the word "impossible." He knows all the
rules which will NOT work. He knows all the things which CANNOT
be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which
have made others successful, and are willing to stake everything
on those rules.
A great many years ago I purchased a fine dictionary. The first
thing I did with it was to turn to the word "impossible,"
and neatly clip it out of the book. That would not be an unwise
thing for you to do.
Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS.
Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become
The object of this book is to help all who seek it, to learn the
art of changing their minds from FAILURE CONSCIOUSNESS to SUCCESS
Another weakness found in altogether too many people, is the habit
of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions
and beliefs. Some who will read this, will believe that no one can
THINK AND GROW RICH. They cannot think in terms of riches, because
their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery,
failure, and defeat.
These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came
to America to be educated in American ways. He attended the University
of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Oriental on
the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked
what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic
of the American people.
"Why," the Chinaman exclaimed, "the queer slant of
your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!"
What do we say about the Chinese?
We refuse to believe that which we do not understand. We foolishly
believe that our own limitations are the proper measure of limitations.
Sure, the other fellow's eyes are "off slant," BECAUSE
THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS OUR OWN.
Millions of people look at the achievements of Henry Ford, after
he has arrived, and envy him, because of his good fortune, or luck,
or genius, or whatever it is that they credit for Ford's fortune.
Perhaps one person in every hundred thousand knows the secret of
Ford's success, and those who do know are too modest, or too reluctant,
to speak of it, because of its simplicity. A single transaction
will illustrate the "secret" perfectly.
A few years back, Ford decided to produce his now famous V-8 motor.
He chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinders cast
in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for
the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed,
to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder
gas engine block in one piece.