Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Cheryl Stuhr Houston, TX, United States

Posted: 2019-06-19


Think and Grow Rich


“Of all the ages of civilization, this is the most favorable for the development of the imagination, because it is an age of rapid change. On every hand one may contact stimuli which develop the imagination.” Napoleon Hill.

At the time he wrote Think and Grow Rich that was true, but if Napoleon were alive today, he would agree that the last 20 years is by far more favorable for the growth of a person's imagination than ever before. Even going back as far as the beginning of our space program, visionaries have used their imaginations to accomplish, what in Napoleon's time, most would have thought as an impossible-'pie in the sky' dream.

Napoleon defines synthetic imagination as old info and concepts, which people can rearrange into different concepts. Ex. Would be taking a car that runs on gasoline and coming up with a new concept of an electric car.

He describes creative imagination as those hunches and inspirations that lead to brand new concepts, inventions, and the like. Most people think Thomas Edison invented the light bulb-he didn't. In fact, two other inventors won a patent lawsuit against Edison. So technically, Edison wasn't starting out with his own inspiration; that he received from his creative imagination, but used another inventors inspiration.

With the advent of the Internet, one can get information at the click of a key. It is my opinion, that people have so much information on hand, that they can take old concepts (synthetic) and get inspirations (creative) to develop something brand new. Bill Gates didn't invent the computer (PC), he invented the BASIC programming language that was used in the Altair PC in the mid 1970's. Bill made his fortune by running a company that fed the computer software to run. He used his creative imagination to develop that software.


Charles Babbage, an English mechanical engineer and polymath, originated the concept of a programmable computer. He conceptualized and invented the first mechanical computer in the early 19th century.

A computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.

To get back on the subject of imagination: True inspiration comes from our creative imagination which comes through Infinite Intelligence. Countless individuals through the centuries have contributed ideas, through Infinite Intelligence, that has made life better for millions. Countless individuals have contributed greatly to society by rearranging old ideas into something different but better.

I want to use my life in the betterment of others as well. And I'm getting a good start here on Mentoring For Free with a great group of Masterminds, where we discuss old ideas and make them ours.

Thank you Linda and Michael, Nathan and Connie and the rest of our group for making my life better, as I hope I am for you.

Cheryl from Houston