Thursday, November 17, 2011

Awake, Arise and Assert Yourself!

The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.  The oak sleeps in the acorn.  The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of reality.

Awake, arise, and assert yourself, you dreamers of the world.  Your star is now in the ascendency.  The world depression brought the opportunity you have been waiting for.  It taught people humility, tolerance, and open-mindedness.

The world is filled with an abundance of opportunity which the dreamers of the past never knew.

A burning desire to be, and to do, is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.  Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition.

You have been disappointed, you have undergone defeat during the Recession, you have felt the great heart within you crushed until it bled.  Take courage, for these experiences have tempered the spiritual metal of which you are made - they are assets of incomparable value.

Remember, too, that all who succeed in life get off to a bad start, and pass through many heartbreaking struggles before they "arrive."  The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their "other selves."

John Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, which is among the finest of all English literature, after he had been confined in prison and sorely punished because of his view on the subject of religion.

O. Henry discovered the genius which slept within his brain, after he had met with great misfortune and was confined in a prison cell in Columbus, Ohio.  Being forced, through misfortune, to become acquainted with his "other self" and to use his imagination, he discovered himself to be a great author instead of a miserable criminal and outcast.  Strange and varied are the ways of life, and stranger still are the ways of Infinite Intelligence, through which men are sometimes forced to undergo all sorts of punishment before discovering their own brains, and their own capacity to create useful ideas through imagination.

Edison, the world's greatest inventor and scientist, was a "tramp" telegraph operator; he failed innumerable times before he was driven, finally to the discovery of the genius which slept within his brain.

Charles Dickens began by pasting labels on blacking pots.  The tragedy of his first love penetrated the depths of his soul, and converted him into one of the world's truly great authors.  That tragedy produced, first, David Copperfield, then a succession of other works that made this a richer and better world for all who read his books.  Disappointment over love affairs generally has the effect of driving men to drink, and women to ruin; and this, because most people never learn the art of transmuting their strongest emotions into dreams of a constructive nature.

Helen Keller became deaf, dumb and blind shortly after birth. Despite her greatest misfortune, she has written her name indelibly in the pages of the history of the great.  Her entire life has served as evidence that no one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

Robert Burns was an illiterate country lad.  He was cursed by poverty, and grew up to be a drunkard in the bargain.  The world was made better for his having lived, because he clothed beautiful thoughts in poetry, and thereby plucked a thorn and planted a rose in its place.

Booker T. Washington was born in slavery, handicapped by race and color.  Because he was tolerant, had an open mind at all times on all subjects, and was a dreamer, he left his impress for good on an entire race.

Beethoven was deaf, Milton was blind, but their names will last as long as time endures, because they dreamed and translated their dreams into organized thought.

Kindle anew in your mind the fire of hope, faith, courage and tolerance.  If you have these states of mind, and a working knowledge of the principles described, all else that you need will come to you when you are ready for it.

There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it.  No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.  The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or a wish.  Open-mindedness is essential for belief.  Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief.

Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.  A great poet has correctly stated this universal truth through these lines:

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store.

For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial's hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.

*An excerpt from Napoleon Hill's book Think and Grow Rich.

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