Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Bill Tesch Chandler, Arizona, United States

Posted: 2019-12-10

Chapter 1 Thoughts are things

TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that.

In chapter one 2 stories are given, 

The first story about Mr. Barnes is one of persistence and desire which started out as a thought, 

Months went by. Apparently nothing happened to bring the coveted goal which Barnes had set up in his mind as his DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE. But something important was happening in Barnes’ mind. He was constantly intensifying his DESIRE to become the business associate of Edison.

Psychologists have correctly said that “when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance.”

This story tells me, that we are guided by our thoughts and when we are ready success will happen.

 The second story about Mr. Darby is the same concept as Mr, Barns but a different path to be taken  "3 feet from Gold" if you read the story of Mr. Darby and his definite failure in mining, his decision to quit was also a thought, and a powerful thought it must have been.

He had never heard that more gold has been mined from the brains of men than has ever been taken from the earth.

Darby is one of a small group of fewer than fifty men who sell more than a million dollars in life insurance annually. He owes his “stickability” to the lesson he learned from his “quitability” in the gold mining business.

What strange power did that child use, that so completely whipped my uncle?”

The answer to his question will be found in the principles described in this book. The answer is full and complete. It contains details and instructions sufficient to enable anyone to understand, and apply the same force which the little child accidentally stumbled upon.

Keep your mind alert, and you will observe exactly what strange power came to the rescue of the child, you will catch a glimpse of this power in the next chapter. Somewhere in the book you will find an idea that will quicken your receptive powers, and place at your command, for your own benefit, this same irresistible power. The awareness of this power may come to you in the first chapter, or it may flash into your mind in some subsequent chapter. It may come in the form of a single idea. Or, it may come in the nature of a plan, or a purpose. Again, it may cause you to go back into your past experiences of failure or defeat, and bring to the surface some lesson by which you can regain all that you lost through defeat.

 That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.

Thank you

Bill