Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nathan Grimes Lubbock, TX, United States

Posted: 2016-07-09

CHAPTER 5: SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE,
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OR OBSERVATIONS

“The person who stops studying merely because he has finished 
school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter 
what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of 
continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

It was January 1970, Connie and I had only been married 5 months.
I made a decision to leave college, where I had been studying for 
the ministry, to service as the minister for a church in Brookston, 
Indiana. Little did I know that my real schooling was just getting 
started. Sure the classes in school were great in the book knowledge. 
I did know how to do research and write sermons (a little). I could 
teach class about the Bible story. BUT, here is the rest of the story.

I now had to learn specialized knowledge, such as how to better speak 
publicly. Many of you may not notice, but I have little of accent. So 
this Southerner had to learn had slow down when speaking, and pronoun 
words more correctly (which I still have to work on). I still can see 
Connie sitting in audience (my speech tutor) with her hand signals, 
telling me when I was talking too loud, too low, or too fast and the one 
“you talking too long”. She didn’t know about “Stop It” then.

Another specialized knowledge I had to work on was the people skills, how 
to understand them and all of their demands placed on me. I must admit the 
one specialized knowledge I wish I had back then is, “It’s none of my 
business what others think of me. My only business is what I think of me!” 
Oh, where was Michael’s wisdom, then.

We are informed in this chapter of two kinds of knowledge, general and 
specialized. We can read books, takes classes, watch videos, or listen to 
audios for all kind of general knowledge and not make any money. Hill says 
that the word educate is derived from the Latin word “educo” meaning to 
develop from within. It is in knowing how to organize and use knowledge after 
they are acquired, when it can become specialized knowledge. “The man who can 
organize and direct a “Master Mind” group of men who possess knowledge useful 
in the accumulation of money, is just as much a man of education as any man in 
the group.”

Thoughts with a burning desire, strengthen by faith and the repeating of 
self-talk to our subconscious mind are within our control. As Mr. Hill wrote, 
“— that we rise to high positions or remain at the bottom BECAUSE OF CONDITIONS 
WE CAN CONTROL IF WE DESIRE TO CONTROL THEM.”

Thank you Michael for helping me to get back my control. I have found with MFF
a hope that I have been missing. With the new boot camp, I find a path which I
can follow. and a home with those who believe in me and are helping me believe 
in myself again.

Nathan Grimes
Lubbock, TX US

PS: Be patient, have faith, and work towards what you desire.