A True Story

A True Story

by Napoleon Hill

Here’s a true story illustrating how success consciousness launched a young man into a growing industry in a novel and dramatic way, and caused him to lead his entire field with new ideas. This young man lived in Salt Lake City several decades ago. He was an industrious fellow who worked hard and saved his money. All his friends admired his thrift. Then he did something which caused many of his acquaintances to shake their heads and question his good sense. He took all of his hard-earned money, amounting to over $4,000, out of the bank one day, went to New York City to the automobile show, and spent every cent of it for a new car. As if this were not a sufficient display of apparent foolishness, when he got the new automobile home he put it in the garage, jacked up all four wheels and proceeded to take the car apart, piece by piece until he had the whole shop littered with parts. After carefully examining each part, he put the car together again. Folks who saw only his outward action felt that he was just plain wacky. He gave them still further reason to tap their heads and point at him in derision, for he repeated the process of taking the machine apart and re-assembling it not once, but many times.

In a few years, those who had scoffed became convinced of his good sense. For that young man was Walter P. Chrysler and when he began making automobiles, his product led the entire industry in worthwhile improvements and innovations which increased the joy of motoring. Little had the casual observers known what had been going on in the young man’s mind. They had lacked the insight and understanding necessary to see a method to his madness. They had never heard of a man’s definiteness of purpose conditioning his mind and deliberately making him success conscious, before he ventured into business.

 

 

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