Thursday, July 2, 2020

Mindset Vitals: Your Lack of Goals Can Sink Your Ship

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Your Lack of Goals Can Sink Your Ship

Using Mindset re-Stacking for Goal Achievement

If you owned a ship, would you simply set the engine running, cast off all lines, and then watch from the dock to see where it ended up?

You and I can agree that the chances are slim for that ship to make it anywhere except the bottom of ocean – if it made it out of the harbor in one piece.

Yet people won t set goals for their own lives. One report has this as little as 2% of the population has actual goals they are reaching for.

But the chance of those few people actually making their goals is close to 100%.

That s right – if you set a goal, you ll probably make it.

Like if you guide that ship, you ll probably make it to your destination.

Claude M. Bristol in his Magic of Believing had a sales force write down their goals and then not tell or show anyone what they had written. While some of the younger salespeople scoffed and even laughed out loud, the older salespeople nodded and wrote.

Bristol reported that years later one of those young scoffers showed up at his home and wanted to show him something outside. There at the curb sat a brand-new, right-off-the-assembly-line, shiny car. The salesperson told Bristol that he wrote down a car just like it. Not only that, but he d written down a substantial income and a promotion. He got those as well.

When Bristol did a check of all those salespeople, every single one attained their goal that they had written down.

Now there are a couple of urban legend studies along this line, one by Harvard and another by Yale. Yet neither school had ever attempted that study.

When Gail Matthews of Dominican University read that these studies were debunked as false, she did her own study. Those people who set goals, wrote them down, and shared accountability for them achieved what they had set out to do 76 percent of the time. (If you take into account that less than half of the participants actually completed the study itself, that percentage would then be much higher.)

Bristol, Hill, and Nightingale all say to write your goal down on a card and review it at least twice a day (on waking and before sleep).

Imagine if this skill were mandated to be taught in all schools in the country from an early age!

Instead of the 2% having written goals, and the 5% who achieve financial independence, we could have most of that country experiencing their own native abundance. If they were taught to review their goal as often as they are asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, imagine how prosperous that country would be!

Now you see how this world has set itself up.

Our culture doesn t set itself up to succeed, it sets itself up to conform.

Those who don t conform are criticized until they do (or they move away from the criticizers.)

Our culture and society has been slowed down to the point that becoming an exceptional entrepreneur may be easier than having a job.

You have a choice in this.

What s your goals? Set any lately? Written them down?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

7 Strange Secrets for Winning Big – Get Money, Happy, Healthy

Get Happy, Money, & Health 7 Strange Secrets to Winning Big

7 Strange Secrets for Winning Big

(Now available as an ebook on Amazon, and everywhere else.)

1. The Strangest Secret Becoming As We Think

Around the time he turned 12 years old, Earl Nightingale found himself in the Depression-era Tent City of Long Beach, CA. His father had left the family and they had nowhere else to go. Along with his mother and the rest of his family, this was a rude shock.

Young Nightingale noticed for the first time that there were (as he later phrased it) Have’s and Have-Not’s. Some people had money and some didn’t. He became interested in finding out why. He could see the difference in their attitudes, but wondered if there wasn’t some secret that the Haves knew and the Have-Nots didn’t.

Nightingale started his search in the Long Beach public library, since it was obvious that the people he lived around would have no clue. He would take home stacks of books and return them on time, dutifully scoured for clues. While he didn’t find that secret there, he did immerse himself in what became a love of reading. (This resulted later in life of a personal library of over 6,000 books.) This reading improved his ability in English and also gave him lessons in integrity, honesty, and other needed relationship skills.

He also found he wanted to learn to write.

Then came World War II. As a Marine volunteer, he was one of the few survivors on board the Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack. What is also little known is that he found a local radio station that welcomed his volunteer help during his off-hours at the base.

Later transferred to training duty in North Carolina, he got employed for night and weekend work at a local radio station there.

Mustered out as a civilian, Nightingale got an announcer position at the Phoenix, Arizona radio station KTAR. There, he found that he was able to listen to the great announcers of that day and learn their style, as well as learn how to write news and ad copy. After 2 ½ years, he quit his job and bought a one-way ticket to Chicago. Two days after he arrived, he was under contract to the biggest radio station there.

It was in Chicago in 1949 that he found a copy of Think and Grow Rich in a used bookstore. By the following weekend, he had come across a six word phrase that he later became famous for, We become what we think about.

For a young man of 28, Nightingale was already on a high career path, but note his acceleration after this point:

  • He left the CBS announcer job to join WGN as a writer-producer in 1950.

  • He became the voice for the dashing radio adventurer Sky King, from 1950 1954.

  • Also in 1950, Nightingale created and hosted a 90-minute daily talk show, reported to be the basis for the modern talk show format.

  • The success of this radio show led to a television version on WGN-TV.

  • He wrote, produced, and starred in this show from 1950 1956.

  • During his time at WGN, he was also in demand as a public speaker.

  • It was in 1956 that he had achieved his childhood dream and retired at the age of 35.

By then, he had started and managed several corporations and sales firms, one of which was a life insurance agency. According to Nightingale, he was attempting to go off on a long vacation, and wanted to leave that agency with a recording that would keep them motivated, as they were used to weekly talks from him. The Strangest Secret was the inspired result.

The word of mouth for this recording built demands for additional copies. A friend, Lloyd Conant, was able to get this pressed into 78RPM LP records. That record became the first spoken word album to achieve Gold Record status, for sales over one million units. Nightingale later said that this was achieved with no advertising of any kind.

By 1960, he and his friend formed Nightingale-Conant and started a new industry of personal development recordings, which continues to this day.

Nightingale meanwhile had started producing a daily radio show, Our Changing World, which ran for nearly 30 years (1959-1989) at a pace of 5 shows per week. This achieved a legacy of nearly 7,000 recordings and worldwide acclaim.

If you count it up, you’ll find that he had four or five careers during his lifetime, all successful. His many landmark productions set a high bar for everyone who followed.

You can see from the above that after he made what he termed his greatest discovery, his achievements increased in size and scope.

Earl Nightingale is credited with first naming this idea as the Strangest Secret It’s strange because it’s been written and re-discovered by great thinkers over and over for eons. Yet it remains a secret to the bulk of humankind.

In The Strangest Secret, he mentioned many famous authors who had the exact same idea. Not too oddly, it’s also found as the core principle as was taught by the ancient Polynesians, the oldest surviving philosophy known today. The best translation has this as: The World Is What You Think It Is.

What Earl Nightingale came across in that used bookstore in Chicago was actually a statement of the most powerful concept known to humankind.

And that is where we start.

Consider this:

You Become What You Think About.

Test this for yourself.

See if it is workable.

See if your life doesn’t change remarkably as did Earl Nightingale’s and those who have also discovered this idea on their own or from others.

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Next, we’ll build on this. And you’ll learn why you need to test this, and everything you’ve been told, for yourself…

2. Tasting Before Swallowing Self-Limiting Beliefs

The old parable tells of a young boy was walking along the beach with a bucket. He found a crab and placed it in the bucket. Having no lid, the crab quickly climbed up and out.

Dismayed, the boy caught another crab and put it in the bucket, but had the same result.

An old fisherman walking nearby chuckled and came over to the visibly frustrated boy.

You may not believe me, the fisherman said, but put two crabs in there together and neither will make it out.

The boy shrugged and thought it over as the old man left. It couldn’t hurt.

So he caught two crabs and placed them both inside his pail at the same time. When one tried to get out, the other would pull him back down. As the boy continued to catch crabs and place them there, the same effect continued.

That night, the boy had many cooked crabs to eat.

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While this is an old parable, it’s also been studied scientifically and found to be true. And it’s applicable in our own culture.

You’ve probably seen this in your own life. An idea you have is shot down by the people around you as a reflex, instead of their listening and being supportive.

In the Wikipedia article on this, it’s explained as a way of thinking best described by the phrase, ‘if I can’t have it, neither can you.’

Bucket crab people will carp and criticize (privately or publicly) anyone and everyone who succeeds in breaking the mold they are following. You’ll find them saying things like lucky break, born with a silver spoon in their mouth, right place in the right time, and even less considerate bunch of crooks, lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want, inside network, cabal, and conspiracy of the rich.

But all these are false claims, merely justifications for their own failures.

This is also the basis of conventional wisdom, which has been defined as ideas or assumptions so readily accepted they go unquestioned. The trick to this is in that word unquestioned. Throughout history, those who have escaped the conventional wisdom bucket did so by questioning everything they were told or read or heard. As Mark Twain said, Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

Out of Forbes’ top 20 richest people in the U.S., you’ll find that most were decidedly middle class when they started. Most of these either didn’t finish college or graduated from an unknown, non-Ivy League college. Only one was both born into a rich family and graduated Princeton but you’ll also see he made his fortune mostly independent from his family’s.

If you look at the most historically influential leaders in media and business, you’ll see that they are extremely self-made. Nightingale, as covered, came from poverty. So did Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, W. Clement Stone, Thomas Edison, and many others.

In Dr. Thomas Stanley’s studies on Millionaires, he finds that the bulk all had in common that they came from very modest backgrounds, that most were 2nd generation immigrants, and lived very frugal lives as they built their fortunes only to give it all away before they died. Their children were gotten through advanced college degrees and mostly became well-off professionals, but never achieved the wealth that their parents did.

The results of bucket-crab thinking have made our society a defensive mess of protective mechanisms to cushion the slow decline for the bulk of our population into dependent poverty.

In The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale stated some statistics which seem alarming.

Out of one hundred people at age 25, after 40 years:

  • 1 will wind up rich.

  • 4 will wind up financially independent,

  • 5 will still be working,

  • and 56 will be broke.

And this tends to check out with statistics found recently. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did a study (Published in June 1990, SSA Publication No. 13-11871) and concluded that 96% of Americans do not reach financial independence by age 65.

Thinking like crabs in a bucket has institutionalized such thinking in our schools.

Children are grouped by ages, by test scores, and regimented at an early age to conform and to fit in. They are taught the age-old game of follow the follower. Everyone tries to be like the rest, without even inspecting to see if where everyone else is going is where they really want to end up.

Teachers seem to have been taught more about schooling which is defined as techniques for keeping a mass of children together on a set schedule than they are about actual individual learning.

Education has become centralized and mandated, so that everyone comes out the same, nearly identical. While there are some exceptions, the educational rule is that one-size-fits-all. This again points to the college misfits like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Rachel Ray, Mark Zuckerberg, and Walt Disney who made their fortunes in spite of the educational system.

The social media we currently have is no different. The commonly-held idea of success in marketing is to have some piece of content go viral and become widely shared. Yet such marketing methods by themselves have never translated into long-term success for any individual or company except for those which are paid to host the social platform itself.

The real successes on the Internet aren’t necessarily even well known. The plan of having A thousand true fans can be financially sound for almost any small business. And those fans might very well be in a very tiny location nearby.

This is why you have to taste before you swallow anything and everything you hear, read, or experience. All the floods of data you receive are probably false. They’re being spread by people who want to be popular, to be at the height of the latest fad. For politicians and government-affiliated, this means being politically correct at any cost to integrity.

You have to test anything and everything that comes across your plate. Anything and everything. This probably means you’ll need to resolve your beliefs down to those few core data which enable you to evaluate other data against them. Usually, such core data are held as natural laws, which generally hold up in all circumstances. This book gives you seven of these but of course you are going to have to test each and every one of them for yourself.

If you follow the follower, what do you get?

Mostly, what everyone else gets. A faulty way of having security in old age at best. And overly-high taxes to pay for other’s benefits before then. Society has always been able to protect the majority with props and handouts as long as they vote a certain way.

The truly successful trained themselves to think differently from those around them. They put in place methods to reduce or eliminate the criticisms and free advice of those around them.

If you want to be truly successful, you can’t bucket crab your way through life. You need to check out who you are following and see if they are going the direction you want. If not, then find a true leader who is going your way.

You are going to have to test and check everything you’ve been taught since you were born to find out if they are workable truths that can help you be what you want to be and have what you want to have.

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There’s probably undiscovered gems in that training as well. One such phrase is widely misunderstood and ignored, although it’s in most of our religions and philosophies. This one datum is also what made Andrew Carnegie the richest man on the planet in his time, and Napoleon Hill used to make three fortunes for himself…

3. Golden Rule Know This and Get The Gold

You’ve heard of the Golden Rulefrom Sunday School. But our modern society has relegated this to the feel good category of disposable datums.

Those who know its secret meaning profit outrageously. And the bucket-crab thinkers refuse to look and discover what the rich are actually doing, so the conventional wisdom they adopt gives completely wrong reasons for how the successful actually thought and grew rich.

Napoleon Hill starts out his classic with the mystery of what this hidden datum is, saying that it’s repeated over a hundred times through the book, but will only reveal itself when the time is right.

You have to go to the last chapter of his earlier bestseller Law of Success in order get the secret.

That secret is the Golden Rule.

This isn’t just treat others as you’d like to be treated. Hill has it as you can’t get without giving first. Earl Nightingale had similar meaning for it that of Cause and Effect. You will be rewarded in exact proportion to the service you provide. He held, along with earlier philosophers, that money is nothing more than an indicator of the value you’ve been providing to others. As well, that your home, cars, clothing, the clubs you belong to, the street you live on, all of these are indicators of how you’ve been rewarded for the service you’ve provided others.

Test this for yourself. While there are fakes, people who live far beyond their means, the way most people live shows just how much they are making. This in turn shows how much they are helping others. Top-flight CEO’s can earn incredible amounts, but they are held accountable for everything their million- and billion-dollar corporations are producing. And they live in some truly swanky surroundings. They can afford to.

Of course, there are a few exceptions. Warren Buffet still lives in the modest Nebraska home he bought a few decades ago. Some well-paid actors have bought rustic and nondescript ranches far off the beaten path (but with the continually-rising land costs, you can figure out the pretty penny it cost them.)

The point is, again, that as you give, so you will receive.

Content Marketers have found this to be the best way to promote their brand online give incredibly useful material in volume and then you’ll build a loyal audience that actually will demand that you offer something to them they can pay you for.

Conventional advertisers who stick to the 50’s short-cut advertising gimmicks are having a hard time finding real ROI for the schlock they produce. People would rather pay for ad-free subscriptions so they can binge-watch TV episodes, without being interrupted by some pitch. Meanwhile product placement within hit movies and episodes (where they pay part of the production costs to have their brand included) can increase sales markedly.

It’s the perceived value which is important.

You have to give before you can get.

Nightingale tells the old story of a guy sitting in front of a wood stove and demanding heat before he’d add the wood.

Service and valuable product come before you are rewarded.

Treat others with value and then they’ll treat you with value you’ll receive that commodity called money.

This is the real Golden Rule – the Rule of Gold. And now you know how to use it to get your own.

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And how do you know you’re succeeding in what you do? It’s in the choices you make.

One key choice most people never make, and this winds them up as part of the 95% Bucket Crab Club. The top 5% all have this one choice in common, and as a lifelong habit…

4. Goals – Map Your Destination Before Setting Sail

You’d never just send a ship out of harbor with no destination in mind and expect it to come back with a profit.

But people do that with their lives. They blindly stumble through their life, following everyone around them, who in turn are probably following them. All acting like a flock of sheep running as a massed group away from any supposed danger.

Most people only go to work because everyone else is going to work. They have no personal goals, neither does anyone they are following.

There are some urban legends that both Harvard and Yale did studies on their graduates, each finding that those with goals made more money than other graduates who went about their careers without setting them.

Well, there never were any studies done, anyway at those places.

The truth is that people with named goals, especially if they put them in writing, do succeed much better in life than those without. Gail Matthews of Dominican University did do such a study, and it’s well documented online.

What she found: the more people actually specified, reviewed, and put accountability practices into place, the better they did.

The most studies about goal-setting were probably done by Edwin Locke, who did such studies for over 40 years. The most recent summary (1981) found that naming specific, challenging goals and then checking them against progress regularly not only lead to higher performance in 90% of the cases, but also created a positive feedback loop of improving employee engagement, which impacted optimism, which in turn positively impacted individual performance.

Neat, huh? Write down your big goal and check your progress daily. Your progress will keep you upbeat, which improves your progress even more.

Even though the Ivy League studies were fiction, they are still spread (and written about in books) as if they occurred because the basic premise is true. You can test this for yourself and prove it in your own life.

How to Uncover Your Primary Goal

Earl Nightingale revealed the way to do this:

Take a note pad, go off by yourself, and write down the things you’d really like to have or do very much. One might be a beautiful new home or a trip around the world, a visit to some special country or place. It might be a yearning for a sailboat or motor yacht, or if you’re an avid fisherman, you might want to go salmon fishing in Alaska or trout fishing in New Zealand. It might be a business of your own or a particular position with your company. It might be a certain income that will permit you to live the way you’d like to live. Or, a certain amount of money in good investments or in a savings account. How about a special make of car? Or an addition to your present home?

Just write down everything you can think of that you would really like to see come about in your life. Then when you’ve exhausted your wants, go over the list again and number the items in the order of their importance, and make number one your present goal.

Again, the schools have never taught this. Even in the business classes.

You have to study successful people in order to find successful ideas, habits, systems.

You can’t continue to study the leaderless crowd to find anything about real success. All you’ll find is shipwrecks (which is mostly what shows up on the evening news and our 24-7-365 cable news channels.)

You’ll need to shut out all the channels in your life which aren’t bringing you useful data and concentrate on those that do. One recent survey of the highest producers found that they would watch TV only an hour a day but read books regularly. While lower-income workers were watching TV as much as 6-8 hours daily and reading little.

Your drive and interest has to be devoted to success if you want to succeed.

As you narrow down your studies to the most successful, you’ll sharpen your own goal into a burning desire as Napoleon Hill phrased it. And the more challenging that goal, the more success you will have. As the old phrase, If you shoot for the stars, you’ll reach the moon.

Again, test this for yourself. Find out if these studies were correct by seeing if they work for you.

The only thing worse is having no goal at all and just drifting through a pointless existence and getting old meanwhile.

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With all these studies, you may just strike it rich with your own gold mine. This is a resource everyone has, if they’ll only use it…

5. Gold Mine Finding Millions Between Your Ears

There is a story that a reporter in 1949 Chicago asked Nobel-prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, What s wrong with men today? After a brief pause he replied, The trouble with people nowadays is that they don’t think enough.

We are taught in school how to read, how to write, how to do math. There is a long list of test scores which are supposed to be attained by students in schools in various subjects or those schools will not receive their funding.

What you won’t see in their curricula is teaching the skill of how to think.

You’ll find them teaching how to argue and debate, how to write persuasively, what is logic, what is the scientific method of research. All of these are dependent on thinking, yet no school teaches the subject itself.

Do you know how to become inspired? Do you know how to get ideas? Do you know how to brainstorm?

Exactly my point.

There are a few individuals who have studied this independently. Napoleon Hill tells of a Dr. Elmer Gates who had a room devoted just to researching new ideas. It was sound proof, had no windows, and only a single light. That switch was on a table, along with a pad of paper and a pen. Dr. Gates would enter that room and sit comfortably in the darkness, considering all he knew about the subject at hand.

When inspiration appeared, he would turn on the light and write furiously, sometimes for hours. Only when he was done writing would he review what he had written. Gates would sometimes be astonished at the result, since it was very often radically different than any known science in the area.

In his time, Dr. Elmer Gates ran the largest private and non-commercial laboratory in the United States. He held 43 patents, completed over 200 for others, taught dogs to see color in the dark, as well as discovering that human emotions affected body chemistry.

Dr. Gates was perhaps the first known person in history who got paid for creative thinking. And he studied and wrote all he knew about that subject, yet his writings are mostly unknown.

To our modern educational system, people who could creatively think at will would not fit into the rigid disciplines of teaching and schooling. What if a student suddenly found a new process that wasn’t in the textbook or known by the teacher? That student would be quickly brought back under control, or if insistent, disciplined.

This is perhaps the reason for dropouts. That ability to think creatively is undoubtedly the reason our maverick millionaires and billionaires earned their extreme wealth.

Being able to harness creative thinking is like having your own personal gold mine.

Actually, every single manufactured object around you is the result of an idea or several. All the food you eat is brought to you by mechanisms and systems which were invented. Even though Nature produces in abundance, without the ways and means of bringing this food to the average table, most of humankind would starve within a month.

Our progress as a species is the result of independent thinking, outside of what is taught in our schools, in spite of what passes for schooling, teaching, and education.

Our 5% mavericks imagine and create the advances which the 95% masses utilize to survive.

Yet it cannot be taught in schools or all discipline, it is thought, would be destroyed. Original thinking is a threat to education, even though our school systems only exist because someone thought them up to begin with.

But thinking is quite simple. People think every day. They simply never learned how to replicate the process which gives them their bright ideas.

Like all that’s covered in this book, it’s a secret hidden in plain sight. Practically, reading Hill’s book will tell you the basics of it. And there are others that can be found.

Earl Nightingale probably said it simplest where he recommended the practice he used daily for most of his life:

  1. Get up an hour early before work. Shower, get dressed, pour yourself a cup of hot coffee or tea.

  2. Sit down at a table or desk in this quiet time with a pad of paper and a pen.

  3. Write down your goal at the top of the page.

  4. Next, write down all the ideas you can that would improve your progress toward that goal.

If you can get 5 ideas a day, that’s 25 a week, about 1,250 in a year. You only need one good one to make a breakthrough which will enable you to leap forward toward that goal.

The cautions are these:

a. This isn’t easy at first, but comes faster as you practice.

b. Most of your ideas won’t be any good.

The point is that you only need a few really good ones to radically improve your life.

And the side benefit is that you’ll keep thinking throughout the day. Keeping a pad of paper near you during the day, or an app on your smartphone during your commute (providing you aren’t the one driving) so you can record every idea as it comes up.

You see, you’ve been trained all your life to not think creatively. Yet creative thinking is the most valuable and rewarded type of thinking you can do. Inventions are often worth millions if they are thought up, and are followed through.

The person who doesn’t practice thinking is effectively refusing to mine the richest and most inexhaustible vein of ore that exists the one in their own mind.

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There are, however, arbitrary limits on what you can do, how much you can achieve. And they’re summed up in a single word…

6. Magic Word – Attitude Determines Result.

Often, the most lampooned and criticized methods can turn out to be the most effective. Again, this is the result of our bucket-crab upbringing. It’s easier to say no than yes, it’s easier to criticize than objectively study and appreciate.

Emile Coué is today either highly respected or the butt of jokes. Practically, it’s illegal to run a clinic today with the techniques Coué used. He had floods of people pressing to get in to his clinic daily in order to get cured of their ailments. And all he would do is to talk to them, to get them to change their minds, to practice these new thoughts.

Today, advertising about curing people by changing their mind would get you shut down by the FTC, the FDA, and investigated by the FBI for mail fraud.

Yet, in the early 1900’s, Emile Coué was able to actually cure people within minutes of starting his interview with them. His emphasis was that attitudes of the mind created health or illness in the body. By changing the attitude, the body would respond accordingly.

His research into hypnotism (another much-maligned subject) showed that repeated statements over time would produce a change of result. Coué found that a person could apply this treatment themselves as an affirmation, and not require a specialist. This was called auto-suggestion.

His blanket phrase was recommended to all, Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.

The failures of others in this area are also explained in the outline above. People who believed more strongly, more emotionally that they could not be helped would not be.

Claude Bristol, who wrote the bestseller Magic of Believing, stated that the people who were not helped by Coué‘s affirmations were those who simply put no feeling behind it. They didn’t feel it, and so they didn’t believe it would work. And so they got the result they actually believed in which was failure.

Contrary to most popular ideas, emotions can be changed at will.

Most people don’t realize that movies and books use this data on them all the time. By involving a person in the plot of a book or movie, removing them temporarily from their current worries and concerns, these movies can make them feel highly elated, deeply upset, or infatuated with love. These are all emotions that they themselves think they cannot control in their own lives. Yet the movie created this emotion in them with nothing more than a series of visuals, dialogue, music, and some sound effects.

William James, known as the Father of American Psychology, in his Principles of Psychology, stated,

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

In The Gospel of Relaxation he clarified,

Actions seems to follow feeling, but really actions and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not. Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.

In short, your attitudes affect your life and these attitudes can be altered by simply acting the part.

Probably one of the most effective affirmations was used by W. Clement Stone through most of his life. And he lived to be 100.

Try this for yourself:

  1. Get a mirror where you can stand and see your whole face.

  2. Look into your own eyes directly.

  3. Repeat this phrase: I feel happy, I feel healthy, I feel terrific!

  4. You should have noticed a change in your feelings simply on saying this.

  5. Now say it again, this time really acting the part. Note the stronger feelings that appear.

By doing this daily, particularly at the beginning of each day, it sets a new habit in place.

Norman Vincent Peale confirmed this,

Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.

Remember – better results are obtained with practice as practice makes permanent.

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One last piece to your puzzle remains. How to best serve the world and gain your rewards…

7. Life’s Short, Art’s Long Create a Body of Work

I often recall a biography of Michelangelo, while I can’t recall the title or the author. The story of his life is summed up in a credo he lived: Vita Brevis, Ars Longus – Life is short, Art is long.

Michelangelo’s constant drive, according to the biographer, was to leave a body of work. From other biographical accounts, his prodigious output was more the native drive of this genius. His river of interest kept him producing art from a young age right through to his death.

This huge body of work, from sculpting to casting bronze to painting while lying on his back under the Sistine Chapel ceiling, all of these showed his passion for living and an intense talent which somehow manifested from his hands, arms, and heart. His art was outstanding from age 14 to his death at 88.

Modernly, this work ethic is disregarded. Our cultural climate of instant gratification seems to tempt people to fly from one career to another without mastering the skills they need for successful living.

But are we really just seeing that the top 5% will have a drive and dedication to their goal which then has a by-product of that body of work?

In all of us lives this native spirit of excellence, of serving our fellows with the respect and appreciation they deserve. Michelangelo gave us a life example of someone who was dutiful to a higher calling than those who surrounded him. He wasn’t skilled in social graces, but created works which invoked emotional responses in those who viewed his art. Such was his mastery and inspiration, as well as his drive to demonstrate that divine influence.

That drive is accessible to any of us.

You’ve been given 6 major tools, which could be considered as statements of natural laws or principles. They are that powerful.

But you’re going to have to prove that for yourself.

Meanwhile, your life continues on. Regardless of anything and everything you do, your life just keeps getting another day older in every moment you exist.

What you are going to do with that life depends on your ideas and drive to create value.

You now know that what you think creates your life. As well, that you can change what you think and how you feel about it. Meanwhile, you’re surrounded by the bulk of humankind who don’t and never did understand diddly about how to really succeed in life. And for the most part, any success they have is in how well they fit into the mold already created for them.

  • You, however, know how to think for yourself.

  • You know how to set and make your goals.

  • You know to test everything for yourself, not to accept conventional wisdom about something being either bad or good.

You are different. And that is how you found this particular set of writings.

Both of us have a lot of work ahead. That’s our body of work sitting there, waiting for us.

Like anything, it’s a huge challenge, a goal you can keep out in front of you to chip away at every day. Moment by moment, day by day, piece by piece, all your life will be represented in the quality and value you’ve put into your life-work.

Above all, don’t look back at what you’ve done. Look forward to what you still have left to produce.

What’s up ahead is art, waiting for you. Keep that vision front and center in all you do.

Your rewards will be just to that degree. Huge or not-so-much.

Your choice.

As always.


The underground classic DVD, The Secret, ends in a scene similar to it’s beginning. The producer is walking alone along a beach.

This time, she is cheerful, optimistic, confident. And she is about to leave you a last message. (Most people don’t see this, so I wanted to point it out.)

Finally, she grasps a long stick and is writing something in large letters over the sand. The camera pans out and up so we can read over her shoulder as she finishes:

Feel Good.

For all the dark presences you have have in your life, you’ve already been exposed to the seven points which can bring you your freedom from these dark ones.

If you are already a member of the 5%, these principles will just consolidate your gains. They’ll enable you to live better in all aspects you may be concerned with. But if you want to move out of the 95%, then just follow those 7 steps above. (Anyone who seriously wants to stay in the 95%, where it’s safe, won’t be reading these writings anyway…)

But consider again the first lesson: We Become What We Think About. These bad influences are only as bad as you consider them to be. For they can only gain their power from persuading those about them that they should be feared, that their criticism has any effect at all. This is their only protection, against enemies that don’t really exist. This is the legacy of the bucket crab mentality and training.

It’s all an illusion.

What you believe truly creates your unlimited strength.

It’s that word, Believe.

  • That’s what makes your world into the one you’ve always wished and dreamed of. You know what you believe to be true.

  • Know also by practicing what you’ve learned here. Test everything, all of it. Prove it to yourself that it works in your own life. And find other truths that hold up through your testing.

  • Know that you can only get as well as you give. And this giving must be openhanded. Even to those who will refuse your gifts. It is their loss, not yours.

  • Know and keep your goal always in front of you, always just ahead. Make this your Burning Desire in life, your sole motivation. Should you ever achieve that goal, then select a larger one yet, and an even bigger one after that…

  • Know your mind is the richest source of gold and treasure. Your ideas and imagination will bring everything you need to make you rich in both spirit and body.

  • Know that your feelings are your own to create through every moment of the day. By your actions you can lift your emotions to any height you require.

  • And know that its your continuing body of work which is the real value you leave for others. It brings you wealth, health, and happiness in this world and forever.

These few things I know to be true.

And I give them now to you.

Test them, adjust them, make them your own.

What you know in your heart is true.

Be true to your heart.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

How To Make Success Automatic – If You Can Count to Four – 02

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(An excerpt from If You Can Count to Four available on Amazon)

How To Make Success Automatic

It is possible to make success automatic.

Basically, success is founded upon the type of thoughts which we permit ourselves to entertain from moment to moment. These thoughts are controlled by habit pattern. Once this pattern is established and our thoughts become an automatic process based upon these patterns which we have developed because of our own desires, it is possible for us to establish sufficient success patterns in the subconscious mind so that we automatically think the proper thoughts that will make us say the right thing, do the right thing and will make us automatically successful.

The majority of the people of the world are constantly thinking thoughts automatically as a result of habit patterns which they have developed because of the total of their past experiences. The result of the size and the quality of the thoughts they are thinking, because of this automatic mechanism, is causing them to not enjoy as large a measure of happiness, health and prosperity as they desire.

This is because the majority of the people are not aware of the fact that they are thinking beings and that they are thinking constantly and they are thinking one thought at a time. They are not aware of the fact that they can control this one thought, and they are not aware of the fact that they are what they are at the present time because of the type of thoughts they have permitted themselves to think.

They are not aware that they can be anything they want to be by learning to control these thoughts. This whole idea of being aware of the fact that we are thinking beings is not known by very many people.

Consequently, they have permitted themselves to think unlovely thoughts, limited thoughts, unhealthy thoughts, and they have stored in the abundance of these habit patterns, which are causing them to think their present thoughts, and consequently they are experiencing an inadequate expression of health, happiness and prosperity.

This great law, which I would like to refer to as the law of cosmic habit force or the law of habit, creates the whole universe. Every phase of expression in the entire universe operates according to this law of habit. Every phase of intelligence in the universe operates on the premise of the law of cosmic habit force.

This means that once a pattern is formed and is repeated enough time for it to become well established, it will automatically operate in that orbit of expression, unless it is consciously changed by a new decision upon it by the individual himself.

For example, it was my pleasure, a few years ago, to become personally acquainted with a man who had played basketball on one of the professional teams. I believe the name of the team was the Celtics. It was interesting for me to visit with him and to hear him tell of the long hours of training, in which he had to engage in order to develop the type of proficiency that was necessary in order to play on this great team.

He told me of the hours and hours each day that he would stand in a certain position, on the basketball court, and would turn and throw the ball into the basket. He did this many time and do it blindfolded and would almost never miss a basket. Consequently, after having developed a strong habit pattern so that his proficiency would be to a very fine point when he was engaged in a game, the play would seem to be automatic, and it was much easier for him to shoot the basket correctly than incorrectly.

Also, I saw a movie a few years ago that showed a man and his wife in a carnival act. The man would take swords or daggers and, from a distance of 10 or 15 feet, would throw them at his wife who was standing up against the wall. He would literally wrap his wife up with these daggers, throwing them and sticking them in the wall, just a fraction of an inch from her body.

As the story progressed, it showed that the wife had proved to be unfaithful to her husband and he became quite angry with her. So he decided to use one of these daggers in the show to kill her and instead of throwing it into the wall, just inches from her heart, he was going to throw it into her heart.

But, it portrays in the picture that, because he had been doing this so long, and had thrown these daggers so many thousands of times, he had developed such efficiency, based upon this law of habit, that he could not break that law. He could not cause the dagger to go into her heart. It would go, automatically, to the same spot where he had thrown it so many thousands of times before.

Isn’t it interesting to know that we can design the type of life that we desire to live, that we can design the type of things that we desire to have and we can give our attention to these things so many times and control our attention and direct our attention on the assumption that we already are what we want to be and we already have what we want to have, until we automatically think these thoughts constantly, and by so doing, we appropriate the great law of appropriation of the great inexhaustible universe and can we realize our objectives automatically?

So the important thing for each of us to become particularly aware of is that there is such a law, and that this law is available for each one of us to use.

This is not a special privilege for just a certain few in the world, but because we are human beings and because we have a conscious mind and a subconscious mind and our thinking processes function according to an exact science, an exact set of rules and laws, just as tangible as electricity, chemistry, or mathematics and that these laws are available to us, we can learn to use them constantly, whether we are aware of it or not.

In fact, we must realize that at this moment we are a bundle of habits. Everything we do spontaneously, without giving our conscious attention to it, comes as a result of a habit pattern that is stored in the subconscious. We are so familiar with this law of habit, in certain respects, that we overlook its profound power and possibilities.

We overlook the fact that we can appropriate this simple law, and by appropriating it can direct our attention to it and control it and make it a habit. By so doing we can be the type of person that we want to be and have the things that we want to have.

Think how wonderful it would be to be able to be a person of poise and self-confidence, a person who feels comfortable in every situation in life, socially and in business and in all human relations, to have entertained a proper thoughts, so many times, under all of these various conditions, that we automatically react to every situation with love and kindness and humility, to be able to say the right thing at the right time, and think the right thoughts at the right time and do the right thing at the right time on every possible occasion. We can do those things by appropriating this wonderful law of habit.

Many years ago, before I understood this law as thoroughly as I do at the present time, I read an article in a magazine. The title of it was: “You can completely change your life in just 30 days.” At the time my life certainly needed changing, and the title of that article appealed to me so I read it thoroughly. It had a very simple but profound message.

The lady who wrote the article merely said that if you were to decide, at the beginning of 30 days, the type of person that you would like to be, the type of life that you would like to be living, that by directing your thoughts on the assumption that you already were that type of person, in just 30 days, you would actually be that type of person.

Each day she gave some simple little suggestions regarding some exercises that would help to control one’s attention. She suggested that we write down, in a notebook, in words which were meaningful to us, what we wanted to be, so that if anyone else would come along and read the note book, they would get a distinct mental picture of what we had in mind.

She suggested that we dramatize this new concept of ourselves by enacting little dramas with a close, trusted friend from the standpoint of our dream fulfilled. In other words, we would assume that we are already the type of person that we want to be and we would imagine some little event which could happen only if we have attained our objective. Then we should ask a trusted friend to help us dramatize this little event on the assumption that we had already attained our objectives.

She suggested that if we would do this it would recondition the old habit pattern and condition the new habit pattern in the subconscious until we would feel natural in the new concept of ourselves. Hence, within 30 days, we would have uprooted the old habit pattern, which was causing us to live in undesirable type of life and we would be living the desirable type of life which we have designed ourselves.

That was a very challenging article. I will remember it as long as I live. It has meant a great deal to me in the last 10 years.

I am sure that everyone understands that a child, from the time it is born, all the way through its growing period, appropriates this law constantly. It is particularly true when it learns to walk. All of us have watched a child trying to take its first step.

The first thing that happens is that the child observes an adult walking, and it stirs within its heart a desire to imitate the adult. The child imagines itself walking like an adult. It attempts to take its first step, but, of course, there are no tracks in the subconscious, there are no patterns upon which the thought can travel, so the child stumbles and falls.

However, cost of a burning desire to learn how to walk it gets up and tries again and again in each effort establishes a little deeper track in his subconscious. Pretty soon, after many efforts, the child finds that he can walk all the way across the room and then begins to walk constantly, day after day, and soon he can walk all over the house. Soon walking is no longer a problem.

The average observer says it is just a habit. Actually, what happened is that a brand-new track was built in the subconscious mind. The average observer is not aware that the of the fact that he has just watched an example of one of the greatest principles in the whole universe, a principle which, once understood intimately and on a basis where the individual can appropriate it in his own individual life, will make it possible for him to design the type of life that he would like to live and by making every effort to be this type of person, over and over again, hundreds and hundreds of times, one day he will suddenly realize he actually is the person he dreamed that someday he would be.

As I said, everyone has a certain idea of the law of habit, but a majority of people take it for granted. I would like to describe this idea so effectively that you will thoroughly understand it and will be able to be the type of person you want to be and you can have the things you want to have, automatically.

Let’s challenge ourselves to use this great principle to cause ourselves to be the ideal type of person. I am thinking now of the quality of kindness. Kindness is a quality of love. Even in the sacred writings it is recorded that love suffereth long and is kind.

Love is kind. Each one of us who understands the law of love reacts kindly to every person and to every situation. Consider the difference in the individual who has appropriated this great law of habit so that he habitually and spontaneously responds to every situation with an attitude of extreme kindness.

Compare this person with the one who has unconsciously made it a habit to be unkind or to be critical or sarcastic or crude in any fashion. I am sure we can recognize the possibilities and the challenge of using this great law to become a habitually kind person instead of an unlovely person.

I am also thinking of the quality which is commonly referred to in the world today as positive thinking. Think what a tremendous challenge it is to make a habit to always entertain positive thoughts.

A positive thinking person is one who has made a habit of always seeing the good in every situation. I believe that when one is able to see the ultimate truth in every situation he will always see the good in it. One who has developed this habit of positive thinking always sees the beauty in every situation, and the true and the desirable. He always reacts, not only with kindness, but with enthusiasm and with a positive feeling of joy and peace and understanding.

On the other hand, it seems that many people in the world constantly react negatively to situations in life is a matter of habit. They see that which seems to be inadequate in each situation. They react critically and they have the attitude of fault finding as a matter of habit. They do not realize that what they see in any situation and in each person is not really the true situation. They are seeing what they are because they are seeing through their own experiences which are stored in the subconscious.

We do not see with the natural physical eye, it is only an instrument of the seer. The seer is the subconscious, which is our being. Solomon of old said that, “As a man thinketh in his heart,” or the subconscious mind, “so is he.” This means that he is what he is because of what he thinks in the subconscious mind, and I am what I am because of what I think and have stored as habit patterns in my subconscious mind and you are what you are because of the sum total of your habit patterns in the subconscious and whatever we are makes it possible for us to see what we see in every life situation.

However, most people are still operating under the false illusion that they actually see what is in that situation, instead of knowing they see only what they are capable of seeing, based upon their experience and the habit patterns of their subconscious mind. It is a tremendous discovery to be able to use this great law of habit and to know that when we observe things on the outside of us, we see what we are instead of what really is.

Let’s challenge our cells not to definitize the type of person we want to be. We want to be a kind person. We want to be a person of wisdom. We want to have the qualities humility, courage, faith, enthusiasm and the capacity to enjoy life as a matter of habit.

We want to see the good, the true and beautiful in life. We want to see the abundance in the universe and we want to express this abundance. In other words, we want to live an abundant life, in a large way, because there is an unlimited supply of everything in this universe, not only of wisdom, joy and peace, but also an abundance of the material things.

There is a law by which all of these wonderful things can be appropriated in this law operates on a thought pattern. We are thinking beings, and we can appropriate this law of beingness, and consequently, we can appropriate unlimited abundance. The only limit of our appreciation is our own concept of ourselves and our concept of our desires.

We are the designers of our own experience. Our thoughts do not recede into the past, they advance into our future and become our daily experiences as they arrive.

So let us realize that the law habit is not something that we should take for granted. It is something that we should appropriate.

Let me review very briefly.

  • Decide exactly what you want to be and decide exactly the things you want to have.
  • Definitize them by writing them down and go over them hundreds of times in your thought processes.
  • Think about the things you want to be, and the things you want to have, until habit patterns are established, in the subconscious, in the form of tracks upon which the thoughts can function.
  • Then, when you feel natural in this new concept of what you want to be and what you want to have, it is yours.

This law habit is a challenge, and by the proper appropriation of it, you can be anything you want to be and you can have anything you want to have.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Chapter 12 – And the Best of Luck! – Wake Up and Live – 02

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

Chapter 12 And The Best of Luck!

SUMMING up, then, we have as the first tenet of success: Act as if it were impossible to fail.

Beginning to put this into practice, we discover that the first demand upon us is that we should reclaim as much as possible of the energy which now goes into reverie or into time-killing, and devote it to purposeful activity, to action toward an end. We act by ignoring all memories or apprehensions of failure, by refusing to attach importance to temporary discomfort or past pain. We learn not to court frustration by using an attitude or tone which leaves any opportunity for rebuff or non-cooperation. We exercise our minds in trial performances in order to have them fully under our control when the occasion to use them in an expert way arises. With the imagination we painlessly explore all the possible reaches of our lives and constantly provide ourselves with projects of future interests to such an extent that we shall not fall back into day dreaming.

We deliberately make for ourselves an invigorating mental climate, and in this atmosphere, freed of doubts and anxieties, we act.

In the last few chapters we have been considering these facets of successful action one by one. Now it must be remembered that, however correct and suggestive such detailed considerations may be, they suffer badly in one manner: their tempo, so to speak, has had to be altered in order to show them minutely.

A slow-motion picture of ball-players in action, of golfers, of a tennis match, is sometimes of inestimable value to these who are learning to play. The muscular effort behind a sudden dexterous turn of the body, in its normal tempo far too quick for the eye to catch, is shown in the retarded film in all its subtlety. But we gain our insight into the technique of difficult plays by losing sight, for the moment, of another aspect.

You will remember how, in such pictures, the player glides languorously through the air, the ball curves slowly towards the racquet, touches it with a soft impact and slides slowly away again. Illuminating as these pictures are, they are also always irresistibly comic: the leap, the crack, the rapidity of the game as we know it is gone, replaced by a twilit, dreaming gentleness.

Now, to consider the technique of success in these pages, we have had to sacrifice pace to analysis in just this way. The actual tempo of success, while it should not have the nervousness or strain that is almost inevitable in a competitive contest, is quicker, smoother, more brisk than any book analyzing it can ever show. There is a delightful conciseness in successful action. “I know I’m doing a good picture if I’m painting just as fast as I can move,” a great artist said to a group of friends recently.

“The minute I dabble I know I’m stalling, that there’s something I’m not seeing right; when I’m right it’s almost like play.”

There is undoubtedly something game-like about pertinent activity: those distressful clichés of a few years ago, “the advertising game,” “the engineering game,” “the restaurant game,” had some excuse in reality. The vocabulary of men who are successful in the sense that they have amassed huge fortunes abounds in terms taken over from the jargon of sports: “A fast one,” “Out of bounds,” and so on. And however unlike the big business ambition of such a man one’s own personal idea of success may be, there is something to be deduced from the frequency of recreation-terms when stories of success are in question. Purposeful action seems quicker, clearer more straightforward and enjoyable than any other. In reality, you may be working more slowly and carefully than ordinarily; still, the fact that there is no confusion of issues, no part of your mind off wool-gathering as you move, gives an unmistakable “tone” to activities which are being carried on in the proper way.

It is just this tone that you are setting yourself to recapture by imagination when you remember the mood of an earlier success. Once you have found it in the past, made use of it for present action, and noted the similarity in pace which results, you will soon be able to strike the right rhythm without the elaborate preliminary imaginative activity. Further, this rhythm sometimes crops out unexpectedly, in the middle of unimportant events; it is a promise that, if you can get away and at work, you will find yourself “in vein.” So you will come to recognize its onset and be able to turn it to your advantage.

This feeling of pace, or tone, or rhythm – it represents itself differently to differing temperaments – will be your evidence that you are headed the right way. This is no recommendation to hasten your physical action in working. That may or may not come to pass. Very often it does; in other cases undue haste has been one of the contributions of the Will to Fail, which, aping the decisiveness of authoritative motion, allowed several essentials to good work to be overlooked or skimped.

It is not so much any real briskness that is being considered here as it is the fact that unimpeded movement in a forward direction is pleasant and rhythmical, movement which goes unwaveringly towards success.

Let us, for another reductio ad absurdum, consider one great class of successes, of which almost everyone has had some personal experience, or at the very least has met in the lives of those about him: the state called the courage of desperation.

In the most extreme cases, this courage arises because some catastrophe or series of misfortunes has completely wiped out every alternative to success. “He has nothing to lose,” we say of one in this situation. Very well, then; he acts with a directness and daring which he could not ordinarily command. So often that it has become a matter of legend for us, this action is attended with overwhelming success. If you will remember the third victim of the Will to Fail in an earlier chapter, you will recall that he had made a state of desperation into a superstitious prerequisite to accomplishment. Quite misreading the situation, he came to believe that the prospect of utter vanquishment would, each time, cause Fate to relent. What he entirely overlooked was that when he had reached such straits that he dared not fail he invariably acted as he should always act: as if it were impossible to fail. Without exception in this state he succeeded. Inextricably involved in the meshes of his bad and emotional thinking, he invited failure as the only way to spur himself to effort. To his acquaintances he inevitably recalled the crazy hero of world-wide fame, the man who hit himself on the head with a hammer because it felt so good when he stopped.

It was and is all very serious to him.

But remove the absurdity from these examples of the courage of desperation, and we have the sense. Desperation does cut off one alternative. But desperation is not needed, is not the only tool which will cut away the possibility of failure. Imagination will do the work even better and more neatly. And we are left with Courage facing in-the-right-direction.

Courage facing in the right direction is the sine qua non of success. It is to reach that stage that we put ourselves through exercises in flexibility and restraint, learn to turn imagination away from apprehension and into useful channels, determine to act wisely in minor matters in order to store up courage for the major issues of our lives.

We use our heads to get the greatest good from our gifts and abilities, refusing ourselves the weakening privileges of dreaming, avoiding responsibilities, following the line of least resistance, acting childishly.

Success, for any sane adult, is exactly equivalent to doing one’s best. What that best may be, what its farthest reaches may include, we can discover only by freeing ourselves completely from the Will to Fail.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Change Your Life – Nightingale – Transmuting Thoughts Into Reality

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Will power has been called persistence. It’s the knack of staying with something. The sustained effort necessary to induce absolute faith. Persistence is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting the thoughts of what you’d like to have into their reality.

Now the basis of persistence is the power of will. Willpower and desire when properly combined as we’ve been shown down through the pages of history and are being shown on every side today. Will power and desire when properly combined to make an irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes, for example, are sometimes known as cold blooded, ruthless capitalists. But often they’re misunderstood.

What they have is willpower, which they mix with persistence and place back of their desires to ensure the attainment of their particular objectives.

Henry Ford was generally misunderstood, thought to be ruthless and cold blooded – and this misconception grew out of Ford’s habit of following through in all of his plans with persistence. For example, I know the story that is reported to be absolutely true – of when he wanted the the first V-8 engine and cast – the block for a V-8 engine cast. It had never been done before. As you know, he was the originator of the V-8 engine. But he couldn’t do it, but that’s what he wanted. So he called in his top engineers and told them that’s what he wanted. They said “That can’t be done. It’s never been done. It’s impossible.” And so on.

And he stopped their talking and said, “Go do it. That’s what I’m paying you for.” So they went and then three months after the most assiduous study and research, they came back and told him again, that his principal, whatever it involved (and I’m not a mechanic myself) – but whatever it was involved a process that was impossible. It couldn’t be done. It violated every known premise.

So he gave him a talking-to and he says, “Now I don’t want to hear from you again until you come back here with that V-8 block. Go cast it, go do it. I don’t care about any of these other things. Go do it anyway.” And they came back with it – and the V-8 engine was born.

It was his habit of persistence, regardless. And he didn’t let the thoughts of other people (even though he only had a little bit of education himself) – he wouldn’t let a bunch of university-graduated engineers tell him that the thing couldn’t be done. So they did it anyway.

The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune or you know that’s true and so do I, but a few carry on despite all opposition until they get their goal. And these few have been the Ford’s, the Carnegie’s, the Rockefeller’s, and the Edison’s and so on.

There may be no heroic connotation to the word persistence, but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel. And the building or whatever it is you really want for yourself and your family generally involves the application of willpower along with the other factors necessary.

Now, unless you happen to be one out of the two out of every hundred people who already have a definite goal at which you’re aiming, and a definite plan for its attainment – you ought to think about this. Because just about two people out of every hundred definitely know what it is they want to do.

Now the starting point of all achievement or all willpower, naturally, is desire for something. It would be worthless without it. Now, you should really keep this constantly in mind – and the importance is that to desire something very much is right and that’s human. To not desire anything very much is animal-like, sub-human. Weak desires bring weak results just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. And if you find yourself kind of short on persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.

You know, it seems that the fortunes gravitate to men whose minds have been prepared to attract them. Just as surely as water gravitates to the ocean. And if you find that you’re a little weak in persistence, center your attention upon getting for yourself a definite purpose.

Spasmodic or occasional effort to apply the rules of persistence and willpower won’t help too much. To get results, you have to apply them all the time until they become a habit. And in no other way can you develop the necessary consciousness of achievement.

It seems that the poverty, by going over our past history, is attracted to the person whose mind is favorable to it, as the opposite of poverty is attracted to him whose mind has been deliberately prepared to attract it and through the same laws.

Poverty consciousness, which was so widespread during the depression, for example, will voluntarily seize the mind which is not occupied with achievement consciousness. And the poverty consciousness develops without conscious application of habits favorable to it.

So the opposite must be created. You do it artificially. You actually create something that you really want. Persistence. Willpower.

If you’ve ever experienced a nightmare, you will realize the value of persistence. You’re lying in bed half awake, maybe with a feeling that you’re about to smother. You’re unable to turn over or the move a muscle. But even so, you realize that you must begin to regain control over your muscles. Has that ever happened to you? Well, through persistent effort of willpower, you finally managed to move the fingers of one hand, by continuing to move your fingers, you extend your control to the muscles of one arm until you can lift it. Then you gain control of the other arm in the same manner. You’re finally gaining control over the muscles of one leg and then extend it to the other leg. And then with one supreme effort of will, you regain complete control over your muscular system and snap out of your nightmare. The trick has been turned step by step,

And many people today find that it’s necessary to snap out of their mental inertia through a similar procedure. Moving slowly at first and then increasing their speed until they gain complete control over their will. But be persistent, no matter how slowly you may at first have to move, because with persistence comes the thing you have your mind set on.

Now there’s no substitute for persistence. It can’t be supplanted by any other quality. Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. Because no matter how many times they suffer a defeat, they finally arrive up toward the top of the ladder.

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

Enthusiastic Support – Sex Transmutation

The Tenth Step toward Riches

The meaning of the word transmute is, in simple language, the changing, or transferring of one element, or form of energy, into another.

The emotion of sex brings into being a state of mind.

Because of ignorance on the subject, this state of mind is generally associated with the physical, and because of improper influences, to which most people have been subjected, in acquiring knowledge of sex, things essentially physical have highly biased the mind.

The emotion of sex has back of it the possibility of three constructive potentialities, they are:

1. The perpetuation of mankind.

2. The maintenance of health, (as a therapeutic agency, it has no equal).

3. The transformation of mediocrity into genius through transmutation. Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature.

Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, men develop keenness of imagination, courage, willpower, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times. So strong and impelling is the desire for sexual contact that men freely run the risk of life and reputation to indulge it. When harnessed, and redirected along other lines, this motivating force maintains all of its attributes of keenness of imagination, courage, etc., which may be used as powerful creative forces in literature, art, or in any other profession or calling, including, of course, the accumulation of riches.

The transmutation of sex energy calls for the exercise of willpower, to be sure, but the reward is worth the effort. The desire for sexual expression is inborn and natural. The desire cannot, and should not be submerged or eliminated. But it should be given an outlet through forms of expression which enrich the body, mind, and spirit of man. If not given this form of outlet, through transmutation, it will seek outlets through purely physical channels.

A river may be dammed, and its water controlled for a time, but eventually, it will force an outlet. The same is true of the emotion of sex. It may be submerged and controlled for a time, but its very nature causes it to be ever seeking means of expression. If it is not transmuted into some creative effort it will find a less worthy outlet.

Fortunate, indeed, is the person who has discovered how to give sex emotion an outlet through some form of creative effort, for he has, by that discovery, lifted himself to the status of a genius.

Scientific research has disclosed these significant facts:

1. The men of greatest achievement are men with highly developed sex natures; men who have learned the art of sex transmutation.

2. The men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding recognition in literature, art, industry, architecture, and the professions, were motivated by the influence of a woman.

The research from which these astounding discoveries were made, went back through the pages of biography and history for more than two thousand years. Wherever there was evidence available in connection with the lives of men and women of great achievement, it indicated most convincingly that they possessed highly developed sex natures.

The emotion of sex is an irresistible force, against which there can be no such opposition as an immovable body. When driven by this emotion, men become gifted with a super power for action. Understand this truth, and you will catch the significance of the statement that sex transmutation will lift one to the status of a genius.

The emotion of sex contains the secret of creative ability.

Destroy the sex glands, whether in man or beast, and you have removed the major source of action. For proof of this, observe what happens to any animal after it has been castrated. A bull becomes as docile as a cow after it has been altered sexually. Sex alteration takes out of the male, whether man or beast, all the FIGHT that was in him. Sex alteration of the female has the same effect.


The human mind responds to stimuli, through which it may be keyed up to high rates of vibration, known as enthusiasm, creative imagination, intense desire, etc. The stimuli to which the mind responds most freely are:

1. The desire for sex expression

2. Love

3. A burning desire for fame, power, or financial gain, MONEY

4. Music

5. Friendship between either those of the same sex, or those of the opposite sex.

6. A Master Mind alliance based upon the harmony of two or more people who ally themselves for spiritual or temporal advancement.

7. Mutual suffering, such as that experienced by people who are persecuted.

8. Auto-suggestion

9. Fear

10. Narcotics and alcohol.

The desire for sex expression comes at the head of the list of stimuli, which most effectively stepup the vibrations of the mind and start the wheels of physical action. Eight of these stimuli are natural and constructive. Two are destructive. The list is here presented for the purpose of enabling you to make a comparative study of the major sources of mind stimulation. From this study, it will be readily seen that the emotion of sex is, by great odds, the most intense and powerful of all mind stimuli.

This comparison is necessary as a foundation for proof of the statement that transmutation of sex energy may lift one to the status of a genius. Let us find out what constitutes a genius.

Some wiseacre has said that a genius is a man who wears long hair, eats queer food, lives alone, and serves as a target for the joke makers. A better definition of a genius is, a man who has discovered how to increase the vibrations of thought to the point where he can freely communicate with sources of knowledge not available through the ordinary rate of vibration of thought.

The person who thinks will want to ask some questions concerning this definition of genius. The first question will be, How may one communicate with sources of knowledge which are not available through the ORDINARY rate of vibration of thought?

The next question will be, Are there known sources of knowledge which are available only to genii, and if so, WHAT ARE THESE SOURCES, and exactly how may they be reached?

We shall offer proof of the soundness of some of the more important statements made in this book – or at least we shall offer evidence through which you may secure your own proof through experimentation, and in doing so, we shall answer both of these questions.


The reality of a sixth sense has been fairly well established. This sixth sense is Creative Imagination. The faculty of creative imagination is one which the majority of people never use during an entire lifetime, and if used at all, it usually happens by mere accident. A relatively small number of people use, WITH DELIBERATION AND PURPOSE AFORETHOUGHT, the faculty of creative imagination. Those who use this faculty voluntarily, and with understanding of its functions, are GENII.

The faculty of creative imagination is the direct link between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence. All so-called revelations, referred to in the realm of religion, and all discoveries of basic or new principles in the field of invention, take place through the faculty of creative imagination.

When ideas or concepts flash into one s mind, through what is popularly called a hunch, they come from one or more of the following sources:

1. Infinite Intelligence

2. One s subconscious mind, wherein is stored every sense impression and thought impulse which ever reached the brain through any of the five senses

3. From the mind of some other person who has just released the thought, or picture of the idea or concept, through conscious thought, or

4. From the other person s subconscious storehouse. There are no other KNOWN sources from which inspired ideas or hunches may be received.

The creative imagination functions best when the mind is vibrating (due to some form of mind stimulation) at an exceedingly high rate. That is, when the mind is functioning at a rate of vibration higher than that of ordinary, normal thought.

When brain action has been stimulated, through one or more of the ten mind stimulants, it has the effect of lifting the individual far above the horizon of ordinary thought, and permits him to envision distance, scope, and quality of THOUGHTS not available on the lower plane, such as that occupied while one is engaged in the solution of the problems of business and professional routine.

When lifted to this higher level of thought, through any form of mind stimulation, an individual occupies, relatively, the same position as one who has ascended in an airplane to a height from which he may see over and beyond the horizon line which limits his vision, while on the ground. Moreover, while on this higher level of thought, the individual is not hampered or bound by any of the stimuli which circumscribe and limit his vision while wrestling with the problems of gaining the three basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter. He is in a world of thought in which the ORDINARY, work-a-day thoughts have been as effectively removed as are the hills and valleys and other limitations of physical vision, when he rises in an airplane.

While on this exalted plane of THOUGHT, the creative faculty of the mind is given freedom for action. The way has been cleared for the sixth sense to function, it becomes receptive to ideas which could not reach the individual under any other circumstances. The sixth sense is the faculty which marks the difference between a genius and an ordinary individual.

The creative faculty becomes more alert and receptive to vibrations, originating outside the individual s subconscious mind, the more this faculty is used, and the more the individual relies upon it, and makes demands upon it for thought impulses. This faculty can be cultivated and developed only through use.

That which is known as ones conscience operates entirely through the faculty of the sixth sense.

The great artists, writers, musicians, and poets become great, because they acquire the habit of relying upon the still small voice which speaks from within, through the faculty of creative imagination. It is a fact well known to people who have keen imaginations that their best ideas come through so-called hunches.

There is a great orator who does not attain to greatness, until he closes his eyes and begins to rely entirely upon the faculty of Creative Imagination. When asked why he closed his eyes just before the climaxes of his oratory, he replied, I do it, because, then I speak through ideas which come to me from within.

One of America s most successful and best known financiers followed the habit of closing his eyes for two or three minutes before making a decision. When asked why he did this, he replied, With my eyes closed, I am able to draw upon a source of superior intelligence.

The late Dr. Elmer R. Gates, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, created more than 200 useful patents, many of them basic, through the process of cultivating and using the creative faculty. His method is both significant and interesting to one interested in attaining to the status of genius, in which category Dr. Gates, unquestionably belonged. Dr. Gates was one of the really great, though less publicized scientists of the world.

In his laboratory, he had what he called his personal communication room. It was practically sound proof, and so arranged that all light could be shut out. It was equipped with a small table, on which he kept a pad of writing paper. In front of the table, on the wall, was an electric pushbutton, which controlled the lights. When Dr. Gates desired to draw upon the forces available to him through his Creative Imagination, he would go into this room, seat himself at the table, shut off the lights, and CONCENTRATE upon the KNOWN factors of the invention on which he was working, remaining in that position until ideas began to flash into his mind in connection with the UNKNOWN factors of the invention.

On one occasion, ideas came through so fast that he was forced to write for almost three hours. When the thoughts stopped flowing, and he examined his notes, he found they contained a minute description of principles which bad not a parallel among the known data of the scientific world.

Moreover, the answer to his problem was intelligently presented in those notes. In this manner Dr. Gates completed over 200 patents, which had been begun, but not completed, by half-baked brains. Evidence of the truth of this statement is in the United States Patent Office.

Dr. Gates earned his living by sitting for ideas for individuals and corporations. Some of the largest corporations in America paid him substantial fees, by the hour, for sitting for ideas.

The reasoning faculty is often faulty, because it is largely guided by one s accumulated experience. Not all knowledge, which one accumulates through experience, is accurate. Ideas received through the creative faculty are much more reliable, for the reason that they come from sources more reliable than any which are available to the reasoning faculty of the mind.

The major difference between the genius and the ordinary crank inventor, may be found in the fact that the genius works through his faculty of creative imagination, while the crank knows nothing of this faculty. The scientific inventor (such as Mr. Edison, and Dr. Gates), makes use of both the synthetic and the creative faculties of imagination.

For example, the scientific inventor, or genius, begins an invention by organizing and combining the known ideas, or principles accumulated through experience, through the synthetic faculty (the reasoning faculty). If he finds this accumulated knowledge to be insufficient for the completion of his invention, he then draws upon the sources of knowledge available to him through his creative faculty. The method by which he does this varies with the individual, but this is the sum and substance of his procedure:

1. HE STIMULATES HIS MIND SO THAT IT VIBRATES ON A HIGHER-THAN-AVERAGE PLANE, using one or more of the ten mind stimulants or some other stimulant of his choice.

2. HE CONCENTRATES upon the known factors (the finished part) of his invention, and creates in his mind a perfect picture of unknown factors (the unfinished part), of his invention. He holds this picture in mind until it has been taken over by the subconscious mind, then relaxes by clearing his mind of ALL thought, and waits for his answer to flash into his mind. Sometimes the results are both definite and immediate. At other times, the results are negative, depending upon the state of development of the sixth sense, or creative faculty.

Mr. Edison tried out more than 10,000 different combinations of ideas through the synthetic faculty of his imagination before he tuned in through the creative faculty, and got the answer which perfected the incandescent light. His experience was similar when he produced the talking machine.

There is plenty of reliable evidence that the faculty of creative imagination exists. This evidence is available through accurate analysis of men who have become leaders in their respective callings, without having had extensive educations. Lincoln was a notable example of a great leader who achieved greatness, through the discovery, and use of his faculty of creative imagination. He discovered, and began to use this faculty as the result of the stimulation of love which he experienced after he met Anne Rutledge, a statement of the highest significance, in connection with the study of the source of genius.

The pages of history are filled with the records of great leaders whose achievements may be traced directly to the influence of women who aroused the creative faculties of their minds, through the stimulation of sex desire. Napoleon Bonaparte was one of these. When inspired by his first wife, Josephine, he was irresistible and invincible. When his better judgment or reasoning faculty prompted him to put Josephine aside, he began to decline. His defeat and St. Helena were not far distant.

If good taste would permit, we might easily mention scores of men, well known to the American people, who climbed to great heights of achievement under the stimulating influence of their wives, only to drop back to destruction AFTER money and power went to their heads, and they put aside the old wife for a new one. Napoleon was not the only man to discover that sex influence, from the right source, is more powerful than any substitute of expediency, which may be created by mere reason.

The human mind responds to stimulation!

Among the greatest, and most powerful of these stimuli is the urge of sex. When harnessed and transmuted, this driving force is capable of lifting men into that higher sphere of thought which enables them to master the sources of worry and petty annoyance which beset their pathway on the lower plane.

Unfortunately, only the genii have made the discovery. Others have accepted the experience of sex urge, without discovering one of its major potentialities – a fact which accounts for the great number of others as compared to the limited number of genii.

For the purpose of refreshing the memory, in connection with the facts available from the biographies of certain men, we here present the names of a few men of outstanding achievement, each of whom was known to have been of a highly sexed nature. The genius which was their s, undoubtedly found its source of power in transmuted sex energy:

  • GEORGE WASHINGTON           
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON                  
  • H. GARY                                             
  • WOODROW WILSON                   
  • ANDREW JACKSON                       

Your own knowledge of biography will enable you to add to this list. Find, if you can, a single man, in all history of civilization, who achieved outstanding success in any calling, who was not driven by a well developed sex nature.

If you do not wish to rely upon biographies of men not now living, take inventory of those whom you know to be men of great achievement, and see if you can find one among them who is not highly sexed.

Sex energy is the creative energy of all genii. There never has been, and never will be a great leader, builder, or artist lacking in this driving force of sex.

Surely no one will misunderstand these statements to mean that ALL who are highly sexed are genii! Man attains to the status of a genius ONLY when, and IF, he stimulates his mind so that it draws upon the forces available, through the creative faculty of the imagination. Chief among the stimuli with which this stepping up of the vibrations may be produced is sex energy. The mere possession of this energy is not sufficient to produce a genius. The energy must be transmuted from desire for physical contact, into some other form of desire and action, before it will lift one to the status of a genius.

Far from becoming genii, because of great sex desires, the majority of men lower themselves, through misunderstanding and misuse of this great force, to the status of the lower animals.


I discovered, from the analysis of over 25,000 people, that men who succeed in an outstanding way, seldom do so before the age of forty, and more often they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of fifty. This fact was so astounding that it prompted me to go into the study of its cause most carefully, carrying the investigation over a period of more than twelve years.

This study disclosed the fact that the major reason why the majority of men who succeed do not begin to do so before the age of forty to fifty, is their tendency to DISSIPATE their energies through over indulgence in physical expression of the emotion of sex. The majority of men never learn that the urge of sex has other possibilities, which far transcend in importance, that of mere physical expression. The majority of those who make this discovery, do so after having wasted many years at a period when the sex energy is at its height, prior to the age of forty-five to fifty. This usually is followed by noteworthy achievement.

The lives of many men up to, and sometimes well past the age of forty, reflect a continued dissipation of energies, which could have been more profitably turned into better channels. Their finer and more powerful emotions are sown wildly to the four winds. Out of this habit of the male, grew the term, sowing his wild oats.

The desire for sexual expression is by far the strongest and most impelling of all the human emotions, and for this very reason this desire, when harnessed and transmuted into action, other than that of physical expression, may raise one to the status of a genius.

One of America s most able business men frankly admitted that his attractive secretary was responsible for most of the plans he created. He admitted that her presence lifted him to heights of creative imagination, such as he could experience under no other stimulus.

One of the most successful men in America owes most of his success to the influence of a very charming young woman, who has served as his source of inspiration for more than twelve years. Everyone knows the man to whom this reference is made, but not everyone knows the REAL SOURCE of his achievements.

History is not lacking in examples of men who attained to the status of genii, as the result of the use of artificial mind stimulants in the form of alcohol and narcotics. Edgar Allen Poe wrote the Raven while under the influence of liquor, dreaming dreams that mortal never dared to dream before. James Whitcomb Riley did his best writing while under the influence of alcohol. Perhaps it was thus he saw the ordered intermingling of the real and the dream, the mill above the river, and the mist above the stream. Robert Burns wrote best when intoxicated, For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, we ll take a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang Syne.

But let it be remembered that many such men have destroyed themselves in the end. Nature has prepared her own potions with which men may safely stimulate their minds so they vibrate on a plane that enables them to tune in to fine and rare thoughts which come from – no man knows where! No satisfactory substitute for Nature s stimulants has ever been found.

It is a fact well known to psychologists that there is a very close relationship between sex desires and spiritual urges – a fact which accounts for the peculiar behavior of people who participate in the orgies known as religious revivals, common among the primitive types.

The world is ruled, and the destiny of civilization is established, by the human emotions. People are influenced in their actions, not by reason so much as by feelings. The creative faculty of the mind is set into action entirely by emotions, and not by cold reason. The most powerful of all human emotions is that of sex. There are other mind stimulants, some of which have been listed, but no one of them, nor all of them combined, can equal the driving power of sex.

A mind stimulant is any influence which will either temporarily, or permanently, increase the vibrations of thought. The ten major stimulants, described, are those most commonly resorted to. Through these sources one may commune with Infinite Intelligence, or enter, at will, the storehouse of the subconscious mind, either one s own, or that of another person, a procedure which is all there is of genius.

A teacher, who has trained and directed the efforts of more than 30,000 sales people, made the astounding discovery that highly sexed men are the most efficient salesmen. The explanation is, that the factor of personality known as personal magnetism is nothing more nor less than sex energy. Highly sexed people always have a plentiful supply of magnetism. Through cultivation and understanding, this vital force may be drawn upon and used to great advantage in the relationships between people. This energy may be communicated to others through the following media:

1. The hand-shake. The touch of the hand indicates, instantly, the presence of magnetism, or the lack of it.

2. The tone of voice. Magnetism, or sex energy, is the factor with which the voice may be colored, or made musical and charming.

3. Posture and carriage of the body. Highly sexed people move briskly, and with grace and ease.

4. The vibrations of thought. Highly sexed people mix the emotion of sex with their thoughts, or may do so at will, and in that way, may influence those around them.

5. Body adornment. People who are highly sexed are usually very careful about their personal appearance. They usually select clothing of a style becoming to their personality, physique, complexion, etc.

When employing salesmen, the more capable sales manager looks for the quality of personal magnetism as the first requirement of a salesman. People who lack sex energy will never become enthusiastic nor inspire others with enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is one of the most important requisites in salesmanship, no matter what one is selling.

The public speaker, orator, preacher, lawyer, or salesman who is lacking in sex energy is a flop, as far as being able to influence others is concerned. Couple with this the fact, that most people can be influenced only through an appeal to their emotions, and you will understand the importance of sex energy as a part of the salesman s native ability. Master salesmen attain the status of mastery in selling, because they, either consciously, or unconsciously, transmute the energy of sex into SALES ENTHUSIASM! In this statement may be found a very practical suggestion as to the actual meaning of sex transmutation.

The salesman who knows how to take his mind off the subject of sex, and direct it in sales effort with as much enthusiasm and determination as he would apply to its original purpose, has acquired the art of sex transmutation, whether he knows it or not. The majority of salesmen who transmute their sex energy do so without being in the least aware of what they are doing, or how they are doing it.

Transmutation of sex energy calls for more will power than the average person cares to use for this purpose. Those who find it difficult to summon will-power sufficient for transmutation, may gradually acquire this ability. Though this requires will-power, the reward for the practice is more than worth the effort.

The entire subject of sex is one with which the majority of people appear to be unpardonably ignorant. The urge of sex has been grossly misunderstood, slandered, and burlesqued by the ignorant and the evil minded, for so long that the very word sex is seldom used in polite society. Men and women who are known to be blessed – yes, BLESSED – with highly sexed natures, are usually looked upon as being people who will bear watching. Instead of being called blessed, they are usually called cursed.

Millions of people, even in this age of enlightenment, have inferiority complexes which they developed because of this false belief that a highly sexed nature is a curse. These statements, of the virtue of sex energy, should not be construed as justification for the libertine. The emotion of sex is a virtue ONLY when used intelligently, and with discrimination. It may be misused, and often is, to such an extent that it debases, instead of enriches, both body and mind. The better use of this power is the burden of this chapter.

It seemed quite significant to the author, when he made the discovery that practically every great leader, whom he had the privilege of analyzing, was a man whose achievements were largely inspired by a woman. In many instances, the woman in the case was a modest, self-denying wife, of whom the public had heard but little or nothing. In a few instances, the source of inspiration has been traced to the other woman. Perhaps such cases may not be entirely unknown to you.

Intemperance in sex habits is just as detrimental as intemperance in habits of drinking and eating. In this age in which we live, an age which began with the world war, intemperance in habits of sex is common. This orgy of indulgence may account for the shortage of great leaders. No man can avail himself of the forces of his creative imagination, while dissipating them. Man is the only creature on earth which violates Nature s purpose in this connection. Every other animal indulges its sex nature in moderation, and with purpose which harmonizes with the laws of nature. Every other animal responds to the call of sex only in season. Man s inclination is to declare open season.

Every intelligent person knows that stimulation in excess, through alcoholic drink and narcotics, is a form of intemperance which destroys the vital organs of the body, including the brain. Not every person knows, however, that over indulgence in sex expression may become a habit as destructive and as detrimental to creative effort as narcotics or liquor.

A sex-mad man is not essentially different than a dope-mad man! Both have lost control over their faculties of reason and willpower. Sexual overindulgence may not only destroy reason and willpower, but it may also lead to either temporary, or permanent insanity. Many cases of hypochondria (imaginary illness) grow out of habits developed in ignorance of the true function of sex.

From these brief references to the subject, it may be readily seen that ignorance on the subject of sex transmutation, forces stupendous penalties upon the ignorant on the one hand, and withholds from them equally stupendous benefits, on the other.

Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has been surrounded with mystery and beclouded by dark silence. The conspiracy of mystery and silence has had the same effect upon the minds of young people that the psychology of prohibition had. The result has been increased curiosity, and desire to acquire more knowledge on this verboten subject; and to the shame of all lawmakers, and most physicians – by training best qualified to educate youth on that subject-information has not been easily available.

Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavor before the age of forty. The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty. These statements are based upon analysis of thousands of men and women who have been carefully observed. They should be encouraging to those who fail to arrive before the age of forty, and to those who become frightened at the approach of old age, around the forty-year mark. The years between forty and fifty are, as a rule, the most fruitful. Man should approach this age, not with fear and trembling, but with hope and eager anticipation.

If you want evidence that most men do not begin to do their best work before the age of forty, study the records of the most successful men known to the American people, and you will find it. Henry Ford had not hit his pace of achievement until he had passed the age of forty. Andrew Carnegie was well past forty before he began to reap the reward of his efforts. James J. Hill was still running a telegraph key at the age of forty. His stupendous achievements took place after that age. Biographies of American industrialists and financiers are filled with evidence that the period from forty to sixty is the most productive age of man.

Between the ages of thirty and forty, man begins to learn (if he ever learns), the art of sex transmutation. This discovery is generally accidental, and more often than otherwise, the man who makes it is totally unconscious of his discovery. He may observe that his powers of achievement have increased around the age of thirty-five to forty, but in most cases, he is not familiar with the cause of this change; that Nature begins to harmonize the emotions of love and sex in the individual, between the ages of thirty and forty, so that he may draw upon these great forces, and apply them jointly as stimuli to action.

Sex, alone, is a mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone-they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and balance. What person, who has attained to the age of forty, is so unfortunate as to be unable to analyze these statements, and to corroborate them by his own experience?

When driven by his desire to please a woman, based solely upon the emotion of sex, a man may be, and usually is, capable of great achievement, but his actions may be disorganized, distorted, and totally destructive. When driven by his desire to please a woman, based upon the motive of sex alone, a man may steal, cheat, and even commit murder. But when the emotion of LOVE is mixed with the emotion of sex, that same man will guide his actions with more sanity, balance, and reason.

Criminologists have discovered that the most hardened criminals can be reformed through the influence of a woman s love. There is no record of a criminal having been reformed solely through the sex influence. These facts are well known, but their cause is not. Reformation comes, if at all, through the heart, or the emotional side of man, not through his head, or reasoning side. Reformation means, a change of heart. It does not mean a change of head. A man may, because of reason, make certain changes in his personal conduct to avoid the consequences of undesirable effects, but GENUINE REFORMATION comes only through a change of heart-through a DESIRE to change.

Love, Romance, and Sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super achievement. Love is the emotion which serves as a safety valve, and insures balance, poise, and constructive effort. When combined, these three emotions may lift one to an altitude of a genius. There are genii, however, who know but little of the emotion of love. Most of them may be found engaged in some form of action which is destructive, or at least, not based upon justice and fairness toward others. If good taste would permit, a dozen genii could be named in the field of industry and finance, who ride ruthlessly over the rights of their fellow men. They seem totally lacking in conscience. The reader can easily supply his own list of such men.

The emotions are states of mind. Nature has provided man with a chemistry of the mind which operates in a manner similar to the principles of chemistry of matter. It is a well known fact that, through the aid of chemistry of matter, a chemist may create a deadly poison by mixing certain elements, none of which are – in themselves – harmful in the right proportions. The emotions may, likewise, be combined so as to create a deadly poison. The emotions of sex and jealousy, when mixed, may turn a person into an insane beast.

The presence of any one or more of the destructive emotions in the human mind, through the chemistry of the mind, sets up a poison which may destroy one s sense of justice and fairness. In extreme cases, the presence of any combination of these emotions in the mind may destroy one s reason.

The road to genius consists of the development, control, and use of sex, love, and romance. Briefly, the process may be stated as follows:

Encourage the presence of these emotions as the dominating thoughts in one s mind, and discourage the presence of all the destructive emotions. The mind is a creature of habit. It thrives upon the dominating thoughts fed it. Through the faculty of willpower, one may discourage the presence of any emotion, and encourage the presence of any other. Control of the mind, through the power of will, is not difficult. Control comes from persistence, and habit. The secret of control lies in understanding the process of transmutation. When any negative emotion presents itself in one s mind, it can be transmuted into a positive, or constructive emotion, by the simple procedure of changing one s thoughts.

THERE IS NO OTHER ROAD TO GENIUS THAN THROUGH VOLUNTARY SELF EFFORT! A man may attain to great heights of financial or business achievement, solely by the driving force of sex energy, but history is filled with evidence that he may, and usually does, carry with him certain traits of character which rob him of the ability to either hold, or enjoy his fortune. This is worthy of analysis, thought, and meditation, for it states a truth, the knowledge of which may be helpful to women as well as men. Ignorance of this has cost thousands of people their privilege of HAPPINESS, even though they possessed riches.

The emotions of love and sex leave their unmistakable marks upon the features. Moreover, these signs are so visible, that all who wish may read them. The man who is driven by the storm of passion, based upon sex desires alone, plainly advertises that fact to the entire world, by the expression of his eyes, and the lines of his face. The emotion of love, when mixed with the emotion of sex, softens, modifies, and beautifies the facial expression. No character analyst is needed to tell you this – you may observe it for yourself.

The emotion of love brings out, and develops, the artistic and the aesthetic nature of man. It leaves its impress upon one s very soul, even after the fire has been subdued by time and circumstance.

Memories of love never pass. They linger, guide, and influence long after the source of stimulation has faded. There is nothing new in this. Every person, who has been moved by GENUINE LOVE, knows that it leaves enduring traces upon the human heart. The effect of love endures, because love is spiritual in nature. The man who cannot be stimulated to great heights of achievement by love, is hopeless-he is dead, though he may seem to live.

Even the memories of love are sufficient to lift one to a higher plane of creative effort. The major force of love may spend itself and pass away, like a fire which has burned itself out, but it leaves behind indelible marks as evidence that it passed that way. Its departure often prepares the human heart for a still greater love.

Go back into your yesterdays, at times, and bathe your mind in the beautiful memories of past love. It will soften the influence of the present worries and annoyances. It will give you a source of escape from the unpleasant realities of life, and maybe – who knows? – your mind will yield to you, during this temporary retreat into the world of fantasy, ideas, or plans which may change the entire financial or spiritual status of your life.

If you believe yourself unfortunate, because you have loved and lost, perish the thought. One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely. Love is whimsical and temperamental. Its nature is ephemeral, and transitory. It comes when it pleases, and goes away without warning. Accept and enjoy it while it remains, but spend no time worrying about its departure. Worry will never bring it back.

Dismiss, also, the thought that love never comes but once. Love may come and go, times without number, but there are no two love experiences which affect one in just the same way. There may be, and there usually is, one love experience which leaves a deeper imprint on the heart than all the others, but all love experiences are beneficial, except to the person who becomes resentful and cynical when love makes its departure.

There should be no disappointment over love, and there would be none if people understood the difference between the emotions of love and sex. The major difference is that love is spiritual, while sex is biological. No experience, which touches the human heart with a spiritual force, can possibly be harmful, except through ignorance, or jealousy.

Love is, without question, life s greatest experience. It brings one into communion with Infinite Intelligence. When mixed with the emotions of romance and sex, it may lead one far up the ladder of creative effort. The emotions of love, sex, and romance, are sides of the eternal triangle of achievement-building genius. Nature creates genii through no other force.

Love is an emotion with many sides, shades, and colors. The love which one feels for parents, or children is quite different from that which one feels for one s sweetheart. The one is mixed with the emotion of sex, while the other is not.

The love which one feels in true friendship is not the same as that felt for one s sweetheart, parents, or children, but it, too, is a form of love.

Then, there is the emotion of love for things inanimate, such as the love of Nature s handiwork. But the most intense and burning of all these various kinds of love, is that experienced in the blending of the emotions of love and sex. Marriages, not blessed with the eternal affinity of love, properly balanced and proportioned, with sex, cannot be happy ones – and seldom endure. Love, alone, will not bring happiness in marriage, nor will sex alone. When these two beautiful emotions are blended, marriage may bring about a state of mind, closest to the spiritual that one may ever know on this earthly plane.

When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence are removed.

Then a genius has been born!

What a different story is this, than those usually associated with the emotion of sex. Here is an interpretation of the emotion which lifts it out of the commonplace, and makes of it potter s clay in the hands of God, from which He fashions all that is beautiful and inspiring. It is an interpretation which would, when properly understood, bring harmony out of the chaos which exists in too many marriages. The disharmonies often expressed in the form of nagging, may usually be traced to lack of knowledge on the subject of sex. Where love, romance and the proper understanding of the emotion and function of sex abide, there is no disharmony between married people.

Fortunate is the husband whose wife understands the true relationship between the emotions of love, sex, and romance. When motivated by this holy triumvirate, no form of labor is burdensome, because even the most lowly form of effort takes on the nature of a labor of love.

It is a very old saying that a man s wife may either make him or break him, but the reason is not always understood. The making and breaking is the result of the wife s understanding, or lack of understanding of the emotions of love, sex, and romance.

Despite the fact that men are polygamous, by the very nature of their biological inheritance, it is true that no woman has as great an influence on a man as his wife, unless he is married to a woman totally unsuited to his nature. If a woman permits her husband to lose interest in her, and become more interested in other women, it is usually because of her ignorance, or indifference toward the subjects of sex, love, and romance. This statement presupposes, of course, that genuine love once existed between a man and his wife. The facts are equally applicable to a man who permits his wife s interest in him to die.

Married people often bicker over a multitude of trivialities. If these are analyzed accurately, the real cause of the trouble will often be found to be indifference, or ignorance on these subjects.

Man s greatest motivating force is his desire to please woman! The hunter who excelled during prehistoric days, before the dawn of civilization, did so, because of his desire to appear great in the eyes of woman. Man s nature has not changed in this respect. The hunter of today brings home no skins of wild animals, but he indicates his desire for her favor by supplying fine clothes, motor cars, and wealth. Man has the same desire to please woman that he had before the dawn of civilization. The only thing that has changed, is his method of pleasing. Men who accumulate large fortunes, and attain to great heights of power and fame, do so, mainly, to satisfy their desire to please women.

Take women out of their lives, and great wealth would be useless to most men. It is this inherent desire of man to please woman, which gives woman the power to make or break a man.

The woman who understands man s nature and tactfully caters to it, need have no fear of competition from other women. Men may be giants with indomitable will-power when dealing with other men, but they are easily managed by the women of their choice.

Most men will not admit that they are easily influenced by the women they prefer, because it is in the nature of the male to want to be recognized as the stronger of the species. Moreover, the intelligent woman recognizes this manly trait and very wisely makes no issue of it.

Some men know that they are being influenced by the women of their choice – their wives, sweethearts, mothers or sisters – but they tactfully refrain from rebelling against the influence because they are intelligent enough to know that NO MAN IS HAPPY OR COMPLETE WITHOUT THE MODIFYING INFLUENCE OF THE RIGHT WOMAN. The man who does not recognize this important truth deprives himself of the power which has done more to help men achieve success than all other forces combined.

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