Unformatted text preview: e age of forty, and more often they do
not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of ﬁfty. This fact was
so astounding that it prompted me to go into the study of its cause most carefully,
carrying the investigation over a period of more than twelve years.
This study disclosed the fact that the major reason why the majority of men who
succeed do not begin to do so before the age of forty to ﬁfty, is their tendency to
DISSIPATE their energies through over indulgence in physical expression of the
emotion of sex. The majority of men never learn that the urge of sex has other
possibilities, which far transcend in importance, that of mere physical expression.
The majority of those who make this discovery, do so after having wasted many
years at a period when the sex energy is at its height, prior to the age of forty-ﬁve
to ﬁfty. This usually is followed by noteworthy achievement.
The lives of many men up to, and sometimes well past the age of forty, reﬂect a
continued dissipation of energies, which could have been more proﬁtably turned
into better channels. Their ﬁner and more powerful emotions are sown wildly
to the four winds. Out of this habit of the male, grew the term, “sowing his wild
The desire for sexual expression is by far the strongest and most impelling of all
the human emotions, and for this very reason this desire, when harnessed and
transmuted into action, other than that of physical expression, may raise one to
the status of a genius.
One of America’s most able business men frankly admitted that his attractive
secretary was responsible for most of the plans he created. He admitted that her
presence lifted him to heights of creative imagination, such as he could experience under no other stimulus.
One of the most successful men in America owes most of his success to the inﬂuence of a very charming young woman, who has served as his source of inspiration for more than twelve years.
Everyone knows the man to whom this reference is made, but not everyone knows
the REAL SOURCE of his achievements.
History is not lacking in examples of men who attained to the status of genii, as
the result of the use of artiﬁcial mind stimulants in the form of alcohol and nar- 169 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH cotics. Edgar Allen Poe wrote the “Raven” while under the inﬂuence of liquor,
“dreaming dreams that mortal never dared to dream before.” James Whitcomb
Riley did his best writing while under the inﬂuence of alcohol. Perhaps it was thus
he saw “the ordered intermingling of the real and the dream, the mill above the
river, and the mist above the stream.” Robert Burns wrote best when intoxicated,
“For Auld Lang Syne, my dear, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for Auld Lang
Syne.” But let it be remembered that many such men have destroyed themselves
in the end. Nature has prepared her own potions with which men may safely
stimulate their minds so they vibrate on a plane that enables them to tune in to
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