I started reading the book, “Think and Grow Rich”, as recommended by a friend (thanks Shawn!). The book was published in 1937 and contains principles that are timeless. In fact, you fans of the film “The Secret” will find the principles, many using the same words and language, contained in this old book by Napolean Hill.

I read part of the introduction. Then found it interesting enough that I read part of the story aloud to my wife. 3 hours later, we had read the first 2 chapters and begun following the advice in the chapters, making plans for our future.

One of the most interesting points the book makes early on is, if you have an intense desire for something, you make it happen when you are ready for it. We become ready for our desires when we believe we can acquire it. Until then, it’s just wishing.

He then explains how we can believe in mediocre things, as most people do, and obtain them. Or we can believe in great things and obtain them. The mental effort is no more difficult and the fulfillment of that belief is no more difficult. But, we tend to limit ourselves by what we believe.

A poet described this in the following lines:

“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However, I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

“For life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why you must bear the task.

“I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life
Life would have willingly paid.”

by Jessie B. Rittenhouse

Under that poem are the words, “DESIRE OUTWITS MOTHER NATURE”, meaning that what we believe and resolutely desire can overcome what we consider barriers. We can make wealth materialize from nothingness with desire and associated planning and action.

So far I recommend this book to all – it’s a great read. But don’t just read it. Believe it, follow the advice and reap the rewards. It’s only when great risk is taken that great reward is reaped.