Awakening the Genii Within Your Mind
THE MEANS WHICH GUARANTEE SUCCESS The following essay will take you only 5 minutes to read but may well put you on the path to a discovery that will lead to a lifetime of abundance for you and those you care about. Do you know what was the Talisman of Napoleon? Do you know what it was that made him the greatest conqueror of his age? Not wealth or influence—Napoleon came of a poor Corsican family, without money, without influence. Not training or intellect—Napoleon stood forty-sixth in his class at the Military Academy, and there were only 60 in the class! No, it was none of these things that made him succeed. The thing that made Napoleon invincible was simply his colossal faith in Napoleon! He didn't believe the bullet had been made that could kill him. He didn't believe the obstacle had been formed that could stop him. And as long as he held to that belief, he was invincible. It was only when he hesitated, when he lost faith in himself, that his enemies overcame him. He marched into Russia at the head of the finest army the world had ever seen. He carried all before him. He captured Moscow. But then he hesitated. Should he go forward or back? Fate gave him every chance. The Winter snows were a full month late in coming. But it took Napoleon all that month to make up his mind! It wasn't the snows that defeated him. It wasn't the Cossacks. It was his loss of faith in himself! What is the reason for most failures in this world? The fact that they first thought failure. They allowed talk of hard times, of scarcity of work, of difficulties, to hold them back. Successful men and women have no time to think of failure. They are too busy thinking of the things to do that will bring success. You can't fill a vessel already full. You've got to have the faith of a Columbus, crossing an unknown sea, holding a mutinous crew to the task long after they had lost all faith in themselves or in him—and giving to civilization a new world. You've got to have the faith of a Joan of Arc, who at just seventeen years of age led an army of her countrymen to recover their homeland from English domination late in the Hundred Years' War. You've got to have the faith of a Washington—defeated, outcast, deserted by

most of his own soldiers, yet fighting on—and giving to his country a new freedom. The men and women who have made their mark in this world all have that one quality in common— THEY BELIEVED IN THEMSELVES! How did these people attain such a strong, all-conquering self-belief? Read on and you will learn how! Suppose people do laugh at your ideas. Suppose Reason does say—"It can't be done!" People laughed at Galileo. They laughed at Ford; Reason contended for countless ages that the world was flat. Reason said—or so many automotive engineers would have us believe—that the Ford motor wouldn't run. But the earth is round, and there are millions of Ford cars on the road! The mind in you is the same mind that actuated all the great men and women of the past—all the inventors, all the great artists, statesmen, business men. What they have done is but a small fraction of what still remains to do—of what men and women of today and tomorrow WILL do. YOU can have a part in it. Start now! Look at every object about you with this question—How can that be improved? How can this be done better? To what new use can that be put? You realize by now that you have certain powers over conditions, over the world about you. But you are having difficulty in making good those powers. Don't let that discourage you. When first you learned the principles of arithmetic, your problems did not always work out correctly, did they? Yet you did not, on that account, doubt the principle of mathematics. No—you knew that the fault was with your methods— not with the principle. It is the same in this. The power is there. Correctly used, it can do anything. In the beginning, all was void—space—nothingness. How did God, the Great Universal Mind, construct the planets, the firmament, the earth and all things on and in it from this formless void? By first making a mental image on which to build. That is what you, too, must do, for you are created in the image and likeness of the Great Universal Mind we call God, and can share Its creative attributes once you become aware of this stupendous truth. You control your destiny, your fortune, your happiness to the exact extent to which you can think them out, visualize them, blue-print them on your mind— and allow no thought of fear or worry to mar their completeness. The quality of your thought is the measure of your power. Clear, forceful, confident thought has the power of attracting to itself whatever it may need for the fruition of its desires.

"First have something good," said Horace Greeley, "then advertise." First have something that the world needs, even if it be only faithful, interested service. Then ask of Mind what you will. "All that the Father hath is yours," said Jesus. And you have only to look at the heavens at night to realize that He has riches without limit. Reach out mentally and appropriate to yourself the good gifts you desire. You've got to do it mentally before you can enjoy it physically. As Shakespeare put it—" 'Tis mind that makes the body rich." Remember the story of Alexander and his famous horse Bucephalus? No one could ride the horse, because it was so afraid of every shadow. Alexander faced it towards the sun—and rode it! The shadows will all fall behind you too, if you will face towards what you WANT —not towards the shadows of poverty and lack. See the things you want as already yours. Know that they will come to you at need. Then LET them come. Don't drive them back by fear and worry. BELIEVE!

For life is the mirror of king and slave. ‘Tis just what you are and do; Then give to the world the best you have, And the best will come back to you. MADELINE BRIDGES
“Whosoever shall be great among you,” said Jesus, “shall be your minister, and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” In other words, if you would be great, you must serve. And he who serves most shall be greatest of all. If you want to make more money, instead of seeking it for yourself, see how you can make more for others. In the process you will inevitably make more for yourself, too. We get as we give—but we must give first. It matters not where you start— you may be a day laborer. But still you can give —give a bit more of energy, of work, of thought, than you are paid for. “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile,” said Jesus, “go with him twain.” Try to put a little extra skill into your work. Use your mind to find some better way of doing whatever task may be set for you. It won’t be long before you are out of the common labor class. There is no kind of work than cannot be bettered by thought. There is no method that cannot be improved by thought. So give generously of your thought to your work. Think every minute you are at it—"Isn’t there some way in which this could be done easier, quicker, better?" Read in your spare time everything that relates to your own work or to the job ahead of you. In these days of magazines and books and libraries, few are the occupations that are not thoroughly covered in some good work.

Look around YOU now. How can YOU give greater value for what you get? How can you SERVE better? How can you make more money for your employers or save more for your customers? Keep that thought ever in the forefront of your mind and you’ll never need to worry about making more for yourself! Do you remember Jesus' parable of the "Talents"? A merchant was going into a far country, so he entrusted certain of his treasures to his servants to be used during his absence. To the first servant he gave ten talents; to the second, five talents; to the third, one talent. The first man took his ten talents and by investing them judiciously, made ten more. The second took his five talents, and with them earned three additional. But the third man took his one talent, and for fear of losing it, went out and hid it in a field. Him the Master punished upon his return, but He commended the other two and made them rulers over many things. That parable expresses the whole law of life. The only right is to use all the forces of good. The only wrong is to neglect or to abuse them. Universal Mind has given to each one of us a blank check on which we can write out the number of talents that we want entrusted to us. And the way to use that blank check, is to first give "value received" for it, just as we first deliver goods to our customers or do certain work for our employer before we ask pay for it. We must have an idea or a service or a commodity before we can fill out that blank check. The greater the idea, the more general the service, the more desirable the commodity—the larger the amount we can fill in on our blank check. It all comes back to the law of Life—we get as we give—only we usually receive in far greater measure than we give. As Gardner Hunting expressed it: "If I give to anybody service of a kind that he wants, I shall get back the benefit myself. If I give more service. I shall get more benefit. If I give a great deal more, I shall get a great deal more. But I shall get back more than I give. Exactly as when I plant a bushel of potatoes, I get back thirty or forty bushels, and more in proportion to the attention I give the growing crop. If I give more to my employer than he expects of me, he will give me a raise—and on no other condition. What is more, his giving me a raise does not depend on his fairmindedness-—he has to give it to me or lose me, because if he does not appreciate me somebody else will. "But this is only part of it. If I give help to the man whose desk is next to mine, it will come back to me multiplied, even if he apparently is a rival. What I give to him, I give to the firm, and the firm will value it, because it is teamwork in the organization that the firm primarily wants, not brilliant individual performance. If my boss is unappreciative, the same rule holds; if I give him more, in advance of appreciation, he cannot withhold his appreciation and keep his own job.

"The more you think about this law, the deeper you will see it goes. It literally hands you a blank check, signed by the Maker of Universal Law, and leaves you to fill in the amount—and the kind—of payment you want! Mediocre successes are those that obey this law a little way—that fill in the check with a small amount—but that stop short of big vision in it. "Now why am I so sure of this law? How can you be sure? I have watched it work; it works everywhere. You have only to try it, and keep on trying it and it will prove true for you. It is not true because I say so, nor because anybody else says so; it is just true. "Eastern religions call it the law of Karma; humanitarians call it the law of Service; business men call it the law of Common Sense; Jesus Christ called it the law of Love. It rules whether I know it or not, whether I believe it or not, whether I defy it or not. I can't break it! Jesus of Nazareth, without consideration as to whether He was or was not divine, was the greatest business man that ever lived, and He said; Give and ye shall receive—good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over! And this happens to be so—not because He said it—not because God Himself said it—but because it is the Truth." Begin your partnership with the God within you in the service of your fellow man and you will never look back. Lack will become a thing of the past once you discover the joy of WORKING WITH GOD.

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