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Unformatted text preview: to stop. HOW TO MAKE PRACTICAL USE OF IMAGINATION
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Ideas are products of the imagination. Let us examine a few well known ideas which have yielded huge fortunes,
with the hope that these illustrations will convey deﬁnite information concerning
the method by which imagination may be used in accumulating riches. THE ENCHANTED KETTLE
Fifty years ago, an old country doctor drove to town, hitched his horse, quietly
slipped into a drug store by the back door, and began “dickering” with the young
drug clerk. His mission was destined to yield great wealth to many people. It was
destined to bring to the South the most far-ﬂung beneﬁt since the Civil War.
80 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH For more than an hour, behind the prescription counter, the old doctor and the
clerk talked in low tones. Then the doctor left. He went out to the buggy and
brought back a large, old fashioned kettle, a big wooden paddle (used for stirring
the contents of the kettle), and deposited them in the back of the store.
The clerk inspected the kettle, reached into his inside pocket, took out a roll of
bills, and handed it over to the doctor. The roll contained exactly $500.00-the
clerk’s entire savings! The doctor handed over a small slip of paper on which
was written a secret formula. The words on that small slip of paper were worth a
King’s ransom! But not to the doctor! Those magic words were needed to start the
kettle to boiling, but neither the doctor nor the young clerk knew what fabulous
fortunes were destined to ﬂow from that kettle.
The old doctor was glad to sell the outﬁt for ﬁve hundred dollars. The money
would pay off his debts, and give him freedom of mind. The clerk was taking a
big chance by staking his entire life’s savings on a mere scrap of paper and an old
kettle! He never dreamed his investment would start a kettle to overﬂowing with
gold that would surpass the miraculous performance of Aladdin’s lamp. What the
clerk really purchased was an IDEA! The old kettle and the wooden paddle, and
the secret message on a slip of paper were incidental. The strange performance of
that kettle began to take place after the new owner mixed with the secret instructions an ingredient of which the doctor knew nothing.
Read this story carefully, give your imagination a test! See if you can discover
what it was that the young man added to the secret message, which caused the
kettle to overﬂow with gold. Remember, as you read, that this is not a story from
Arabian Nights. Here you have a story of facts, stranger than ﬁction, facts which
began in the form of an IDEA.
Let us take a look at the vast fortunes of gold this idea has produced. It has paid,
and still pays huge fortunes to men and women all over the world, who distribute
the contents of the kettle to millions of people.
The Old Kettle is now one of the world’s largest consumers of sugar, thus providing jobs of a permanent nature to thousands...
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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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