DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE
Deﬁniteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Remember this statement, because you will hear a lot about it before you are through with this lesson and this course. Deﬁniteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement, and it is the stumbling block of ninety-eight out of every hundred persons because they never really deﬁne their goals and start toward them with deﬁniteness of purpose.
Think of it! Ninety-eight percent of the people of- the world are drifting aimlessly through life without the slightest idea of the work for which they are best ﬁtted, and with no conception whatsoever even of the need for such a thing as a deﬁnite objective toward which to strive. This is one of the tragedies of civilization. It was Andrew Carnegie’s recognition of this tragedy that inspired him to inﬂuence some ﬁve hundred great American leaders of industry and business to collaborate in the organization of this philosophy of individual achievement.
You may be surprised to learn that of the hundreds of thousands of persons who studied this philosophy, statistically only two out of every hundred had anything even remotely akin to deﬁniteness of purpose — and that two percent are the ones who are succeeding. Among that two percent are men such as Henry Ford, Henry ]. Kaiser, Frank Vanderlip, Earl Nightingale and Lee Braxton. They are the people who did not settle with life for anything short of what they wanted.
As a student, will you resolve that from this day forward you will not settle with life for anything short of what you want? Will you do that? These are not just idle words. That deﬁniteness of purpose is the starting point of achievement has been the observation of thinking people over the centuries…