Unformatted text preview: .” The sixth sense comes as near to being a miracle as anything I have
ever experienced, and it appears so, only because I do not understand the method
by which this principle is operated.
This much the author does know-that there is a power, or a First Cause, or an
Intelligence, which permeates every atom of matter, and embraces every unit of
energy perceptible to man-that this Inﬁnite Intelligence converts acorns into oak
trees, causes water to ﬂow down hill in response to the law of gravity, follows
night with day, and winter with summer, each maintaining its proper place and
relationship to the other. This Intelligence may, through the principles of this
philosophy, be induced to aid in transmuting DESIRES into concrete, or material
form. The author has this knowledge, because he has experimented with it- and
has EXPERIENCED IT.
Step by step, through the preceding chapters, you have been led to this, the last
principle. If you have mastered each of the preceding principles, you are now
prepared to accept, without being skeptical, the stupendous claims made here.
If you have not mastered the other principles, you must do so before you may
determine, deﬁnitely, whether or not the claims made in this chapter are fact or
While I was passing through the age of “hero-worship” I found myself trying to
imitate those whom I most admired. Moreover, I discovered that the element of
FAITH, with which I endeavored to imitate my idols, gave me great capacity to do
so quite successfully.
I have never entirely divested myself of this habit of hero-worship, although I
have passed the age commonly given over to such. My experience has taught me
that the next best thing to being truly great, is to emulate the great, by feeling and
action, as nearly as possible.
Long before I had ever written a line for publication, or endeavored to deliver a
speech in public, I followed the habit of reshaping my own character, by trying
to imitate the nine men whose lives and life-works had been most impressive to
me. These nine men were, Emerson, Paine, Edison, Darwin, Lincoln, Burbank,
Napoleon, Ford, and Carnegie. 194 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Every night, over a long period of years, I held an imaginary Council meeting with
this group whom I called my “Invisible Counselors.”
The procedure was this. Just before going to sleep at night, I would shut my eyes,
and see, in my imagination, this group of men seated with me around my Council
Table. Here I had not only an opportunity to sit among those whom I considered
to be great, but I actually dominated the group, by serving as the Chairman.
I had a very DEFINITE PURPOSE in indulging my imagination through these
nightly meetings. My purpose was to rebuild my own character so it would represent a composite of the characters of my imaginary counselors. Realizing, as I
did, early in life, that I had to overcome the handicap of birth in an environment
of ignorance and superstition, I deliberately assigned myself the task of voluntary
rebirth through the meth...
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