When I turned 16 my Father gave me two gifts. One was a copy of THINK AND GROW RICH by Napolean Hill. The second was a $100 bill. He told me to study THINK AND GROW RICH and practice what it teaches. He also told me not to regard it as The Bible but to use it as a guide. Regarding the $100 bill he told me to always keep it in my wallet because it would draw other $100 bills to it.


This morning as I write this blog I have two more bills in my wallet to match it. He told me it was OK to spend the bill but always to replace it immediately in my wallet. That has happened many times over my lifetime . When he gave me that first bill, I did not understand the tremendous value of what he was teaching me. Today, I do! My wallet has often run low, but I have always kept a $100 bill there. What a lesson for a 16 year old to learn! I have now read THINK AND GROW RKICH many times. It was my first introduction to the tremendous power we each have in our ability to use our amazing minds.


I also now realize that the $100 bill was my first introductions to the power and strength of a vision and affirmations to support that vision. Thank you, Dad!! Looking at my book cases I see two shelves lined with books about how to use the creative power of our minds. I have now taught and led hundreds of workshops across the globe on the huge power we each have with our thoughts. Mahatma Gandhi said, “A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks he believes.”


I keep notebooks of thoughts that have occurred to me over the years and one thought has been repeated several times, “Why is it that so few use this tremendous power that we each have been given?


I have always admired people who have the ability to draw and paint. To be an artist is to truly use this wonderful power of the imagination and the thoughts of our minds. My wife, Kathleen, is one of those people. She has a beautiful still life painting that hangs on the wall in our hallway. It is a composition that blends colors and flow of motion that she originally visualized only in her mind. Authors of the written page are the same. A thought becomes a vision and that becomes a story or piece of poetry. The next time you drive down a street and see a beautiful building, realize that building was first an idea, a thought, a vision in someone’s mind. I have always loved business, because it is so creative. Every store, farm, manufacturing plant or business you see was once an idea, a thought in someone’s mind.


You can accomplish most anything you want. This has been proven over and over. It takes concentration, meditation, faith in what may seem impossible. Commit yourself today to make something happen in your life that will improve the lives of those around you. You can do this! Over the next few days I will post more that you may find helpful in developing and achieving your own vision!

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