Unformatted text preview: me FEAR! The “blending” process often is slow. This is one reason why these three enemies are so dangerous.
They germinate and grow without their presence being observed.
The remainder of this chapter describes an end which must be attained before the
philosophy, as a whole, can be put into practical use. It also analyzes a condition
which has, but lately, reduced huge numbers of people to poverty, and it states a
truth which must be understood by all who accumulate riches, whether measured
in terms of money or a state of mind of far greater value than money. The purpose
of this chapter is to turn the spotlight of attention upon the cause and the cure of
the six basic fears. Before we can master an enemy, we must know its name, its
habits, and its place of abode. As you read, analyze yourself carefully, and determine which, if any, of the six common fears have attached themselves to you.
Do not be deceived by the habits of these subtle enemies. Sometimes they remain
hidden in the subconscious mind, where they are difﬁcult to locate, and still more
difﬁcult to eliminate. THE SIX BASIC FEARS
There are six basic fears, with some combination of which every human suffers
at one tune or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the 203 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH entire six. Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:The fear of POVERTY
The fear of CRITICISM
} most of one’s
The fear of ILL HEALTH } worries
The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
The fear of OLD AGE
The fear of DEATH
All other fears are of minor importance, they can be grouped under these six
The prevalence of these fears, as a curse to the world, runs in cycles. For almost
six years, while the depression was on, we ﬂoundered in the cycle of FEAR OF
POVERTY. During the world-war, we were in the cycle of FEAR OF DEATH. Just
following the war, we were in the cycle of FEAR OF ILL HEALTH, as evidenced
by the epidemic of disease which spread itself all over the world.
Fears are nothing more than states of mind. One’s state of mind is subject to
control and direction. Physicians, as everyone knows, are less subject to attack
by disease than ordinary laymen, for the reason that physicians DO NOT FEAR
DISEASE. Physicians, without fear or hesitation, have been known to physically
contact hundreds of people, daily, who were suffering from such contagious diseases as small-pox, without becoming infected. Their immunity against the disease consisted, largely, if not solely, in their absolute lack of FEAR.
Man can create nothing which he does not ﬁrst conceive in the form of an impulse
of thought. Following this statement, comes another of still greater importance,
namely, MAN’S THOUGHT IMPULSES BEGIN IMMEDIATELY TO TRANSLATE THEMSELVES INTO THEIR PHYSICAL EQUIVALENT, WHETHER
THOSE THOUGHTS ARE VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY. Thought impulses
which are picked up through the ether, by mere chance (thoughts which have
been released by other minds) may determine one’s ﬁnan...
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