Many years ago, I was given a first edition autographed copy of Napoleon hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. I gave the content of the book little attention, but because it was a rare book, I put it on my desk (in the office), for everyone to notice.
One day a friend came in and began casually examining the book while waiting for me to finish up some business on the phone. He let out a loud ‘WOW’. He held the book up and pointed to a paragraph, saying, “read this.” I hung up the phone to read the paragraph. In that instant, I realized that I owned a book of considerable value for its contents, not because it was an autographed edition by a famous author.
This discovery aroused my interest in self-help books. I took the time to read the book thoroughly and the information in the book gave me a brand new perspective on myself and life.
I now recognize the value of a good book when I read it, AND I don’t assume I have mentally digested it in one reading. The best way to treat the mind so it serves you is to offer your mind an opinion, insight or working principal of life – drip, drip, drip – one idea at a time. The mind is influenced by mindful repetition. I’d learned this while reading Napoleon Hill’s book and I immediately set out to apply it. I have read Think and Grow Rich no less than 300 times.
If you intend for your mind to serve you, you must first serve it with what you want it to accept as true; serve it with repetitious loving spoonfuls (not giant buckets). President JFK’s father called his son ‘President John’ for years before John had even finished high school – drip, drip, drip. Any more than that, and it boggles the mind.
With what idea will you treat your mind? What book are you willing to read a dozen times?