Excerpts from the book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ By Napoleon Hill.


Autosuggestion is a term which applies to all self- administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses. It is the agency of communication between that part of mind where conscious thought takes place, and that which serves as the seat of action for the subconscious mind. 


Do not wait for a definite plan, through which you intend to exchange services or merchandise in return for the money you are visualizing, but begin at once to see yourself in possession of the money, demanding and expecting meanwhile, that your subconscious mind will hand over the plan, or plans you need, be on the alert for these plans, and when they appear, they will probably “flash” into your mind through the sixth sense, in the form of an “inspiration”. Treat it with respect, and act upon it as soon as you receive it. 


When visualizing the money you intend to accumulate,(with closed eyes), see yourself rendering the service, or delivering the merchandise you intend to give in return for this money. This is important!  


Specialized Knowledge


There are two kinds of knowledge. One is general, the other is specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be is of but little use in the accumulation of money. 


Knowledge will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power”. It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plan of action and directed to a definite end. 


This “missing link in” all systems of education may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they accumulate it.                                                        


An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has abundance of general and specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. 


First of all, decide the sort of specialized knowledge you require, and the purpose for which it is needed. To a large extent your major purpose in life, the goal towards which you are working will help determine what knowledge you need. 


As knowledge is acquired it must be organized and put into use, for definite purpose, through practical plans. Knowledge has no value except the one which can be gained from its application towards some worthy end. 


The entire world loves a winner and has no time for a loser. 


We rise to high positions or remain at the bottom because of conditions we can control if we desire to control them. 


Both success and failure are largely the result of habit!