Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Posted: 2016-09-27

Chapter 1 - Thoughts are things.

For most of my early life I had believed life was pretty much mapped out for us by birth, background and circumstance. Certainly almost everyone I knew lived their daily lives in a similar way to our own, from day to day with little thought of much beyond getting by till the next payday when there might be a little money to spend on something other than bills. I knew we weren't alone, millions of other families lived the same way so there was little reason to believe life should, or could be different.

In around 19878 my first introduction to the concept of being able to take charge of my own future came from reading “The lazy Mans Way to Riches” by Joe Karbo who in the early 70’s had made millions in Direct Sales using a similar technique to those described by Hill. Using what he called his “daily declarations”, created to bring to reality the thoughts he framed to allow his subconscious mind provide the plans for his conversion from destitution to wealth, Karbo within a few short years had an office on the beach, two boats, a Cadillac and a winter cabin in the mountains.

Although fascinated by it, I didn’t take on board the lessons in the story until reading Think and Grow Rich for the first time two or three years later when I realised I was reading pretty much the same information but presented in a different way.

Only thinking back since have I realised how much of what success I have enjoyed was down to the principles and techniques I had read about, used and followed but which I had allowed to lapse for a number of years before joining Mentoring for Free when I was re-introduced to daily self-talk.

For me, this chapter lays the foundations for and confirms the power and value of crafting thoughts and ambitions into what we call our daily self-talk.

If thoughts are things, certainly every idea and invention begins life as a thought, is surely makes sense to frame our thoughts into shaping the things we most desire?

Also mentioned is the famous line by Willian Henley “I am the master of my fate, I am the master of my soul”. What Henley didn’t do though was to say WHY …. and it is left to Mr. Hill to explain that we have all this control because we have power and influence over our thoughts. 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.

We should also know, that before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must become “money conscious until the DESIRE for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.

The clues to creating the right self-talk for each of us all lie in this chapter. Once thoughts and concerns over previous failures or self-doubt are thrown aside and accept we truly are masters of our own destiny, the path to reaching the life we want to live becomes clearer and easier to follow.

 With thanks for all the support and patience,

John Smith - Gloucester