Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Frank Larrabee Covina, CA, USA

Posted: 2017-06-03


The Sixth Step toward Riches

I'm going to share this chapter and how it applied to my Bowling game.                                             My brother Tom suggested we go bowling back in the summer of 2009.                                                 We did this daily, because we were both competitive. 


I had not picked up a bowling ball in over 16 years. Back when I was a young man,                             I bowled 7 days a week, worked in a bowling supply company, and part time in a pro shop. 

Still, neither of us could score well after 2-3 weeks of daily practice. 

So, our plan began to form. We began to ask questions of different people. The pro shop owners,   well scoring bowlers, lane mechanics, and bowling ball makers.                                                       They became Our bowling master mind. 

(a) Ally yourself with a group of as many people as you may need for the creation, and carrying out of your plan, or plans for the accumulation of money—making use of the “Master Mind” principle described in a later chapter. (Compliance with this instruction is absolutely essential. Do not neglect it.)

We both made changes, and improved, just slightly.                                                                             After 3-4 months, we were averaging in the mid 180's.                                                                           We made more changes, and went up to the mid 190's.                                                                         After 8-9 months we were just over 200, practicing 5 games a day, 7 days a week.                             What we were learning was to keep updating our equipment.                                                                 Of course the pro shop owners liked this.

(b) Before forming your “Master Mind” alliance, decide what advantages, and benefits, you may offer the individual members of your group, in return for their cooperation. No one will work indefinitely without some form of compensation. No intelligent person will either request or expect another to work without adequate compensation, although this may not always be in the form of money.

Our old bowling balls had been out dated by now, and, back in late 70's and the early 80's               they had slowly changed from a wood lane surface to synthetic lane surface.                                     The out dated equipment will not work on the synthetic surface.                                                             We continued to ask for advise and coaching weekly form our bowling master mind. 

(c) Arrange to meet with the members of your “Master Mind” group at least twice a week, and more often if possible, until you have jointly perfected the necessary plan, or plans for the accumulation of money.

We continued to practice on into the next year with even newer equipment.                                     Our game average hit in the 220's, and higher some weeks.                                                             Even members of our bowling master mind would show up to watch us and support us by now.       We even made money bowling tournaments local to our area.                                                          

The pinnacle for my brother Tom came the following year when he had a perfect game!,                     12 strikes in a row during a tournament. For myself, a 833 high series. 

(d) Maintain PERFECT HARMONY between yourself and every member of your “Master Mind” group. If you fail to carry out this instruction to the letter, you may expect to meet with failure. The “Master Mind” principle cannot obtain where PERFECT HARMONY does not prevail.

By following through with our plan, to bowl, and bowl better, with persistence,                                     we had a successful bowling experience.

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.

If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan, if this new plan fails to work, replace it, in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which DOES WORK. Right here is the point at which the majority of men meet with failure, because of their lack of PERSISTENCE in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

​Thank you, to everyone here, for your continued support, for believing.