Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Richard Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA

Posted: 2021-04-07

One of the biggest takeaways that I get from this chapter is the danger of listening to the opinions of others. Hill tells us “ The majority of people who fail to accumulate money sufficient for their needs, are, generally, easily influenced by the “opinions” of others. They permit the newspapers and the “gossiping” neighbors to do their “thinking” for them. “Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting YOUR OWN DESIRE into money.


 He also says “ You have a brain and mind of your own. USE IT, and reach your own decisions. If you need facts or information from other people, to enable you to reach decisions, as you probably will in many instances; acquire these facts or secure the information you need quietly, without disclosing your purpose.


On June 14, 2017 I was out for dinner with my wife on our anniversary of the day we first met when I got a call from the company that I work for firing me for not mixing chemicals and I had told them I was not going to mix them before I even went to work for them. I MADE A DECISION that if there was any way possible I was not going back into truck. I ended up painting the house for two months while I thought about what I was going to do. Since then everything has worked out and I have not had to go back into the truck. If I had have listened to other people they would've told me I was crazy trying to do network marketing when I had a job that would pay $1500 a week guaranteed. I have never been sorry about that decision. Now it’s going on 4 years since I have been in one. I kept my CDL and could have probably gone back trucking again but the longer you go past that 3 years the harder it is so I figured that I had burned my bridges now and not looking back. I know without a doubt that I will succeed in this business as soon as I get out of my own way and will never give up until I do.


I started thinking about selling the house that we had after my wife died because I was tired of maintenance and the house that I had was way too big for me and my needs. Everyone was telling me that I needed to wait at least a year before I did anything. The market looked like it was going to slow down which it did but in the meantime I was getting it ready to sell and the third buyer that came along got it. I’ve never regretted that decision.


I had been thinking about selling my car to get debt free and taking some stress off since my daughter has required so much medical attention over the last year. I thought I would just go ahead and throw it up there to see what I can get  and if it was a good enough deal I would go ahead and sell my car so tonight I just finished signing the contract on its sale. Hopefully I won't regret that decision either but I don't think I will. There are many decisions to be made each and every day and not making a decision at all is a decision. Some are small decisions and some are big decisions like I just described but we have to make them nevertheless. 


I'm thankful for Linda and Michael Dlouhy for making the decision to get back to so many people and being a mentor too many people that would've never had one otherwise. Thanks to all my friends and mastermind partners for sharing your brilliance for me. 


Rick Burnett

Fairhope, Al