Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Daniel Clark Bronx, New York, United States

Posted: 2016-05-18

“It’s easy to come up with the ideas… but to actually try to convert an idea in your mind into reality… that’s where the challenge is”.
~Ed Boon, creator of “Mortal Kombat”

In chapter 12 of “Think and Grow Rich”, Hill irons out the list of the top 7 Positive and Negative emotions respectively and once again stresses the importance of Faith as a key component to getting what we desire in life.  Ah Faith… when I was little, I had nothing but it.  You couldn’t bog me down for anything; when the going got tough, I just said “meh, it’ll work out” or “not to worry, I can do this”!  While I do still consider myself a very Faithful person, not just in a religious or spiritual sense but also in my overall view on life, over the past several years, my overall ego has taken a big beating and I found myself frequently surrounded by people who are consumed with negativity.

If I had not previously been exposed to people who did have a sense of direction, and a positive outlook on life, I probably would’ve been fully assimilated much earlier in life, but thankfully, I still have enough uplifting memories to recall which sustain my quest to achieve my goals.  The sad fact is that many people just give up when they see things not going the way they would like.  Rather than just take it as a temporary setback, they conjure up these defeatist thoughts of “well, that’s all I’ve got” or “if it didn’t work that time, I’m not going to try it again”.  Worse yet, they invite more negativity into themselves by saying that it’s because the universe “forbade” them from acing it on the first go.  "Fate" instead of "Faith" in this case.

True leaders know to show perseverance when things don’t go their way.  Rather than give up after the first undesired result (I won’t say “failure”, because not every mistake or undesired result is a “failure” necessarily), they call upon their creative imagination to come up with another solution.  This is another one of many reasons why I have always felt that one needs to work at something that they truly enjoy doing; because it allows them to use their creative imaginations much easier as it would come to them more naturally.  Then again… someone who is REALLY in touch with their creative imagination WOULD also be able to use it to complete even the most tedious of tasks.  My initial remark was meant to infer that a person who uses their creative imagination in the field that they love gains a large amount of fulfillment, and that is true, but one must not discount the notion that a person who is asked to, say, untangle a bunch of wires and hang them up on hooks, can make their job much smoother by writing down on masking tape which wires will go above which hooks and placing said tape over said hooks, all the while humming a tune to make the process go by faster; “making lemons out of lemonade” so to speak.

Now I would like to remark on Hill’s comments on prayer.

Hill says:

“The presence of a single negative in your conscious mind is sufficient to destroy all chances of constructive aid from your subconscious mind”.

(“Two years to build, two seconds to destroy” so to speak)

He continues: “If you are an observing person, you must have noticed that most people resort to prayer ONLY after everything else has FAILED!  Or else they pray by a ritual of meaningless words.  And, because it is a fact that most people who pray, do so ONLY AFTER EVERYTHING ELSE HAS FAILED, they go to prayer with their minds filled with FEAR and DOUBT, which are the emotions the subconscious mind acts upon, and passes on to Infinite Intelligence.  Likewise, that is the emotion which Infinite Intelligence receives, and ACTS UPON.”

I like how Hill uses the word “ritual”.  Many people who “practice” (I put that in quotes for a reason) their religion or their Faith do so because they feel it’s just their obligation.  For example, a person may go to church every Sunday, sit, stand, and kneel when prompted, repeat the prayers aloud, sing the hymns, and then the mass ends, they walk out, head home, and absolutely nothing has changed in their lives.  They practice what can be called “religious ritual”.  These are the people who just go through the motions and don’t really get anything out of it.  They only pray when it’s fashionable to do so (i.e. when something tragic has happened or when they are in need of something) and the rest of the time, go through life ungrateful for what they do have.  They are the people who sit at mass on Sunday, thinking to themselves “can the priest hurry this service up already?  I want to get back in front of my TV in time for kickoff”!

I have known people who, the only time they pray, as I stated a moment ago, is when they are in need.  Make no mistake, God did say “cast your burdens upon Me”, but what he wants to know first is “do you love Me?  Am I really #1 in your life?  Are you truly grateful for the blessings I have already given you”?  I wonder how many people in pursuit of riches are asking God to bless their agendas?  Because if God knew that if you were to obtain a million dollars, that you would just become selfish and irresponsible, forsaking your spiritual foundation, don’t be surprised if you don’t see that money for very long (if you get to see it at all).  But on the other hand, if God knew that if you acquired a million dollars and gave back to his work, that you would use your gifts and your fortune to become a true leader in life while maintaining the heart of a servant (hello?), then He will just keep giving it to you.

Prayers should be said out of Faith, not desperation, or because “I’ve tried everything myself, now I appeal to a higher power”, our Faith should be with us always, even when things are going very well.  It should be there to take us through our journey, not just show up to clean our mess up.  Hill asks us to “go back in your memory, and recall your actual STATE OF MIND, while you were praying, and you will know, for sure, that the theory here described is more than a theory” when we prayed for something and had it answered favorably.  I remember some of my prayers being answered when my state of mind was clear and not bogged down by hopelessness; it made the result all the more satisfying, knowing that the journey was equally worthwhile.

Many blessings, fellow leaders!
Daniel Clark