The 31 Major Causes Of Failure (Part Three)

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 The 31 Major Causes of Failure (Part Three)



This is the third post in the series, The 31 Major Causes Of Failure, based on the writings in Napoleon Hill’s book ‘Think and Grow Rich’. In the first two series we covered lineage, lack of purpose, lack of desire, insufficient education, lack of self discipline, poor health, unfavorable childhood influences, lack of persistence, negative personality, uncontrolled sexual urges and the ‘something for nothing’  syndrome.


       12. Procrastination

Clearly this has to be among the most common and prevalent of all the 31 major causes of failure. Waiting for exactly the right moment to start or to make a decision, waiting for the stars to line up…it just never happens. To want to wait until you have all the money you think you will need, amass all the required skill, and have all the tools possible is a fool’s game. Very few, if any businesses got started with all that they required. Often they had hardly anything of what was ultimately required but they made do and acquired the rest along the way. If only we will begin a project or undertake something ambitious the Universe finds ways to support us and bring us what we need.

Often it is the procrastinator that misses the greatest opportunity of their lives because they don’t see it for what it is. Instead they find ways to downplay it and to not make a decision to start and let it slip away. Can you imagine where we would be if John Hancock and Sam Adams had decided to wait until the time was perfect to stand up to the British?


       13. Lack of Decision Making Capability

Those who are successful tend to reach decisions very quickly and once made, seldom change them and if so, only very slowly. Conversely, people who fail tend to reach decisions very slowly and then change frequently and quickly. There is a skill to this and it serves those who are successful well. They go where their gut instinct or intuition tells them to go and once on that course they put everything into it. He who hesitates is lost.


       14. Poor Spouse Selection

This particular one is also among the most common causes of failure. If your spouse doesn’t support you or your endevours, it is as though you have an enemy in your own camp. And, a very powerful enemy at that. The intimate contact of a relationship is such that harmony is essential or failure is almost sure to follow. All too often it can be a prolonged and painful sort of failure that will quickly kill all ambition and initiative. To see the value in Good Spouse Selection see the post ‘When Right Thinking Matters’. There is clear evidence of how valuable the right relationship can be to not only your business but to your personal growth as well.


       15. Over-Caution

Life is full of risk and there is a reward for those that embrace this fact and use it to their advantage.  Those that won’t undertake any risk are left to pick over what is available after the best chances are gone. All success requires an element of risk, to avoid it completely will limit your growth irrespective of what you do in life.


       16. Poor Selection Of Business Associates

This pertains not only to partners in business but to employers, employees, clients and suppliers. All of these people have the ability to influence you and your business. We tend to emulate those that we associate with most closely. Choose wisely and find those that inspire and complement you and your skills so that you can learn and grow from them. Businesses are like any other living things. One poisonous or infected limb is enough to cause the death of the entire organism.


       17. Superstition and Prejudice

Both of these are fear based and can only exist through ignorance. Those that keep open minds are not afraid of irrational things. Without fear and misunderstanding, superstition and prejudice are no more real than fairy tales or fantasyland.

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.”  Napoleon Hill

Check back in as we continue this series and really dive into some major business killers that you will want to take note of and avoid on your way to the pinnacle of success.

Till Next Time…


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2 Responses to “The 31 Major Causes Of Failure (Part Three)”

  1. Kyle Schmitt Says:

    Great post! I’m really connected with the part about spouse selection. Although my girlfriend and I aren’t married, if I didn’t have her support it really WOULD feel like having an enemy infiltrating my home base. I’m looking forward to seeing your next post and continuing this series!
    Kyle Schmitt recently posted…Who Are You Learning From? – The Value in MentorshipMy Profile


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Kyle, an enemy within your own camp is the worst possible scenario. Stay tuned…



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