Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ethel Van Zanten Tucson,, Arizona, USA

Posted: 2017-11-29


Chapter 2-Desire

The First Step to Riches


In This chapter Mr. Hill outlines for us the six steps that must be taken in our daily life to achieve our burning desire.  They are:


             1. Be definite about the amount of money you need.

              2. Names what you  will give in return for the money

               3. Establish a definite date when you will have the money.

               4. Create a definite plan to carry out your desire immediately.

                5. Make a statement of the amount of money you desire, name the time limit, and name what yo will give in return for the money.

                 6.  Read written statement twice a day; once when you rise in the morning and once when you retire to your bed at night.


Another point that Mr. Hill makes is that we must remember no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity than is required to accept misery and poverty.  This has been very true in my life.  Whenever I doubt that I will not be able to go to a certain function or I doubt and mistrust that a person that I have given a certain task to do will not be able to do it this doubt comes true.  At the same time if I encourage this person to accomplish what I am asking of him even though this person struggles it gets done.  The example given by Mr. HIll when Henry Ford wanted an eight cylinder engine in one block.  


I like the story at the end of the chapter where Mr. Hill tells how his son overcame his handicap of being born with no ears to hear.  He says that he planted in his son’s mind the desire to hear and to speak as any normal person. He mixed Faith with the desire for normal hearing. Second, he communicated the desire to his son in every conceivable way available through persistent, continuous effort, over a period of years.  The third thing that happened was that his son believed in him.


The poem that is included in this chapter is worth remembering also:


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.


Ethel Van Zanten

Tucson, AZ