Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Michael Robertson Marietta, South Carolina, USA

Posted: 2016-09-05

"Through the ages which have passed, man has depended too much upon his physical senses, and has limited his knowledge to physical things, which he could see, touch, weigh, and measure. We are now entering the most marvelous of all ages—an age which will teach us something of the intangible forces of the world about us. Perhaps we shall learn, as we pass through this age, that the “other self” is more powerful than the physical self we see when we look into a mirror.
Last, but not least, man, with all of his boasted culture and education, understands little or nothing of the intangible force (the greatest of all the intangibles) of thought.”  Napoleon Hill  
This story on “60 Minutes” caught my attention;
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.  Twenty years in the making, a cost of  $8 billion dollars, the facility is a 17 mile circular tunnel, 300 feet beneath a small town on the French/Swiss border.

Without becoming to technical, the machine basically accelerates particles to near the speed of light and crashes them, observing the “pieces” that result gives insight as to how matter is constructed.  I’ve used this method since early childhood-the real trick is putting them back together!


It is amazing to me that such effort and resources should be put into a theoretical application.  Particle physics is way beyond my brain capacity, but I am glad there are folks capable and motivated for such endeavors. 


The first major goal of the project, which I believe they accomplished, was to prove the existence of a particle called the “Higgs Boson.”  Not even going to begin to try to explain this one(using great restraint resisting my juvenile urges :), but  the really interesting aspect of the story is the man who sparked the whole project. This particle is named for the man who theorized it’s existence decades ago, Peter Higgs, a fairly low key, unassuming professor in Scotland. 


60 Minnutes located professor Higgs and asked him what he thought about all the effort and resources being directed at his theory.  When asked what machinery and resources he employed in making his proposed discovery that sparked this massive project, he  answered, A pencil and a piece of paper.


He used his thoughts to come up with an intangible that can only be demonstrated tangible with very great effort.  Although the nature of his reasoning is beyond me, the process is simple- he had a desire and he applied thought. I conclude, professor Higgs is a man who has learned how to think, not what to think.  


Hill gives us the simple formula to use in applying one of the 13 principals needed to translate our desire into it's physical counterpart:  


"You have but three principles to bear in mind, and to apply, when you wish to use your broadcasting station—the SUBCONSCIOUS MIND, CREATIVE IMAGINATION, and AUTO-SUGGESTION. The stimuli through which you put these three principles into action have been described—the procedure begins with DESIRE. THE GREATEST FORCES ARE “INTANGIBLE”  


Michael Robertson


Learning how to think not what to think.