Unformatted text preview: od here described. BUILDING CHARACTER THROUGH AUTO-SUGGESTION
Being an earnest student of psychology, I knew, of course, that all men have
become what they are, because of their DOMINATING THOUGHTS AND DESIRES. I knew that every deeply seated desire has the effect of causing one to seek
outward expression through which that desire may be transmuted into reality. I
knew that self-suggestion is a powerful factor in building character, that it is, in
fact, the sole principle through which character is builded.
With this knowledge of the principles of mind operation, I was fairly well armed
with the equipment needed in rebuilding my character. In these imaginary Council meetings I called on my Cabinet members for the knowledge I wished each to
contribute, addressing myself to each member in audible words, as follows:
“Mr. Emerson, I desire to acquire from you the marvelous understanding of
Nature which distinguished your life. I ask that you make an impress upon my
subconscious mind, of whatever qualities you possessed, which enabled you to
understand and adapt yourself to the laws of Nature. I ask that you assist me
in reaching and drawing upon whatever sources of knowledge are available to
“Mr. Burbank, I request that you pass on to me the knowledge which enabled
you to so harmonize the laws of Nature that you caused the cactus to shed its
thorns, and become an edible food. 195 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Give me access to the knowledge which enabled you to make two blades of grass
grow where but one grew before, and helped you to blend the coloring of the
ﬂowers with more splendor and harmony, for you, alone, have successfully
gilded the lily.
“Napoleon, I desire to acquire from you, by emulation, the marvelous ability you
possessed to inspire men, and to arouse them to greater and more determined
spirit of action. Also to acquire the spirit of enduring FAITH, which enabled you
to turn defeat into victory, and to surmount staggering obstacles. Emperor of
Fate, King of Chance, Man of Destiny, I salute you!
“Mr. Paine, I desire to acquire from you the freedom of thought and the courage
and clarity with which to express convictions, which so distinguished you!
“Mr. Darwin, I wish to acquire from you the marvelous patience, and ability to
study cause and effect, without bias or prejudice, so exempliﬁed by you in the
ﬁeld of natural science.
“Mr. Lincoln, I desire to build into my own character the keen sense of justice,
the untiring spirit of patience, the sense of humor, the human understanding,
and the tolerance, which were your distinguishing characteristics.
“Mr. Carnegie, I am already indebted to you for my choice of a life-work, which
has brought me great happiness and peace of mind. I wish to acquire a thorough
understanding of the principles of organized effort, which you used so effectively in the building of a great industrial enterprise.
“Mr. Ford, you have been among the most helpful of the men who have supplied
much of the material essential t...
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