Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Shirley Gekler Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 2017-05-30

The Workshop of the Mind

The Fifth Step toward Riches

THE IMAGINATION IS LITERALLY THE WORKSHOP wherein

are fashioned all plans created by man.  The impulse, the DESIRE, 

is given shape, form, and ACTION  through the aid of the imaginative

faculty of the mind.

MAN'S ONLY LIMITATION, within reason, LIES IN HIS DEVELOPMENT

AND USE OF HIS IMAGINATION.

We have two forms of IMAGINATION

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION  -- Through this facultly, one may arrange old

concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations.

CREATAIVE IMAGINATION --  Through  the faculty of Creative Imagination

the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.

It is the faculty through which "hunches" and "inspirations" are received

It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed  over to man.

The great leaders of business, industry, finance, and the great artists, 

musicians,  poets, and writers became great because they developed the

faculty of Creative Imagination.

Hill gives us the example of THE ENCHANTED KETTLE wherein,

"The old doctor was glad to sell the outfit for $500.00.  The money 

would pay off hisdebts, and give him freedom of mind.  The clerk was

taking a big chance by staking his entire life's savings on a mere  scrap

of paper and an old kettle!  He never dreamed his investment would start

a kettle to overflowing with gold that would surpass the miraculous 

performance of Aladdin's lamp."

The mysterious ingredient the drug clerk-- Asa Chandler-- mixed with the 

secret formula was...IMAGINATION!  Thus Coca-Cola was born and the

rest is history.

WHAT I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS

Frank W. Gunsaulus observed many defects in our educational system,

defects which he believed he could correct, if he were the head of a 

college.  His deepest desire was to become the directing head of an 

educational institution in which young men and women would be taught 

to "learn by doing."

One Saturday afternoon "Gunsaulus" sat in his room thinking of ways and 

means of raising the money to carry out his plans.  For nearly two years, he

had been thinking, but had done nothing but think!  The time had come for

ACTION!

He made up his mind, then and there, that he would get the necessary 

million dollars within a week.  How?  He was not concerned about that.

The main thing of importance was the decision to get the money within a 

specificied time, a strange feeling of assurance came over him, as he 

had never before experienced.......He called the newspapers and 

announced he would preach a sermon the following morning entitled, 

"What I would do if I had a million dollars."

Because he had thought about this for the past two years, writing the sermon

was easy -- it was part of his spirit.  He could see himself already in possession 

of the million dollars.

The following day he presented the sermon --- When he finished and sat down, a

man slowly arose from his seat, about three rows from the rear, and made his

way toward the pulpit.  I wondered what he was going to do.  He came into the

pulpit, extended his hand, and said, "Reverend, I liked your sermon.  I believe you

can do everything you said you would, if you had a million dollars.  To prove that

I believe in you and your sermon, if you will come to my office tomorrow morning.

I will give you the million dollars.  My name is Phillip D. Armour"

With this money, he founded the Armour Institute of Technology.

Observe the important fact....HE GOT THE MONEY WITHIN 36 HOURS 

AFTER HE REACHED A DEFINITE DECISION IN HIS OWN MIND TO GET IT

AND DECIDED UPON A DEFINITE PLAN FOR GETTING IT!

All master salesmen know that ideas can be sold where merchandise cannot.

The story of practically every great fortune starts with the day when a creator

of ideas and a seller of ideas got together and worked in harmony.  Carnegie 

surrounded himself with men who could do all that he could not do..  Men 

who created ideas, and men who put ideas into operation, and made himself

and the others fabulously rich.

Thanks to Michael and Linda Dlouhy for providing this platform for all of us to 

learn and grow into the people that we were meant to be.

Love to all

Shirley Gekler

Sudbury, Ontario