There is nothing more fervent than the devotion of someone who believes. The belief pattern
is something that is forged and cultivated with extreme care. In my review of the classic
book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I have been delving into all nuances of this
title to give a 360 degree view of what the author was trying to accomplish with this
groundbreaking book. Keep in mind that this book was written in 1937 and the reader
must be prepared for cultural changes that exist between that time period and the present.
Chapter 3: FAITH
Chapter 3 revolves around an idea. That idea is to have Faith. Now Hill
propounded that faith was part of a Trinity that also included love and sex.
“Love and faith are psychic; related to the spiritual side of man. Sex is purely
biological, and related only to the physical. The mixing, or blending, of these
three emotions has the effect of opening a direct line of communication between
the finite, thinking mind of man, and Infinite Intelligence. “1
What is the highest order of faith? One of the precepts that Hill recognizes is the
strong portion of faith within Christianity. Without faith, there is no religion of this
particular type. He sees the intricate mesh of faith in a Supreme Being and also faith
in an idea that can be the basis for a long-term financial windfall. One of the most
successful historical figures that Hill uses as an example was Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi had nothing but an idea that swayed the popular opinion of 200 million of his
countrymen. This idea did not depend on whether he had a home, suit of clothes, or
a $10 bill in his pocket. It was faith and his force of Will and ideas that shaped
the destiny of the Indian people.
Another example of an idea having omnipotent power had to do with Charles Schwab
and the formation of United States Steel in the early 1900s. Schwab had developed an
idea based on the interactions of various competing steel mills to unite them all under a
Trust of one unified corporate structure. To make this opportunity work correctly, there
needed to be a massive influx of capital investment and unification of all the other steel
mills with Jay Pierpont Morgan as the titular head of this corporate behemoth. Schwab was able
to take this idea, have faith in this idea, and present this idea for final input and buy-in. His
ultimate faith in his idea and himself would be the basis for one of the largest corporate
mergers in American history. He was also able to secure for Andrew Carnegie, his boss and
benefactor, the retirement sum of $400 million. Now even in 1900, $400 million was a huge
sum. How do we get to this arena of faith? What is it that drives our psyche to believe in where
we want to go and what we want to do? The answer revolves around Autosuggestion.
Autosuggestion is the continuous repeating of ideas and wants that may be out of reach in the
present, but highly attainable in a prescribed amount of time. Autosuggestion can change someone’s
life if they implement this tenet and continue to do so for as long as it takes to change their thought patterns.
Don’t Do The Crime…
A criminologist was consulted who gave testimony that someone who is law-abiding will see an illegal
act as abhorrent when initially confronted with it. If continuously put in a situation where this act is committed
and witnessed by the same test subject, little by little the just man will turn. Continuously confronted with
illegal actions will eventually turn a righteous man into a criminal. By the same token, continuously reinforcing
an idea of faith with positive information through autosuggestion will turn that idea into a reality.
Highly negative thoughts can only produce a negative effect. Highly positive thoughts can be the foundation
of a future that is well-financed and shaped by whatever vision the seer views and expounds.
1. Think and Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill
Always have ideas and dreams and use autosuggestion to build and maintain your faith. The results will be a successful conclusion to whatever you desire.
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