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

Posted: 2017-08-12

Chapter 2 Desire


The First Step toward Riches

The central fire is desire, and all the powers of our being are given us to see, to fight for, and to win the object of our desire. Quench that fire and man turns to ashes.

BASIL W. MATURIN, Laws of the Spiritual Life

In Chapter 1 of “Think and Grow Rich”, we saw that Dreams are things and powerful things to quote Hill. However there were a number of principles raised, such as the requirement of Specialised Knowledge, Persistence, and a never quit attitude just to name some. However none of these will be of any consequence without the overall first principle of “Desire”.

Hill suggests that Barnes initial thought regarding becoming a Business Associate of the inventor Edison was a dream or wish. However he did not dismiss it as something that could not be achieved, in his mind he saw himself confronting Edison and placing him on notice that he would become a business associate of the Great Man. He used the human emotion of “Desire” to change his Dream from that to a Definite and attainable Goal no matter how long it took. The clue here is the word “Definite”. The above quote I believe sums this up completely, without the desire the fire (dream) is quenched.

In all the examples Hill quotes in this chapter the desire to achieve a definite goal is the motivating force. His own desire for his Son to hear and talk as a normal person was a burning passionate obsession from which Hill and his Wife could not swayed by professional and close friends advice. The English Dictionary tells us that “Desire” a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. In Hills case his son to speak and hear as a normal person for fills this definition.

In this chapter there are six steps which must be followed by all who wish to obtain riches and for completeness quote here:

“The method by which DESIRE for riches can be transmuted into its financial equivalent, consists of six definite, practical steps, viz:

First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).

Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)

Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.

Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ—SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in possession of money” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.”

In a previous lesson I alluded to my passionate desire, to own the home I now renting. I have followed the first five steps and now I carry out the sixth step of this process by treating it as though I was in possession of the house and carrying out changes that I envisage. I follow the same steps with my MLM Business to achieve the Financial Freedom I am seeking.

Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for this forum of insights into the Thirteen Principles by which guided thinking can result in riches.

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australia Capital Territory, Australia.