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him they had found no way to carry out his orders.
“Go right ahead,” said Ford, “I want it, and I’ll have it.” They went ahead, and
then, as if by a stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.
The Ford DETERMINATION had won once more!
This story may not be described with minute accuracy, but the sum and substance
of it is correct. Deduce from it, you who wish to THINK AND GROW RICH, the
secret of the Ford millions, if you can. You’ll not have to look very far. Henry Ford
is a success, because he understands, and applies the principles of success. One
of these is DESIRE: knowing what one wants. Remember this Ford story as you
read, and pick out the lines in which the secret of his stupendous achievement
have been described. If you can do this, if you can lay your ﬁnger on the particular
group of principles which made Henry Ford rich, you can equal his achievements
in almost any calling for which you are suited. YOU ARE “THE MASTER OF YOUR FATE, THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR
When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, “I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul,” he should have informed us that we are the Masters of our Fate,
the Captains of our Souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.
He should have told us that the ether in which this little earth ﬂoats, in which we
move and have our being, is a form of energy moving at an inconceivably high
rate of vibration, and that the ether is ﬁlled with a form of universal power which
ADAPTS itself to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds; and INFLUENCES us, in natural ways, to transmute our thoughts into their physical equivalent.
If the poet had told us of this great truth, we would know WHY IT IS that we are
the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls. He should have told us, with
great emphasis, that this power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, that it will urge us to translate into
physical reality thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as it will inﬂuence us to act
upon thoughts of riches.
He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means with which no man 18 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH is familiar, these “magnets” attract to us the forces, the people, the circumstances
of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
He should have told us, that before we can accumulate riches in great abundance,
we must magnetize our minds with intense DESIRE for riches, that we must become “money conscious until the DESIRE for money drives us to create deﬁnite
plans for acquiring it.
But, being a poet, and not a philosopher, Henley contented himself by stating a
great truth in poetic form, leaving those who followed him to interpret the philosophical meaning of his lines.
Little by little, the truth has unfolded itself, until it now appears certain that the
principles described in this book, hold the secret of mastery over our economic
We are now ready to examine the ﬁrst of these principles. Maintain a s...
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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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