Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Posted: 2018-03-18

Chapter 2 Desire


The First Step toward Riches

The Word “Desire” derives from the Latin desiderare, ‘to long or wish for’, which itself derives from de sidere, ‘from the stars’, suggesting that the original sense of the Latin is ‘to await what the stars will bring’.

Desires constantly arise in us, only to be replaced by other desires. Without this continuous stream of desires, there would no longer be any reason to do anything: life would grind to a halt, as it does for people who lose the ability to desire.

In Chapter 1 of think and Grow rich we investigated dream, ideas and hunches which are the ways in which the Universe communicates with the Mind of Man. In most people this is how they remain just dreams, lost into oblivion. For those of us who realise that thoughts have substance, which can change our lives in many ways, if we change them through emotion and energy into something more. The emotion is “Desire” and it can be so powerful that nothing will sway our opinion away from the initial thought or dream.

This was true in the case of Edwin Barnes who had possibly the initial dream of becoming Edison’s Associate, but this became a burning obsession in his mind such that it became an all consuming passionate desire from which nothing could turn him. He laterally burnt his bridges so that he could not turn back and there would be no compromise.

Similarly the warrior, who went to conquer a force greater than his, ensuring only two possible outcomes, either defeat and death or victory, when he burnt the boats that brought them to the land on which they were to fight.

Similarly in our own lives we can draw similarities to these two examples. I know I can. When I purchased my first house, it was everybody’s opinion that I was too young for anyone to lend me the required monies. I desired that house and nothing was going to stop me getting it. There were many obstacles but I was confident of obtain the house that I gave notice that we would stop renting the property in which we lived in two months. We completed the purchase one week early.

Similarly in business if we receive a hunch that we should pursue then we should follow the six steps outlined in this chapter by Hill. By this means we bring it to the notice of the Universe and show, by our persistent reading of our intended money requirement and the time span, that it is a passionate Desire.

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.