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SIGNING HIS OWN DEATH WARRANT, should the Colonies lose in the ﬁght
with Great Britain, which was sure to follow.
The document was drawn, and on June 28, the original draft was read before the
Congress. For several days it was discussed, altered, and made ready. On July 4,
1776, Thomas Jefferson stood before the Assembly, and fearlessly read the most
momentus DECISION ever placed upon paper.
“When in the course of human events it is necessary for one people to dissolve
the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume,
among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws
of Nature, and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the
separation. . . 135 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH When Jefferson ﬁnished, the document was voted upon, accepted, and signed by
the ﬁfty-six men, every one staking his own life upon his DECISION to write his
name. By that DECISION came into existence a nation destined to bring to mankind forever, the privilege of making DECISIONS.
By decisions made in a similar spirit of Faith, and only by such decisions, can men
solve their personal problems, and win for themselves high estates of material
and spiritual wealth. Let us not forget this!
Analyze the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, and be convinced that this nation, which now holds a position of commanding respect and
power among all nations of the world, was born of a DECISION created by a
Master Mind, consisting of ﬁfty-six men. Note well, the fact that it was their DECISION which insured the success of Washington’s armies, because the spirit of
that decision was in the heart of every soldier who fought with him, and served as
a spiritual power which recognizes no such thing as FAILURE.
Note, also, (with great personal beneﬁt), that the POWER which gave this nation
its freedom, is the self-same power that must be used by every individual who
This POWER is made up of the principles described in this book. It will not be
difﬁcult to detect, in the story of the Declaration of Independence, at least six of
these principles; DESIRE, DECISION, FAITH, PERSISTENCE, THE MASTER
MIND, and ORGANIZED PLANNING.
Throughout this philosophy will be found the suggestion that thought, backed by
strong DESIRE, has a tendency to transmute itself into its physical equivalent.
Before passing on, I wish to leave with you the suggestion that one may ﬁnd in
this story, and in the story of the organization of the United States Steel Corporation, a perfect description of the method by which thought makes this astounding
In your search for the secret of the method, do not look for a miracle, because you
will not ﬁnd it. You will ﬁnd only the eternal laws of Nature. These laws are available to every person who has the FAITH and the COURAGE to use them. They
may be used to...
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