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Truly, thoughts are things, and their scope of operation is the world, itself. WHAT I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS
This story proves the truth of that old saying, “where there’s a will, there’s a
way.” It was told to me by that beloved educator and clergyman, the late Frank
W. Gunsaulus, who began his preaching career in the stockyards region of South
While Dr. Gunsaulus was going through college, he observed many defects in
our educational system, defects which he believed he could correct, if he were
the head of a college. His deepest desire was to become the directing head of an
educational institution in which young men and women would be taught to “learn
He made up his mind to organize a new college in which he could carry out his
ideas, without being handicapped by orthodox methods of education.
He needed a million dollars to put the project across! Where was he to lay his
hands on so large a sum of money? That was the question that absorbed most of
this ambitious young preacher’s thought.
But he couldn’t seem to make any progress. Every night he took that thought to
bed with him. He got up with it in the morning. He took it with him everywhere
he went. He turned it over and over in his mind until it became a consuming obsession with him. A million dollars is a lot of money. He recognized that fact, but
he also recognized the truth that the only limitation is that which one sets up in
one’s own mind.
Being a philosopher as well as a preacher, Dr. Gunsaulus recognized, as do all
who succeed in life, that DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE is the starting point from
which one must begin. He recognized, too, that deﬁniteness of purpose takes on
animation, life, and power when backed by a BURNING DESIRE to translate that
purpose into its material equivalent.
He knew all these great truths, yet he did not know where, or how to lay his hands
on a million dollars. The natural procedure would have been to give up and quit, 83 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH by saying, “Ah well, my idea is a good one, but I cannot do anything with it, because I never can procure the necessary million dollars.” That is exactly what the
majority of people would have said, but it is not what Dr. Gunsaulus said. What
he said, and what he did are so important that I now introduce him, and let him
speak for himself.
“One Saturday afternoon I sat in my room thinking of ways and means of raising
the money to carry out my plans. For nearly two years, I had been thinking, but I
had done nothing but think!
“The time had come for ACTION!”
“I made up my mind, then and there, that I would get the necessary million dollars within a week. How? I was not concerned about that. The main thing of importance was the decision to get the money within a speciﬁed time, and I want to
tell you that the moment I reached a deﬁnite decision to get the money within...
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