTH AND OPEN EYES AND EARS. TELL THE WORLD WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO, BUT FIRST, SHOW IT Deeds and not words what count most. Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond a million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of REACHING A DECISION PROMPTLY, and changing these decisions slowly. The value of the decision depends upon the courage required to render them. The great decisions, which served the foundation of civilisation, were reached by assuming great risks, which often meant possibility of death.

FREEDOM OR DEATH ON A DECISION Lincoln’s decision to issue the Proclamation of Emancipation, which gave freedom to coloured people of America, was rendered with full understanding that this act would mean death to thousands of men on the battlefield. In the end, it cost Lincoln his life. That required courage. The greatest of all decisions as far as America is concerned was reached in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, when 56 men signed their names on a document which they well knew would bring freedom to Americans, or will leave everyone of the 56 hanging from a gallows. In union there is strength. The citizens of colonies had been waging disorganised warfare against the British soldiers, through incidents similar to Boston riot, but nothing of benefit had been accomplished. Their individual grievance had not been consolidated under one Mastermind. No group of individuals had put their hearts, minds, souls and bodies together in one definite DECISION to settle their difficulty with the British once and for all until Adams, Hancock and Lee got together. Socrates’ decision to drink the cup of poison, rather than compromise in his personal belief, was a decision of courage. It turned time ahead a thousand years, and gave people then unborn, the right of freedom of thought and speech.

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