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Unformatted text preview: rip to Tennessee, and witness what a dreamer President has done
in the way of harnessing, and using the great water power of America. A score of
years ago, such a dream would have seemed like madness.
You have been disappointed, you have undergone defeat during the depression,
you have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled. Take courage, for
these experiences have tempered the spiritual metal of which you are made-they
are assets of incomparable value.
Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through
many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive.” 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.”
John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim’s Progress, which is among the ﬁnest of all English literature, after he had been conﬁned in prison and sorely punished, because
of his views on the subject of religion.
0. Henry discovered the genius which slept within his brain, after he had met
with great misfortune, and was conﬁned in a prison cell, in Columbus, Ohio. Being FORCED, through misfortune, to become acquainted with his “other self,”
and to use his IMAGINATION, he discovered himself to be a great author instead
of a miserable criminal and outcast. Strange and varied are the ways of life, and
stranger still are the ways of Inﬁnite Intelligence, through which men are sometimes forced to undergo all sorts of punishment before discovering their own
brains, and their own capacity to create useful ideas through imagination.
Edison, the world’s greatest inventor and scientist, was a “tramp” telegraph operator, he failed innumerable times before he was driven, ﬁnally, to the discovery
of the genius which slept within his brain.
Charles Dickens began by pasting labels on blacking pots. The tragedy of his ﬁrst
love penetrated the depths of his soul, and converted him into one of the world’s
truly great authors. That tragedy produced, ﬁrst, David Copperﬁeld, then a succession of other works that made this a richer and better world for all who read his
books. Disappointment over love affairs, generally has the effect of driving men
to drink, and women to ruin; and this, because most people never learn the art of
transmuting their strongest emotions into dreams of a constructive nature.
Helen Keller became deaf, dumb, and blind shortly after birth. Despite her greatest misfortune, she has written her name indelibly in the pages of the history of 29 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH the great. Her entire life has served as evidence that no one ever is defeated until
defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Robert Burns was an illiterate country lad, he was cursed by poverty, and grew up
to be a drunkard in the bargain. The world was made better for his having lived,
because he clothed beautiful thoughts in poetry, and thereby plucked a thorn and
planted a rose in its place.
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
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