Napoleon Hill "Think and Grow Rich" #1 Definiteness of Purpose

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My name is W Clements Stone, a general manager of the Napoleon Hill Associates. It is my
privilege to introduce you to Napoleon Hill. How do you do?
I’m very happy to have this personal visit with you. Won’t you be seated please?
And now may I request that you forget all your problems and just relax while I bring
you the master key with which you may unlock the door to any opportunity that your mind
can conceive. The master key consists of 17 principles,
the first of which is definiteness of purpose. Right here at the beginning of our visit,
I am going to make you a promise. If you will decide definitely what you want most during
your entire lifetime and write it down on paper so that I can read it I will give you
the master key with which you may open the door to the attainment of your desires, whatever
they may be. The exact moment when I will deliver this
master key to you will depend entirely upon when you are ready to receive it. This is
the first of thirteen messages that I will deliver to you.
Now in each message I will describe the master key in terms that you will understand, if
you are ready to understand. And now I shall give you the first clue as to the nature of
the great master key which has been responsible for all the great successes in every calling,
in every part of the world. Please listen carefully to what I have to say because you
may discover the secret of the master key in this first visit.
You may get your first clue as to the nature of the great master key when I tell you that
psychologists have discovered a natural law which is the very foundation of all personal
successes. And I can describe it to you in one short sentence so you can understand it.
Whatever the mind can conceive, and believe, the mind can achieve. Isn’t that a profound
statement? You will notice that it says nothing about the need for education but simply that
whatever your mind can conceive and believe your mind can achieve.
Now if you want evidence that the mind can achieve whatever the mind can conceive without
the benefit of formal education, you’ll have to remember that Thomas A Edison conceived
the idea of becoming an inventor and lived to become the world’s greatest scientist
in the field of invention, with only three months of common school education.
When I first heard Andrew Carnegie describe this natural law which makes it possible for
you and I and everyone else to write his own price tag in life and attain it, I became
so enthused over it that I began to search for the power in back of it. And my curiosity
led me finally to the discovery of the master key which I shall reveal to you if you are
ready to receive it. My search led me to the study of the spiritual
forces with which all of us are blessed. And it was in this field that I came upon a clue
which has enabled me to help millions of people to find their earthly destinies. I want to
describe my discovery in the simplest terms possible because it will reveal to you why
it is true that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve, regardless
of how many times you may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may
be. I caught my first fleeting glimpse of the
profound law which provides the means by which we may choose our own purpose in life and
attain it while I was being coached by Andrew Carnegie during the organization of the science
of success philosophy. I had just finished telling Mr. Carnegie that I feared he had
chosen the wrong person to give the world the first practical philosophy of personal
success because of my youth, my lack of education and my lack of finances. Well at this point
Mr. Carnegie delivered a lecture that I shall never forget because it changed my entire
life and paved the way for my helping to change the lives of millions of people, some of them
not yet born. ”Let me call your attention to a great power, which is under your control,”
said Mr. Carnegie, “a power which is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education,
greater than all of your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take the sanction
of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire.
This profound power,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is the gift of the creator. And it must
have been considered the greatest of all of his gifts to man because it is the only thing
over which man has the complete and unchallengeable right of control and direction. When you speak
of your poverty and lack of education” Mr. Carnegie explained, “you are simply directing
your mind power to attract these undesirable circumstances, because it is true that whatever
your mind feeds upon your mind attracts to you.
Now you see why it is important that you recognize that all success begins with definiteness
of purpose with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life.” Then
Mr. Carnegie continued his speech with a description of a great universal truth which made such
an impact upon my mind that I began then and there to give myself a new outlook on life
and set up for myself a goal so far above my previous achievements that it shocked my
friends and relatives when they heard about it.
“Everyone,” said Mr. Carnegie, “comes to the earth plane blessed with the privilege
of controlling his mind power and directing it to whatever ends he may choose. But,”
he continued,”everyone brings over with him at birth the equivalent of two sealed
envelopes. One of which is clearly labeled ‘The riches you may enjoy if you take possession
of your own mind and direct it to ends of your own choice’ and the other is labeled
‘The penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your mind and direct
it’ And now let me reveal to you,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the contents of those two
sealed envelopes. In the one labeled ‘Riches’ is this list
of blessings. One: sound health, two: piece of mind, three: a labor of love of your own
choice, four: freedom from fear and worry, five: a positive mental attitude, six: material
riches of your own choice and quantity. In the sealed envelope labeled ‘Penalties,’”
Mr. Carnegie continued, “is this list of the prices one must pay for neglecting to
take possession of his own mind. One: ill health, two: fear and worry, three: indecision
and doubt, four: frustration and discouragement throughout life, five: poverty and want, six:
and a whole flock of evils consisting of envy, greed, jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition.”
Now my mission in life is to help you and everyone who needs my help to open up and
use the contents of the sealed envelope labeled “Riches.” And the starting point from
which you must take off if you wish to write your own ticket from here on out, for the
remainder of your life, I will describe to you in these simple instructions. One: procure
a neat, pocket sized notebook; something on the order of this one here. And on page one
write down a clear description of your major desire in life; the one circumstance or position
or thing which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before
you begin writing, that your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind
or permit others to set up for you. And two: on page two of your notebook, write
down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give in return for that which you
desire from life. And then start in right where you stand now to begin giving. And three:
memorize both of your statements, what you desire and what you intend to give in return
for it. And repeat them at least a dozen times daily, and always end your statements with
this expression of gratitude for the blessings with which you were gifted at birth: “I
ask not, oh Devine Providence, for more riches, but more wisdom, with which to accept and
use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct
my mind to whatever ends I desire.” If you are not too successful or self satisfied
to accept and express this profound prayer, if you accept it and express it in the same
spirit of humble sincerity in which I pass it on to you, and you and the better world
will reveal itself to you. A world in which you see reflected the circumstances and the
things which you yourself have created. In practically all parts of the world my books
have brought success to millions of people whose stories would encourage and help others
find themselves. It is my aim to discover these people and publish their stories in
future books I will write for the benefit of people who are struggling to get ahead
in the world. In my next visit, I will give you a description of the second principle
of success through the application of which you may make use of the education and experience
of other people and get the necessary help you may need in attaining your definite major
purpose in life. And now, let me close this, our first visit,
with my favorite expression of gratitude. Oh Devine Providence, I ask not for more riches,
but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth, consisting
in the power to direct and control my own mind to whatever ends I desire.