They say success is a journey. It is what you build and the small steps that you take everyday that count the most. On this road there are signposts which you will need to arrive safely. Kenyon says what is written in this book are a series of talks that were given over a radio program. Signposts on the road to success.
We have selected a few pointers for you in this post for you as the summary. You can grab a copy of this wonderful book by Kenyon here and read more.
- Keep doing what you are doing to become good at it. It is as simple as that. Practice make perfect and if we go by Calvin Coolidge’s quote, then all we need to succeed is determination and persistence.
- What Have You in Yourself? Look inside you and discover the untreasured talents that are within and unutilized. Give it a commercial value. For remember that everything that goes toward making you a success is inside of you. You are the only one who can train and develop them. Someone else may set it on fire, but you can quench the fire by refusing to act.
- Use What is in You. Kenyon says there is a gold mine hidden in every life. The exceptional people are those who develop what is within them. You have to work. If you want the applause of the world, money to buy fine clothes and build splendid houses, then work. Go find that hidden place in your own nature. Dig and dig until you have conquered.
- Train Yourself. What you do for yourself counts far more than all that others have done or can do for you. Self-discipline is the most important feature in any life. If you have a voice, put yourself under a teacher; then work and carry out the teacher’s instructions. The lazy person who waits for something to turn up is a failure.
- What Are You Worth? Have you ever taken an inventory or have you just said, “Well, I know I could do it if I would. I believe I can sing better than that person who is singing now.” Or, “I believe I could build a business.” Or, “I could be this or I could be that.”. Allow no day to go by in which you have not improved yourself
- All Have Ability – Everybody has an ability along some line that could make him outstanding if it were developed. Many people are in the wrong place trying to do things they are not gifted for just to get by. There is much more for the man who is willing to put hard work in his ability/gift.
- Put Yourself in the Way of Success. Remember to associate with people who have won. Those who help you climb to the top. Lumbermen always build roads to the timber they wish to market. You will have to build a road to market your abilities. There is pain and fatigue ahead for you, but dress for the job.
- The Happy Spirit. A smiling salesman has the deal half made. You can sell more easily with a gracious smile than you can with a dead, unresponsive countenance.
- How We Win. Reason makes the plans. The strong one carries them through. The strong one is your Will. Dream, then carry out your dreams. Drive yourself to the finish line. That’s how you will win
- It Is the YOU in You That Wins. It is the unseen You who wins the fight. It is the unseen You who makes the “seen you'” worthwhile and makes you do things that have commercial value, who makes you do things that the world is waiting to have done. So make the unseen you get behind the seen you and make him work until he wins.
- Kenyon wants you to stop loose Talking. Careless speaking is a vicious habit. When one realizes that his words are the coin of his kingdom, and that his words can be a cursing influence, or a blessing, he will learn to value the gift of speech.
- Handicaps. Obstacles stand in the way of the man who wants to climb. These obstacles must be overcome.
- The Wrong Slant. You have had so much trouble that you have eaten it, slept with it, dreamed it, until it oozes out of you. In other words, go into partnership with God where you cannot fail. He will make you a conqueror if you walk with Him.
- Facing Life as it is. Don’t say, “If things were different, I would do something.” Do something with them as they are. Facing your life as it is now and winning is the object. When things become tough and everything goes wrong, take stock. See what you didn’t do right then go on and conquer.
- Kenyon warns us to be careful with children. Children’s lives are largely made up of words. The words of their parents and those of whom they love and admire. A mother can fill her boy’s heart with zeal for an education and for a position in life, or she can, with words, destroy the finest spirit that was ever given to a home.
- The Mental Hitch-Hiker. You can spend your time in the road house, in the shows or dances, or idly roaming the streets. You can drive yourself to study and fit yourself for the place that is waiting. The road that leads to a good bank account is an uphill road and most of us have to build the road ourselves.
- What Are You Going to Do? Have you chosen your work, your vocation, your place in life, or are you drifting, hoping that something will turn up? Don’t float. Dead fish float. Make up your mind that you will put your dreams into blue prints. With that blue print in hand, build your mansion. Find your place, but be sure that you do thorough preparatory work. Put real hard work into the days of preparation. Don’t just get by. Don’t be satisfied with anything. Fight for it. Work for it. Enjoy it. Make it a game to win.
- Do not Worry. It leads to wasting of vital energy and disturbing of digestive system and other organs, which impairs your ability.It becomes a mental disease. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thine own understanding. In all thy ways give Him His place and He will direct thy paths. Get quiet for a moment and remember this: God is on your side.If God is for you, who can be against you? They can’t conquer the man who trusts in the Lord with all his heart.
Kenyon has great advice. We can end up rewriting the whole book here. We hope you picked something useful from this article.
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