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

Posted: 2018-07-16

Chapter 3 Faith


The Second Step toward Riches

“I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you're grateful, you'll see God open up new doors.” Joel Osteen.

What is “Faith”? Are we born with it, can it be acquired?

Very pertinent questions. I believe we are born with it but like most things we can lose it due to our up brining particularly if we are not encouraged by our parents and teachers. This can be brought about by the negative emotion of Fear.

Can it be acquired, the answer is yes. Hill points out in this chapter means of acquiring Faith, which revolves around “Autosuggestion”. He goes on to point out that Faith is a state of mind or emotion. Humans have the ability to program their minds by the use of Autosuggestion or Self Talk. If we tell ourselves many hundreds or thousands of times a day, we start to believe it. It has been shown that when a person tells a lie that is all it is. But if the person continues to tell the same lie in the end they become the lie.

We use self talk to advantage in our day to day life and business. We train our thoughts to believing that what we desire we can already visualise. Barnes before he ever meet Edison visualised himself in business with the Great Inventor. Hill himself never lost sight of his desire that his Son would here like any other human being.

There are three powerful Human Emotions, Love, Faith and Sex, the first two are psychic, the last purely physical. When they are mixed and work together they transmute any passionate desire into its physical equivalent.

Joel Osteen quote above sums up “Faith” in showing if you do not have Faith you live in a state of Fear. Whether it be a lack of money, leading to poverty, fear of illness which can lead a person to becoming a hypochondriac and so on. Keeping Faith associated with an attitude of Trust will allow a higher power (God) to open doors to which we could did not believe possible. This is why we are told to right down dreams and hunches and seek to achieve them.

In Chapter 1 of ‘Think and Grow Rich” Hill introduces us to the statement that “Anything man can conceive he can Achieve”. I believe this statement to be true and couple it with the additional statement of “How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything” and you have a formula for Success.

Follow the thirteen steps set out in this book, WITHOUT DEVIATION and you will succeed in whatever undertaking you do. Don’t expect overnight success, remember Barnes waited five years before his opportunity made its appearance.

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.