Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Cheryl Stuhr Houston, TX, United States

Posted: 2019-09-04




Chapter 2


Twelve years ago my T6 and T7 vertebrae were broken. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital because I had internal bleeding because of an ulcer. They fixed that problem, but they were unaware that my back was broken. As I was waking up from the anesthesia after they fixed my ulcer, a friend of mine said I kept complaining that my back hurt. As I woke, the pain got so intense that they decided to take me to get a MRI. Trying to lay still on a back that was causing me an enormous amount of pain, was almost impossible.

There wasn't anything they could do for me at that time so I was sent home with prescriptions for pain medication-which eased the pain somewhat. The pain was so bad though that I think I cried for 6 months straight. The surgeons I saw all told me the same thing. That they wouldn't be able to surgically fix my back. One doctor said I probably be trading up on pain if I did have surgery. He told me that pins or screws would not hold the vertebrae because T6 was so badly crushed. All the surgeons told me that I had a 70 percent chance that I wouldn't be able to walk correctly again. One even told me that I would eventually have to wear a colostomy bag. That news just depressed me even more.

I finally went to see my GP, who was the typical 'old country doctor'. He believed surgery should be a person's last resort. He went on to explain to me that he played golf with a woman who had severe curvature to her back and she wasn't wearing a bag. That was reassuring. It was at that point that I realized that there was a 30 percent chance that I would get better. That thought stuck with me.

Through out my rehab, I kept saying I'm going to walk the entire park by April 17th. The park was about a quarter of a mile from my apartment, the paved path was about a mile long and it was hilly.

As I said, I held that date in my mind and I had a burning desire to be able to function as well as I had been before the accident. Before the accident I would walk to the park, walk 1 mile in 20 minutes-times two, and walk back home. And after months of rehab, I walked that park. It wasn't a mile in 20, but I did what I had the burning desire to do.

Napoleon writes about having a “Burning Obsession” He told us about Edwin Barnes who didn't want to just work with Thomas Edison, but be his partner. He also gave the example of the warrior who motivated his troops by burning all the ships so there wasn't any retreat from the battle.

Desire for riches is just like the desire to be Edison's business partner, or the victor in a battle, or desiring to do the things you did before an accident. Napoleon wrote, “One must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes, first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, DESIRING, AND PLANNING before they acquired money.”

He continues, “Desire for riches can be transmuted into it's financial equivalent, consists of 6 definite practical step

  1. Fix your mind the exact amount of money you desire” in other words BE SPECIFIC
  2. Read statement aloud, 2X/day: As you read-see and feel and believe yourself in possession of the money.
  3. Write out a clear and concise statement
  4. Create a plan
  5. Establish a definite date
  6. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire

One quote that struck me and I'm sure everyone else who is in direct sales was:

“Tolerance and an open mind are practical necessities of the dreamer of today.

Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before they start.

Never has there been a time more favorable to pioneers than the present. True, there is no wild and woolly west to be conquered, as in the day of the covered wagon; but there is a vast business, financial and industrial world to be remolded and redirected along new and better lines.”

“The world is filled with an abundance of opportunity which the dreamers of the past never knew.” If only Napoleon Hill were alive today-he would be astounded by the opportunities of the 21st century.

I like to keep in mind: You can be, do and have anything you want in life. As long as you have a burning desire and a plan to carry it out.

I'd like to thank Linda and Michael, Nathan and Connie-the lucky pups on a cruise, and all my fellow mastermind group members. Thank you for all your support.

Cheryl from Houston