Henry Chester gave a marvelous dissertation on enthusiasm when he said:
“Enthusiasm is one of the greatest assets of man. It beats money and power and influence.
“Single-handed the enthusiast convinces and dominates where the wealth accumulated by a small army of workers would scarcely raise a tremor of interest.
“Enthusiasm tramples over prejudice and apposition, spurns inaction, storms the citadel of its object and, like an avalanche, overwhelms and engulfs all obstacles.
“It is nothing less than faith in action.
“Faith and initiative rightly combined remove mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard of and miraculous.
“Set the germ of enthusiasm afloat in your plant, your office or on your farm. Carry it in your attitude and manner. It will spread and inﬂuence every ﬁber of your industry before you realize it. It will mean increase in production and decrease in costs; joy, pleasure, and satisfaction to your workers; life — real and virile; spontaneous, rock-bed results — the vital things that pay big dividends throughout life.”
Enthusiasm bears the same relationship to a human being that ﬁre bears to a steam boiler. It concentrates the powers of the mind and gives them the wings of action.
Every philosopher and every thinker has discovered that enthusiasm gives added meaning to words and changes the meaning of deeds. And some have discovered that it gives a greater power to thought, as well as to the spoken word.
The most important functions of enthusiasm are:
a. It serves as the major factor in converting negative into positive emotion.
b. It prepares the mind for the development and expression of faith.
Orison Swett Marden referred to enthusiasm as “the great force within us which is perpetually prodding us to do our best.” He called it an intense feeling of emotion known as a burning desire, without which words fail to carry conviction, deeds fail to impress and actions fall short of their intended mark.