Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA

Posted: 2020-07-29

Napoleon Hill wrote that “DESIRE is the Starting Point 
of all achievement.” He also wrote about DESIRE backed 
by FAITH. 

Note that both Desire and Faith are POSITIVE emotions, 
they vibrate in HARMONY. We must not be tempted to mix 
Desire with negative emotions such as Hate, Greed, 
Jealousy or Revenge. They disturb the creative energy 
of Desire and lead ultimately to destruction.

How do we know which emotions are moving us? We each 
have a built-in moral compass which tells us whether we 
are on a right path or wrong path. We know right from 
wrong instinctively, even before we see them codified 
in laws and codes of ethics. Our Creator wrote Natural 
Law into our DNA.

Hill wrote step 5 of his formula, “Write out a clear, 
concise statement of the amount of money you intend to 
acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state 
what you intend to give in return for the money, and 
describe clearly the plan through which you intend to 
accumulate it.”

He did not write, “state who you intend to fleece,” or, 
“state how you intend to cheat.” He used the word, 
give,” which means there is a natural balance in the 
acquisition of money.

For the first story in his book, The Slight Edge, Jeff 
Olson tells about the Water Hyacinth - a delicate 
flowering plant which floats on the surface of ponds in 
warm climates. It reproduces by duplicating itself once 
every day. If the water is still and undisturbed, one 
hyacinth will grow into a colony covering an entire 
small pond in 30 days.

On day 2 there are 2 plants, 4 on day 3. On day 15, it 
will cover a single square foot of the pond’s surface. 

On the twentieth day, it becomes a dense patch about 
the size of a small mattress. On day 29, one-half of 
the pond will be open water.

On the thirtieth day, the entire pond will be covered 
by a blanket of water hyacinth. You will not see any 
water at all.

If you are too impatient to wait 30 days, there are two 
ways to hasten the process - one natural, the other 
unnatural.

If you start day one with 2 plants, you reduce the time 
to 15 days; 3 plants, 10 days.

However, if you add chemicals to the water in an 
attempt to stimulate hyacinth growth in a manner 
against its nature, you may see a temporary rapid 
growth; but, because you poisoned the pond, ultimately 
your result will likely be - zero hyacinths.

I’ve witnessed many network marketers destroy their 
businesses through impatience to achieve a desired pin 
level before their base is established enough to 
sustain it.

A common unethical practice is known as Inventory 
Loading: Distributors coerce members of their team to 
purchase large quantities of product to inflate their 
team’s volume in the current month.

Stocking an inventory is a valid practice for a 
business with an established customer base, but not for 
a novice with little or no business experience. The 
practice leads to undue pressure and stress, a cycle of 
indebtedness, and an imbalance which stunts the natural 
growth of the team - and eventually kills it.

Novices trust and rely on their leaders to guide them 
in sound business practices. Betraying that trust is 
one of the worst sins one can commit.

Before engaging in any practice, carefully consult your 
moral compass.

Your Friend and Servant, 

Ken Klemm - Florida, S of A

P.S. “If it looks like a fish and smells like fish … it 
usually is a fish.” ~ skyPurple