#1. You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.
#2. One must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes, first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping wishing, desiring, and planning before they acquired money.
#3. Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before they start.
#4. If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe it in, go ahead and do it!
#5. Put your dreams across, and never mind what “they” say if you meet with temporary defeat, for “they,” perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
#6. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves.”
#7. There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.
#8. Perfection will come through practice. It cannot come by merely reading instructions.
#9. You will discover that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence.
#10. A negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.
#11. Abraham Lincoln was a failure at everything he tried, until he was well past the age of forty.
#12. Orders often have to be presented over and over again, through repetition, before they are interpreted by the subconscious mind.
#13. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money.
#14. Knowledge will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money.
#15. Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
#16. This missing link in all systems of education known to civilization today may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it.
#17. An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.
#18. Thomas A. Edison had only three months of “schooling” during his entire life. He did not lack education, neither did he die poor.
#19. Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward some worthy end.
#20. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends when one finishes school.
#21. One of the strange things about human beings is that they value only that which has a price.
#22. We accept our fate because we form the habit of daily routine, a habit that finally becomes so strong we cease to try to throw it off.
#23. All masters salesmen know that ideas can be sold where merchandise cannot.
#24. There is no standard price on ideas. The creator of ideas makes his won price, and, if he is smart, gets it.
#25. No individual has sufficient experience, education, native ability, and knowledge to insure the accumulation of a great fortune, without the cooperation of other people.
#26. We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before “arriving.”
#27. The world does not pay men for that which they “know.” It pays them for what they DO, or induce others to do.
#28. There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.
#29. Experience has proven that the best-educated people are often those who are known as “self-made,” or self-educated.
#30. Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting for the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile.
#31. Quick riches are more dangerous than poverty.
#32. Men who acculmate great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded, and sometimes ruthless. Often they are misunderstood.
#33. The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune.
#34. Without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.
#35. Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move.
#36. People refuse to take chances in business because they fear the criticism which may follow if they fail. The fear of criticism, in such cases, is stronger than the desire for success.
#37. Too many people refuse to set high goals for themselves, or even neglect selecting a career, because they fear the criticism of relatives and “friends” who may say “Don’t aim so high, people will think you are crazy.”
#38. Examine the first hundred people you meet, ask them what they want most in life, and ninety-eight of them will not be able to tell you.
#39. You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form.
#40. If you want riches, you must refuse to accept any circumstance that leads toward poverty.