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James J. Hill was still running a telegraph key at the age of forty. His stupendous
achievements took place after that age. Biographies of American industrialists
and ﬁnanciers are ﬁlled with evidence that the period from forty to sixty is the
most productive age of man. Between the ages of thirty and forty, man begins to
learn (if he ever learns), the art of sex transmutation. This discovery is generally 173 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH accidental, and more often than otherwise, the man who makes it is totally unconscious of his discovery. He may observe that his powers of achievement have
increased around the age of thirty-ﬁve to forty, but in most cases, he is not familiar with the cause of this change; that Nature begins to harmonize the emotions of
love and sex in the individual, between the ages of thirty and forty, so that he may
draw upon these great forces, and apply them jointly as stimuli to action.
Sex, alone, is a mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone-they are
often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and
balance. What person, who has attained to the age of forty, is so unfortunate as
to be unable to analyze these statements, and to corroborate them by his own
When driven by his desire to please a woman, based solely upon the emotion of
sex, a man may be, and usually is, capable of great achievement, but his actions
may be disorganized, distorted, and totally destructive. When driven by his desire
to please a woman, based upon the motive of sex alone, a man may steal, cheat,
and even commit murder. But when the emotion of LOVE is mixed with the emotion of sex, that same man will guide his actions with more sanity, balance, and
Criminologists have discovered that the most hardened criminals can be reformed
through the inﬂuence of a woman’s love. There is no record of a criminal having
been reformed solely through the sex inﬂuence. These facts are well known, but
their cause is not. Reformation comes, if at all, through the heart, or the emotional side of man, not through his head, or reasoning side.
Reformation means, “a change of heart.” It does not mean a “change of head.”
A man may, because of reason, make certain changes in his personal conduct
to avoid the consequences of undesirable effects, but GENUINE REFORMATION comes only through a change of heart-through a DESIRE to change. Love,
Romance, and Sex are all emotions capable of driving men to heights of super
achievement. Love is the emotion which serves as a safety valve, and insures balance, poise, and constructive effort. When combined, these three emotions may
lift one to an altitude of a genius. There are genii, however, who know but little
of the emotion of love. Most of them may be found engaged in some form of action which is destructive, or at least, not based upon justice and fairness toward
others. If good taste would...
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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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