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My Favorite Line From “Think And Grow Rich”

by jenny sansouci on February 1, 2017

Hey snuggle bugs, 

It’s so cold in my apartment right now that I have to turn my oven on, open it, and let heat come into the room to stay warm. The perks of living in an old Brooklyn brownstone walkup where you don’t have control over your own heat. 😉 From what I can gather, the heat usually kicks in around 4pm so the people coming home from work will have their apartments nice and toasty by 5pm or so. Doesn’t always work out so swimmingly for us work-from-home folks… Yes, I realize there are more difficult struggles going on in the world than me getting potential frostbite inside my apartment. I feel like I have to say that about everything lately. I get it – I have luxury problems. I am very grateful for my oven. Thank you oven!!

And thank you, hot french press full of yerba mate. You are a beautiful thing.

Speaking of cold, I’m going to Finland in 12 days. FINLAND! Is that real? Joel has a race there, so we are heading out to the hometown of Santa (seriously) in the Finnish LAPLAND. I’ve been trying to look up what kinds of food we will encounter in Finland – so far, from what I can gather…reindeer meat (ouch – rudolph!) and “bread cheese” (which looks delicious). Follow along on instagram to see what we end up getting into over there! 

Interestingly enough, I just found out last night that the last few episodes – including the finale – of the Bachelor this season was also filmed in the Finnish Lapland. WHAT! COINCIDENCE? I think not. 

I finally caved and read every single word of Reality Steve’s full season spoilers, which I won’t link to, because I don’t want you guys to accidentally see who wins if you don’t want to know. I REALLY didn’t want to read it this season, but at some point I just caved and I had to know how far Corrine makes it. Turns out, pretty far! Nice job little one! On another note, I have decided I need to fully psychoanalyze myself to find out why I always sympathize with the perceived “villain” — I’m telling you, it happens every season. As soon as the entire house turns against someone, immediately my loyalties sail fully over to their side of the fence. Yes, even Chad. I’m a reality show villain enthusiast. What does that mean?!



To the point: 

Just a few moments ago, I started thinking about the book Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. I listened to that book on audio many years ago, while running around the track at McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

I only remember one line from that entire book. But I remember it so clearly. It was from chapter 9. 

I repeated this line over and over and over in my head as I was building Healthy Crush:



But it was said in a way with the WILL emphasized. With persistence WILL COME SUCCESS. 

I repeat that line in my head sometimes when the dirty work of reaching goals feels too tedious. WITH PERSISTENCE WILL COME SUCCESS. 

Never forgot that line, never will. In fact, many times over that year, I fast forwarded to chapter 9 and listened to him say it again.

Persistence is what helped me build this blog. And persistence needs to exist for any worthwhile goal to be reached.

Persistence = firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

(By the way, “obstinate” means stubborn on unyielding).

In my blog the other day about the future of Healthy Crush, I wrote that my word for 2017 is commitment.

To me, honoring a commitment means taking persistent action towards what you want, even on days when it doesn’t feel easy. 

So I say it in my head when I get discouraged…






Don’t forget it. 🙂

And I highly recommend listening to or reading Think & Grow Rich if you haven’t already. I may re-listen sometime soon. Although that one line might be all I really need.


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pamela February 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

If your too cold in your apt, your always welcome to come out east and stay here for awhile or at least the day until you go home to a warmer 5pm home!!

Patrick Drake February 2, 2017 at 6:31 am

Totally agree.

I’ve always believed in the saying “thoughts become things” but over the years I’ve modified it to “thoughts (and a s*** load of hard work) become things.”

Keep on keeping on!


jenny sansouci February 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

I’m with you, Patrick! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

Andrea February 2, 2017 at 10:56 am

Thank you for the encouragement friend! I’ve been having a bit of a crisis of faith as it comes to the business as well. Just a week before your blog came out, I was journaling a very similar sentiment. I pledged to take a baby step every day in the direction I am feeling the call, and your blogs have been encouragement and a perfect little nudge 🙂

ENJOY Finland!! Can’t wait to follow along. It’s going to be epic!

jenny sansouci February 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Andrea, so great to hear from you. I’m very grateful for your comment and it helps to feel like I have a tribe of sisters and brothers out there who are experiencing the struggle and the victory, each day, with me. KEEP IT UP SISTER!!!!!

Lindsay Koach February 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

I really needed this today. My sitter’s daughter has a bad virus, and so I’ve had my little guy with me all week. The work just keeps piling up, and this morning I cried in the car after dropping him off at preschool. I’m going to have days like this, and it will especially be true once the next little one joins us in July. You’re absolutely right…even on days like today when it doesn’t feel remotely possible to get my blog done, or get caught up with tax prep…yuck…I have to keep going. Little by little, I must go. It WILL come together. Thank you Jenny!

jenny sansouci February 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Hey Lindsay –
I’m sorry to hear about your sitter’s daughter and I hope she heals quickly.

I actually just got teary reading about you crying in the car. I give mamas so much credit. I don’t have kids and I often think about how much work goes into just raising children, even without running a business or having a blog or doing taxes…let alone doing the freaking laundry! I bow to you!!!

Yes. Step by step. One little right action at a time. You will get everything done in perfect timing. And don’t forget that it is MORE THAN ENOUGH in one day just to be a mom and take care of yourself, however you can.

xxx #keepgoing

Lindsay Koach February 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

Thanks Jenny. I really appreciate your kind words. You’re totally right…and that’s something I had to really embrace when I was sick. My thyroid and hormones went bonkers because I wasn’t taking care of myself and trying to do too much.
I’m much different now in my approach to working, but that hurried/frantic girl in me pops out every now and again…I have to tell her to shut up! LOL Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Hugs, Lindsay

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