YOU ARE "THE MASTER OF YOUR FATE, THE CAPTAIN
OF YOUR SOUL," BECAUSE…
When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, "I am the Master of
my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul," he should have informed
us that we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls,
because we have the power to control our thoughts.
He should have told us that the ether in which this little earth
floats, in which we move and have our being, is a form of energy
moving at an inconceivably high rate of vibration, and that the
ether is filled with a form of universal power which ADAPTS itself
to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds; and INFLUENCES
us, in natural ways, to transmute our thoughts into their physical
If the poet had told us of this great truth, we would know WHY IT
IS that we
are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls.
He should have told us, with great emphasis, that this power makes
no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive
thoughts, that it will urge us to translate into physical reality
thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as it will influence us to
act upon thoughts of riches.
He should have told us, too, that our brains become magnetized with
the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds, and, by means
with which no man is familiar, these "magnets" attract
to us the forces, the people, the circumstances of life which harmonize
with the nature of our dominating thoughts.
He should have told us, that before we can accumulate riches in
great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with intense DESIRE
for riches, that we must become "money conscious until the
DESIRE for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring
But, being a poet, and not a philosopher, Henley contented himself
by stating a great truth in poetic form, leaving those who followed
him to interpret the philosophical meaning of his lines.
Little by little, the truth has unfolded itself, until it now appears
certain that the principles described in this book, hold the secret
of mastery over our economic fate.
We are now ready to examine the first of these principles. Maintain
a spirit of open-mindedness, and remember as you read, they are
the invention of no one man. The principles were gathered from the
life experiences of more than 500 men who actually accumulated riches
in huge amounts; men who began in poverty, with but little education,
without influence. The principles worked for these men. You can
put them to work for your own enduring benefit.
You will find it easy, not hard, to do.
Before you read the next chapter, I want you to know that it conveys
factual information which might easily change your entire financial
destiny, as it has so definitely brought changes of stupendous proportions
to two people described.
I want you to know, also, that the relationship between these two
men and myself, is such that I could have taken no liberties with
the facts, even if I had wished to do so. One of them has been my
closest personal friend for almost twenty-five years, the other
is my own son. The unusual success of these two men, success which
they generously accredit to the principle described in the next
chapter, more than justifies this personal reference as a means
of emphasizing the far-flung power of this principle.
Almost fifteen years ago, I delivered the Commencement Address at
Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. I emphasized the principle
described in the next chapter, with so much intensity that one of
the members of the graduating class