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Think and Grow rich – Chapter 2 – DESIRE – The Starting Point of All Acheivement



The First Step toward Riches

Every time I read this chapter I end up with the best of intentions. It is no good having a passionate desire if you do not follow the steps contained in this chapter. These being:

‘The method by which DESIRE for riches can be transmuted into its financial
equivalent, consists of six definite, practical steps, viz:

First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient
merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is
a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent

Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you
desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)

Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you

Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once,
whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend
to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to
give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you
intend to accumulate it.

Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring
at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ—SEE AND

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It
is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth
paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in
possession of money” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING
DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your
desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that
you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined
to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.’

In my case I can and have followed the steps initially with passion but it is the sixth step that becomes my downfall every time. I have trouble convincing myself of actually seeing the object of my passion although every day it is the upper most desire in my thoughts.

Hill’s examples are really inspirational to me and I am committed to not give up on my passionate desires and I will continue to pursue them and never quit. It is the need to increase my faith and emotional commitments to the desires and certainly not look back for I have burnt bridges in getting to where I am.

Thank you all for my journey so far particularly to Michael and Linda and also Ben who at times brings me back to my passionate desires.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia.