Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Sharon Valentine Houston, Texas, United States

Posted: 2016-09-04

Chapter 13 – The Brain


Napoleon Hill says:  When stimulated, or “stepped up” to a high rate of vibration, the mind becomes more receptive to the vibration of thought which reaches it through the ether from outside sources. This “stepping up” process takes place through the positive emotions, or the negative emotions. Through the emotions, the vibrations of thought may be increased.”  So, he says, that we can create a fantastic and meaningful life through vibrating our thoughts with positive emotions, or a miserable, and unfulfilling one by vibrating with negative emotions.


It’s our choice on which energy we choose to focus on in our lives, and daily decisions on what we focus on creates our lives.


John Wooden was a UCLA basketball coach from 1948 – 1975, winning 10 national championships in a 12 year period including 7 in a row, and a record 88 consecutive winning streak in men’s basketball – rare feats in any sport.  Coach Wooden inspired his players with his “Pyramid of Success” that applies both in winning basketball games and in life.  He offered words of wisdom like:  “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”, “Listen if you want to be heard.”, “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”  John Wooden lived 99 years and left a legacy through his coaching, speaking and writing about leadership.


Jerry Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Penn State University from 1969 – 1999.  He was recognized as a very successful assistant coach winning “Assistant Coach of the Year” twice, and wrote several books about football.  In 1977 he started The Second Mile, a non-profit charity serving Pennsylvania's underprivileged and at-risk youth.  Despite everything going for him, he chose a life on negative energy, and immoral decisions.  Now he’s serving 30 – 60 years in prison.  His actions effected his family, friends and Penn State University.


John Wooden and Jerry Sandusky both were given the privilege of serving young men through coaching in sports.  One chose to coach with uplifting and inspiring actions influencing those he coached to live an upright and purposeful life.  The other destroyed young men’s lives and punished innocents with his actions. 


These men are extreme illustrations of choosing to focus on positive versus negative energy.  Yet we can learn from the examples of their lives and realize that the emotions and energy we focus on makes a huge impact on our lives and those who we influence.  It’s time to take our thinking out of “automatic pilot” and be mindful of what we choose to think about.