Monday, April 19, 2021

Think and Grow Rich Introduction – Napoleon Hill – 02

Think and Grow Rich Introduction

(Excerpted from The Strangest Secret Library, available on Amazon.)

Think and Grow Rich – Introduction

by Napoleon Hill


TRULY, thoughts are things, and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.

A little more than thirty years ago, Edwin C. Barnes discovered how true it is that men really do THINK AND GROW RICH. His discovery did not come about at one sitting. It came little by little, beginning with a BURNING DESIRE to become a business associate of the great Edison.

One of the chief characteristics of Barnes Desire was that it was definite. He wanted to work with Edison, not for him. Observe, carefully, the description of how he went about translating his DESIRE into reality, and you will have a better understanding of the thirteen principles which lead to riches.

When this DESIRE, or impulse of thought, first flashed into his mind he was in no position to act upon it. Two difficulties stood in his way. He did not know Mr. Edison, and he did not have enough money to pay his railroad fare to Orange, New Jersey.

These difficulties were sufficient to have discouraged the majority of men from making any attempt to carry out the desire. But his was no ordinary desire! He was so determined to find a way to carry out his desire that he finally decided to travel by blind baggage, rather than be defeated. (To the uninitiated, this means that he went to East Orange on a freight train).

He presented himself at Mr. Edison s laboratory, and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor. In speaking of the first meeting between Barnes and Edison, years later, Mr. Edison said, He stood there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really DESIRES a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the opportunity he asked for, because I saw he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. Subsequent events proved that no mistake was made.

Just what young Barnes said to Mr. Edison on that occasion was far less important than that which he thought. Edison, himself, said so! It could not have been the young man s appearance which got him his start in the Edison office, for that was definitely against him. It was what he THOUGHT that counted.

If the significance of this statement could be conveyed to every person who reads it, there would be no need for the remainder of this book.

Barnes did not get his partnership with Edison on his first interview. He did get a chance to work in the Edison offices, at a very nominal wage, doing work that was unimportant to Edison, but most important to Barnes, because it gave him an opportunity to display his merchandise where his intended partner could see it.

Months went by. Apparently nothing happened to bring the coveted goal which Barnes had set up in his mind as his DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE. But something important was happening in Barnes mind. He was constantly intensifying his DESIRE to become the business associate of Edison.

Psychologists have correctly said that when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance.

Barnes was ready for a business association with Edison, moreover, he was DETERMINED TO REMAIN READY UNTIL HE GOT THAT WHICH HE WAS SEEKING.

He did not say to himself, Ah well, what s the use? I guess I ll change my mind and try for a salesman s job. But, he did say, I came here to go into business with Edison, and I ll accomplish this end if it takes the remainder of my life. He meant it! What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a DEFINITE PURPOSE, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession!

Maybe young Barnes did not know it at the time, but his bulldog determination, his persistence in standing back of a single DESIRE, was destined to mow down all opposition, and bring him the opportunity he was seeking.

When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form, and from a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.

Mr. Edison had just perfected a new office device, known at that time, as the Edison Dictating Machine (now the Ediphone). His salesmen were not enthusiastic over the machine. They did not believe it could be sold without great effort. Barnes saw his opportunity. It had crawled in quietly, hidden in a queer looking machine which interested no one but Barnes and the inventor.

Barnes knew he could sell the Edison Dictating Machine. He suggested this to Edison, and promptly got his chance. He did sell the machine. In fact, he sold it so successfully that Edison gave him a contract to distribute and market it all over the nation. Out of that business association grew the slogan, Made by Edison and installed by Barnes.

The business alliance has been in operation for more than thirty years. Out of it Barnes has made himself rich in money, but he has done something infinitely greater, he has proved that one really may Think and Grow Rich.

How much actual cash that original DESIRE of Barnes has been worth to him, I have no way of knowing. Perhaps it has brought him two or three million dollars, but the amount, whatever it is, becomes insignificant when compared with the greater asset he acquired in the form of definite knowledge that an intangible impulse of thought can be transmuted into its physical counterpart by the application of known principles.

Barnes literally thought himself into a partnership with the great Edison! He thought himself into a fortune. He had nothing to start with, except the capacity to KNOW WHAT HE WANTED, AND THE DETERMINATION TO STAND BY THAT DESIRE UNTIL HE REALIZED IT.

He had no money to begin with. He had but little education. He had no influence. But he did have initiative, faith, and the will to win. With these intangible forces he made himself number one man with the greatest inventor who ever lived.

Now, let us look at a different situation, and study a man who had plenty of tangible evidence of riches, but lost it, because he stopped three feet short of the goal he was seeking.


One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.

An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the gold fever in the gold-rush days, and went west to DIG AND GROW RICH. He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite.

After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the strike. They got together money for the needed machinery, had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.

The first car of ore was mined, and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.

Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened! The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there! They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again all to no avail.

Finally, they decided to QUIT.

They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. Some junk men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed, because the owners were not familiar with fault lines. His calculations showed that the vein would be found JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! That is exactly where it was found!

The Junk man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine, because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up.

Most of the money which went into the machinery was procured through the efforts of R. U. Darby, who was then a very young man. The money came from his relatives and neighbors, because of their faith in him. He paid back every dollar of it, although he was years in doing so.

Long afterward, Mr. Darby recouped his loss many times over, when he made the discovery that DESIRE can be transmuted into gold. The discovery came after he went into the business of selling life insurance.

Remembering that he lost a huge fortune, because he STOPPED three feet from gold, Darby profited by the experience in his chosen work, by the simple method of saying to himself, I stopped three feet from gold, but I will never stop because men say no when I ask them to buy insurance.

Darby is one of a small group of fewer than fifty men who sell more than a million dollars in life insurance annually. He owes his stickability to the lesson he learned from his quitability in the gold mining business.

Before success comes in any man s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known, told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.


Shortly after Mr. Darby received his degree from the University of Hard Knocks, and had decided to profit by his experience in the gold mining business, he had the good fortune to be present on an occasion that proved to him that No does not necessarily mean no.

One afternoon he was helping his uncle grind wheat in an old fashioned mill. The uncle operated a large farm on which a number of colored sharecrop farmers lived. Quietly, the door was opened, and a small colored child, the daughter of a tenant, walked in and took her place near the door.

The uncle looked up, saw the child, and barked at her roughly, what do you want?

Meekly, the child replied, My mammy say send her fifty cents.

I ll not do it, the uncle retorted, Now you run on home.

Yas sah, the child replied. But she did not move.

The uncle went ahead with his work, so busily engaged that he did not pay enough attention to the child to observe that she did not leave. When he looked up and saw her still standing there, he yelled at her, I told you to go on home! Now go, or I ll take a switch to you.

The little girl said yas sah, but she did not budge an inch.

The uncle dropped a sack of grain he was about to pour into the mill hopper, picked up a barrel stave, and started toward the child with an expression on his face that indicated trouble.

Darby held his breath. He was certain he was about to witness a murder. He knew his uncle had a fierce temper. He knew that colored children were not supposed to defy white people in that part of the country.

When the uncle reached the spot where the child was standing, she quickly stepped forward one step, looked up into his eyes, and screamed at the top of her shrill voice, MY MAMMY S GOTTA HAVE THAT FIFTY CENTS!

The uncle stopped, looked at her for a minute, then slowly laid the barrel stave on the floor, put his hand in his pocket, took out half a dollar, and gave it to her.

The child took the money and slowly backed toward the door, never taking her eyes off the man whom she had just conquered. After she had gone, the uncle sat down on a box and looked out the window into space for more than ten minutes. He was pondering, with awe, over the whipping he had just taken.

Mr. Darby, too, was doing some thinking. That was the first time in all his experience that he had seen a colored child deliberately master an adult white person. How did she do it? What happened to his uncle that caused him to lose his fierceness and become as docile as a lamb? What strange power did this child use that made her master over her superior? These and other similar questions flashed into Darby s mind, but he did not find the answer until years later, when he told me the story.

Strangely, the story of this unusual experience was told to the author in the old mill, on the very spot where the uncle took his whipping. Strangely, too, I had devoted nearly a quarter of a century to the study of the power which enabled an ignorant, illiterate colored child to conquer an intelligent man.

As we stood there in that musty old mill, Mr. Darby repeated the story of the unusual conquest, and finished by asking, What can you make of it? What strange power did that child use, that so completely whipped my uncle?

The answer to his question will be found in the principles described in this book. The answer is full and complete. It contains details and instructions sufficient to enable anyone to understand, and apply the same force which the little child accidentally stumbled upon.

Keep your mind alert, and you will observe exactly what strange power came to the rescue of the child, you will catch a glimpse of this power in the next chapter. Somewhere in the book you will find an idea that will quicken your receptive powers, and place at your command, for your own benefit, this same irresistible power. The awareness of this power may come to you in the first chapter, or it may flash into your mind in some subsequent chapter. It may come in the form of a single idea. Or, it may come in the nature of a plan, or a purpose. Again, it may cause you to go back into your past experiences of failure or defeat, and bring to the surface some lesson by which you can regain all that you lost through defeat.

After I had described to Mr. Darby the power unwittingly used by the little colored child, he quickly retraced his thirty years of experience as a life insurance salesman, and frankly acknowledged that his success in that field was due, in no small degree, to the lesson he had learned from the child.

Mr. Darby pointed out: every time a prospect tried to bow me out, without buying, I saw that child standing there in the old mill, her big eyes glaring in defiance, and I said to myself, I ve gotta make this sale. The better portion of all sales I have made, were made after people had said NO .

He recalled, too, his mistake in having stopped only three feet from gold, but, he said, that experience was a blessing in disguise. It taught me to keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn before I could succeed in anything.

This story of Mr. Darby and his uncle, the colored child and the gold mine, doubtless will be read by hundreds of men who make their living by selling life insurance, and to all of these, the author wishes to offer the suggestion that Darby owes to these two experiences his ability to sell more than a million dollars of life insurance every year.

Life is strange, and often imponderable! Both the successes and the failures have their roots in simple experiences. Mr. Darby s experiences were commonplace and simple enough, yet they held the answer to his destiny in life, therefore they were as important (to him) as life itself. He profited by these two dramatic experiences, because he analyzed them, and found the lesson they taught. But what of the man who has neither the time, nor the inclination to study failure in search of knowledge that may lead to success? Where, and how is he to learn the art of converting defeat into stepping stones to opportunity?

In answer to these questions, this book was written.

The answer called for a description of thirteen principles, but remember, as you read, the answer you may be seeking, to the questions which have caused you to ponder over the strangeness of life, may be found in your own mind, through some idea, plan, or purpose which may spring into your mind as you read.

One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. The principles described in this book, contain the best, and the most practical of all that is known, concerning ways and means of creating useful ideas.

Before we go any further in our approach to the description of these principles, we believe you are entitled to receive this important suggestion .WHEN RICHES BEGIN TO COME THEY COME SO QUICKLY, IN SUCH GREAT ABUNDANCE, THAT ONE WONDERS WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN HIDING DURING ALL THOSE LEAN YEARS. This is an astounding statement, and all the more so, when we take into consideration the popular belief, that riches come only to those who work hard and long.

When you begin to THINK AND GROW RICH, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You, and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches. I spent twenty-five years in research, analyzing more than 25,000 people, because I, too, wanted to know how wealthy men become that way.

Without that research, this book could not have been written.

Here take notice of a very significant truth, viz:

The business depression started in 1929, and continued on to an all time record of destruction, until sometime after President Roosevelt entered office. Then the depression began to fade into nothingness. Just as an electrician in a theatre raises the lights so gradually that darkness is transmuted into light before you realize it, so did the spell of fear in the minds of the people gradually fade away and become faith.

Observe very closely, as soon as you master the principles of this philosophy, and begin to follow the instructions for applying those principles, your financial status will begin to improve, and everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit. Impossible? Not at all!

One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man s familiarity with the word impossible. He knows all the rules which will NOT work. He knows all the things which CANNOT be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willing to stake everything on those rules.

A great many years ago I purchased a fine dictionary. The first thing I did with it was to turn to the word impossible, and neatly clip it out of the book. That would not be an unwise thing for you to do.

Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS.

Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS.

The object of this book is to help all who seek it, to learn the art of changing their minds from FAILURE CONSCIOUSNESS to SUCCESS CONSCIOUSNESS.

Another weakness found in altogether too many people, is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some who will read this, will believe that no one can THINK AND GROW RICH. They cannot think in terms of riches, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.

These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came to America to be educated in American ways. He attended the University of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Oriental on the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people.

Why, the Chinaman exclaimed, the queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!

What do we say about the Chinese?

We refuse to believe that which we do not understand. We foolishly believe that our own limitations are the proper measure of limitations. Sure, the other fellow s eyes are off slant, BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS OUR OWN.

Millions of people look at the achievements of Henry Ford, after he has arrived, and envy him, because of his good fortune, or luck, or genius, or whatever it is that they credit for Ford s fortune. Perhaps one person in every hundred thousand knows the secret of Ford s success, and those who do know are too modest, or too reluctant, to speak of it, because of its simplicity. A single transaction will illustrate the secret perfectly.

A few years back, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor. He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder gas engine block in one piece.

Ford said, Produce it anyway.

But, they replied, it s impossible!

Go ahead, Ford commanded, and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required.

The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do, if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question; impossible!

At the end of the year Ford checked with his engineers, and again they informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders.

Go right ahead, said Ford, I want it, and I ll have it.

They went ahead, and then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.

The Ford DETERMINATION had won once more!

This story may not be described with minute accuracy, but the sum and substance of it is correct. Deduce from it, you who wish to THINK AND GROW RICH, the secret of the Ford millions, if you can. You ll not have to look very far.

Henry Ford is a success, because he understands, and applies the principles of success. One of these is DESIRE: knowing what one wants. Remember this Ford story as you read, and pick out the lines in which the secret of his stupendous achievement have been described. If you can do this, if you can lay your finger on the particular group of principles which made Henry Ford rich, you can equal his achievements in almost any calling for which you are suited.


When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul, he should have informed us that we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.

He should have told us that the ether in which this little earth floats, in which we move and have our being, is a form of energy moving at an inconceivably high rate of vibration, and that the ether is filled with a form of universal power which ADAPTS itself to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds; and INFLUENCES us, in natural ways, to transmute our thoughts into their physical equivalent.

If the poet had told us of this great truth, we would know WHY IT IS that we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls. He should have told us, with great emphasis, that this power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that it will urge us to translate into physical reality thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as it will influence us to act upon thoughts of riches.

He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with which no man is familiar, these magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.

He should have told us, that before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with intense DESIRE for riches, that we must become money conscious until the DESIRE for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.

But, being a poet, and not a philosopher, Henley contented himself by stating a great truth in poetic form, leaving those who followed him to interpret the philosophical meaning of his lines.

Little by little, the truth has unfolded itself, until it now appears certain that the principles described in this book, hold the secret of mastery over our economic fate.

We are now ready to examine the first of these principles. Maintain a spirit of open-mindedness, and remember as you read, they are the invention of no one man. The principles were gathered from the life experiences of more than 500 men who actually accumulated riches in huge amounts; men who began in poverty, with but little education, without influence. The principles worked for these men. You can put them to work for your own enduring benefit.

You will find it easy, not hard, to do.

Before you read the next chapter, I want you to know that it conveys factual information which might easily change your entire financial destiny, as it has so definitely brought changes of stupendous proportions to two people described.

I want you to know, also, that the relationship between these two men and myself, is such that I could have taken no liberties with the facts, even if I had wished to do so. One of them has been my closest personal friend for almost twenty-five years, the other is my own son. The unusual success of these two men, success which they generously accredit to the principle described in the next chapter, more than justifies this personal reference as a means of emphasizing the far-flung power of this principle.

Almost fifteen years ago, I delivered the Commencement Address at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. I emphasized the principle described in the next chapter, with so much intensity that one of the members of the graduating class definitely appropriated it, and made it a part of his own philosophy. The young man is now a Member of Congress, and an important factor in the present administration. Just before this book went to the publisher, he wrote me a letter in which he so clearly stated his opinion of the principle outlined in the next chapter, that I have chosen to publish his letter as an introduction to that chapter. It gives you an idea of the rewards to come.

My dear Napoleon:

My service as a Member of Congress having given me an insight into the problems of men and women, I am writing to offer a suggestion which may become helpful to thousands of worthy people.

With apologies, I must state that the suggestion, if acted upon, will mean several years of labor and responsibility for you, but I am en-heartened to make the suggestion, because I know your great love for rendering useful service.

In 1922, you delivered the Commencement address at Salem College, when I was a member of the graduating class. In that address, you planted in my mind an idea which has been responsible for the opportunity I now have to serve the people of my State, and will be responsible, in a very large measure, for whatever success I may have in the future.

The suggestion I have in mind is, that you put into a book the sum and substance of the address you delivered at Salem College, and in that way give the people of America an opportunity to profit by your many years of experience and association with the men who, by their greatness, have made America the richest nation on earth.

I recall, as though it were yesterday, the marvelous description you gave of the method by which Henry Ford, with but little schooling, without a dollar, with no influential friends, rose to great heights. I made up my mind then, even before you had finished your speech, that I would make a place for myself, no matter how many difficulties I had to surmount.

Thousands of young people will finish their schooling this year, and within the next few years. Every one of them will be seeking just such a message of practical encouragement as the one I received from you. They will want to know where to turn, what to do, to get started in life. You can tell them, because you have helped to solve the problems of so many, many people.

If there is any possible way that you can afford to render so great a service, may I offer the suggestion that you include with every book, one of your Personal Analysis Charts, in order that the purchaser of the book may have the benefit of a complete self inventory, indicating, as you indicated to me years ago, exactly what is standing in the way of success.

Such a service as this, providing the readers of your book with a complete, unbiased picture of their faults and their virtues, would mean to them the difference between success and failure. The service would be priceless.

Millions of people are now facing the problem of staging a come-back, because of the depression, and I speak from personal experience when I say, I know these earnest people would welcome the opportunity to tell you their problems, and to receive your suggestions for the solution.

You know the problems of those who face the necessity of beginning all over again. There are thousands of people in America today who would like to know how they can convert ideas into money, people who must start at scratch, without finances, and recoup their losses. If anyone can help them, you can.

If you publish the book, I would like to own the first copy that comes from the press, personally autographed by you.

With best wishes, believe me,

Cordially yours,


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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Detonating Caps – Claude Bristol Magic of Believing – 02

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

Detonating Caps Claude Bristol Magic of Believing

“He who does not know what the world is does not know where he is. And he who does not know for what purpose the world exists, does not know who he is, nor what the world is.” – A FIRST CENTURY MESSAGE

For those of you who seek to learn and make progress, I gently lay this in your laps. I do so without the slightest fear but that it will turn your world entirely upside down – bringing you health, wealth, success and happiness, providing you understand and accept.

Don t Misuse It

Remember T.N.T. is a dangerously high explosive so when you gather it closely, handle it gently. Down through the centuries its power has destroyed those who sought to misuse it, therefore exercise great care that it is used only for good.

It can be proved by the teachings of the Bible, certain well established laws of physics, and last but not least, just plain common sense. Read and determine for yourself whether or not the proofs I offer stand by themselves.

Some of you may see only the spiritual side, others recognize the scientific truths, and still others may accept it as just a practical operating device to put you on the road to success. No matter – many know the truth and for you who will open your minds the light will pour in with dazzling white brilliancy.

Feel In Your Pocket

I’m indebted to an old friend of mine, an expert on X-Ray, and electrical high frequency apparatus, who, when I was a boy experimenting with electricity, put the first bit of powerful T.N.T. in my pocket. Then I didn’t know what it was and didn’t understand, but fortunately it has remained there all through the years. As I look back I realize why he didn’t make me understand what it was. He believed in me and knew that when I was ready to accept it I would. It’s taken nearly 30 years, during which time I sought up and down the highways, looking, seeking and searching for the Secret – T.N.T. All of the time there was some in my pocket – mine for the mere reaching.

However, I’ve got a firm grip on it now and I will divide it graciously, knowing if used wisely it will blow away all obstacles and straighten out the road on which you’ve been wanting to travel all your life.

For many years I was a newspaper man and frequently I was behind the scenes. I met great men and women, interviewed famous people. Naturally I studied them and tried to understand what peculiar qualities they possessed that placed them above the others, but their secret evaded me.

Then came the war and I wondered why others made progress while I seemed to be “blocked” in my own ambitions. The war did teach me, however, that I could sleep in the mud, eat moldy bread and live to laugh about it. This is part of my T.N.T. – so remember what I learned. It helped me to give Old Man Fear a solar plexus blow and I believe it will help you.

Hoping to find a royal road to fortune I read hundreds of the so-called “Success” books and they took me nowhere. I did the same with books on philosophy, psychology and still the great Secret kept just a jump ahead of me. I joined secret fraternal organizations, hoping that I might find that which I sought.

However, just like the bit of T.N.T. in my pocket the Secret was in every book, in the great orders, everywhere, and in fact, right under my very nose but something kept me from it. You will have to determine for yourself what keeps you from it if you don’t get it from T.N.T. It’s there – if you don’t find it in the printed word look between the lines – as I’ve done my best to present it to you.

Are You Afraid?

Following the war I became a member of a coast-wide investment banking organization and during the years I cherished quite a dream – as did thousands of others in all lines of business – only to discover that the air castles which I built were on an unstable foundation. That something which turned the world upside down financially entirely obliterated my air castles, and I became Afraid. I got lost in the fog. Everywhere I turned something fell in on me.

As an executive of the organization my responsibilities multiplied. Our business, due to the economic changes which were taking place in the world, faced a crisis, and many people failing to understand the catastrophe which had overtaken business everywhere were critical. All of which brought worry and many sleepless nights. I found myself dreading to go to my work – fearing that each day would bring added misery. The weeks went on and conditions got worse and worse. I was baffled. Several times I talked about getting out of the business and one day in the latter part of June, 1931, I made up my mind to leave. I mentioned it to one of the women with whom I had been associated for several years and saw nothing but reproach in her eyes. That night I tried to sleep. Again I found it impossible. I paced the floor for hours – when at about 3:30 in the morning I suddenly stopped and sat down. I was face to face with myself. I could follow the inclination to run and leave the others to carry on by themselves, or I could stay and do my share; a duty which I knew was mine. I caught myself saying almost aloud: “Right is right. It’s always been right. It can’t be otherwise;” something I had been taught since infancy.

Suddenly there appeared to be an unfoldment. Out of the air came a voice saying: “What have you been seeking all these years? What were you taught? What did you learn? Where have you been? Where are you going? I jumped to my feet crying: “I know it. I’ve got it now. It’s the secret. That’s what they tried to teach you. It is the Royal Secret, too.”

Something told me that I would find those identical words in a book which had many years before been given me and which I had tried to read, failed to understand and put aside. It was written by a great man, Albert Pike, a mystic, a poet and a scholar. Grabbing it from the shelf – feverishly I ran through the pages. The words were there and I understood immediately.

Open Your Mind

I now had the key. I could see a broad smooth highway and at the end of that highway a perfect flood of gorgeously beautiful radiance. “That’s the road you are on now. What a simpleton you have been! They tried to teach you, they tried to help you and you kept your mind closed – thinking that you alone could find the road and stay on it.”

I was nearly overcome with the sheer joy of it all. My fears, my worries had disappeared. I smiled. I knew that I was right and that everything would be right for me from then on. I slept like a baby.

There was a different atmosphere in the office that day. The oppressive black clouds which hung over us began to fade away.

I told the woman – she with the reproachful eyes – what had happened, and she smiled a knowing smile. She helped me get back on the track and I can never repay her.

As one learned man said: “All of us are born with the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, and with the ability to achieve, but some of us must run head-on into a stone wall, smash ourselves to bits before we really know what it’s all about.” I hit the wall with a terrific crash and it was the greatest and finest thing that ever happened to me.

Many noting the transformation asked for an explanation. I told some of my closest friends, and now it’s for all of you because I know I can do good.

I keep the door of my private office open as I find I can do much for those who wish to talk with me.

The morale of our whole organization was at its lowest ebb.

Everyone was discouraged. Afraid. By the very necessity of things we had to do an about-face.

Right Is Right

My job was doing everything I could to help the other fellow because I knew it was right. At first I was perplexed as to the methods I should employ to help them, but I used my own system in calling upon the subconscious, and the inner voice said that I should talk to them.

Some were skeptical, but I said to myself; “I can prove that I am right,” and during the week that followed I spent every waking hour reviewing the books that I had studied through the years.

Naturally the Bible came first; then followed studies in Yoga-ism, the philosophies of the old Greek and Roman masters and of the later day teachers and students. I again deliberated over the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Re-read Hudson’s Law of Psychic Phenomena , another book, “The Gist of It,” written by a brilliant physician, Haydon Rochester.

Again I studied my books on physics, electricity and those on the vibrations of light and discovered that not only was I right, as I knew I would be, but that peculiarly the same general basic principles ran through them all. I reread numerous books on psychology and found the same story everywhere. Subsequently I quoted excerpts, and lo and behold, things began to move.

It has occurred to me again and again that all men and women who use this power are showmen, or to use the words of my newspaper days, headliners – those who hit the front page.

Something causes them to toss away the bushel basket under which they hide their heads and they arise above the commonplace.

Where Is Your Niche?

Surely you will agree that they may have the power to the Nth degree, but if they do not become headliners they never get a niche in the hall of fame. It doesn’t follow that they are newspaper publicity seekers, because some of them are very reticent – and by their very reticence are showmen.

Others adopt certain peculiarities or use certain devices to make them stand out from their fellow-men. Some wear an efficacious smile, others scowl – and still others have a certain charm of manner.

Long hair, whiskers and sideburns play their part. Flowing robes and distinctive dress are worn by others. The showmanship of some is evidenced by red neckties, others by spats, affected manners.

Many master the art of oratory, the science of warfare, banking, statesmanship, politics, the arts – but all of them stand out in the full glare of the calcium – headliners.

The number is legion. I mention a few of those of history and today: Desmosthenes, Nero, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, Cleopatra, Balzac, de Maupassant, Sir Isaac Newton, Joan of Arc, Cromwell, Edgar Allen Poe, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Bismark, Graham Bell, General Grant, Cecil Rhodes, P. T. Barnum, Clemenceau, Kitchener, Woodrow Wilson, Joffre, Sir Thomas Lipton, Foch, Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Charles E. Hughes, Lloyd George, Mahatma Gandhi, Ramsey MacDonald, Will Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks, Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Lindbergh, Alfred E. Smith, Lenin and Hitler. They have been and are found in every walk of life.

Gandhi uses this power, I am sure, and I think he is the greatest headliner of present times. You can find many pictures showing him in the modern civilized garb of man, but today, and for several years he has kept his hair cropped short, worn a loin cloth and a pair of huge spectacles. I have no right to say that Gandhi affected this attire for any particular purpose, but I believe he has done it to focus the world’s attention upon himself for India’s cause.

We have seen Ely Culbertson, the bridge playing expert, perform. There have been few psychological devices that he hasn’t used – he has “something” – and certainly no one can say he is not a headliner.

I make no attempt to explain why those who have this power are headliners. You’ll have to determine that for yourself.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Cure for Procrastination – Earl Nightingale – Change Your Life

The Cure for Procrastination - Earl Nightingale

Have you ever noticed that the longer you look at something you should be doing, the more difficult it seems to appear? That the longer you put off something you should do, the more difficult it is to get started?

A good deal of frustration and unhappiness could be avoided if people would just do what they know they should do.

The great newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane once wrote, “Don’t exaggerate your own importance, your own size, or your own miseries. You are an ant in a human anthill. Be a working ant – not a ridiculous insect pitying yourself.” Strong language, maybe, but there’s a lot of sense in it.

A person carrying a heavy weight is all right as long as he keeps moving. The minute he stops, puts the weight on the ground, and sits down to rest, the weight seems to become heavier; the distance to be traveled, greater; and the work, just that much more unpleasant.

Sometimes it must seem to everyone that things have piled up so high that there’s just no way of digging out. But there is. Pick the thing that’s most important to do, and simply begin doing it. Just by digging in, you’ll feel better, and you’ll find that it’s not nearly as bad as you thought it would be. Keep at it, and before long, that pile of things to do that seemed so overwhelming is behind you – finished.

What overwhelms us is not the work itself. It’s thinking how hard it’s going to be. It’s seeing it get larger every day. It’s putting if off and hoping that somehow, through some miracle, it will disappear.

The Chinese have a saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. And that step accomplishes two things. First, it automatically shortens the distance we still have to travel, and, second, and just as important, it makes us feel better, more hopeful – it strengthens our faith. If a person will just keep putting one foot in front of the other, he will be taken into new and exciting places, see new and interesting things, and think thoughts that never would have come to him if he’d remained at the starting point. Then the journey is finished. He wonders how or why he could ever have sat so long and worried and stewed about the time and trouble it would involve to do what he knew he should do.

If you’ll think back, you’ll remember that you’ve always been happiest, most contented, after having finished a difficult project or faced up to a responsibility you were worried about. It’s never as bad as you think it’s going to be, and the joy that will come with its accomplishment makes it more than worthwhile.

Work never killed anyone. It’s worry that does the damage. And the worry would disappear if we’d just settle down and do the work.

As Calvin Coolidge put it, “All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.”

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Friday, April 16, 2021

What Happens When You Run Out of Goals – Earl Nightingale

What Happens When You Run Out of Goals - Earl Nightingale

Here are some interesting questions you might want to try answering.

One: If you could completely change places with any other person in the world, would you do it? And who would that person be?

Two: If you could work at any job you could choose, would that work be different from the work you’re doing now?

Three: If you could live in any part of the country you want to live in, would you move from where you are now living?

Four: If you could go back to age 12 and live your life from that point over again, would you do it?

Studies indicate that the great majority of people, even though they have a certain amount of dissatisfaction with their present lives and don’t seem to be as happy as they might be, will answer “no” to all four questions. A person often feels when he’s accomplished everything he’s worked and struggled for so long to achieve, he finds himself depressed more and more of the time. He has a fine job and an excellent income, a beautiful home, a wonderful spouse and children. In fact, everything is finally just as he’d planned it for so many years. And for no reason that he can put his finger on, all the fun and enthusiasm has strongly disappeared. He’s listless and unhappy, and he can’t think of a single reason why.

This has become a common modern malady, especially in retirement, and it’s what so often happens when a person runs out of goals. This is when the game of life begins to go to pot, and the person needs to remind himself of the basic rules for successful, enthusiastic living. And the first rule is that a human being must have something worthwhile toward which he’s working. Without that, everything else, even the most remarkable achievements of the past and all the trappings of worldly success tend to turn sour. Achieving our life goals can be compared to opening our presents on Christmas morning and watching those we love open theirs. We look forward to the day, plan, and work toward it. Suddenly it is there and all of the presents have been opened, and then what?

Well, we must then turn our thoughts and attention to other things. The successful novelist begins planning his next book before he completes the one he’s working on. The scientist always has something new and challenging to turn to when he completes a project. The teacher has a new class coming up. The young family has children to raise and get through school, the new home to buy, the promotion to work for.

But for millions who reach their 40s and 50s and find they’ve done all they set out to do and that there are no new challenges to give them stimulus and direction, there often comes the most trying time of their lives – the search for meaning, for new meaning, and it must be found if the old interest and vitality are to be restored to their lives, if they’re to achieve renewal as persons.

If you understand this, even the search for new meaning can bring new interest into your life. You’ve got to say to yourself, “All right, I’ve done what I’ve set out to do. Now I must find something new and interesting to do.”

Getting back to our questions:

The thought of going back to age 12 fills most people with a dread bordering on horror. They wouldn’t do it for anything. And the upshot of that whole thing is that most people are living lives they themselves have fashioned and have or are getting what they really want, or at least what they are willing to settle for.

And when this is brought to their attention, they often begin to get a lot more enjoyment for the life they’ve got. They begin to enjoy themselves more and realize that things aren’t so bad after all.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Revenge of the Bucket Crabs – Holding Your Mindset Back?

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The Revenge of the Bucket Crabs – Who’s Holding Your Success Mindset Back?

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

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

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

Of course in our day and age, the punch lines waiting for you are many: Social Security is mostly or all eaten up by Medicaid payments. If you are laid off close to retirement, most people find it harder to get another job at that age. While the number of businesses being started by the retirement-age crowd is higher than ever, these are being started by old dogs who are learning the new skill of entrepreneur on their own dime.

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

The Revenge of the Bucket Crabs

You could call this the revenge of the bucket crabs. The old parable and scientifically-proved fact, is that while a single crab in an open bucket will climb its way out, two or more crabs will keep each other in. And so explains our modern hyper-sensitive, politically-correct culture.

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

Why aren t these same people reforming education so that young people of any color or orientation are trained in building businesses, even as a solopreneur? Because they take the easy road out. Short cuts abound in this culture as the majority support the hyper-critical bucket-crab culture.

What Our Economy Is Built On Crabs

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

People are trained to live pay-check to pay-check and to pay off college loans and credit card loans right up to the point they can t anymore which is usually when they are retired willingly or unwillingly.

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

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

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

And they have no one to blame but themselves.

No One to Blame But Ourselves

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

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

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

The Trick to Surviving and Prospering

There s a trick to surviving. It s called be part of the 5% and profit off the 95%.

That s not cold or calloused or negative. It s a fact. You can t get people to buy your product unless it s very high quality, very valuable, and very available. Otherwise, you have to constantly bring out new products and spend most of your budget on advertising.

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

It s no secret.

It s a decision they made early on.

You can, too.

It s never too late to quit being an ordinary crab (like most everyone else) and start becoming exceptional.

It’s time to get free from that bucket.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How To Get A Feeling – James Breckenridge Jones

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How To Get A Feeling

It has been said by lettered men for centuries, and that to have a feeling of happiness is to be happy and have a feeling of abundance is to have an abundance, and to have a feeling of health is to be healthy.

At first, I did not understand the meaning of such statements, and perhaps, you will not, at first, understand the meaning. Now I do have some degree of understanding of such statements, and I find that they have scientific premises, based upon laws that are real and tangible as any other science of which we are so familiar, such as electricity, gravity, mathematics and chemistry.

The conscious mind originates a concept and expresses it in the form of thoughts, ideas and in the form of words. It has been discovered, in psychological research, that the degree of feeling put into these concepts, and expressed, with feeling, in words, to the subconscious, determines the action in the subconscious. That any idea, expressed with feeling to the subconscious by the conscious, must express itself as an experience. That is a scientific, proven fact in psychology.

Yes, any idea that is conceived and well defined, and expressed with strong feeling, is felt by the subconscious, and must expressed as an experience. And everything that is impressed upon the subconscious, by an expressed feeling consciously, must become an experience. Well, what do people want more than anything else? They want a certain type of experience. They want to experience a larger measure of happiness.

They want to experience a larger measure of health and, of course, a large measure of prosperity. So, we design our ideas to contain the type of experiences we want to experience, then we express them with feeling, consciously, and they are impressed upon the subconscious mind, which is the soil of life, and then, in time, when they have had time to gestate and to become an experience, we have the experience.

Now that is the general premise that can be pooled in each of our lives, but how do we get this feeling? Someone says, “Well, I have the concept, I would like to have a certain type of experience, but it does not happen in my life. What is the missing link?

What do I lack? What am I failing to do?” The answer to that is you do not have the feeling for it. We must not only have a concept we must have a feeling for it. Now how do we get this feeling? If we can get the feeling, we can have the experience, no more second if we cannot get the feeling, we cannot have the experience, so the purpose of this chapter is to talk about how to get the feeling.

Now, I would like to introduce what I call the law of reversibility, which is a law in this universe, the same as any other great law, like electricity. The law of reversibility could be illustrated as follows: if you start with a dynamo and a crank on a wheel, you can turn the crank and the wheel and turn the dynamo which we will refer to as physical action. We can start with physical action, and by using physical action, we can turn the dynamo physically and we can create electricity.

On the other hand, we can reverse the process. We can start with electricity, and with electricity, we can turn a wheel or a physical action. In other words, we can reverse the process, we can start with physical action to create electricity or we can start with electricity and create physical action. I’m sure that everybody can understand that.

Now, let’s apply it in a higher level of values. We can start with physical action and create a feeling and then in turn, feeling will create a physical action. Show me a man that has no feeling and if we can ask him to do certain things, which would be physical action, the doing of these things would create action which would be physical action.

Then we can cause him to feel a certain way after he goes through these physical exercises. We can create any kind of a feeling we want by getting him to assume this activity physically. To have him play a certain role physically, he will create within himself a feeling of that role. When he starts the action, he has no feeling for it at all. It is merely an exercise, a physical exercise.

Show me a man who has a certain feeling for a role and he will play the role and do the things that the role calls for. In other words, we can start with physical action and creating feeling, or we can start with feeling and create an action. That is the law of reversibility, and this law works on every level of life. On the first dimension, the second dimension, the third dimension and the fourth dimension.

So, how do we get a feeling?

No matter how cold we may feel toward some idea, we identify the physical action in which we would exercise if we were playing the role, then we decide to do that, at first without feeling, then we do it over and over and over again until we create the feeling, and as soon as we create a strong feeling we are appropriating the basic essence of life.

We can consciously express this feeling; it will be impressed upon the subconscious and anything that is impressed upon the subconscious must become a habitual experience in our lives.

So, while education is a wonderful thing, it is not necessary to have a so-called academic education, perchance you don’t have one. If you have one it is wonderful and I congratulate you, but I do not want anyone who does not have a so-called academic education to say, “Well, this can’t happen to me,” because it isn’t necessary to have an education to propagate this law of reversibility. If you can act like a king, if you can feel like a king, you can be a king. If you can act like you are rich, you can feel like you are rich, and if you can feel like you are rich, you can be rich. If you can act like you are healthy, you can feel like you are healthy, and if you can feel like you are healthy, you can be healthy. All of these laws are fundamental and incorporate all secondary laws, such as nutrition, such as cleanliness, such as exercise. Any secondary law, that any school of thought recommends, is subsidiary to these laws about which I am speaking at this time.

Now, how do you get a feeling? You get a feeling by going through the physical exercises that you would go through if you were already the type of person you want to be. It is the number two portion of the “If You Can Count To Four” Formula.

The number two portion is, “Pretend that you already are the person you want to be.

Pretend that you already have what you want to have. That is the appropriating of the law of reversibility. I did not go into this law in the original discussion on the If You Can Count To Four Formula because I wanted to keep it very, very simple indeed.

However, through starting with action, if you will start with action, you can create the feeling, the type of action that you would be in engaged in if you were the person that you want to be and if you already had the things that you want to have. Go through that action and go through it over and over again until you feel very strongly about it, Then as soon as you feel strongly about it, it must become experience. There is no way to stop it other than neutralizing it by giving your subconscious a counter demand or a counter feeling.

Isn’t it a wonderful idea to be able to know that you can be anything you want to be and have anything you want to have merely by going through an act? One of the greatest psychologists in the world (William James) said. “Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. Act like you are healthy and you will become healthy. Act like you are prosperous and you will become prosperous.”

Those statements are based upon the deeper laws of the universe which are real and tangible and basic, just like any other law. So, with childlike faith, I challenge each of you to act like you are the person you want to be, act like you have the things that you want to have. Select that beautiful mansion in which you would want to live and think like it is yours and act like it is yours. Go through the action of going out to it as though it were yours. Pick out that lovely automobile and act like it is yours. Go through every moment as though it is yours until you have the feeling it is yours, and as soon as the subconscious is deeply impressed with the feeling that it is yours, it will go through all the natural means of obtaining it for you, even to raising the money. Yes, this covers the financial as well as all other aspects.

So, this law of reversibility is the law that we must learn to use in order to get the feeling.

Very briefly, I’m going to share with you this process, as I used it myself, in taking my trip around the world last year. Several months before we actually took the trip, we designed the idea in the coldest fashion. There was no feeling for it, but we began to act as though we were going to take the trip. We design our plans. Where we would go first, how much time we would spend in each place, on the absolute assumption that we’re going to take a trip, and it was very interesting, indeed, to observe just how each time we had a conference, each time we acted as though we actually taking the trip, how the feeling developed in Mrs. Jones and myself and our close associates who were working on the plan.

In a few weeks time, after we had been going through this activity or the law of action, starting with the law of action, it wasn’t long before we had a very strong feeling about the whole trip around the world. Of course, as many of you know, we actually took the trip.

It became an experience and the law says that if you start with action, start with physical activity, which is under the direct control of the conscious mind, you can go through these activities, even coldly and mechanically, and if you keep on going through these activities consciously and mechanically, you will stir a strong feeling in the subconscious.

That may repeat again and again, that any concept, any idea that is well-defined and is well impressed with feeling upon the subconscious, it must express as an experience area. It has no choice, it is a law the same as the law of gravity, mathematics, chemistry or electricity.

So, you can literally be anything you want to be and you can have anything that you want to have if you will first of all identify it:

(1) Define it then play the game
(2) until it becomes a strong feeling in the conscious and then express this concept with strong feeling on the subconscious, and then it must become an experience in your life.

So, I challenge you to test this out.

Try to prove me wrong, if you will. If you will prove it is correct, it is a “truth” then you can literally be anything you want to be and you can have anything you want to have.

So, dare to dream largely and “make no small plans for they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A Winning Attitude – Earl Nightingale – Change Your Life

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A Winning Attitude

(An excerpt from the besting series How to Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds, based on talks by Earl Nightingale)

Our attitude will determine whether we tend to be lucky or not. People who expect to be lucky, who expect good things to happen to them more often than bad, actually go through life from one piece of good fortune to another. I know there are cynics who don’t believe all of this, but it’s true all the same and it’s been proved hundreds of thousands of times.

It doesn’t mean you can pick the winner at the track or bet on the right team. There are too many variables in such things. But we get from life what we tend to expect from it. We do the things we make up our minds to do, live in the towns or areas we want to live in, and work at the jobs of our choice – once we learn the magic of putting our minds and attitudes to work in our lives.

The person with the attitude that he can’t do something, will seldom do it. The person who believes he can does – perhaps not the first time, but his attitude gives him the confidence to stay with it until it’s been accomplished.

When I was starting out to build my business, I used to call on advertising agencies in Chicago. I met a lot of receptionists and telephone operators and give my greeting and ask how they felt and I recall hearing on several occasions, in fact, most of the time the response, “I’m tired.” I’d say, well, it’s only 10 o’clock in the morning. How can you be tired already? No sleep last night? “No,” The receptionist would say, “I got plenty of sleep. I’m just tired in the mornings.” These people had tired attitudes. They expected to be tired, but if they were leaving on vacation that morning or a special weekend were coming up, chances are they’d get up feeling great.

Nearly every time I started something of some size and risk. I’ve had people tell me not to try, you’ll just lose your shit. They’d say they had losing attitudes. I never gave it a thought. And you’ll find that typical of people who get things done. They may proceed with great caution and care and go to great lengths to avoid making any unnecessary mistakes, but they fully intend to win. And when they do. With an attitude of failure, we’re equipped before we start.

Successful people come in all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all have one thing in common, a winning attitude.

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