9.30.2005

Benjamin Disraeli

Napoleon Hill writes in "Napoleon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich":

"Benjamin Disraeli, one of England's greatest prime ministers, attained that high station through the sheer power of his will, directed by definiteness of purpose. He began his career as an author, but he was not highly successful in that field. He published a dozen or more books, but none of them made any great impression on the public. Failing in this field, he accepted his defeat only as a challenge to greater effort in some other field. Thus he entered politics with his mind definitely set upon becoming minister of the far-flung British Empire.

In 1837, he became a member of parliament from Maidstone, but his first speech in parliament was universally regarded as a flat failure. Again, he accepted his defeat as a challenge to try once more. Fighting on, with never a thought of quitting, he became a leader of the House of Commons by 1858, and later became the chancellor of the exchequer. In 1868, he realized his definite purpose by becoming prime minister.

There he met with terrific opposition (his testing time was at hand), which resulted in his resignation. But far from accepting his temporary defeat as failure, he staged a comeback and was elected prime minister a second time, after which he became the great builder of an empire and extended his influence in many different direction.

When the going was the hardest, Disreali drew on his willpower to its greatest capacity. It sustained him through the emergencies of temporary defeat and brought him through to victory. In summarizing his achievements in one short sentence, he said “The secret of success is constancy of purpose!”

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