Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Kay Young Superior, CO, US

Posted: 2021-07-06

Think and Grow Rich – Chapter 5                       July 7, 2021



“Keep in mind as you follow these principles that the entire story of how one may convert DESIRE into money cannot be told in one statement. The story will be complete, only when one has MASTERED, ASSIMILATED, and BEGUN TO MAKE USE of all the principles.”  Napoleon Hill


As I have thoughts, impulses or hunches, I now consider Hill's message above.  I must consider whether the plan is working for me.  If it seems solid, but is not moving forward, I’m reminded of a game my sons used to play called “JENGA.” 


To begin the game, similar size wooden sticks are placed side by side and form a square.  The next set is placed crosswise and build the square higher until it is about 18 inches high.


To play, each player carefully removes one stick (or principle) anywhere in the tower for their turn.  If it does not crash the tower, they are still in the game.  At some point, when too many sticks (or principles)have been removed, there is not enough strength in the tower to remain…and the tower crashes to the ground.  The other players shout, “JENGA.”…and that player is out of the game.  The goal is to “stay in the game,” just as it is when we pursue our goals.


Similarly, when I have a thought, impulse, or notion that I can earn money through ANY activity, I HAVE to look through the principles to reach the goal and be sure I have covered Hill’s 13 steps to success. Not one of them can be missing. I have to consider each one & it’s best for me to consider them in order.


Here’s an example:  Right now, one of my sons is helping his girlfriend’s father sell a small 20 acre island he bought many years ago.  I see Hill’s characteristics in their actions.  The Desire from both my son and her father is to make money.  They have Faith that it can be done as it is a desirable property & other islands near it have been sold and developed & are prospering.  I know they are using Autosuggestion to see the outcome as favorable as they are now collecting Specialized Knowledge about the sale and development of similar areas.  As they enter into the Imagination stage and are still collecting information, the desire has leaned toward keeping ownership and renovating and adding to the 8 existing buildings for the purpose of making money and having access themselves. 

To appeal to tourists, they realize the benefit that, though small, it is only 8 minutes by boat from the mainland with facilities for health needs and shopping, which also inspires them on.  So far, without recently studying Hill’s path through Chapter 6, though they have each done it in the past, they have followed it to a T.  The use of the rest of the steps are yet to be seen.


Thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy, for focusing me toward developing these terrific lessons & characteristics, which help me so much & guide me toward my goals! Thanks to you all as teammates with similar goals in business.  You expand my mind & help me come up with my own needed ideas!!


Kay Young

Superior, Colorado