I want to share with you parts of the lesson on Personal Initiative
from the workbook and manual that the Napoleon Hill Foundation gives
to their Certified Instructors.
Personal Initiative was one of Andrew Carnegie's favorite success
principles. He said "There are two types of men who never amount to
anything. One is the fellow who never does anything except that
which he is told to do. The other is the fellow who cannot even do
that which he is told to do. The man who gets ahead does the thing
that should be done without being told to do it. But he doesn't
stop there; he goes the extra mile by doing a great deal more than
is expected or demanded of him.
There are many "starters" but few "finishers." Personal Initiative
the dynamo that pushes the faculty of the imagination into action.
It is the process of translating your definite major purpose into
its physical or financial equivalent. It is the quality that creates
a major purpose, as well as all minor purposes. It is the twin brother of the principle of going the extra mile.
Personal Initiative is necessary for the application of the Big
Four principles of personal achievement:
a. It inspires one to choose a definite major purpose, and to
follow through with a clear-cut plan of action for its attainment.
b. It gives action to the habit of going the extra mile.
c. It inspires the organization of a master mind alliance.
d. It clears the mind for guidance through applied faith.
Personal Initiative reveals favorable opportunities for self-advancement and inspires one to embrace these opportunities, and to make the most of them.
Those with Personal Initiative do not drift; they do not procrastinate; they do not complain of the lack of opportunity; but rather they move on their own responsibility, and create opportunities for themselves.
Recommended Children’s Stories for Personal Initiative
Jam and Jelly by Holly & Nellie by Gloria Whelan
Recommended Film for Personal Initiative
Personal Initiative Quotes
“You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other
people get what they want” Zig Ziglar
“Either you run the day or the day runs you” Jim Rohn
“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses” George Washington
Recommended Songs for Personal Initiative
Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland