Okay, first thing first… I need to apologize for the length of time that has passed since I posted the 24 Traits of a “Drifter”. I promised I would post the traits of a Non-Drifter, but it’s been an obscenely long time since then, and I feel I need to apologize for that.
Anyway, I suppose it’s better late than never… right?
These are taken from the book, Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill. I discuss the background of this book in the Drifter post. I definitely recommend the book, and encourage everyone to read it.
So if you haven’t read the post on the 24 Traits of a “Drifter”, please do so (just click on the title) and then come back to this one.
Here’s the description of a “non-drifter”, something we should all strive to become.
- He is always engaged in doing something definite, through some well-organized plan which is definite. He has a major goal in life to 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.
Keeping in mind Napoleon Hill wrote this in 1938, it still carries a lot of weight and it makes you realize that, although a lot has changed since then, people really haven’t changed much. If you’re into personal development or improving yourself, I recommend grabbing a copy of Outwitting The Devil.
Until next time,
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