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serve as an oar, by which you may propel yourself over into the other side of the
stream. It can serve you ONLY through application and use. Merely reading, and
passing judgment on it, either one way or another, will in no way beneﬁt you.
Some people undergo the experience of alternating between the positive and
negative sides of the stream, being at times on the positive side, and at times on
the negative side. The Wall Street crash of `29 swept millions of people from the
positive to the negative side of the stream. These millions are struggling, some of
them in desperation and fear, to get back to the positive side of the stream. This
book was written especially for those millions.
Poverty and riches often change places. The Crash taught the world this truth, although the world will not long remember the lesson. Poverty may, and generally
does, voluntarily take the place of riches. When riches take the place of poverty,
the change is usually brought about through well conceived and carefully executed PLANS. Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and
ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be “attracted.” 158 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH ANYBODY can WISH for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that
a deﬁnite plan, plus a BURNING DESIRE for wealth, are the only dependable
means of accumulating wealth. 159 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 11
THE MYSTERY OF SEX: TRANSMUTATION
The Tenth Step toward Riches
The meaning of the word “transmute” is, in simple language, “the changing, or
transferring of one element, or form of energy, into another.”
The emotion of sex brings into being a state of mind. Because of ignorance
on the subject, this state of mind is generally associated with the physical, and
because of improper inﬂuences, to which most people have been subjected, in
acquiring knowledge of sex, things essentially physical have highly biased the
The emotion of sex has back of it the possibility of three constructive potentialities, they are:1. The perpetuation of mankind.
2. The maintenance of health, (as a therapeutic agency, it has no equal).
3. The transformation of mediocrity into genius through transmutation.
Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the
mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature.
Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire,
men develop keenness of imagination, courage, will-power, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times. So strong and impelling is the desire
for sexual contact that men freely run the risk of life and reputation to indulge it.
When harnessed, and redirected along other lines, this motivating force maintains all of its attributes of keenness of imagination, courage, etc., which may be
used as powerful creative forces in literature, art, or in any other profession or
calling, including, of course, the accumulation of riches.
The transmutation of sex ene...
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