Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Lynn Gunterman Louisville , Kentucky , USA

Posted: 2016-04-06

Observe that Asa Candler and Dr. Frank Gunsaulus had one characteristic in common.  Both knew the astounding truth that IDEAS CAN BE TRANSMUTED INTO CASH THROUGH THE POWER OF DEFINITE PURPOSE, PLUS DEFINITE PLANS.

If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honesty, alone, will bring riches, perish the thought!!  It is not true!!  Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of HARD work!  Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.  Generally speaking, an idea is an impulse of thought that impels action, by an appeal to the imagination.  All master salesmen know that ideas can be sold where merchandise can't.  Ordinary salesmen do not know this-that is why they are "ordinary".

Millions of people go through life hoping for favorable "breaks."  Perhaps a favorable break can get one an opportunity, but the safest plan is not to depend upon luck.  It was a favorable break that gave me the biggest opportunity of my life--but--twenty five years of determined effort had to be devoted to that opportunity before it became an asset.

The favorable break came through Carnegie, but what about the DETERMINATION, DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE, and the DESIRE TO ATTAIN THE GOAL, and the PERSISTENT EFFORT OF TWENTYFIVE YEARS?  It was no ordinary DESIRE that survived disappointment, discouragement, the temporary defeat, criticism, and the constant reminding of "waste of time."  It was a BURNING DESIRE!!  AN OBSESSION!!

when the idea was first planted in my mind, it was coaxed, nursed, and enticed to remain alive.  Gradually, the idea became a giant under it's own power, and it coaxed, nursed, and drove me.  Ideas are like that.  First, you give life and action and guidance to ideas, then they take on power of their own and sweep aside all opposition.

Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them.  They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust.  

(The Law Of Success, by Napoleon Hill)

What a might power is imagination, the workshop of the soul, in which thoughts are woven into railroads and skyscrapers and mills and factories and all manner of material wealth.

"I hold it true that thoughts are things; They're endowed with bodies and breath and wings; And that we send them forth to fill The world with good results or Ill.  That which we call our secret thought, Speeds forth to earth's remotest spot, Leaving it's blessings or woes, Like tracks behind it as it goes.  We build our future, thought by thought, For good or ill, yet know it not, Yet so the universe was wrought.  Thought is another name for fate; Choose, then, thy destiny and wait, For love brings love and hate brings hate."

If your imagination is the mirror of your soul, then you have a perfect right to stand before that mirror and see yourself as you wish to be.  Your imagination belongs to YOU!!  USE IT!!  The more you use it the more efficiently it will serve you. 

It can be done!!


Lynn Gunterman