Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Tuula Rands West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Posted: 2019-08-23

Chapter 1 - Thoughts Are Thinngs

I would like to share with you a story I came across and I don't
know who wrote it.

"A jobless man applied for the position of 'Office Boy' at a very big company. 
The employer interviewed him, then gave him a test: Clean the floor. 
The man passed the test with flying colors. "You are hired, "The employer 
informed the applicant, "Give me your e-mail address, and I'll send you the 
application for employment, as well as the date you should report for work.

The man replied, "I don't have a computer, or an e-mail!" "I'm sorry, "Said 
the employer. "If you don't have an e-mail, that means you do not exist. 
And we cannot hire persons who do not exist." The man was very disappointed. 
He didn't know what to do. He only had $10 with him. Once that is spent, 
he won't have any money to buy any food. 

He went to the supermarket and bought a crate of tomatoes with his $10. 
He went from door to door and sold the tomatoes in less then 2 hours. 
He doubled his money. He repeated the operation three times, and returned 
home with $60. He realized that he can survive this way. He doubled or 
tripled his money every day. Soon, he bought a cart, then a truck. In 
a very short time, he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles. Five years 
later, the man became one of the biggest food retailers in the U.S. 

He started to plan his family's future, and decided to have life insurance. 
He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan. At the end 
of the conversation, the broker asked him for his e-mail address. The 
man replied, "I don't have an e-mail". The broker was dumbfounded. "You 
don't have an e-mail, and yet have succeeded in building an empire. Can 
you imagine what you could have been if you had an e-mail?" The man thought 
for a while, and replied, “An office boy".  

Thoughts are things.

The employer told this young man ""If you don't have an e-mail, 
that means you do not exist. And we cannot hire persons who do not exist." 

That young man did not go home defeated, he did not justify lack
of success because of what someone else thought, he did not give up.

The young man created his own reality and went to work.  Once he found 
what worked for him he just kept at it until he achieved success.  His 
thoughts were what counted and what the employer thought did not count.

We do not have to accept what we are told by others.  We can create
our own reality by what we allow to occupy our thoughts.

HIll tells us "TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, 
when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a 
BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects."

The young man had a definite purpose, he backed it up by persistence and
he had a burning desire and he turned tomatoes into success.

Tuula Rands