Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Daniel Clark Bronx, New York, United States

Posted: 2016-06-01

In this chapter, Hill tells us about the Sixth Sense that he has dropped hints about numerous times throughout the book.  He talks in great detail about how the imagination serves a wonderful purpose in helping us in our everyday lives.  I feel this is a very crucial point to reiterate, especially in this day and age for the following reasons:

Think about this for a moment; when this book was written, technology came as far as movies and television being in their “Genesis” periods.  There were no video games, no public internet, no wi-fi, no advanced technology as we know it today.  Not to mention that the world (or at least certain countries) were still recovering from The Great Depression.  I point this out because back in those days, people had to rely on their imaginations to fill in certain gaps rather than have everything spelled out for them.  In some ways, this was actually the better way to go, as it gave people the opportunity to recognize their true worth instead of what everything and everyone else tells them what their worth was.

I love the story that Hill gives about holding an imaginary council meeting with all of his favorite leaders throughout history, even giving them unique personalities (Lincoln always being late was one of my favorite parts).  Many may call this method of auto-suggestion ridiculous, but hey, rarely does one’s idea of getting prepared “make sense” to the masses.  There was an old Gatorade commercial which showed various athletes doing their own personal rituals to get them ready for their competition, ball game, boxing match, and so on, ending with the tagline “how do you prepare?”

The funny thing is I used to do something similar to what Hill did when I was a child, pretending to speak with favorite personalities of mine, each with a different distinctive attribute to contribute.  In my case, it usually came in the form of favorite cartoon characters or video game characters that I would either imagine being in a room with me or that I would speak to via setting up their action figures to simulate an “expert panel” of sorts.  I would even say things to them, like “Leonardo (from Ninja Turtles), you’re the proud leader of your team, what can you teach me about guiding others and persevering through hard times?”  Whenever life would throw obstacles at me that would slow me down in what I was trying to accomplish, I would imagine that it was my favorite characters’ enemies that were behind it.  i.e. “I wanted to go to the store today but “The Shredder” had his men cause the store to close earlier than usual”.  Somehow, it alleviated a lot of the pressure in a way that I would later wish I could as an adult (you know, after I was forced to become a “grown up”), and it even made it somewhat fun.

Then came the part where Abraham Lincoln tells Hill to:

“go ahead with your work and complete your philosophy.  That is your mission in life.  If you neglect it, for any cause whatsoever, you will be reduced to a primal state, and be compelled to retrace the cycles through which you have passed during thousands of years.”

This called to my mind “The Parable of the Talents” from the Bible, where a master puts his servants in charge of his goods while he is away.  Two of the servants invest them well while the third buries his share out of fear, and is thus, given a negative compensation whereas his two counterparts are rewarded for utilizing theirs wisely.

Hill knows that people are capable of wonderful things in life, and that people are perfect just the way they are, just like a certain fellowship of people who meet every Wednesday would reiterate!

~Daniel Clark

“That’s the toughest opponent when you get in the ring or in life”.
Rocky Balboa, pointing to his protégés reflection in a mirror in “Creed”