Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ethel Van Zanten Tucson,, Arizona, USA

Posted: 2019-12-11

Chapter 1-Thoughts are things 


 As I reflect on my life, I know that Mr. Napolean Hill is right about what  it takes to have a desire with a definite purposes.  When I was in high school I had a desire to be in a band and play my clarinet and sing..  I also had a desire to leave the town I lived in because I just knew there were places in the world that weren’t so conservative that they influenced the kind of education students received.  I did leave this town a week after I graduated by joining the military.  I passed an audition playing my clarinet and played in the only all women’s band in the Army called the 14th Army WAC Band.    I didn’t realize it at the time but I did take advantage of an opportunity while I was in high school did not come my way.  My mother encouraged me to join the army and off I went one week after graduation.  This was the best thing that I did in my life because after serving in the amy for three years I was able to get a college education with the GI Bill that paid for my tuition at college.  

From this experience, I did learn some of the other principles that Mr. Hill speaks about in this book.  My horizon was broadened because I learned there were other desires that I had in my life. I wanted to find a man that had similar interests as I did.  This took a while.    It was in college that I found my man.  He had the same interests, his goals were not as defined, but after consultation we have come to an agreement.  Another desire I had was to travel and learn to know what people from other places in the world think. Being persistent has been a help in this area.  Being able to observe and listen to people from other parts of the world has increased my knowledge of what is and has been a desire on my part to bring peace and happiness to everyone that I meet.  

By applying what I have learned and am still learning I have found how to search out the truth for myself. Michael calls it learning how to think not what to think and it is a continual process.  This is because everyone is different in the way we think and that is the way God has created us all. 


Ethel Van Zanten

Tucson, AZ