Excerpts from the book ‘Think & Grow Rich’ By Napoleon Hill.
Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition. Remember that all those who succeeded in life did get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrived”. The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves”.
No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.
Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of autosuggestion.
Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith.
There are millions of people who believe themselves “doomed” to poverty and failure, because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control of. They are the creators of their own “misfortunes”, because of this negative belief, which is picked up by the subconscious mind, and translated into its physical equivalent.
The subconscious mind will transmute into its physical equivalent, by the most direct and practical media available, any order which is given to it in a state of belief, or faith that the order will be carried out.
Thoughts which a man deliberately places in his own mind, and encourages with sympathy, and with which he mixes any one or more emotions, constitute the motivating forces which direct and control his every movement, act, and deed!
Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings of constitute a “magnetic” force which attracts other similar or related thoughts.
Like the wind which carries one ship east, and other west, the law of autosuggestion will lift you up or pull you down, according to the way you set your sails of thoughts.
Somewhere in your make up there lies sleeping, the seed of achievement which, if aroused and put into action would carry you to the heights, such as you may never have hoped to attain.
Let us understand the power of faith, as demonstrated by a man who was well known to all of civilization, Mahatma Gandhi, of India. In this man the world had one of the most astounding examples known to civilization of the possibilities of faith. Gandhi wielded more potential power than any man living in his time, and this, despite the fact that he had none of the orthodox tools of power, such as money, no home, he did not own a suit of clothes, but he did have a power. How did he become by that power?
He created it out by his understanding of the principle of faith, and through his ability to transplant that faith into the minds of two hundred million people. Gandhi accomplished the astounding feat of influencing two hundred million minds to coalesce and move in unison, as a single mind.
What other force on earth, except faith could do as much?