“…Leadership is essential for the attainment of Success, and Initiative is as essential to success as a hub is essential to a wagon wheel.” Many major accomplishments may be reached in your life, because of these two essential characteristics. Napoleon Hill looked at these two keys to success separately but tied them together nicely to teach this lesson. The old sayings that many of us heard as a child were “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” or “too many cooks spoil the broth”. The first saying have a overabundance of leaders, while the latter had no leader in sight. The obvious answer is that the right amount of leadership is needed in many organizations to achieve their goals. The saying would have gone a lot differently if some of the chiefs became Indians and a lone cook stepped up as the head chef. Leadership and initiative would have solved the dilemmas that they faced. Napoleon Hill tied these two important concepts together in a big bundle for everyone to comprehend.
Initiative and leadership goes hand in hand. A great philosopher once said that “Initiative is the pass-key that opens the door to opportunity.” The major opponent to opening this door is procrastination. Napoleon Hill believed that procrastination and indecision are twins. Indecision is probably the worse of the these twins. You must make the decision and follow through with it to the very end. A person with initiative can not be plagued with indecision. A decision is defined as choosing a path and cutting off all other alternative pathways. The ugly head of procrastination must be cut off if you are to succeed. Procrastination may come in the form of spending extra time on Facebook or other Social Medias instead of doing things that will help you achieve success. The act of getting ready to get ready never solves anything. ” Remember that your only limitation is the one that you set up in your mind”
The leader will always see beyond the limitation that other people set for them. The leader with an acorn and a piece of land might see a future totally different than a follower. A follower might see a mighty Oak Tree while the leader would see a community with a big mighty Oak Tree, families living around the tree and a Lake with an overabundance of fishes. The leader with initiative will not listen to naysayers that tell him that the acorn is just a nut. The leadership that he will have make him keep his eye on his vision no matter what other people say or do. His or her ability to block out all negatives, even the negative self talk coming from within. The end result of families living around the Oak Tree is all the motivation that they need.