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speciﬁed time, a strange feeling of assurance came over me, such as I had never
before experienced. Something inside me seemed to say, `Why didn’t you reach
that decision a long time ago? The money was waiting for you all the time!’
“Things began to happen in a hurry. I called the newspapers and announced I
would preach a sermon the following morning, entitled, `What I would do if I had
a Million Dollars.’
“I went to work on the sermon immediately, but I must tell you, frankly, the task
was not difﬁcult, because I had been preparing that sermon for almost two years.
The spirit back of it was a part of me!
“Long before midnight I had ﬁnished writing the sermon. I went to bed and slept
with a feeling of conﬁdence, for I could see myself already in. possession of the
“Next morning I arose early, went into the bathroom, read the sermon, then knelt
on my knees and asked that my sermon might come to the attention of someone
who would supply the needed money.
“While I was praying I again had that feeling of assurance that the money would
be forthcoming. In my excitement, I walked out without my sermon, and did not
discover the oversight until I was in my pulpit and about ready to begin delivering it. 84 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH “It was too late to go back for my notes, and what a blessing that I couldn’t go
back! Instead, my own subconscious mind yielded the material I needed. When I
arose to begin my sermon, I closed my eyes, and spoke with all my heart and soul
of my dreams. I not only talked to my audience, but I fancy I talked also to God.
I told what I would do with a million dollars if that amount were placed in my
hands. I described the plan I had in mind for organizing a great educational institution, where young people would learn to do practical things, and at the same
time develop their minds.
“When I had ﬁnished and sat down, a man slowly arose from his seat, about three
rows from the rear, and made his way toward the pulpit. I wondered what he was
going to do. He came into the pulpit, extended his hand, and said, `Reverend, I
liked your sermon. I believe you can do everything you said you would, if you had
a million dollars. To prove that I believe in you and your sermon, if you will come
to my ofﬁce tomorrow morning, I will give you the million dollars. My name is
Phillip D. Armour.”’
Young Gunsaulus went to Mr. Armour’s ofﬁce and the million dollars was presented to him. With the money, he founded the Armour Institute of Technology.
That is more money than the majority of preachers ever see in an entire lifetime,
yet the thought impulse back of the money was created m the young preacher’s
mind in a fraction of a minute. The necessary million dollars came as a result of
an idea. Back of the idea was a DESIRE which young Gunsaulus had been nursing
in his mind for almost two years.
Observe this important fact... HE GOT THE MONEY WITHIN THIRTY-SIX
HOURS AFTER HE REACHED A DEFINITE DECISION IN HIS OWN MIND TO
GET IT, AND DECIDED UPON A DEFINITE PLAN FOR GETTING IT!
There was nothing new or unique about young Gunsaulus’ vague th...
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