Michael Robertson Marietta, South Carolina, USA
"If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honesty, alone, will bring riches, perish the thought! It is not true!
Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of HARD work! Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck."
This is a huge statement which may go against the grain of what most of us believe or have been taught. It is, however, seemingly evident many times in life. Have you ever caught yourself saying, "Wish I had thought of that," or "He's so lucky." I'm sure it was said of the inventor of Coke, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates.....
I will, however, take exception to the statement;
The "hard work" for many of us may be in the preparation and cultivation of the mind to embrace and utilize these principles.
It may be the "honesty" of self evaluation necessary to clear the field for better thoughts and desires.
"Your imaginative faculty may have become weak through inaction. It can be revived and made alert through USE. This faculty does not die, though it may become quiescent through lack of use."
Much effort and persistence may be necessary to maintain and exercise these muscles weak with neglect.
Much effort may be required to resist forces, both internal and external, which hamper our growth.
"Keep in mind as you follow these principles, that the entire story of how one may convert DESIRE into money cannot be told in one statement. The story will be complete, only when one has MASTERED, ASSIMILATED, and BEGUN TO MAKE USE of all the principles."
Thanks to Michael and Linda for the "creative imagination" providing this forum! Thanks to the leaders who share their experience each week.
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction."
John F. Kennedy