Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Michael Dlouhy Brooksville, Florida, USA

Posted: 2017-06-01

Chapter 7 Organized Planning

Keep in mind these facts:—

First. You are engaged in an undertaking of major importance to you. To be sure of success,
you must have plans which are faultless.

Second. You must have the advantage of the experience, education, native ability and imagination
of other minds. This is in harmony with the methods followed by every person who has accumulated
a great fortune.

No individual has sufficient experience, education, native ability, and knowledge to insure the
accumulation of a great fortune, without the cooperation of other people. Every plan you adopt,
in your endeavor to accumulate wealth, should be the joint creation of yourself and every other
member of your “Master Mind” group.

You may originate your own plans, either in whole or in part, but SEE THAT THOSE PLANS ARE
CHECKED, AND APPROVED BY THE MEMBERS OF YOUR “MASTER MIND” ALLIANCE.

It should be encouraging to know that practically all the great fortunes began in the form of
compensation for personal services, or from the sale of IDEAS. What else, except ideas and
personal services, would one not possessed of property have to give in return for riches?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of people in the world. One type is known as LEADERS,
and the other as FOLLOWERS. Decide at the outset whether you intend to become a leader in
your chosen calling, or remain a follower.

The difference in compensation is vast. The follower cannot reasonably expect the compensation
to which a leader is entitled, although many followers make the mistake of expecting such pay.

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED! That is just the point I am trying to emphasize. TIMES HAVE CHANGED!

Moreover, the change is reflected not merely in railroad offices and on street cars, but in other
walks of life as well. The “public-be-damned” policy is now passé. It has been supplanted by the
“we-are-obligingly-at-your-service, sir,” policy.