Livin’ on a Prayer

We’re now halfway through May (also exactly 6 months from November 14, noteworthy to me) and I finished this whack ass book called Think and Grow Rich that I thought I’d share an excerpt from… because when I started reading it I was like WTAF is this and as I progressed I decided that it’s actually (mostly) just good general life advice. thinkThe book is supposedly about increasing your income, but a lot of its content is relevant to being a halfway decent human being. I’ll link to this Forbes article (even though it forces me to turn off my adblocker) and also the Wikipedia page… this is the maximum plug I’m going to give this book, but I’m passing it onto a colleague who is into self improvement because I think he’ll enjoy it as well. It’s a quick read, and some of the chapters are a bit over the top for me, but I really like his lists. Worth noting, I feel like if this book had been published in the last 10 years it would’ve been called “ableist” or found offensive in some other way, which is a poorer reflection of our culture than of the content of this book.

The 30 Major Causes of Failure
I had to search for QUITE A WHILE to find another blog that had the author’s list typed out verbatim… since everyone is keen on summarizing shittily what was said perfectly the first time around. This blog post has the explanations of each, directly from the book.

  1. Unfavorable Hereditary Background
  2. Lack of a Well-Defined Purpose in Life
  3. Lack of Ambition to Aim Above Mediocrity
  4. Insufficient Education
  5. Lack of Self-Discipline
  6. Ill Health
  7. Unfavorable Environmental Influences During Childhood
  8. Procrastination
  9. Lack of Persistence
  10. Negative Personality
  11. Lack of Controlled Sexual Urge
  12. Uncontrolled Desire for “Something for Nothing”
  13. Lack of a Well-Defined Power of Decision
  14. One or More of the Six Basic Fears
    • Fear of: Poverty; Criticism; Ill Health; Loss of Love of Someone; Old Age; Death
  15. Wrong Selection of Mate in Marriage
  16. Over-Caution
  17. Wrong Selection of Associates in Business
  18. Superstition & Prejudice
  19. Wrong Selection of a Vocation
  20. Lack of Concentration of Effort
  21. The Habit of Indiscriminate Spending
  22. Lack of Enthusiasm
  23. Intolerance
  24. Intemperance
  25. Inability to Cooperate With Others
  26. Possession of Power Not Acquired Through Self-Effort
  27. Intentional Dishonesty
  28. Egotism & Vanity
  29. Guessing Instead of Thinking
  30. Lack of Capital

That’s all for now… it’s been a crazy month so far, and there’s a lot to still accomplish and more books to read. Stay tuned, stay safe!

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