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Release Date: 09/15/2020
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Welcome to the Thinking Big Podcast. This is part 2 in a special 14 day Think and Grow Rich Challenge. Based on the book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
I recently hosted a live 14 days Think and Grow Rich challenge that benefited Feeding America and I thought it would be great to put the challenge right here on the podcast.
So for 14 straight days I will be releasing a new podcast and the associated challenge that covers each of the 13 steps of Think and Grow Rich plus a bonus challenge on the introduction. It doesn’t matter if you have ever read the book or not, the challenge is designed for anyone to do.
There is a link in the show notes so you can sign up for free and get download all of the challenge worksheets and a PDF copy of the original Think and Grow Rich
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Welcome to the thinking big podcast today is part two and a special 14 day think and grow rich challenge. I recently hosted a live 14 day think and grow rich challenge that benefited feeding America. And it actually helped each person actually helped 400 people. Absolutely amazing. And I thought it would be great to put this challenge right here on the podcast. So for 14 straight days, I will be releasing a brand new podcast and associated challenge that covers all 13 steps in think and grow rich plus a bonus challenge on the introduction. And it doesn't matter if you've ever read the book or not. This challenge is designed for anybody to do. There is a link in the show notes, so you can go sign up. You can watch the videos, you can download all of the challenge, worksheets and a free PDF copy of the original book think and grow rich. So today we're thinking big on persistence, the eighth step in think and grow rich.
Welcome to the thinking big podcast with Sean Osborne, the show helping you think bigger and to your life and potential Sean believes, but equipping you with the tools, strategies, and philosophies required to be successful in all aspects of your life. You can achieve anything you believe in empowering. Our own growth makes a deeply positive and lasting impact on our lives community and our world. Now here's Sean.
I want to welcome everybody tonight. Tonight is the challenge on persistence. This is a very important one and it's step eight, but I'm bringing it to step one, bring it to perse because there's a surprise at the end on today's challenge. So I want to, again, I want to welcome everybody. It's such an honor to be here, such an honor to do this, and I want to welcome everybody to this challenge. This is a fantastic 14 day challenge. Day two. Here we go. Now again, this challenge is about doing rather than learning. So I'm not going to spend a whole bunch of time on these steps, teaching the steps we're going to do 20 minutes a night, 25 minutes a night at most going over kind of the, the step some of the content, maybe some of the things that stick out for me and go over the challenge of what we're going to do for the challenge for the day.
And again, it's about doing rather than about knowing, and you don't have to, you know, you've never had to have read the book in order to do this challenge. You can do this challenge without ever reading think and grow rich. I've distilled the, you know, the, the challenge of the day out based on what's in the, in the chapter and you can, there's a hundred different challenges you can do on each chapter. And what we're going to do is we're actually gonna focus most of this challenge on your thoughts, because thoughts are things, but we're going to, we're going to really focus this challenging on your current thoughts, where they are kind of take inventory where you're at now, and what will your thoughts have be when you get to your destination, when you get to your, when your goal, your dream, if you're there, what thoughts are you going to have at that point?
So that's really what, this is what this is about. And again, it's about doing, because how many times have you read a great book or gone to a seminar or listen to a, an audible and said, and that's a fantastic idea. I'm going to implement that in my life. And you just never do. That's what this challenge is about. And before we start every time, again, this is not employing Hill's stuff. He was simply a, you know, a knowledge broker. He interviewed, you know, 500 of the most successful people at the time and sorted out what they did, what they had in common. So, and, and all the great thought leaders, all the great people, all say the same thing, because there's really only one way for success. And there's a law of success. And that's what this book really, really teaches. But, you know, I, I want to start off each time with quotes based on that that step.
So tonight step is persistence. So I want to do a few quotes on persistence from other people that earn true in alignment with what is saying. So John D Rockefeller, I do not think there's another quality. So essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature, H Jackson Brown jr. In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through perseverance, Walter Elliot, perseverance is not a long race. It is many short races, one after another Vince Lombardi, the difference between a success person and others is not the lack of strength. It's not the lack of knowledge, but rather the lack of will. And I've given you the book download it's line numbered because every once in a while, we'll go into things. So if you go to line page, excuse me, page one 68 in the persistence chapter, we're going to line three 24 through three 26.
The only break anyone can afford to reply, rely upon as a self made break. These come through the application of persistence. The starting point of definiteness of purpose persistence is the essential factor for the process of transforming your ideas into their physical reality. You have to be persistent to do that. You can't do it any other way. And without persistence, you will be defeated even before you start. If you do not have persistence, you're done, that's it. And that's well pack up your bags with persistence. You win. That is pretty cut and dry the way he says that without persistence, you will, you will be defeated even before you start with persistence, you will win. Wow, it's pretty clear. So the question really becomes, so how can we build, you know, or manufacturer persistence? You know, how can we do that? Well, he'll go through eight definite causes of persistent in the book, and we'll quickly go through those, a definiteness of purpose.
You know, knowing what you want is probably one of the most important things that you have. You know, this is what breathes life into, you know, whatever task you're embarking upon. You have to have a clear and definite purpose desire. That's tomorrow's step tomorrow's challenge desire. Oh man, I'm telling you easy to be. It is when you have a burning desire, it is so easy to be persistent in what you want when that desire is burning, it's driving you. You're not driving it. That builds persistence. You know, and, and the weaker that, you know, he talks about this, the weaker, the flame, the weaker, the heat. And if you want more heat, you got to build more blame. You, you got to build that pipe. You've got to have the burning brick and desire. You got to have a fricking obsession and it becomes the fuel that really ignites your purpose into action.
And then he talks about self reliance and self-reliance is really the belief that you can do something. So let me ask you this. If you knew a hundred percent, that, that next step, the next, the next goal in the process, if you knew a hundred percent that you could do it, would you be more persistent in getting it done? I would say so. So that's what self-reliance is. And all the people talk about that. You know, if you follow, you know, Tony Robins at all, you know, he has this four squares. It's, you know, I think it's a God. I can't remember what it is, but it's a, you know, what you think your potential is your actions, your results, and that builds your certainty and your belief. So that belief that self-reliance gets bigger and it's a full circle. My thinking big, the big, you know, that's a framework, the biggest for belief, that's that reseller Alliance.
If you believe you can imagine, then you can imagine more if you're, if you're, if your belief is that you're at $50,000 a year, you can imagine $60,000 a year that goes into the G, which is your growth, which is your actions and your results. So then you're at 60. Then you can imagine you, so your belief now is at 60. Well, you can imagine now I can 75. Well, that channels the year and your actions and results, and you grow and you're 75. So you have to have that self reliance and know that you can achieve what you're dying to do. You have to have definiteness of plan, you know, an organized plan, even a crappy plan is better than, than none. You have to have steps. You have to have, you have to stay in action. You don't have to have the entire plan.
You just have to have the next step in your plan. You have to have the next, I remember when I was doing an Ironman and I went from basically not being able to run, swim, or bike, to doing an Ironman, you can't do that overnight. You have to chunk it down. I had plans. I paid for plans this week. It took me two years. You know, this week we're going to do this this week. We're going to do this this week. We're going to do this plans for every day. For over a year plans, you have to have those plans. You chunk it down. What's the next thing in the plan that you can do? You know, it makes even the most taunting thing. You know, I never knew a million years thought I would, I do an iron man, but it takes those. And when you chunk them down, it makes the, even the most wildest dream manageable with what you're doing, you have to have accurate knowledge, you know, knowing that your plan is going to work, get you more persistent.
When you know that if you do a, B and C, you're going to get D when, you know, when you have accurate knowledge, that that's what you're gonna do. And it works. That creates persistence, you know, maximizing the effectiveness really of your, of your plans. And you have to have that specialty. And that's what the whole thing is on specialized knowledge. You have to have cooperation, you know, harmonious cooperation with others helps build persistence. You have to have other people involved. And that's kind of where the mastermind group comes in. And we're going to go over that. And one of the challenge you'll run groups. If you ever run, you, you, you had the Kumar comradery, you've got the, you know, support system. You you're not, if you find anybody that's successful, they have not done it alone. There has been a team of people that have helped them along.
You know, this creates when you bring other people, it really creates the magic of energy and it builds without a doubt, persistence, a willpower. You have to have the habit of concentrating your thoughts on building your plan. You know, it keeps you going through the grind when you got to drill it out sometimes, but then you build the habit and the habit persistent is a direct result of habit. And I want to explain it to you. And again, I do running into just so I have a lot of analogies of running and, and, and that kind of stuff. But when I first started running, I couldn't run to my cupboard without getting winded. I didn't have the habit of running. So it was a chore. It was so hard to force myself to out and run. It was excruciating. And then all of a sudden I look back and I had built the habit of doing it.
I was no longer going to run running was running me. You know, you, you've got to do the thing before you get the energy to do the thing I had to go and do, build the habit of doing the thing to running before I really had the habit of going and doing it for you. It was running me. You have to build a habit because habit will absolutely keep persistence going and going and going. And I'm telling you, the lack of persistence is the major cause of failure. You find anybody that's failed and I can tell you, they lacked persistence. How long do you have to persist until how long do I have to go until, until your dream? Is there any idea that you have, you're automatically capable of getting, if you've got a great idea of you've got a dream, you, you can't do that and not be, you know, automatically restores to get it.
The only thing that stopped you from you and your dream is giving up. Some people do it at the first sign. Some people, you know, after a year, some people, but you don't give up, you keep getting up. If you get knocked down 99, you get up a hundred. You just keep going. And that's the number. One thing that causes people to fail is persistence. You can have a, not a bad desire and, and still make it. If you're, if you're persistent and you don't have to be the strongest, you don't have to be, you know, the smartest you don't have to, you just have to be the most persistent. And there are four simple steps and they're actually in the, in the town. So here's, here's a day's challenge. It's two, a two sheets, but there's a, there's a bonus challenge in here. And he talks about here.
He talks about, there are four simple steps leading to the habit of persistence, a definite purpose, backed by a bird, a burning desire for its fulfillment. A definite plan expressed in continuous actions. We're talking about that. Build a plan. What's the next step. Continuous action. You don't stop. You build the momentum. You keep going. You keep going. And this is a good one. A mind close tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including I would say not only including, I'd say especially negative suggestions of relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Let me tell you, your friends and family are full of BS and that's belief system. They are full of their belief system, and they're going to do everything they can to keep you from getting hurt. You know, they love us. They don't give us these negative things cause they don't want us to succeed. They don't want us to win.
They don't want us to, you know, don't have the crab. They're not trying to pull us down. Human nature is we we're, we're made to survive, not be happy. We're made to survive. They do not want to see us get hurt. So we got to close their mind tightly to their BS or else we listened to them. You know, we're not good enough. Maybe, maybe this isn't the right time. Yeah. I don't know. Maybe I don't know the right people. It's all BS. It's all in the belief system. So don't do not listen to them. A friendly Alliance with one or more people who will encourage you to follow through with both plans and purpose. And this is what I'm talking about. We're going to get into this. I don't know which day it is, but the mastermind we're going to help create the mastermind group.
This is when you go up and you, you create your Alliance, you know, how are you going to create your lions to keep you going during the tough times that are going to keep you motivated that are going to keep you persistent. The first part of the challenge really is the second page. And this is something I'm gonna read this directly. This is directly from the book and study this list carefully and face yourself squarely. If you really wish to know who you are, these are the weaknesses that must be mastered to be successful. They must be mastered to be successful. And we'll just go over a few of them. I'm not going to go over all of them. This is the list is the printout symptoms of lack of persistence. And we've got to master these failure to recognize and clearly to find exactly what we want procrastination with or without cause usually backed up by a formidable array of alibis and excuses.
Hello? Yeah, we do that all the time. Lack of interest in acquiring specialized knowledge, you've got to always be learning. You've got to always be getting that specialized knowledge for whatever it is that you're dreaming, whatever it is that you're wanting, you've got to always be learning and getting that specialized knowledge in decision. The habit of passing the buck on all occasions instead of facing issues. Squarely also backed by alibis. Yeah, we do it. The habit of relying upon alibis instead of creating definite plans for the solutions to problems. Wow. Self satisfaction. I read this one wrong before. So it scared me. This is really self centered. So if you are self centered, this is one of the things in the book that he says there is, but little remedy for this affliction. If you are self-centered you better find a way to be unsafe centered because you're not going to be successful until you are not.
So self centered. You've got to give before you get in deference, usually reflected in one's readiness to a compromise on all occasions, rather than meet opposition and fight it. The habit of blaming others for one's mistakes and accepting unfavorable circumstances. By the way, that's my 150 pound great Dane down there barking up a storm. I love him, but he's so sometimes he's a butt weakness of desire due to the neglect of choice of motives. That impel action. Willingness, even eagerness, not just willingness, sometimes eagerness to quit at the first sign of defeat. How many times do we do that? We do it in diets. We do it in relationships. We do it in finances. That's a biggie willingness, or even eagerness, lack of organized plans. That habit of neglecting to move on ideas. Here's the thing. We played this video, or we played the audio yesterday.
Look right where you are. Don't be searching out in the future for what you need. It's it's already there. It's already in you willing, excuse me. The habit of neglecting to move on ideas or grasp the opportunity. When it presents itself, ideas are like babies. We've got to breathe life into them. We cannot, the second you have an idea. You've got to nurture that. How long if you had a baby and you neglected it for a couple of days, what do you think would happen? Yeah. Same with your ideas. Same thing. Your ideas are like babies. If you don't nurture them, they're going to die. Someone else will take them. You've heard that before. Oh, that was someone stole my idea. BS the habit of excuse me, wishing. Instead of willing the habit of compromising with poverty, instead of aiming for riches searching for all shortcuts to ridges, people think thinking we're rich is a shortcut to riches.
It is not a shortcut. It's a map, but it is not a shortcut. It is a law. It is a process, but it is not a shortcut. There is no shortcut. This is, I've seen so many successful people. Whether they read this book or not, and many successful people refer to this book is one of the things that helped them become successful, but you don't have to have the book to become successful, but every single person I've ever looked at that's been successful. I see these plans. I see these traits. I see these steps and what they have done. And here's the big one on that last one, fear criticism. How often has the fear of criticism stopped us from doing what we need to do, stopped us from doing what we want to do. That fear that you know, what are people going to think?
What are, what are people gonna do? The fear of criticism? It to me is one of the biggest ones that we have to master. We have to master that in order to become successful. Now here's the big challenge for the day. Oh, you're going to love this. Here's the big one. You gotta read chapter. This is by the way, this is why I pulled it from it's the eighth step, but I've pulled it. Number one, to give you a little bit of a buffer, I want to make sure that you complete this challenge. I want to make sure you win. I want to make sure that with this challenge, we feed 400 people. Every time someone completes this challenge, I'm giving you extra days. This is the longest challenge. This one by far takes more time than any of them. So for nine days straight, not nine days, total nine days straight.
I want you to read chapter nine, read chapter nine, not cliff notes, not audibles. I want you to read chapter nine for nine straight days and we'll visit this again at the end, but the reason I'm not going to give you that now we'll visit. Revisit it then. But how you do this is the one thing that my mentor told me. I didn't understand it, but how you do this is how you do everything. How you do this is how you do everything. So read chapter nine for nine straight days. If you miss a day, you start over again. So you can go up to day nine, Ms. Day nine and still still make it. Cause you have 18 days to complete this. Okay? So nine straight days, you're going to know the chapter. Well, I assure you. You will know this chapter very well after reading it nine times straight. So until tomorrow, tomorrow is on desire. Oh, it's a good one. I love desire. It is the starting point. It is the crux. It's the heart tomorrow desire do today's to do tonight's challenge. It'll take you about 35 minutes to read chapter nine, spend at least 30 minutes on this, or spend a good hour tonight, at least on the challenge. And I will see you guys tomorrow