Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Bob Shoaf Sunny Alamogordo, NM, USA

Posted: 2017-08-28


The Third Step toward Riches

In Chapter 1, we learned, "thoughts are things, and powerful things at that,
when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING
DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects."

In Chapter 2 we learned, "Barnes' desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It
was a keen, pulsating DESIRE, which transcended everything else. It was

Hill says, "The method, by which DESIRE for riches can be obtained, consists of
six definite, practical steps." These steps call for no sacrifice, no "hard
labor" and no great amount of education. "But the successful application of
these six steps does require sufficient imagination to enable one to see, and to
understand, that accumulation of money cannot be left to chance, good fortune,
and luck.  We must develop a DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one
wants, and a burning DESIRE to possess it."

We must become a DREAMER. We must tell the Universe what we want.

There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it.
No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of
mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for
belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.

Chapter 3 tells us, "Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious
mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith."


It is a well-known fact that one comes to BELIEVE whatever one repeats to one's
self, whether the statement be true or false.

Hill gives us the SELF-CONFIDENCE FORMULA, which has 5 Steps.  Back of this
formula is a law of Nature which no man has yet been able to explain. It has
baffled the scientists of all ages. The psychologists have named this law "auto-
suggestion," and let it go at that.

In Chapter 4, we are shown how auto-suggestion or self-talk, as we call it here
in Mentoring For Free, gives us our results or the lack of results. We have
total control over where we are in life. We are where we are due to our self-
talk since our teen age years.

We were instructed, in the last of the six steps described in the chapter 2 on
Desire, to read ALOUD twice daily the WRITTEN statement of your DESIRE FOR
MONEY, and to SEE AND FEEL yourself ALREADY in possession of the money! By
following these instructions, you communicate the object of your DESIRE directly
to your SUBCONSCIOUS mind in a spirit of absolute FAITH.

Hill suggests going back to Chapter 2 and completing those 6 Steps, and then
when we get to Chapter 7 comparing the two sets of instructions with that which
has been stated on auto-suggestion. Auto-suggestion or self-talk is involved in

To implement Chapter 2, go into some quiet spot (preferably in bed at night)
where you will not be disturbed or interrupted, close your eyes, and repeat
aloud, (so you may hear your own words) the written statement of the amount of
money you intend to accumulate, the time limit for its accumulation, and a
description of the service you intend to give in return for the money. As you

Last week, Michael told us he has been asked the secret to his success. He says,
self-talk, self-talk, self-talk.

We can say, "Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better."  Without
mixing emotion and FAITH with your words, you will experience no desirable
results, even if said a million times. Your subconscious mind recognizes and
acts upon ONLY thoughts which have been well-mixed with emotion or feeling.

I am grateful to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for their having implemented Napoleon
Hill's 13 Principles in his book, Think and Grow Rich. As a result of their
dedication to these Principles, we too have a proven, duplicatable system to
follow, to learn how to duplicate the many 100,000s of people who have found
success as a result of these Principles. Thank You, thank You, thank You Linda
and Michael Dlouhy.

I am grateful to those who have chosen to be a part of each master mind group,
who are also working on those 13 Principles. Thank You, thank You, thank You to
each one of You.

Bob Shoaf
Sunny Alamogordo, NM

PS: I am also grateful to each person who has downloaded my ebook and chosen to
find out more about how those 13 Principles can help them. The two of us are
also creating a master mind group as Napoleon Hill recommends. Thank You, thank
You, thank You to each one of You. I appreciate You very much.