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Unformatted text preview: live, you, yourself, and every other material thing are
the result of evolutionary change, through which microscopic bits of matter have
been organized and arranged in an orderly fashion.
Moreover-and this statement is of stupendous importance-this earth, every one
of the billions of individual cells of your body, and every atom of matter, began as
an intangible form of energy. DESIRE is thought impulse! Thought impulses are
forms of energy. When you begin with the thought impulse, DESIRE, to accumulate money, you are drafting into your service the same “stuff” that Nature used
in creating this earth, and every material form in the universe, including the body
and brain in which the thought impulses function.
As far as science has been able to determine, the entire universe consists of but
two elements-matter and energy. Through the combination of energy and matter,
has been created everything perceptible to man, from the largest star which ﬂoats
in the heavens, down to, and including man, himself.
You are now engaged in the task of trying to proﬁt by Nature’s method. You are
(sincerely and earnestly, we hope), trying to adapt yourself to Nature’s laws, by
endeavoring to convert DESIRE into its physical or monetary equivalent. YOU 79 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH CAN DO IT! IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE!
You can build a fortune through the aid of laws which are immutable. But, ﬁrst,
you must become familiar with these laws, and learn to USE them. Through repetition, and by approaching the description of these principles from every conceivable angle, the author hopes to reveal to you the secret through which every
great fortune has been accumulated. Strange and paradoxical as it may seem, the
“secret” is NOT A SECRET. Nature, herself, advertises it in the earth on which we
live, the stars, the planets suspended within our view, in the elements above and
around us, in every blade of grass, and every form of life within our vision.
Nature advertises this “secret” in the terms of biology, in the conversion of a tiny
cell, so small that it may be lost on the point of a pin, into the HUMAN BEING
now reading this line. The conversion of desire into its physical equivalent is, certainly, no more miraculous!
Do not become discouraged if you do not fully comprehend all that has been stated. Unless you have long been a student of the mind, it is not to be expected that
you will assimilate all that is in this chapter upon a ﬁrst reading.
But you will, in time, make good progress. The principles which follow will open
the way for understanding of imagination. Assimilate that which you understand,
as you read this philosophy for the ﬁrst time, then, when you reread and study
it, you will discover that something has happened to clarify it, and give you a
broader understanding of the whole. Above all, DO NOT STOP, nor hesitate in
your study of these principles until you have read the book at least THREE times,
for then, you will not want...
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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.
- Spring '12