“Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in his development
and use of his imagination. He has not yet reached the apex of
development in the use of his imaginative faculty. He has merely
discovered that he has an imagination and has commenced to use
it in a very elementary way.” Napoleon Hill
Imagination is the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or
images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses,
the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.
It was just a piece of paper, a single sheet on which was written the formula for medicine. “Doc” had created the “medicine” just a few
years ago and had been selling it in his drug store. He had had some
limited success, but because he lacked the marketing skill necessary
it just did not take off.
Due to debts he had accumulated and illness, he decided to raise
cash by selling that piece of paper with the now patented formula.
He approached a young clerk which an imagination for marketing who
saw the potential for the “medicine” and with his life’s saving
purchased the piece of paper.
Using his creative imagination for marketing he launched a campaign
touting the formula as a refreshing beverage. His synthetic imagination
saw the value of using the new process for bottling as a method for
expanding his market.
Here we are 133 years later, and Coke Cola is the largest beverage
company in the world. Through both the synthetic and creative imagination of many leaders the growth continues.
“Logic will get from point A to point B. Imagination gets you
everywhere.” Albert Einstein
The Doctor’s point A was his desire to provide skills and education
which the people needed to be productive citizens in the community.
His synthetic imagination saw an education system unlike the orthodox
methods of the day, available to anyone, providing skills, and
teaching them how to think and reason for themselves.
His point B was knowing he would need a million dollars just to start
such a school. The question which ran through his mind for 2 years has
how and where he could find one million dollars. From where this
he did not know, but his creative imagination took over, convincing
him to announce he would be speaking on “What I would do if I had a
million dollar?” He posted the announcement of the title in the
Saturday paper, then set about writing his lesson. With inspiration
and imagination, he penned the sermon. Rising Sunday morning, reviewing
his notes and then going to his church only discovered as he enters the
pulpit, he had left his notes at home.
Again, creativity imagination steps in directing him just to speak from
his heart. That day was Dr. Gunsaulus’ dream of a million was fulfilled.
The school he started over 100 years ago still stands today.
Here at Mentoring for Free is the opportunity for us to use the synthetic
and creative imagination to build our web of connections, tools to ignite
our personal development, and wisdom to move our businesses forward, and
it is all free to use. Here we too are taught how to think and encouraged
Here I have discovered that I can use my imagination, to change my life
and help others to do likewise. Thank you, Linda and Michael Dlouhy for
the tremendous wisdom and encouragement you have shared with each of us.