Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Posted: 2017-04-14

Chapter 15 How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear


As I read and listened to this chapter I thought why is Hill calling the six main Fears, “Ghosts”.

The dictionary defines “Ghost” as the supposed apparition of a dead person or animal. In other words it is something created in one’s mind by an incident in which the person has been involved or the continuous negative repetitive talk of a result that could happen due to the person’s actions.

For example a person becomes afraid to drive a car due to a minor or major accident. A further example is of a child who is continually told that they are no good and will end up in prison. In the first case this ‘fear’ is challenge by encouraging and getting the person to drive a car immediately after the incident. In the second case this can be overcome and eliminated by the use of positive affirmations on the part of a third party telling the child that they love the child are proud of them and they will aspire to anything they want.

It is the second form of “Fear” where our interest lies. From a very young age we are taught that we need to get a good education and a good job otherwise we will live in poverty. Not true some of the world’s richest, most successful men and entrepreneurs had very limited education, for example Henry Ford and Edison. They successfully used their sixth sense to receive ideas and then through definite decision, actions and passionate desire overcame any “fear” of the idea not being achievable.

Hill asks us at the start of the Chapter ‘take Inventory of Yourself, As You Read This Closing Chapter, and Find Out How Many of the “Ghosts” Are Standing in Your Way’.
Hill goes on to say and I quote “BEFORE you can put any portion of this philosophy into successful use, your mind must be prepared to receive it. The preparation is not difficult. It begins with study, analysis, and understanding of three enemies which you shall have to clear out.
The Sixth Sense will never function while these three negatives or any of them remain in your mind. The members of this unholy trio are closely related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand”.
There are six basic fears, with some combination of which every human suffers at one time or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the entire six.
Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:—
The fear of POVERTY The fear of CRITICISM The fear of ILL HEALTH The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE The fear of OLD AGE The fear of DEATH
All other fears are of minor importance, they can be grouped under these six headings.

During my life at one time or another I have experience one or more of these fears. At school I experienced the fear of Criticism; I therefore refrained from asking a question if I did not understand something. This caused me to have to do extra study which was time consuming. In fact this has continued in many aspects of my life and I did not fully overcome this fear until being with Mentoring For Free for a number of months. I began to speak up on the calls and realised its importance.

I experienced the fear of Poverty when I was made bankrupt through other people’s actions. I took responsibility for the bankruptcy and decided that there was a solution and working with my Daughter, who at the time was eighteen, brought the Company through the crisis. She obtained specialised knowledge from the experience and I retained the Company.

I have experienced the other four “Fears” to a greater or lesser extent, but in each case I have always looked at the positives not the negatives that result from challenging a given “Fear”. They only exist in my mind and are not real, they disappear with positive thoughts, inspirations, definite decisions and positive self talk. I have no fear that I will live out my life to its full potential and achieve the riches I passionately desire.

Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy and all the members of Mentoring For Free Master Mind for your support, inspiration and specialised knowledge. Also for believing in me until I believed in myself.

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.