Characteristics of the Non-Drifter

In my previous post, I listed all the qualities of a "drifter."

This is a term Napoleon Hill used in his book, Outwitting the Devil to describe those folk who wander aimlessly through life - who rely on popular opinion and culture as the major influences in the most important decisions in their lives.

Sadly, this describes the vast majority of people in our world.

The follow-up to the description of the Drifter is a description of the "non-drifter."

Basically, one who who has trained himself to think for himself; one who knows what they want in life and will not settle for anything less than that.

Here goes: The Non-Drifter, in the words of The Devil.

"The first sign of a non-drifter is this: He is always engaged in doing something definite, through some well-organized plan which is definite. He ha a major goal in life toward which he is always working, and many minor goals, all of which lead toward his central scheme.

  • The tone of his voice, the quickness of his step, the sparkle in his eyes, the quickness of his decisions clearly mark him as a person who knows exactly what he wants and is determined to get it, no matter how long it may take or what price he must pay.
  • If you ask him questions, he gives you direct answers and never falls back on evasions or resorts to subterfuge.
  • He extends many favors to others, but accepts favors sparingly or not at all.
  • He will be found up front whether he is playing a game or fighting a war.
  • If he does not know the answers he will say so frankly.
  • He has a good memory; never offers an alibi for his shortcomings.
  • He never blames others for his mistakes no matter if they deserve the blame.
  • He used to be known as a go-getter, but in modern times he is called a go-giver. You will find him running the biggest business in town, living on the best street, driving the best automobile, and making his presence felt wherever he happens to be.
  • He is an inspiration to all who come into contact with his mind.
  • The major distinguishing feature of the non-drifter is this: He has a mind of his own and uses it for all purposes.

Do you know anyone like that?

Does that description fit you?

I'll tell you frankly that one or two of those hit me square between the eyes, and made me realize that I'm more of a drifter than I'd like to admit.

 

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