Sunday, June 20, 2021

Power of the Master Mind – The Driving Force – 02

Power of the Master Mind - The Driving Force

(An excerpt from The Strangest Secret Library available on Amazon)

Power of the Master Mind The Driving Force

The Ninth Step toward Riches

POWER is essential for success in the accumulation of money.

PLANS are inert and useless, without sufficient POWER to translate them into ACTION. This chapter will describe the method by which an individual may attain and apply POWER.

POWER may be defined as organized and intelligently directed KNOWLEDGE. Power, as the term is here used, refers to ORGANIZED effort, sufficient to enable an individual to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. ORGANIZED effort is produced through the coordination of effort of two or more people, who work toward a DEFINITE end, in a spirit of harmony.


Let us ascertain how power may be acquired. If power is organized knowledge, let us examine the sources of knowledge:

a. INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. This source of knowledge may be contacted through the procedure described in another chapter, with the aid of Creative Imagination.

b. ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE. The accumulated experience of man, (or that portion of it which has been organized and recorded), may be found in any well-equipped public library. An important part of this accumulated experience is taught in public schools and colleges, where it has been classified and organized.

c. EXPERIMENT AND RESEARCH. In the field of science, and in practically every other walk of life, men are gathering, classifying, and organizing new facts daily. This is the source to which one must turn when knowledge is not available through accumulated experience. Here, too, the Creative Imagination must often be used. Knowledge may be acquired from any of the foregoing sources. It may be converted into POWER by organizing it into definite PLANS and by expressing those plans in terms of ACTION.

Examination of the three major sources of knowledge will readily disclose the difficulty an individual would have, if he depended upon his efforts alone, in assembling knowledge and expressing it through definite plans in terms of ACTION. If his plans are comprehensive, and if they contemplate large proportions, he must, generally, induce others to cooperate with him, before he can inject into them the necessary element of POWER.


The Master Mind may be defined as: Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose. No individual may have great power without availing himself of the Master Mind. In a preceding chapter, instructions were given for the creation of PLANS for the purpose of translating DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. If you carry out these instructions with PERSISTENCE and intelligence, and use discrimination in the selection of your Master Mind group, your objective will have been half-way reached, even before you begin to recognize it.

So you may better understand the intangible potentialities of power available to you, through a properly chosen Master Mind group, we will here explain the two characteristics of the Master Mind principle, one of which is economic in nature, and the other psychic. The economic feature is obvious. Economic advantages may be created by any person who surrounds himself with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a group of men who are willing to lend him wholehearted aid, in a spirit of PERFECT HARMONY. This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune. Your understanding of this great truth may definitely determine your financial status.

The psychic phase of the Master Mind principle is much more abstract, much more difficult to comprehend, because it has reference to the spiritual forces with which the human race, as a whole, is not well acquainted. You may catch a significant suggestion from this statement: No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.

Keep in mind the fact that there are only two known elements in the whole universe, energy and matter. It is a well known fact that matter may be broken down into units of molecules, atoms, and electrons. There are units of matter which may be isolated, separated, and analyzed.

Likewise, there are units of energy.

The human mind is a form of energy, a part of it being spiritual in nature. When the minds of two people are coordinated in a SPIRIT OF HARMONY, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the psychic phase of the Master Mind.

The Master Mind principle, or rather the economic feature of it, was first called to my attention by Andrew Carnegie, over twenty-five years ago. Discovery of this principle was responsible for the choice of my life s work.

Mr. Carnegie s Master Mind group consisted of a staff of approximately fifty men, with whom he surrounded himself, for the DEFINITE PURPOSE of manufacturing and marketing steel. He attributed his entire fortune to the POWER he accumulated through this Master Mind.

Analyze the record of any man who has accumulated a great fortune, and many of those who have accumulated modest fortunes, and you will find that they have either consciously, or unconsciously employed the Master Mind principle.

GREAT POWER CAN BE ACCUMULATED THROUGH NO OTHER PRINCIPLE! ENERGY is Nature s universal set of building blocks, out of which she constructs every material thing in the universe, including man, and every form of animal and vegetable life. Through a process which only Nature completely understands, she translates energy into matter.

Nature s building blocks are available to man, in the energy involved in THINKING! Man s brain may be compared to an electric battery. It absorbs energy from the ether, which permeates every atom of matter, and fills the entire universe.

It is a well known fact that a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery. It is also a well known fact that an individual battery will provide energy in proportion to the number and capacity of the cells it contains.

The brain functions in a similar fashion. This accounts for the fact that some brains are more efficient than others, and leads to this significant statement – a group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony, will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.

Through this metaphor it becomes immediately obvious that the Master Mind principle holds the secret of the POWER wielded by men who surround themselves with other men of brains.

There follows, now, another statement which will lead still nearer to an understanding of the psychic phase of the Master Mind principle: When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in Harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance, becomes available to every individual brain in the group.

It is a well known fact that Henry Ford began his business career under the handicap of poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance. It is an equally well known fact that, within the inconceivably short period of ten years, Mr. Ford mastered these three handicaps, and that within twenty-five years he made himself one of the richest men in America. Connect with this fact, the additional knowledge that Mr. Ford s most rapid strides became noticeable, from the time he became a personal friend of Thomas A. Edison, and you will begin to understand what the influence of one mind upon another can accomplish. Go a step farther, and consider the fact that Mr. Ford s most outstanding achievements began from the time that he formed the acquaintances of Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs, and Luther Burbank, (each a man of great brain capacity), and you will have further evidence that POWER may be produced through friendly alliance of minds.

There is little if any doubt that Henry Ford is one of the best informed men in the business and industrial world. The question of his wealth needs no discussion. Analyze Mr. Ford s intimate personal friends, some of whom have already been mentioned, and you will be prepared to understand the following statement: Men take on the nature and the habits and the POWER OF THOUGHT of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.

Henry Ford whipped poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance by allying himself with great minds, whose vibrations of thought he absorbed into his own mind. Through his association with Edison, Burbank, Burroughs, and Firestone, Mr. Ford added to his own brain power, the sum and substance of the intelligence, experience, knowledge, and spiritual forces of these four men. Moreover, he appropriated, and made use of the Master Mind principle through the methods of procedure described in this book.

This principle is available to you!

We have already mentioned Mahatma Gandhi. Perhaps the majority of those who have heard of Gandhi, look upon him as merely an eccentric little man, who goes around without formal wearing apparel, and makes trouble for the British Government.

In reality, Gandhi is not eccentric, but HE IS THE MOST POWERFUL MAN NOW LIVING.

(Estimated by the number of his followers and their faith in their leader.) Moreover, he is probably the most powerful man who has ever lived. His power is passive, but it is real.

Let us study the method by which he attained his stupendous POWER. It may be explained in a few words. He came by POWER through inducing over two hundred million people to coordinate, with mind and body, in a spirit of HARMONY, for a DEFINITE PURPOSE.

In brief, Gandhi has accomplished a MIRACLE, for it is a miracle when two hundred million people can be induced – not forced – to cooperate in a spirit of HARMONY, for a limitless time. If you doubt that this is a miracle, try to induce ANY TWO PEOPLE to cooperate in a spirit of harmony for any length of time.

Every man who manages a business knows what a difficult matter it is to get employees to work together in a spirit even remotely resembling HARMONY.

The list of the chief sources from which POWER may be attained is, as you have seen, headed by INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of HARMONY, and work toward a definite objective, they place themselves in position, through that alliance, to absorb power directly from the great universal storehouse of Infinite Intelligence. This is the greatest of all sources of POWER. It is the source to which the genius turns. It is the source to which every great leader turns, (whether he may be conscious of the fact or not).

The other two major sources from which the knowledge, necessary for the accumulation of POWER, may be obtained are no more reliable than the five senses of man. The senses are not always reliable. Infinite Intelligence DOES NOT ERR.

In subsequent chapters, the methods by which Infinite Intelligence may be most readily contacted will be adequately described.

This is not a course on religion. No fundamental principle described in this book should be interpreted as being intended to interfere either directly, or indirectly, with any man s religious habits. This book has been confined, exclusively, to instructing the reader how to transmute the DEFINITE PURPOSE OF DESIRE FOR MONEY, into its monetary equivalent.

Read, THINK, and meditate as you read. Soon, the entire subject will unfold, and you will see it in perspective. You are now seeing the detail of the individual chapters.

Money is as shy and elusive as the old time maiden. It must be wooed and won by methods not unlike those used by a determined lover, in pursuit of the girl of his choice. And, coincidental as it is, the POWER used in the wooing of money is not greatly different from that used in wooing a maiden. That power, when successfully used in the pursuit of money must be mixed with FAITH. It must be mixed with DESIRE. It must be mixed with PERSISTENCE. It must be applied through a plan, and that plan must be set into ACTION.

When money comes in quantities known as the big money, it flows to the one who accumulates it, as easily as water flows down hill. There exists a great unseen stream of POWER, which may be compared to a river; except that one side flows in one direction, carrying all who get into that side of the stream, onward and upward to WEALTH – and the other side flows in the opposite direction, carrying all who are unfortunate enough to get into it (and not able to extricate themselves from it), downward to misery and POVERTY.

Every man who has accumulated a great fortune, has recognized the existence of this stream of life. It consists of one s THINKING PROCESS. The positive emotions of thought form the side of the stream which carries one to fortune. The negative emotions form the side which carries one down to poverty.

This carries a thought of stupendous importance to the person who is following this book with the object of accumulating a fortune.

If you are in the side of the stream of POWER which leads to poverty, this may serve as an oar, by which you may propel yourself over into the other side of the stream. It can serve you ONLY through application and use. Merely reading, and passing judgment on it, either one way or another, will in no way benefit you.

Some people undergo the experience of alternating between the positive and negative sides of the stream, being at times on the positive side, and at times on the negative side. The Wall Street crash of 29 swept millions of people from the positive to the negative side of the stream. These millions are struggling, some of them in desperation and fear, to get back to the positive side of the stream. This book was written especially for those millions.

Poverty and riches often change places. The Crash taught the world this truth, although the world will not long remember the lesson. Poverty may, and generally does, voluntarily take the place of riches. When riches take the place of poverty, the change is usually brought about through well conceived and carefully executed PLANS. Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be attracted.

ANYBODY can WISH for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a BURNING DESIRE for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth.

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

What the Subconscious Really Is – Magic of Believing – 02

2What the Subconscious Really Is Magic of Believing

(An excerpt from “The Strangest Secret Library” – available on Amazon.)

What the Subconscious Really Is Magic of Believing

No artist, man of science, or writer of any distinction, however little disposed to self-analysis, is not aware by personal experience of the unequaled importance of the subconscious,” wrote Gustave Geley, distinguished French psychologist and author of From the Unconscious to the Conscious. He pointed out that up to the nineteenth century, the psychology of the subconscious was completely ignored, and was considered only as the cause of abnormal disease or accident.

Geley added that the best results in life were obtained by close harmony and cooperation between the conscious and subconscious minds.

The subconscious plays a very important part in the magic of believing. It will bring you a quicker understanding of this science. You will have a clear and detailed picture of what the subconscious mind is, where it is located, and how it functions – both by itself, and in collaboration with the conscious mind. Some of the material in this chapter you will find referred to or repeated in later chapters. But remember that repetition is an essential part of the technique of this science.

Repetition is equally effective in presenting the knowledge of this science. Furthermore, the faster you get an understanding of it, the quicker you will be on your way to getting whatever you desire.

In giving you this picture of the subconscious mind, I must use scientific terms here and there, since practically all the knowledge of the subconscious has come from the study and experimentation of some of the world’s greatest psychologists. But even if you find this a little difficult to understand at first, repeated readings will make it all clear, giving you a solid foundation upon which to proceed with the active part of the science.

As I told you in the first chapter, The Law of Psychic Phenomena, by Thomson Jay Hudson first got me thinking about the subconscious mind and its great possibilities for helping individuals in everyday life. Since that time, other books – such as The Sub-Conscious Speaks by Erma Ferrell Grabe and Paul C. Ferrell, The Source of Power by Theodore Clinton Foote, The Unconscious by Morton Prince, M.D., and Common Sense and Its Cultivation by Hanbury Hankin – have greatly added to the knowledge of the subject. I intend to give you a picture of the conscious and subconscious minds, as well as definite instructions as to how you can bring them under control and direct their energies toward fulfilling your desires.

“There is dormant in each human being a faculty, whether developed or not, which will enable that particular individual to succeed if the desire for success is present in his conscious mind.” Thus wrote the authors of The Sub-Conscious Speaks. This “faculty” has always been known and recognized for its strange and unusual powers, but not until about a century and a half ago did psychologists who made it the subject of their special investigation and experimentation, call it the subconscious mind. Emerson was certainly aware of the dual character of the human mental organization when he wrote in his Journals, “I find one state of mind does not remember or conceive of another state. Thus I have written within a twelve-month verses [‘Days’] which I do not remember the composition or correction of, and could not write the like today, and have only for proof of their being mine, various external evidences, as the MS. in which I find them, and the circumstances that I have sent copies of them to friends, etc., etc.”

Today the words conscious and subconscious are widely understood. It is recognized that we all have two minds, each one endowed with separate and distinct attributes and powers, and each one capable, under certain conditions, of independent action. There is no difficulty in comprehending that the conscious mind operates in the brain, for whenever you do any concentrated thinking, you feel it in your head. Sometimes the thought is so intense and prolonged that your head aches, or your eyes become tired, or your temples throb. Also, you can generally trace the source of the thought. It may be suggested by something you have seen or heard or read; perhaps it is a new idea for your business or home; maybe it is the continuation of some thought you have been pondering for a long time – in short, you can connect it with something already related to your consciousness.

Sometimes your thought is concerned with trying to solve a difficult problem, and you have become so exhausted and discouraged at failing to arrive at a solution that you “give it up,” “let the whole thing go,” “dismiss it from your mind,” an action you often take at night when you can’t sleep because of the thought that is pounding and gripping your brain. The moment you let it go, it begins to sink, as though it were moving downward somewhere inside of you. The tension in your conscious mind then decreases and you are soon asleep. The next morning when you wake up, your conscious mind begins to think again about the problem, when suddenly there appears before your mind’s eyes a mental picture of the complete solution, with all the necessary directions for appropriate action on your part.

When you released it from your conscious mind, where did the thought go? Through what power inside of you was the problem solved? Many writers, orators, artists, musical composers, designers, inventors, and other creative workers have long made use of their subconscious minds, either consciously or unconsciously. Merton S. Yewdale, well-known book editor, called my attention to a statement by the American novelist Louis Bromfield:

One of the most helpful discoveries I made long ago in common with some other writers is that there is a part of the mind, which psychologists call the subconscious that works while you are sleeping or even while you are relaxing or engaged in some other task far removed from writing. I have found it possible to train this part of the mind to do a pretty organized job. Very often I have awakened in the morning to find a problem of technique, or plot, or character, which had long been troubling me, completely solved while I had been sleeping. The judgment of the subconscious mind which represents inherited instincts and the accumulation of experience, is virtually infallible, and I would always trust its decisions over any judgment arrived at through a long and reasonable process of conscious thinking.

No doubt you already have a mental picture of your two minds: the conscious mind in your head, above the line of consciousness; and the subconscious mind in your body, below the line of consciousness – with a means of communication between them.

Now the conscious mind is the source of thought. Also, it gives us the sense of awareness in our normal waking life; the knowledge that we are ourselves here and now; the recognition and understanding of our environment; the power to rule over our mental faculties, to recall the events of our past life, and to comprehend our emotions and their significance. More concretely, it enables us to have a rational understanding of the objects and persons about us, of our own successes or shortcomings, of the validity of an argument, or the beauty of a work of art.

The chief powers of the conscious mind are reason, logic, form, judgment, calculation, conscience, and the moral sense. By it we take cognizance of the object world, and its means of observation are our five physical senses. Our conscious mind is the outgrowth of our physical necessities, and likewise our guide in the struggle with our material environment. Its highest function is that of reasoning, and by all methods – inductive and deductive, analytic and synthetic. For example, suppose you are undertaking to discover a new theory. You use your conscious mind and employ the inductive method of reasoning. That is, you first collect the facts and elements presented to your sense perceptions; then you compare them one with another, noting similarities and dissimilarities. Then you select those which are alike in qualities, in uses, or in function, after which you proceed to form a generalization or law, that certain things which have such qualities will function in such a way.

This is the scientific method of arriving at knowledge, and it forms the basis of modern education in schools and colleges. We all use it in some form or other, to help solve our problems, whether personal, social, business, professional, or economic. Many times the solution of our problems results from this use of our conscious mind. But now and then, when the solution is not forthcoming, we become exhausted with continued trying. We begin to lose confidence in ourselves, and we often resign ourselves to the idea that we have failed and that nothing can be done about it. Here is where the subconscious mind comes in – to help renew our belief in ourselves, to assist us to overcome our difficulty, and to put us on the road to achievement and success.

Just as the conscious mind is the source of thought, so the subconscious is the source of power.

Rooted in instinct, it is aware of the individual’s most elemental desires, and it is always pressing upward into conscious existence. It is a repository of spontaneous impressions of man and nature, and a memory vault in which are kept the records of facts and experiences sent down to it from time to time by the conscious mind for safekeeping and future use. Thus the subconscious mind is not only a mighty storehouse of ever-ready material that can be placed at the disposal of the conscious mind, but also a powerhouse of energy with which the individual can be charged, thus enabling them to recover their strength, courage, and faith in themselves. Such is the power of your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is beyond space and time, and is fundamentally a powerful sending and receiving station with a universal hookup. It can communicate with the physical, mental, psychic, and – according to many investigators – spiritual worlds. In brief, the subconscious embodies the feeling and wisdom of the past, the awareness and knowledge of the present, and the thought and vision of the future. Emerson, though he wrote of “instinct,” endowed it with so many superior attributes that he undoubtedly was thinking of the subconscious mind when he wrote, “All true wisdom of thought and of action comes of deference to this instinct, patience with its delays. To make a practical use of this instinct in every part of life constitutes true wisdom, and we must form the habit of preferring in all cases its guidance, which is given as it is used.”

The powers of the subconscious are many: intuition, emotion, certitude, inspiration, suggestion, deduction, imagination, organization, and, of course, memory and dynamic energy. It takes cognizance of its environment by means independent of the physical senses. It perceives by intuition. It operates most successfully and performs its highest function when the objective senses are quiescent. But it can function during the waking hours as well as during sleep. As a distinct entity, it possesses independent powers and functions, with a unique mental organization all its own. It sustains an existence closely allied to the physical body and the life of the individual, yet also operates independently of the body.

Now the subconscious mind has three primary functions. First, with its intuitive understanding of the bodily needs, it maintains and preserves (unaided by the conscious mind) the well-being and indeed the very life of the physical body. Second, as pointed out in the last chapter, in times of great emergency it springs into immediate action (again independently of the conscious mind) and takes supreme command, acting with incredible certitude, rapidity, accuracy, and understanding.

Third, it is operative in the psychic world. The psychic powers of the subconscious are manifested in such phenomena as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis. But, also, it can be summoned to help the conscious mind in time of great personal necessity, when the conscious calls upon the subconscious to use its powers and resources to solve a vital problem or bring to pass whatever the individual seeks or desires. In this book we are concerned particularly with the technique by which the subconscious mind operates for your benefit.

Accordingly, to draw upon the resources and powers of the subconscious and awaken it into action, you must first be sure you are asking for something that is rightfully yours to have and within your ability to handle, for the subconscious manifests itself only according to a person’s capabilities.

Next, in conveying your need to the subconscious, it must be in images of the work having already been done. Thus, while it is necessary for you to feel and think yourself successful, it is important to go one step further and actually see yourself as already successful, either in the performance of some selected task or as actually occupying the position to which you aspire. For the next and final step, you must wait patiently while the subconscious assimilates the elements of your problem and then goes about its own way to work it out for you. You must have patience and absolute faith, for, as Theodore Simon Jouffroy, the French philosopher, said, “The subconscious mind will not take the trouble to work for those who do not believe in it.”

In due course, with the flowing of the ideas and plans of the subconscious into your waiting conscious mind, the solution of your problem will be revealed to you and the correct course of action indicated. You must receive the message from the subconscious freely, and after understanding it you must act at once, immediately and unquestioningly. There must be no hesitation on your part, no mental reservation, no deliberation. Only by a prompt and automatic response will you make your subconscious continue to respond whenever you call upon it.

However, your problem may be one that cannot be solved in this manner. Instead of receiving the solution in the form of a “blueprint” to guide your steps to the final fulfillment, at intervals you may feel some mysterious force urging you to do certain things that seem to have no special significance or logical connection. Nevertheless, you must continue to believe in the power and wisdom of the subconscious. Obediently perform the seemingly irrelevant things, and one day you will find yourself in the position you sought, doing the work you envisioned for yourself. Then, when you look back, you will see how the things you were called upon to do, through the aid of the subconscious, all formed a logical line of events, the last one of which was your final arriving – the reward of your sincerest hopes and desires, your own triumphant personal success!

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Mindset Tactics: Can Faith Create the World You Want?

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Can Faith Create the World You Want?

That William James concept above has more mileage than it first appears.

Let’s define faith: The conviction that something is good and true.

According to Nap Hill’s Think and Grow Rich Chapter 3 on Faith, it is a form of self-created energy which can be strengthened by the use of affirmations (auto-suggestion.)

As mentioned earlier, your own abilities are unlimited in scope. They are defined only by your own acceptance of ideas you receive from others.

Practically, then, you can have unlimited faith as well.

We’ve just seen the story of Opal Whiteley. Her faith got her treated as royalty in Europe, while doubters stateside were hanging her in effigy as a fake.

But if you look over the available references, you can see where a family friend related that Opal’s mother had told her more than once that Opal actually had been adopted.

As mentioned, people will re-create their past to align with their belief-system. Stories told of a person’s life will be altered by the teller to suit the type of rose-colored glasses they are using to view their own history through.

And History, as Voltaire reputedly said, is the Mississippi of lies.

Certainly, politicians (especially in the example of FDR and later U.S. Presidents) have revised the legacy of their predecessor as being the single cause (blame) for any current problem they are trying to solve for their constituents.

Historians with their own ax to grind will interpret facts to fit their presupposed idea of how things actually occurred. And they are rewarded for books which come up with a new and noteworthy approach to what actually happened, much as fiction writers are able to achieve with alternate universes.

A person’s conviction can also be shattered when the idea they had held onto was proved to be a lie. This is how apostates are death to cults, since they can give inside information which further dissolves the facts surrounding that cult. All effectively sinking any positive promotion that cult has been running to achieve good relations with the surrounding community.

This is still the same idea that the use of faith can influence the facts themselves. An unfair shorthand would say that faith creates facts. We only have an authority in William James idea that faith in a fact can help create the fact. (Again, the idea of anyone being an authority is just your own hint to test this for yourself.)

And look at that idea that facts can be replaced with other versions, as any rumor repeated often enough becomes fact.

There is a relation between faith and belief.

Faith plus any idea creates belief.

But broader, you can find a system that is usable to help generate your own world.

The elements are:

  • Faith,

  • Thought,

  • Feeling,

  • Action.

Faith and thought affect belief.

Thought can come from inspiration based on feeling.

Faith is increased by feeling, especially positive attitudes.

Feeling for something can be increased by action (again goes back to William James, but see also The Secret DVD.)

The whole system could be labeled Vision, giving you a tool you can use to increase the strength of your vision of what you want to accomplish as far as goals.

If you plug in releasing into this (particularly that Chapter 3 of Catherine Ponder’s Dynamic Laws of Prosperity on creating a vacuum) then you can start seeing things shift around you in nearly miraculous ways.

All that really happens can be explained by any number of books which mention the Law of Attraction and going back to the ancient Polynesian Kahunas, who were able to bring the dead back to life and walk on lava without burning their bodies.

Again do not accept this without testing. I’ve given you the references to look up. But set up and run your own tests in real life.

If this works for you, then you can have a fast route to having and being whatever you really want in this world.

It will depend on your faith, your beliefs, and your actions.

What do you believe in with all your heart? Is it time to look these over?

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Revenge of the Bucket Crabs – You Become Who You Follow

Revenge of the Bucket Crabs You Become Who You Follow

Why is the world in such awful shape – or is it simply our media which insists on bringing us consistently bad news?

Why do politicians and advertisers think we are so stupid to fall for their obvious tricks?

How are a minority few really “making it big” but being over-represented as the norm?

It seems to be explained by a 95 to 5 split replacing the 80/20 rule.

You’ve probably heard of Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret. In this Gold recording, he brings up an interesting social breakdown of top performers and the rest of humanity.

His statistics laid out the results of 100 people starting out at age 25 being studied 40 years later:

  • 1 ended up rich,

  • 4 ended up financially independent,

  • 5 were still working,

  • and 54 were broke.

Of course, this was first recorded in 1956, and no source was ever named.

I chased this down and found a reference to a 1990 Social Security Administration study (SSA Publication No. 13-11871) and they concluded that 96% of Americans do not reach financial independence by age 65.

Why this strange income gap? What conditions are making it necessary for people to have some sort of government bailout to continue living in retirement?

It’s All About Conformity

Nightingale traced this back to conformity. Throughout our lives, we are trained to “follow the follower.” We are not taught to be entrepreneurs. We are not taught in the fine art of creative thinking. We are not even taught how to make and pursue our own goals.

Rather, our colleges and schools teach us that “you have to go along to get along” and other conformist ideals. We are carefully taught to get a job and let the company plan for your retirement, even if its only a 401-K.

Of course, if you track the richest 20 people in America, you can quickly see that they either didn’t finish college, never went, or attended a non-Ivy League school. Only 1 of these 20 actually started from a rich family and finished an Ivy League education. The rest were from decidedly middle-class origins at best.

Yet, they are individually worth billions.

The rest of American humanity limps along with no real reason to exert the extra effort to “get rich,” as there are so many safeguards and “safety nets” in place that it appears it’s impossible to outwardly fail at anything during your working years.. The surprise is that you are out on your own once you hit retirement. Savings or not, 401K or not. Social Security or not.

Of course in our day and age, the punch lines waiting for you are many: Social Security is mostly or all eaten up by Medicade payments. If you are laid off close to retirement, most people find it harder to get another job at that age – and so there are calculated figures of close to 100 million unemployed in this country even though our government says we are back down to the 5% range. While the number of businesses being started by the retirement-age crowd is higher than ever, these are being started by “old dogs” who are learning the new skill of entrepreneur on their own dime.

Why has this 90-95% group sat back and waited instead of learning entrepreneurship in their spare time during those earlier 40 years?

The Revenge of the Bucket Crabs

You could call this the revenge of the bucket crabs. The old parable and scientifically-proved fact, is that while a single crab in an open bucket will climb its way out, two or more crabs will keep each other in. And so our modern hyper-sensitive, politically-correct culture. Most of the success stories that we look up to brought themselves up from poverty and in prejudiced times to high states of accomplishment and wealth.

In today’s world, all you need is a community organizer to discover any number of wealthy, guilt-ridden patrons and government grants that can support any number of otherwise unemployed minority protesters to popularize your cause in the media. Several people have become well known for their ability to protest in front of major corporations in return for perennial grant funding. Yes, you know who these are.

Why aren’t these same people reforming education so that young people of any color or orientation are trained in building businesses, even as a solopreneur? Because they take the easy road out. Short cuts abound in this culture as the majority support the hyper-critical bucket-crab culture.

What Our Economy Is Built On – Crabs

The interesting bottom line is in discovering that the bulk of our consumer-based economy is built on the backs of these same bucket crabs. They buy all the electronic gismo’s, the phones, the clothes, the cars, and get the sub-prime and regular loans for their over-sized houses in neighborhoods they can’t afford.

People are trained to live pay-check to pay-check and to pay off college loans and credit card loans right up to the point they can’t anymore – which is usually when they are retired willingly or unwillingly.

These are the bucket-crab majority, who make our fast-food restaurant chains and pharmaceutical supply companies rich. These are why there are infomercials and e-mail spam. These are the people who keep watching our advertisement-interrupted television programs as much as 6-8 hours daily.

Why? Because everyone else is doing it. Because their favorite celebrity told them to. Because their politician promised them.

And what do they have to show for it when retired or lose their job? Nothing. They then become fodder for the protest organizers who pay them and feed them if they’ll just march here or there. They have to move in with their children. They wind up in a government-paid retirement home.

And they have no one to blame but themselves.

No One to Blame But Ourselves

Look around you. Look at what you read and watch and listen to. How much of this is helpful to you in starting and operating your own business? How much of this helps you earn a passive income source to help you live out any lack of a regular job? Most of the social media and magazine articles are either entertainment, hyper-critical, or simply distractive.

Don’t look to the evening news for inspirational or motivational material. By actual count of a national news program, they’ve been arriving in homes for 30 minutes 7 days each week for decades. Out of those 210 minutes, only 5 were dedicated to uplifting material – at 5 minutes before the hour on Friday. (You probably know this network.) That’s not even 5% of their programming time. And fully a third of that time slot was used for what? Advertising, mostly for pharmaceuticals.

And what about their other programming? It’s all bucket-crab material. Lots of “reality” type shows. Or you see politicians or celebrities in unusual scenes that would never happen in real life. Or slanted “investigative reporting.” All interrupted every 12 minutes or less by yet another pitch.

The Trick to Surviving and Prospering

There’s a trick to surviving. It’s called be the 5% and profit off the 95%. That’s not cold or calloused or negative. It’s a fact. You can’t get people to buy your product unless it’s very high quality, very valuable, and very available. Otherwise, you have to constantly bring out new products and spend most of your budget on advertising.

The 95% are trained to go along, get along, and do and buy what they are told. The 5% train themselves to find out what people want and then provide it with better value and distribution than anyone around them. This is how Sam Walton of Wal-Mart became the richest person on earth in his time. This is how Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, and Warren Buffett make their billions.

It’s no secret.

It’s a decision they made early on.

You can, too.

It’s never too late to quit being an ordinary crab and start becoming exceptional.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Success Goals: How to Make a Business Career

Success Goals: How to Make a Business Career

A Tale of Two Careers

Two friends, Alex and Oscar, grew up in the same neighborhood, same type of house, same type of family. Their stories turned out very different, even though they lived next door to each other most of their lives.

The story of two business careers, Alex and Oscar

(While this story is about two men, it could be true for any two people.)

Both liked to read as kids. Alex was given books about success as a teen, Oscar found himself reading sports magazines.

Alex and Oscar both did OK in school. Alex took extra classes which gave him college credit. Oscar took what he had to in order to graduate.

Alex finished off a two-year degree shortly after high-school and got an entry-level job at the local plant.

Oscar went to college and graduated with a bachelor’s.

Alex was promoted to a supervisor position in his company the same day they hired Oscar as a supervisor.

Alex was promoted to a supervisor position in his company the same day they hired Oscar as a supervisor.

Each had a different approach to their own job.

Alex came a little early to ensure everything was set up for the day, and that all the work was lined up. He also stayed a little later to ensure everything was set up for the next shift and looked for opportunities to improve their production.

Oscar came on time, did his job as he was told, left on time.

While both received salary increases in good years, Alex’s was routinely larger, and he infrequently had bonuses in his pay because of the improved efficiency in his area.

After dinner with his family, Oscar sat in his favorite chair and watched broadcast TV or cable, surfing infrequently through the hundreds of channels available.

Alex spent his spare time reading about or working on his home-business, which he would change infrequently as he found more profitable passive business channels.

Both were satisfied with their style of living.

Oscar spent the weekends working on his boat between sports events on TV. He’d take his family on weekend trips to the lake.


Alex would spend the weekend with his family on home projects they all could be involved in. When they went out for a weekend, it was usually camping at a public campground. (While they had a TV, it was only connected to a DVD player, which was usually used for movies they checked out from the local library.)

Oscar would grumble occasionally at the end of the month that his paycheck was gone almost before he could deposit it. He had his college loan, his home mortgage, his car, his SUV, and his boat to pay for. Oscar got a new car every third year, as soon as the warranty ran out. He did the same for his SUV and his boat. He got a long-term loan on his house mortgage to pay as little as possible each month.

Alex and Oscar chose different financial choices.

Alex had his check direct deposited, with 10 percent going to savings. He had paid off his student costs for that year in college with the first year of salary from his job. He’d saved up for his home so that he paid nearly 50% upfront, and then accelerated the payments so that debt was gone in a few years. Alex budgeted carefully and never bought on credit, but saved up for big purchases with a special account.

Alex paid cash for a truck that researched out as dependable and low cost. He had found it as pre-owned, with low miles and only a year old. He kept this truck well maintained and found that it was less expensive to rebuild the engine and transmission than buy a new truck. He followed the same policy with his wife’s car. Alex liked being called “frugal” and “cheap skate.”

Alex was living on less than 70% of his salary and was saving 10% and investing the other 20% in dividend-paying stocks and other conservative investments. His home business was made to pay for itself and to quickly pay back any personal loan he had to invest for its expansion.

Alex chose to start a home business.

When Alex’s home business began to routinely pay more than enough to replace his salary and all the benefits his job was kicking in, he then quit his job to start working on his business full time. Because that home business was all passive income, he was able to then diversify into additional product-lines which were also passive, and also paid their own way.

When people asked, Alex would tell them that now he was happier than ever. He was doing what he loved and had plenty of spare time (and money to spend) whenever he wanted. He said his work was like being paid to play baseball for a living.

Alex took up walking and running as soon as he started working only for himself, in order to keep in shape and his mind clear for his business.

Oscar continued to keep his job at the company, even though he was nearly laid off with plant-wide downsizing a few times. Eventually, he took a severance package near his retirement age and started to collect Social Security. Since he still had house, car, SUV, and boat payments, his severance package mainly went to pay these off. Social Security was eaten up by Medicade, so that was a wash.

It took Oscar 10 years after he retired to finally pay off his home. He had gotten rid of the boat and his main entertainment was now just TV. He got out of shape from sitting around all the time and his health worsened gradually.

10 years after Oscar retired, Alex was making several times more than he made from his old job’s salary, and continued to reinvest any extra into his businesses. His savings account was massive, but he never touched it. Occasionally, he would take his wife and any kids still at home on long weekend vacations, flying out to resorts in cities where conferences were being held. The expense was paid for by his businesses.

Alex took his family for long weekend trips to conferences at resorts.

Alex was able to spend a great deal of time with his kids and grandkids. He taught them early how to have a goal for their lives, and how to start a passive-income business that paid its own way. He didn’t give them loans unless they could prove to him their businesses were able to pay the loans off as well as the interest.

At Oscar’s funeral, Alex paid his respects to the family and to the memory of his old classmate and co-worker.

While Alex was saddened by the loss, he also knew that Oscar had made very different choices than he had.

Oscar’s widow sold their house, car and SUV to pay for the expenses remaining. She then moved in with one of their children.

Alex and his wife continued living in their own home and welcomed their new neighbors and their kids. The new neighbor remarked about Alex’s classic truck, about how it was now cheaper to buy and rebuild than buy new. Alex invited him over for dinner, and to discuss a business opportunity that could be done in his spare time.

Alex' neighbor commented on his classic truck...

This was a story of two people, who each made different choices.

How are your choices turning out?

A Recipe for Personal Greatness and Financial Freedom:

1. Decide on a goal and work toward it constantly.

2. Give far more value on your job than asked to do. Earn salary increases and bonuses because of the extra value you give your job.

3. Live a frugal life, live within your means, pay down your debts early.

4. Sav 10 percent of your weekly pay.

5. Streamline your budget so you can invest another 20% in dividend-earning investments.

6. Start a home business as your spare-time hobby. Make this pay for itself with passive income greater than costs plus reserve-building. Ensure that it aligns to your passion.

7. When your home business regularly returns passive income better than your salary plus all your benefits, shift over to full-time work at your home business.

8. Help everyone around you openhandedly. Teach those who will listen how to set goals and make them as a way of life. Be an example of successful living to everyone you meet.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

You Can Have Self Confidence – If You Can Count to Four – 02

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You Can Have Self Confidence

I am wondering if you would like to have more self-confidence, and would like to get rid of all your feelings of inferiority? Well, that is exactly what is going to happen, provided you are sincerely interested and will follow a few suggestions.

It seems that most everyone has a degree of feeling of inferiority. So don’t feel so exclusive about your complexes. You have lots of company. At the same time, most everyone feels very confident about certain things. Certain things, about which they have learned enough, so that they feel that they are an authority. All this proves that each of us has the capacity to feel confident as well as inferior. We feel confident when we understand the whole truth about something, and we feel inferior, when we do not know the whole truth.

Webster defines the word inferiority as a person experiencing a feeling in a lower state.

In other words, by feeling that somebody else is better than he is, he is comparing himself with this other person. This is not a fair comparison. No two persons are the same. The very word individual suggests that each one of us is different from every other person. We do not look the same as anyone else. We have a different shaped nose, face, head, body, and we have a different design as to what our life’s purpose is.

We were designed to function as an individual. We are not to be compared with any other person, but we should appreciate our individual design and learn to be ourselves.

We should learn to express our own individuality well.

The one great Creator of the universe has infinite intelligence. Infinite intelligence means unlimited, incomprehensible, inexhaustible, wisdom, knowledge, and power.

The universe is designed, powered and governed by this all powerful, all knowing, all loving Creator. This indescribable creator knows that it takes thousands of different types of individuals to render all the many different services needed to operate the world harmoniously, so he created thousands of different types of people. There are thousands of men who just love to serve as undertakers. Other thousands of men who like to run grocery stores. Others who like to sell and deal with people. Others, who like to be statesmen and run our government.

Why this great intelligence, which runs the universe, has it arranged that should the one and only undertaker in some little town in western Nebraska gets killed in an auto accident, in three days, there would be several other undertakers competing for the opportunity to serve in his place.

Did you ever wonder how it is possible for every city and community in the world, based upon its population, to have just the right number of doctors, lawyers, merchants, plumbers, carpenters, ditch diggers, ministers, salesman, nurses, lawnmower repairers, waiters, cooks, mechanics, etc.? Why is it that just so many persons trained to render each type of service live in each community?

That happens because each of us is especially designed to serve well in some channel. We develop our abilities to serve in our particular channel, and then seek a place where such services are needed.

When we find our channel, the channel for which we were especially created, we will find that we are very happy serving in that channel. We will feel harmonious and happy, and we will express life beautifully. We will be healthy and prosperous because we will find that we will be able to render a quality and a quantity of service to humanity. We will have faith in ourselves and will not be comparing ourselves with other people who were designed to serve in a different channel than ourselves.

You will pardon me if I share a personal experience with you. I was raised in a family of 14 children. There are 12 of us living at present. Most of my life, I suffered terribly from a feeling of inferiority. I did not understand why other people could have so many desirable things and be playing seemingly such an important role in life. And I seemed to be stuck with wearing hand-me-downs, and plowing with a walking plow all my life. I felt inferior to every boy who wore better clothes than I did. I felt inferior to every boy or girl who could stand up before the student body and speak with poise and confidence.

I could not do that when I was a senior in high school. I felt inferior to every boy and girl who seemed to feel at ease at the socials, which I attended during my school years, because I came from the sticks and looked and dressed like a hayseed. During those years, I did not understand the real foundation of life. I did not know what was important and what was unimportant.

But looking back, I can see many things about those years, which turned out to be blessings in disguise. Two things I will mention.

One, these conditions stirred within me a burning desire to learn the truth about life and to be successful.

Two, since I did not have the clothes, the money, and the confidence, so that I was invited to the many social activities, I took my borrowed books and went home and did the chores and studied each evening until bedtime. Consequently, I learned to study and made good grades. I learned the value of knowing the truth about that which I was studying.

My confidence gradually grew and grew, as I learned the truth about the universe and its various laws. It has been my privilege to take all these wonderful discoveries out into the test tube of life and prove them. Now, I know that each person can discover that channel for which he was especially designed and learn to express a large measure of happiness, health and prosperity.

I would like to introduce a wonderful word to you, which will mean a great deal to your happiness. The word is “consciousness.” It means the sum total of all your beliefs.

Add up every thought or idea which you have ever accepted as true and that adds up to your state of beingness or consciousness.

If you have accepted thoughts in the past which are not true, regarding who you are and what your relationship to other people is, then you have a consciousness of inferiority. You have that consciousness because you have accepted certain untrue things as though they were true.

If you knew the truth about yourself you would not feel inferior, but you would jump up and down and shout. You would know that your Creator is richer than Henry Ford, and he is smarter than Einstein, and he is constantly looking after you day and night. You would know that you are very important.

Now, how does one change his consciousness from a consciousness of inferiority to a consciousness of confidence in one’s self. We must learn who we are and that we have an important role to play in the game of life.

We must realize that we are indispensable channels of service to humanity. That we have both a conscious mind in a subconscious mind and that we reason both deductively and inductively, which I choose to call the “A” type and “B” type of reasoning. The “A” type means that we can investigate before we accept it as true, the “B” type means that we can accept it on the assumption that it is true.

We must be aware that by virtue of the fact that our Creator created us with these marvelous faculties, he has a definite job for us to do.

This great life force surges through us 24 hours of every day. It is powerful. We have the ability to direct it into any design we choose. We can neglect to direct it and it is like a great river out of its channel. It tends to destroy everything in its course. But if it is harnessed, it can take electrical power to the millions. This great life force is even more powerful than the river when it is directed.

Down through the ages, men and women with vision and faith have directed this terrific force, and as a result, we have our modern way of life.

Recently it was my pleasure to visit Hoover Dam. Needless to say, I enjoyed the visit very much. But I marveled at the scope of its structure. The size and the color of the men who conceived it and believe din it enough to build it. Then, the great Colorado River, instead of wasting its mighty energies, was captured and used to supply water for starving acres, by the thousands, as well as to provide electrical power for Southern California. Also, Lake Mead, which is the largest man-made lake in the world, provides recreational facilities for thousands each season.

Did you ever sit in your car and wait for a train to pass? Did you ever let your imagination take you back to the time before the first railroad and listen in on one of the first board meetings where some men of vision and faith were trying to persuade the others that they could build a steel track all the way across the country?

Can you imagine just how difficult it was to get the men, who lack the vision, to see how it would be possible, for 70 to 80 cars, weighing hundreds of tons, loaded with tons of freight, to travel across thousands of miles of terrain, through the cities, at perhaps 50 to 70 miles per hour? It took great faith and vision to develop our railroads. Today, there are men who have faith that in just a few years, we will be flying across the country in 3 to 4 hours in large transport planes.

Some believe that we will be communicating with each other without the aid of an electronic instrument in a few years. In other words, we will learn how to tune in on each other, at will, and talk to each other, without the aid of any device. Maybe so, maybe not, but it is no more fantastic than those who believed in television 20 years ago.

We could talk at length about the great (so-called) men and women of history who have practiced great faith but I am particularly interested in the millions of people who are suffering from misunderstanding of life and are not enjoying life because of a feeling of inferiority.

I want the housewife to know that she is filling the most important need in the world. I want her to know that she was designed to be a good wife and mother and that to be a good wife and mother is the greatest profession in the world.

I want to challenge every wife and mother in the world to assume a feeling of genuine importance and to know how needed they are. Fill our minds with the thoughts of who you really are and how important you are.

  • The purpose of life is to live.
  • To live is to express.
  • To express is to be what you want to be and to do what you want to do and to have what you want to have.
  • There is an abundance of everything you could desire in the universe.
  • There are laws or rules of making available all the things you desire.
  • So all you need to do is to learn the laws and decide what you desire, and then do something about it.

It is your privilege to either say to yourself, “I don’t believe all this” or to say. “I am open-minded and will assume that it is true until I prove it either true or untrue, inasmuch as it is good. If it proves untrue, fine, at least I exposed myself to the possibility of discovering that it was true. If it proves to be true, then I will always know how you feel happy, healthy and prosperous.”

The indescribable abundance of the universe will be yours as you choose to express it, because now you know the truth about it.

Now you know who you are. You know that you are an important individual. You know that you have a special job to do in life. Now, you must neutralize all those false concepts of yourself; the idea that you were not as good as someone else; the idea that you were not as pretty as someone else, etc. The way that you do that is to assume the new premise that you are an exclusive, important individual and feel the new concept so strongly that your new concept becomes a deeper habit pattern in your subconscious than the old ones. Then you will automatically feel confident.

Confidence or faith is based upon knowledge of self. Your knowledge of self now does not justify feeling inferior. It justifies a feeling of real importance. You now know who you are and your relationship to your creator and your fellow men.

Now, you know that you can design your life. You can now decide the type of person you want to be. You can become a person of poise, charm, beauty and confidence.

You can have a beautiful home, car, clothes or anything you desire. You can have these through self-confidence which will make it possible for you to learn the rules of life. All these things come through natural means. You design all these things in the idea form, and then in due time, you will experience them actually.

Each idea has a season, just like each seed in the garden has a season. Do not get the idea that all you have to do is just think. All this is based upon natural laws.

The first thing one must do is to be able to think it in the form of an idea. Then the idea is the seed, which falls into the soil, which is the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind then tells us, from day to day, what form of action is required in order to bring about the fulfillment of our dreams. We will receive this daily instruction in the form of urges and feelings. Our part is to respond, with confidence, and do whatever we are led to do.

Sometimes it takes years to realize our dream and sometimes it takes almost no time at all. Suppose you decide you wanted to build a dam across the Mississippi River, just above New Orleans. You don’t have the money, but you have the well-defined desire.

You start talking about it and pretty soon you begin to make progress, but it takes seven years before the dam is a reality and cars are using the dam as a bridge. But suppose that you want new clothes. You go downtown and buy them today. You can see that one case took seven years and another case took one day or less.

To gain self-confidence, may I suggest some things for you to do.

  • Read this chapter, each night, before going to sleep for 50 nights.
  • Attend as many lectures as you can on positive thinking.
  • Obtain a recording on self-confidence and play it over and over and over as often as possible to yourself.
  • Cultivate friends who have self-confidence.
  • Associate, as much as possible, with people who have lots of confidence.
  • Expose yourself to every possible source of information regarding the study of your mental processes.

You are an individual. You are exclusive. You are important. You are especially designed. You are no smaller or no larger than any other person in the world. You have a special job to do and enjoy and should not compare yourself with any other person in the world.

May I challenge you to dare to dream big dreams for yourself and your loved ones.

You can be anything you want to be and you can have anything you want to have.

Make large plans for they have magic to stir men’s blood.

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