Alena Henry Columbus, Ohio, USA
CHAPTER 1 – THOUGHTS ARE THINGS
Dear Mr. Hill by writing to you this letter I would like to congratulate you on your great work and lifelong project that appeared in the form of the “Think and Grow Rich” book. You can be proud of yourself because I would not be wrong if I would say that almost every person in America has read your book at least once or very least heard about it. The ideas and principles from your book went above and beyond the borders of this country and reached people all over the world.
Mr. Hill, you were right when you warned us in the introduction of your book that the secret of success will appear only to ones who are ready and searching for it. When you read your book for the very first time it is like a bucket of ice cold water been poured over you. Your hands are shaking, your heart beats million beats per minute and your thoughts are all over the place. You want to get everything right away, now, but if you are not ready for the information and will start to practice the suggestions from the book with an old mind set and old limitations, instead of getting out of problems and troubles you will dig yourself deeper into it. Why does this happen? Because you are not ready to do it on your own. How do I know? Because I have been there and done that. I wish this book came with a mentor as a package; a person who can help you to discover yourself and open cans of worms of your own mind. When people get this book in their hands for a first time it is the same as if we get a book of magic spells with ultimate power and only those privy will see and experience the success.
Dr. Hill, in your first chapter “Thoughts are Things” you are telling us that “When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have hiding during all those lean years.” Ironically it is very truth that changes come at the same time and we need to be ready for them. We all pray for money, popularity, for a success but when it comes sometimes we don’t know what to do with it. We get scared, confused and sometimes will give it all back just because it is too much to handle. If our mind and body are still in the world of old habits we are simply not ready for these changes. This is how myths of getting rich, or getting successful, or getting popular come alive.
Another great point in the first chapter states “Another weakness found in altogether too many people is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some persons who read this will believe that they cannot think and grow rich, because their thought habit have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.” To make any changes in our lives we always have to start with changes in our habits. If we want to get a better body we know that we have to change our eating and activities. If we want to become happier we have to change our focus and if we want to succeed in any way we must change our thinking.
Dr. Hill even if all your work will come to only this one chapter “Thoughts are Things” you deserve to be remembered and this chapter studied by all but lucky for us we have fourteen more chapters to read and the whole world of our mind to discover.
Thank you for everything you done