Ethel Van Zanten Tucson,, Arizona, USA
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