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Get Things Done: What Stops Smart People Achieving More and How You Can Change by Robert Kelsey

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Developing Good Habits

The last of Napoleon Hill's distilled needs for riches (or other attainment) – after desire, faith and plans – is persistence. We need to keep going despite the near-certainty we'll encounter setbacks and frustrations.

That said, Hill quickly loops persistence back to his primary need.

‘The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the intensity of one's desire’, writes Hill. ‘Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.’

Yet there's more to persistence than desire in my opinion. There's also routine. If we can ...

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