Inspiration & Motivation ~ Aim High

Soaring Spirit by Collin Bogle
Soaring Spirit by Collin Bogle
Excerpted from “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone:


“It is a peculiar thing that no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand prosperity and abundance, than is required to accept misery and poverty.

I bargained with life for a penny,
And life would pay no more,
However, I begged at evening when I counted my scanty store.

For life is a just employer, it gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire, only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of life,
Life would have willingly paid.

by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

You have to be bold enough to ask of life more than you may, right now, feel you are worth because it is an observable fact that people tend to rise to meet demands that are put upon them.

While it is exceedingly desirable that you blue-print your program from beginning to end, this is not always feasible. One doesn’t always know all the answers between the beginning of a great enterprise or journey and its ending. But if you know where you are and where you want to be and you start from where you are to get to where you want to be, you will, if you keep properly motivated, move forward step by step until you get there.

The important thing after setting a goal is taking action. A sixty-three-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Charles Philipia, decided that she was going to walk from New York City to Miami, Florida. She reached Miami and, while there, was interviewed by newspapermen. They wanted to know if the idea of such a long journey on foot hadn’t frightened her. How did she ever summon courage to make such a journey with her feet as her only mode of travel? {Remember, this book was written over 50 years ago.}

“It doesn’t take courage to take one step,” replied Mrs. Philipia. “And that’s all I did really. I just took one step. And then I took another step. And then another and another and here I am.”

Yes, you must take that first step. It makes no difference how much thinking and study time you spend, it will avail you little unless you also act.”

Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude is an absorbing and inspiring read, credited with helping change the lives of many successful people, including Og Mandino, who from a penniless vagrant became the president of two corporations and the executive editor of the celebrated magazine, “Success Unlimited.” He also wrote six books, and one of them, “The Greatest Salesman in the World” became and still is a best selling classic.

Look inside the book at Amazon by clicking the below link, or grab the Kindle version. If it’s not already in your library or you haven’t had the opportunity to read it, you can read it for free in PDF format or at an online library (not available at, but maybe others) or borrow a copy from your local public library. It is as valid today as when it was first published in 1960.

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