The two envelopes we are given at birth
As many of you already know one of my favorite book is Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill. This book was written in 1937.
Napoleon Hill was sanctioned by the legendary Andrew Carnegie to find out the secrets of the most successful men of his time and share those secrets with the world.
When Carnegie proposed this task to Napoleon Hill, Hill felt that he was not the right person for the job because of his lack of education, inexperience because of his age, and his lack of finances.
Here are the words that Mr Carnegie delivered to Napoleon Hill that convinced him to take on such a monumental task, a task that was so much bigger than himself.
I give it to you word for word straight from the book, because I could explain it any better
“Let me call your attention to a great power which is under your control,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the power which is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all of your fears and superstitions combined.
“When you speak of your poverty and your lack of education,” Mr. Carnegie explained, “you are simply directing your mind power to attract these undesirable circumstances. Because it is true that whatever your mind feeds upon, your mind attracts to you.
“Now you see why it is important that you recognize that all success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life.”
Then, Mr. Carnegie continued his speech with a description of a great universal truth which made such an impact upon my mind that I began then and there to give myself a new outlook on life and I set up for myself a goal so far above my previous achievements, that it shocked my friends and relatives when they heard about it.
“Everyone,” said Mr. Carnegie “comes to the earth plane blessed with the privilege of controlling his mind power and directing it towards whatever ends he may choose. But,” he continued, “everyone brings over with him at birth the equivalent of two sealed envelopes, one of which is clearly labeled: The Riches you may enjoy if you take possession of your own mind and direct it to ends of your own choice. And the other is labeled: The Penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession your mind and direct it.”
“And now, let me reveal to you,” said Mr. Carnegie, “the contents of those two sealed envelopes. In the one labeled Riches is this list of blessings:
1. Sound health.
2. Peace of mind.
3. A labor of love of your own choice.
4. Freedom from fear and worry.
5. A positive mental attitude.
6. Material riches of your own choice and quantity.”
“In the sealed envelope labeled Penalties,” Mr. Carnegie continued, “is this list of the prices one must pay for neglecting to take possession of one’s own mind:
1. Ill health.
2. Fear and worry.
3. Indecision and doubt.
4. Frustration and discouragement through-out life.
5. Poverty and want.
6. And a whole flock of evils consisting of envy, greed, jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition.”
Now, my mission in life is to help you and everyone who needs my help to open up and use the contents of the sealed envelope labeled Riches. And the starting point from which you must take off if you wish to write your own ticket from here on out, for the remainder of your life, I will describe for you in these simple instructions:
1.Procure a neat pocket-size notebook.
2.And on page one write down a clear description of your major desire in life, the one circumstance, position or thing which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before you begin writing, that your only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind or permit others to set up for you.
3.On page two of your notebook write down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give in return for that which you desire from life. And then start right where you stand now to begin giving.
4. Memorize both of your statements, what you desire and what you intend to give in return for it. And repeat them at least a dozen times daily.
And always end your statements with this expression of gratitude for the blessing with which you were gifted at birth:
“I ask not, oh divine providence, for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I desire.”
If you are not too successful or self-satisfied to accept and express this profound prayer; if you accept it and express it in the same spirit of humble sincerity in which I pass it on to you, then you and the better world will reveal itself to you. A world in which you will see reflected the circumstances and the things which you yourself have created..