Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Pearl Sullivan Bronx, New York, United States

Posted: 2022-08-24

Chapter 5 – Skills + Knowledge + Application = The Power to Succeed

“He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words, And a man of understanding and wisdom 
has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper).”
Proverbs 17:27 (AMP)

“For this reason, since the day we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically]
that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes],
and in understanding [of spiritual things],”
Colossians 1:9

“As knowledge is acquired it must be organized and put into use, for a definite purpose, through practical
plans. Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward some worthy end.
This is one reason why college degrees are not valued more highly. They represent nothing but miscellaneous

If you contemplate taking additional schooling, first determine the purpose for which you want the knowledge
you are seeking, then learn where this particular sort of knowledge can be obtained, from reliable sources.
Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose,
business, or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge
acquiring period ends when one finishes school. The truth is that schooling does but little more than to put one
in the way of learning how to acquire practical knowledge.”
Napoleon Hill

As I continue on this journey of the Mastermind group, my self-worth is increasing daily.  I’m mindful of the words
I speak because words are powerful tools to help organize, plan and apply knowledge. As Mr. Hill tells us in this
chapter, it is not just book or formal education that creates an educated person, but the ability to apply and create
positive experiences that make one successful in life. 

I remember learning in the book “Everything You Need for Success You Learn in Kindergarten” that treating others
as you want to be treated is the way to live. During last week's discussion, it was revealed that how our parents
nurtured us play a big part in how we develop into adults. Some of us remember the rules and stay true to the
Golden Rule. Others become victims of their environment and develop self-esteem issues. Whether it is positive
or negative esteem is up to each of us to overcome.

Through my positive relationships, I am relearning how to remain focused on the objective; to become my best self.
I’m conscientious about who rents space in my head now. I’m a little more mindful of my words. Still dealing with
internet issues that irritate me daily, however, I am speaking more positive words to help it connect and stay connected.

I’m learning it is the little things that spoil the vine, so I’m becoming more aware of my time management and remaining
a person of integrity towards others.  As I become more of Pearl, I see more success in my daily non-negotiables. Life has
gotten busy with more ministry demands; however, my focus is better.  This is the wisdom, knowledge, understanding,
and creativity that Mr. Hill wants us to apply to our organized plan for success.

Each week with this mastermind group is a blessing. Thank you, Linda and Michael Dlouhy, for your continued help
towards others’ success. This is the best way to pay it forward and continue to reap the blessing that you sow. Thank
you to my co-mentors for your continued presence and participation in the group. We are successful and possess all
that is necessary to continue to help others.

Pearl Sullivan, Bronx, NY