September 12th, 2013
Back when riches were the only way possible for a man to hold his chin aloft, a book like “Think and Grow Rich” could sell 70 million copies in just 90 years. We’ve grown up since that time. Today a man can do himself proud by having sex with three different women under the age of 25 in an afternoon. Or by ordering that Tesla Model S on his Diamond Crypto Smartphone without missing a putt at the British Open. Or by lighting his cigar with Gwen Stefani’s wig.
Note that Napoleon Hill’s book featured 13 steps. This was 5 years before Alcoholics Anonymous even had 12. Step number 8, persistence, may seem out of date given that Tony Robbins was still only a piece of grit in the eyeball of the Creator, but it was persistence that kept his father sexually active until, after 17 females he finally sired a male. Let’s jump to step 13, the Sixth Sense. Whatever you will Achieve, you must first Believe — only then might you Conceive.
Achieve, Believe, Conceive. Did Hill deliberately Deceive his readers? Did he Receive stolen goods? Yes, A,B,C,D & R are all tools of growing rich. But when one is truly committed to becoming Generous as well as Rich, one must Grieve, too. If you do not honestly feel bad about those you’ve stepped on in your pursuit of Riches, you might have to serve Time for your Crime (G=T+C).
Remember, behave as if the suggestions that made you wealthy were truly (#3) Autosuggestion (i.e. suggestions that you in fact came up with as opposed to suggestions that were not truly of your own devising). Appropriating ideas that were not yours to begin with may have been legal in 1937, but ever since, oh, about 1960, they have been illegal and could put you in prison. So be certain that it looks as if you came up with them yourself.
That’s all I have to say. You probably weren’t generous to begin with, but who says you can’t jump on the bandwagon now!