• Posted on September 7, 2015 at 12:46 pm




As I was reading the several causes of failure in Napoleon Hill’s book

“Think Your Way To Wealth,” I couldn’t help remembering the shlokas in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 6, shlokas 5 and 6.

The points he listed are worth noting down as guidance to conquering the mind. Being successful in life is crucial to achieving happiness in this world as well as the ‘other’ world, meaning in the ‘life after death.’

In Lalita Sahasranama, the 764th name is “svargApavargada”. Da means giver. She gives svarga and apavargA meaning she gives us heaven and leads the way to it. Chanting the Lalita Sahasranama protects us and She makes sure that we lead a righteous and dharmic life in fulfilling our 4 goals in life which is dharma, artha, kama and moksha – dharma, wealth, desires, and liberation.

By knowing the causes of failure we can make every disciplined effort to avoid them. Success consciousness gives immunity to all forms of defeat.




  1. The habit of drifting through life without a major definiteness of purpose. This is one of the causes of failure that leads to other causes of failure.
  2. Unfavorable hereditary physical foundation at birth. This is the only cause of failure that cannot be eliminated.
  3. The habit of meddlesome curiosity in other peoples affairs through which time and energy are wasted.
  4. Inadequate preparation for work which one engages in especially inadequate schooling.
  5. Lack of self discipline generally manifesting itself through excessive eating, drinking intoxicating beverages and sex.
  6. Indifference towards opportunities and self advancement.
  7. Lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity.
  8. Ill health often due to wrong thinking, improper diet and exercise.
  9. Unfavorable environmental influences during early childhood.
  10. Lack of persistence in carrying through to a finish that which one starts due to a main the lack of a definite purpose and self discipline.
  11. The habit of maintaining a negative mental attitude in connection with life generally.
  12. Lack of control over the emotions through controlled habits.
  13. The desire for something for nothing usually expressed through gambling and more offensive habits of dishonesty.
  14. Indecision and indefiniteness.
  15. One or more of the seven basic fears.
    1. Poverty,
    2. Criticism
    3. Ill health
    4. Loss of love,
    5. Old age
    6. Loss of liberty
    7. Death
  16. Wrong selection of a mate in marriage
  17. Over caution in business and occupational relationships
  18. Excess tendency towards chance
  19. Wrong choice of associates in business or occupational work
  20. Wrong choice of a vocation or total neglect to make a choice.
  21. Lack of concentration leading to dissipation of time and energy.
  22. The habit of indiscriminate spending without a budget control over income and expenditure.
  23. Failure to budget and use time properly.
  24. Lack of controlled enthusiasm
  25. Intolerance. A closed mind based particularly on ignorance and prejudice regarding religion, politics and economics.
  26. Failure to cooperate with others in a spirit of harmony
  27. Craving for power or wealth not earned nor based on merit.
  28. Lack of a spirit of loyalty where loyalty is due.
  29. Egotism and vanity not under control.
  30. Exaggerated selfishness
  31. The habit of forming opinions and building plans without basing them on known facts.
  32. Lack of vision and imagination.
  33. Failure of forming opinions and building plans without basing them on known facts.
  34. Failure to make master mind alliance with those of education, experiences and native ability are needed.
  35. Failure to recognize the existence of and means of adapting oneself to the forces of infinite intelligence.
  36. Profanity of speech reflected as it does evidence of an unclean and undisciplined mind and an inadequat3 vocabulary.
  37. Speaking before thinking, talking too much
  38. Covetousness – revenge and greed
  39. The habit of procrastination often based on plain laziness but generally the lack of a definite major purpose
  40. Speak slanderously of other people with or without cause.
  41. Ignorance of the nature of the purpose or power of thought and lack of knowledge of the principles and operation of the mind
  42. Lack of personal initiative due in the main to the lack of a definite major purpose.
  43. Lack of Self reliance due also to absence of obsessive motive of a definite major purpose.
  44. Lack of a pleasing personality.
  45. Lack of faith in oneself in the future and one’s fellow men.
  46. Failure to develop the power of will, voluntary controlled habits of thought.

And Many more….the first and last of these causes control all the causes except one.




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