Napoleon Hill and Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill offers so many hidden insights, that this book can be read and re-read with great satisfaction, many, many times. There are many teachers of the Law of Attraction who credit this book with their success. David Schirmer is one of the teachers in the movie, The Secret who claims that he still reads it once a year. He credits this book with getting him off welfare. We hope that you enjoy our synopsis. We have done our best to include those principles that you most need. Later on, when you have more time, we hope that you will take the time to explore this classic on your own.

Napoleon Hill jumps right in. On page 8 he states, "When Riches begin to come they come so quickly and in such great abundance that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years...." If this interests you, read on.

Napoleon Hill says (on page 11) that our minds "become magnetized with the dominating thoughts we hold in our minds.... These magnets attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts." This is the first principle described by Napoleon Hill.

He describes a man who "thought" himself into a partnership with Thomas Edison and how Henry Ford decided on an eight cylinder engine and set his engineers to the task. They thought it was impossible, but they were eventually inspired with a solution. Another story was about a little girl, the daughter of a tenant who went to her landlord and told him that her mother needed fifty cents. The landlord responded that he would not give it and even threatened her with a beating with a barrel stave, but she stood her ground without flinching. She just repeated that her mother needed fifty cents. The landlord reached in his pocket and gave her the fifty cents. The nephew of the landlord who witnessed "the strange power of a child" went on to become a million dollar insurance salesman based on the lesson learned -- "Never, never give up." This is true of all successful men.

Napoleon Hill regrets that the average man is all too familiar with all that is impossible. To paraphrase Henry Ford, "Whether you believe it is possible, or it is not, either way you are correct."

The first step to riches: Desire

The Starting point of all achievement.

Whatever

the Mind of Man

Can CONCEIVE

and BELIEVE

it can ACHIEVE!

Napoleon Hill emphasizes that a burning desire is what he is talking about. A warrior sailing to foreign shores had his soldiers burn all their ships after landing. He then addressed his men and reminded them that since there was no way to retreat, their only choice was to win or to perish. They won! This is the kind of commitment that will produce results. Others talk about jumping off a cliff and building your parachute on the way down.

Napoleon Hill then describes a six step method for achieving your desire. He will come back to this is subsequent chapters so it is worth the time to go through the steps with a piece of paper now. Use it and refine it as you progress through the steps as outlined by Napoleon Hill.

1) Fix in your mind the exact amount of money desired. Be definite. We are reminded that open mindedness is key and belief is necessary. Hope will not produce results.

2) Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for that money. (There is no such thing in reality as "something for nothing.") This gift might be time or work, but we cannot just sit home on the couch in exchange for the money.

3) Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money desired.

4) Create a plan and begin at once. Action is called for!

5) Write out your plan. A clear concise statement of the amount of dollars, the time frame for the acquisition, and state that which you will give in return. Describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

6) Read your written statement twice daily. As you read, see, feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.

The second step to riches: Faith

Through Visualization of and Belief in the attainment of Desire

Napoleon Hill says on page 30, that "there are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge."

On page 31, he continues that "When Faith is blended with thought, the subconscious instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence as in the case of prayer."

Here again, as in Ho'oponopono, Charles Haanel and Dr. Amidi, we hear about the translation of conscious desire due to emotional impetus. This translation is done by the unconscious, and subsequently transmitted as a wish or prayer to the Creative Source, or Infinite Intelligence, or God the Father. Napoleon Hill does not say anything about creativity moving directly from the consciousness. All writers who deal in specifics explain the process as moving from conscious desire to the unconscious and only then to the Creative Source, or Infinite Intelligence. Mike Dooley, Jack Canfield and Joe Vitale all emphasize the importance of emotional charge when attempting to manifest any idea or dream. A business coach Mindbridge has worked with always made sure that his team was "fired up!" As Cliff, or James Arther Ray might say, "When would now be a good time to get fired up?"

Napoleon Hill equates the three strongest emotions as faith, love and sex. We are probably all familiar with how great our lives go when we are in a new relationship. It isn't just that "love is blind" but that out unconscious is flooded with positive feelings. We are creative geniuses at that time, creating and attracting more goodness into our lives. How can we keep that going?

Napoleon Hill talks about repeating affirmative messages and orders to the subconscious. He adds that this will not occur by simply "reading instructions" but that positive emotions need to be fostered and entertained while negative emotions need to be discouraged and eliminated.

All of Jesus' miracles were acts of faith. Ghandi had no money, home or suit of clothes, yet his ability to transplant faith into 200 million people gave him tremendous power.

"Whether you believe you can or you can't, with way you are right." Henry Ford.

On page 34, Napoleon Hill continues, "Faith is the basis of all 'miracles'. Faith is the only known antidote for failure! Faith is the element, the chemical which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence."

We are warned in this section by Napoleon Hill, that if this creative process is used destructively rather than for the glory and success of mankind -- it will destroy just as readily. "Those men end their lives in poverty, misery and distress."

The third step to riches: Autosuggestion

The medium for influencing the Subconscious Mind

Napoleon Hill defines autosuggestion as an agency of communication between the conscious mind and the unconscious. He describes the unconscious as a fertile garden. Depending on your thoughts, you are planting either weeds or luscious fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers and trees.

Although unknown to Napoleon Hill, Ho'oponopono is a wonderful tool for eliminating negative thoughts during the day. We are sure Napoleon Hill would have approved. Holosync (see Bill Harris ) which will physiologically strengthen your mind, putting you more in control of your dominant thoughts. These are powerful aids in keeping in a positive state and avoiding negativity.

Picture this for example. If you are visualizing abundance two or three times a day and feeling pretty good about it, yet on your morning commute each day you curse out four or five other drivers and at work you are infuriated three out of five days that the coffee pot is "always" empty when you get to it. You "have" to take responsibility to make a fresh pot. Your boss "never" asks you your work plan for the day before giving you an extra project. You "can't" take lunch with your colleagues because you "should" stay at your desk to get the extra work done even though you are "starved". Meanwhile you see people going off with smiles and hear laughter from the hallway while you "slave" at your desk. You stay late and get the special project done, but when you go to hand it in, your boss has already gone home.

The evening commute is a little better because it's past the worst of the rush hour, and you picture abundance when you get home but you are hungry and frustrated and resentful which makes it hard to feel happy and your visualization has a bit of desperation connected to it because you so badly want OUT.

The autosuggestion and emotional message to the unconscious in this case is mostly terrible. You unconscious, always obedient to your emotional direction, will work to provide you with more causes for anger, lack, resentfulness, hunger, resentfulness, sadness, and more desperation. This is not going to improve until you make some internal changes. Man is the master of his destiny because he has the power to influence his subconscious mind, which connects to the collective unconscious and to the Creative Source.

Learn to look at your life differently, and miracles will begin. Ho'oponopono will help you to trust that the Universe will get you to work on time, in spite of the traffic and to feel understanding when the racers cut you off out of their "desperation" to move two or five cars ahead. Doing Ho'oponopono will remind you that you are connected to them, and that a part of you feels those feelings too. Forgive them and you forgive yourself. At the coffee pot, you can remember that making coffee for yourself and your colleagues is a gift. How good that there is a coffee pot at your job! Tomorrow someone else will make it for you if you "gift" it today.

Holosync (by Centerpointe Research) will enable you to change your way of looking at challenges. Since the brain entrainment allows you to use both sides of your brain and reduces the angry and anxious beta waves, when you are "offered" a challenge by your boss, you will come to see it as an "opportunity" to prove your value. You know that your colleagues luncheon conversation about American Idol will do nothing to move you closer to your dream, and you can always have something to eat when you want it. When you drop off the work, you are proud of it and your boss is still there to praise you. It's early because Holosync has increased your problem solving, deepened your concentration and improved your self confidence. Your boss sends you off early since you worked through lunch and you "feel" grateful and happy as you head home doing your visualization of abundance. -- The difference in feelings from the first scenario to the second will manifest the miracles you want.

Napoleon Hill says on page 55, "Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seek of an equivalent or better benefit."

Learn to look at challenges as a sign that the Universe is preparing you for something HUGH!! As Michael Beckwith says, "God does not chose the qualified, but God qualifies the chosen!"

The fourth step to riches: Specialized Knowledge

On page 57 we learn "an educated man is not, necessarily, one who has abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others."

Napoleon Hill tells us that Henry Ford had up to a sixth grade education and that Thomas Edison had only three months of formal schooling in his entire life. Both gathered men around them (mastermind group) who had the specialized knowledge that they needed.

The fifth step to riches: Imagination

The Workshop of the Mind

On page 80 we are reminded that "ideas are intangible forces [for good or bad] but they have more power than the physical brains that gave birth to them. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has turned to dust."

Napoleon Hill echoes Charles Haanel's The Master Key when he says on page 70 that "the imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.... Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence." What a disservice to students that most schools teach facts, and fiction that promotes the status quo, and discourage imagination and critical thinking which are necessary to improve not only an individual's life, but to solve the major challenges facing us all today. Even less likely are schools going to teach the skills and attitudes necessary for success and ease of manifestation, or for financial acuity.

We are reminded of Fred Alan Wolf and the quantum physicists when Napoleon Hill says on page 72, "This earth, every one of the billions of individual cells of your body and every atom of matter, began as an intangible form of energy." And back to Charles Haanel. "Desire is thought impulse! Thought impulses are forms of energy. When you begin with the thought impulse, desire to accumulate money, you are drafting into your service the same "stuff" that nature used in creating this earth.... you can build a fortune through the aid of laws which are immutable. But first you must become familiar with these laws, and learn to use them...."

And, for those familiar with the movie, The Secret The author (Napoleon Hill) "hopes to reveal to you the secret through which every great fortune has been accumulated. Strange and paradoxical as it may seem, the "secret" is not a secret. Nature herself advertises it in the earth on which we live, the stars, the planets are suspended within our view in the elements above and around us, in every blade of grass, and every form of life within our vision."

In this section, Napoleon Hill gives several examples of men who had an idea, did what they needed to do to prepare themselves, and then when they were ready, they moved into belief and inspired action.

On page 79 is a famous quote from the book. "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 alone! Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands based on the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck."

The sixth step to riches: Organized Planning

The Crystalization of Desire into Action

Napoleon Hill returns to Chapter Two, and the six definite practical steps we were told to write. We were to commit to this course of action. Although Mike Dooley would say, "Stay away from the cursed 'hows'. That is the province of the Universe." He would also explain that you need to be in action out in the world where the Universe can inspire you and put needed resources in your path.

On page 84, Napoleon Hill continues. "Some people foolishly believe that only money can make money. This is not true! Desire, transmuted into its monetary equivalent, through the principles laid down here, is the agency through which money is 'made'. Money of itself is nothing but inert matter. It cannot move, think or talk, but it can 'hear' when a man who desires it, calls it to come!"

This is a big chapter, not because Napoleon Hill covers planning extensively, but because he introduces the mastermind group, defines leadership and discusses the areas of opportunity. One caution is that no member of your mastermind group should be a quitter. "If your first plan fails, try another!.... No man is ever whipped until he quits -- in his own mind.... A quitter never wins -- and a winner never quits."

This is an important element, and some might say it isthe key element of success. There are two reasons that will keep a person in the game when there are frustrations and disappointments, criticisms and time delays making his progress difficult. The two reasons contribute to the burning passion necessary to overcome all obstacles, and to keep on when success sometimes seems to move further and further away.

1) LOVE of what you are doing, so that you would be doing it anyway for no money if necessary.

2) A driving WHY, or reason for pushing forward to success.

Napoleon Hill did not state specifically that the Universe will present you with obstacles to overcome, commensurate with your goal or dream, but all his examples speak to this. In the movie, The Secret, Bob Doyle suggests that to practice manifesting, you practice with manifesting a cup of coffee each day. This has two benefits;

1) Success is likely and will support belief in greater projects.

2) The obstacles are likely to be small and not even noticeable.

Napoleon Hill says it another way, that nothing is free. Step two of the six step plan is to determine what you will give in exchange for your gift. This might be only the "best service" as a ________ that you can give. But, there has to be something from you.

Beliefs have such a strong effect on manifesting, I would insert a question here as to whether this is due to our, and Napoleon's beliefs, or whether this is, in fact, part of the Universe's plan. According to God in Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations With God there are no "dues to pay" for miracles. You simply have to be doing something that you love, and be making decisions from love rather than from fear. However, if you believe that you must give something in exchange, then, do it out of love and not out of fear.

Napoleon Hill's lists of leadership attributes and major causes of failure in leadership are valuable for personal development goal making:

Attributes of Leadership:

1) Unwavering Courage

2) Self Control: "The man who cannot control himself can never control others. Self control sets a mighty example for one's followers which the more intelligent will emulate.

3) Keen Sense of Justice

4) Definiteness of Decision: "The man who wavers in his decisions shoes that he is not sure of himself, and cannot lead others successfully.

5) Definiteness of Plans

6) The Habit of Doing More than Paid for

7) Pleasing Personality: "No slovenly, careless person can become a successful leader for leadership calls for respect."

8) Sympathy and Understanding

9) Mastery of Details

10) Willingness to assume Full Responsibility: "For both his own mistakes and those of his followers. (See Ho'oponopono)"

11) Cooperation: "The successful leader must understand and apply the principle of cooperative efforts and be able to induce his followers to do the same."

The following list is important, possibly, if you have had a failure. Mindbridge prefers to focus on the positive, believing that all else will fall into line if that is done.

10 Major Causes of Failure in Leadership

1) Inability to Organize Details

2) Unwillingness to Render Humble service

3) Expectation of pay for what the "know" rather than what they "do" with what they know

4) Fear of Competition from Followers. (Any fear is a problem, always and in all positions.... (See Walsch, Dwoskin, and the end of this book.)

5) Lack of Imagination

6) Selfishness

7) Intemperance

8) Disloyalty

9) Emphasis on the Authority of leadership

10) Emphasis on titles

The seventh step to riches: Decision

The Mastery of Procrastination

On page 118, Napoleon Hill gives us the following quote:

Success requires no explanations

and

Failure permits no alibis

As discussed previously, Napoleon Hill's study of over 25,000 people who had experienced failure and several hundred who had accumulated fortunes well over the $1million mark, "disclosed that those who were successful reached decisions promptly and changed decisions slowly. Those who fail, without exception, have the opposite habit."

The details vary, but those who fail to accumulate are, generally, easily influenced by the opinions of others. Robert Kyosaki tells the story of his first great success, his velcro wallet business. This is also the story he tells of his first big failure, because, as a young man, he trusted his partner over his own instincts and his partner was not telling the truth regarding the accounts. They went bankrupt.

On page 120, Napoleon Hill recommends that you "keep your own counsel,... reaching your own decisions and following them. Take no one into your confidence except the members of your mastermind group...." This echoes Charles Haanel as well who tells us to keep secret our goals until the manifestation is complete. Aren't we also told as children when making our wish over our birthday cake, "Don't tell us the wish!"

"Tell the world what you intend to do," Napoleon says on page 121, "but first show it."

Napoleon Hill tells wonderful stories to illustrate his points. In this chapter he tells of the declaration of independence of American from British rule. It is worth reading if you have the time. I will give you only the quote from Patrick Henry,

"If this be treason, then make the most of it."

Napoleon Hill assures us that when we make a decision, or a commitment, with the kind of determination that we are willing to face public death on the gallows, we will never fail!

The eighth step to riches: Persistence

The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith

As we were talking about in the section on planning, "The starting point of all achievement is desire" Napoleon says on page 132. "Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires." In another section, Napoleon tells us that there is no cure for lack of ambition.

We are again encouraged to go back to our plan from Chapter Two, and start to carry out the instructions in the six steps. This is a test for us. If we find we are indifferent, we have not yet acquired the "money consciousness" which must be possessed before accumulating a fortune.

Mike Dooley also has an excellent explanation for the reasons to get active, doing anything, in his audio training, Leveraging the Universe and Engaging the Magic. He explains that once you are out in the physical world, doing your best, even if you are not yet in your dream occupation, the Universe (spiritual world) can make available to you the nudges and education, or the contacts you will need to achieve your dream. If you are sitting at home expecting the opportunity to come to you, it will not.

The Guide

So, as Napoleon Hill suggests, get busy on your plan. On page 134 he explains, "Sometimes it appear that these is a hidden Guide, whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up after defeat and keep on trying arrive and the world cries, Bravo! I knew you could do it!"

The Guide, the tester, who ensures that the petitioner has enough persistence may be testing one's faith, as well as ensuring that one has the skills to handle and keep the high place one will be given. It is during this time frame that we are given tools and connections that we will need later on.

Again, to quote Michael Beckwith, "God doesn't chose the qualified, but qualifies the chosen."

Another teacher has said, "If the road is steep and difficult, it may be the shortest route to the top."

It will be during this time period that you will be inspired to deal with your weaknesses. If you are not good at finance, you may need a bookkeeper. If you are not good at follow through, you might find yourself getting practice when even the most simple tasks will need follow through by you.

In this chapter, Napoleon Hill re-states the four steps essential for success in any endeavor, and eight qualities to train on and develop which will specifically increase your persistence.

The Four Steps:

1) A definite purpose backed by burning desire for its fulfillment.

2) A definite plan, expressed in continuous action.

3) A mind closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, froends and acquaintances.

4) A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

The Eight Qualities:

1) Definiteness of Purpose. This includes both clarity and a strong motive to push you over the barriers.

2) Desire -- It is easy to acquire and maintain persistence in pursuing the object of intense desire.

3) Self-Reliance. This is belief in one's ability to carry out a plan and should not prevent one from seeking a master group or help from those with specific knowledge that you may need.

4) Definiteness of Plans. "Organized plans, even though they may be weak and entirely impractical, encourage persistence. Mike Dooley would call this pitching balls to the Universe, even if they are pathetic lobs. It is the Universe who will hit the home run. We just need to keep the balls in the air.

5) Accurate knowledge. Knowing that one's plans are soundly based, on experience or observation, encourages persistence. "Guessing" instead of "knowing" destroys persistence.

A good teacher will encourage young entrepreneurs to find someone who has done what you want to do, and to study them and how they did it until you can do what they did!

6) Cooperation. Sympathy and understanding and harmonious cooperation with others tends to help develop persistence.

7) Will Power. Napoleon Hill stated, "the habit of concentrating one's thoughts upon the building of plans for the attainment of a definite purpose leads to persistence." And we at Mindbridge would add that "will power" is minute by minute persistence. Will power is pushing that critical thought out of your mind every time it appears, and choosing a positive thought to replace it. Will power is honoring your dreams and reading the book that will help you hone your craft, rather than turning on the TV. Will power is asking for help when you know you need it, rather than wasting time and energy doing something you're not very good at.

8) Habit. Napoleon Hill says "Persistence is the direct result of habit. The mind absorbs and feeds upon its daily experiences. Fear, the worst of all enemies, can be effectively cured by forced repetition of acts of courage. Every combat veteran knows this. Every successful athlete or public speaker knows this. As Jeff Olsen of Pre Paid Legal would say, "The successful do what the unsuccessful are not willing to do."

Take note that habit can also be your enemy if you "habitually" ignore inspiration, share gossip, or constantly chose to go out to socialize rather than to meet with business associates.

The ninth step to riches: The Power of the Master Mind

The Driving Force

Napoleon Hill says on page 147, "Power is essential for the accumulation of money.....Power is organized and intelligently directed knowledge."

He reminds us that knowledge may from any of three sources:

a) Infinite Intelligence in the form of inspiration, imagination, or provided seemingly accidental associations.

b) Accumulated experience of man as found in his memory and in the public library or university.

c) Experiment and research as men are gathering new information in present time.

It should be obvious from this alone, that the effort of an individual cannot match the combined resources of a well chosen group. On page 149 we read, "When the minds of 2 or more people are coordinated in a spirit of harmony, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the psychic phase of the master mind.

Master Mind Group

Napoleon Hill invites us to check the history of any man who has accumulated a great fortune, and many with modest fortunes, and we will find the mastermind principle was used. "Great power can be accumulated through no other principle!"

Napoleon Hill uses Henry Ford and Thomas Edison as examples for many of his principles. When Henry Ford began his business, he tells us, he had to master three handicaps -- poverty, illiteracy and ignorance. Within 10 years he had done that and within 25 years he was one of the richest men in America. During the first 10, he became friends with Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs and Luther Burbank!

On page 151, Napoleon Hill promises us that "This power is available to you!"

There is a good forecast of income that business coaches use. Your income will be the average of the five people closest to you. Men take on the nature and habits and power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.

Napoleon Hill says that money is shy and elusive and must be wooed like a lover with faith, desire and persistence. ... Poverty on the other hand needs no plan because it is bold and ruthless. However, when money comes in quantities known as "the big money, it flows as easily as water flows downhill." This is, in the words of Napoleon Hill, "the great stream of power." On one side you are carried to wealth, and on the other side, to poverty.

The tenth step to riches: The Mystery of Sex Transmutation

or the Sixth Sense

Napoleon Hill says that "Man's greatest motivating force is his desire to please a woman!" He spends time using empirical data to prove this, including that few men achieve wealth before the age of 40 years old, when, Napoleon assumes, their sex drive is diminished or under control.

Other teacher's do not cover sex transmutation and we at Mindbridge don't think it is one of the key elements to wealth, although we do agree that a strong reason "why" is important. It is also likely that in the early part of the century before women were working, that a smart and creative woman at home would be an excellent master mind partner.

When talking about the sixth sense, which will be covered in more detail in a later chapter, he gives us a useful list.

Inspiration comes from:

1) Infinite Intelligence

2) One's subconscious from memories

3) The mind of another person who just released the thought or picture, idea or concept.

4) The other person's subconscious storehouse.

The eleventh step to riches: The Subconscious Mind

The Connecting Link

The subconscious works day and night. You must use it to your advantage. Those statements, "I am so tired" or "I just had a senior moment" or "I never have any luck with money" or any other statement made with feeling, is a direct command to the unconscious to provide more of the same. Since it is a tireless and obedient organ, use it to your advantage.

Picture the achievement of your dream and say out loud with gusto, "I am so grateful to have ________ and to be _________."

To paraphrase Loral Langemeier , it may be a tennis match for a while between, "Money comes easily and frequently" and "No it doesn't. It's hard." But, as she says, keep at it. It's not a lie, it's impressing upon your subconscious the reality you want it to provide, rather than the reality you don't want it to present in your future.

Deliberate Acts of Faith

We are going to step out of Napoleon Hill's book for a moment to talk about a tool that we learned of through Mike Dooley in his Leveraging the Universe and Engaging the Magic. This is a device that anyone can use to offset negative messages to our unconscious. Dust off the trophy shelf to make room for the new trophy as an act of faith that the new trophy will be won.

When you are not feeling well, act as if you are and say that you are when asked, and you soon will be feeling better. When you are paying bills, never pay the minimum because only those who can't afford to pay more pay the minimum. This is the wrong message to send to your unconscious. Even if it is only a dollar more, pay something extra.

When you can't yet afford to buy the beautiful car or couch, or Blue Ray TV, window shop. Go to the most elegant car dealer or store and try it out. Feel the abundance. Come home and make room for it.

Finally, if you are fearful or dreading some event or task, and can't shake the feeling, you can counter it with a list of positive beliefs about that idea. Dooley's example, if you are afraid of a speaking engagement, you might write, "I am a natural born speaker." "Audiences always give me a standing ovation because I am always able to find just the right things to say." "The Universe is my partner and ALWAYS provides just the word or thought that I need at the moment I need it!" -- Make a long list, he suggests -- as long as you possibly can.

Vibration

Most teachers of the Law of Attraction emphasize that your vibrational energy is what goes out to the Creative Source, to the Universe, or to God. Unless you are a physicist, this might seem a little esoteric. It didn't speak to me as a useful idea or visualization.

Napoleon Hill helped me to understand this and why it is important. On page 182 he says, "The method by which you may communicate with the Infinite Intelligence is very similar to that through which the vibration of sound is communicated by radio...." The human ear picks up a limited frequency range. "The radio sending station picks up the sound of the human voice and modifies it by stepping up the vibrations millions of times. In this way, the energy of sound is communicated through space. Once the energy is carried to radio receivers, the sets reconvert that energy to its original rate of vibration so it is recognized as voice sound."

In this way, Napoleon Hill explains on page 183, "the subconscious mind translates one's prayers into terms which Infinite Intelligence can recognize, presents the message, and brings back the answer in the form of a definite plan or idea for procuring the object of the prayer."

The twelfth step to riches: The Brain

A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought

Napoleon Hill states that "Every human brain is capable of receiving vibration of thought released by other brains and when one's emotions increase the vibrational rate of the brain, the mind becomes more receptive." He also iterates that the subconscious is the sending station and the creative mind is the receiving station. Other teachers may use other terminology, but I have not found any who do not agree with this concept in principle. Napoleon Hill goes on to quote from a The New York Times editorial describing a Duke University researcher who discovered that telepathy and clairvoyance are the same attribute. Distance has no effect. They are both present in an individual who has either gift. Napoleon Hill poses that this ability of the human mind is what is functioning when two or more colleagues sit down at a conference table to problem solve. This, he posits, is the strength of a mastermind group.

The thirteenth step to riches: The Sixth Sense

The Door to the Temple of Wisdom

Napoleon Hill states that this will only come to a person who has mastered the other principles. He also calls it the Creative Imagination, slashes, hunches or inspirations,and says that it will come like a guardian angel to warn you of dangers,notify you of opportunities, and on p194 he says "to open to you at all times the door to the temple of wisdom."

Napoleon Hill devised the idea of a group of "invisible counselors," made up of the 9 men he most admired, and began "meeting" with them nightly. His purpose was to rebuild his own character. He asked each one for help in their area of expertise --Mr. Lincoln for justice and patience; Mr. Carnegie for an understanding of organized effort; Mr. Darwin for an ability to see cause and effect; and from Mr. Paine for freedom of thought, and so forth. These "meetings" became so real, and the men took on such personalities that Hill discontinued the "meetings" for several months.

Napoleon Hill emphasized on page 199 that the starting point of all achievement is desire. The finishing point is that brand of knowledge, which leads to understanding of self, others, the laws of nature and recognition and understanding of happiness. This sort of understanding comes in its fullness only through familiarity with and use of the principles of the 6th Sense.

The 6 Ghosts of Fear

We will not even list these, because we believe that to read them is to give them power. We will just caution you to NEVER, NEVER make an excuse or attempt to find a reason for any limitation in your life. Whatever is in your life up to this point you have manifested. What will come into your life, you are presently manifesting. In an earlier chapter, Napoleon Hill stated that sex was the most powerful emotion. If this is true, fear is second. It is important to conquer it or it will conquer you.... You can only counter fear with strong beliefs. Then, you must install these beliefs by acting courageously. "Act as if...." as they say in AA.

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