If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it. Why wait? Why not get that million dollars, and live out your dream? Here’s a story to inspire you.
WHAT I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION DOLLARS?
This story proves the truth of that old saying, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” It was told to the author by the beloved educator and clergyman, the late Frank W. Gunsaulus, who began his preaching career in the stockyards region of South Chicago.
Learn By Doing
While Dr. Gunsaulus was going through college, he observed many defects in the American educational system, defects which he believed he could correct if he were the head of a college. His deepest desire was to become the head of an educational institution where young men and women would be taught to “learn by doing.”
He made up his mind to organize a new college where he could carry out his ideas without being handicapped by orthodox methods of education.
He needed a million dollars to put the project across! Where was he to lay his hands on so large a sum of money? That was the question that absorbed most of this ambitious young preacher’s thought.
But he couldn’t seem to make any progress.
You Set Your Limits
Every night he took that thought to bed with him. He got up with it in the morning. He took it with him everywhere he went. He turned it over and over in his mind until it became a consuming obsession with him. A million dollars is a lot of money. Even more so in his time. He recognized that fact, but he also recognized the truth that the only limitation is that which one sets up in one’s own mind.
Being a philosopher as well as a preacher, Dr. Gunsaulus recognized, as do all who succeed in life, that definiteness of purpose is the starting point from which a person must begin. He recognized, too, that definiteness of purpose takes on animation, life, and power when backed by a burning desire to translate that purpose into its material equivalent.
The story, of course, goes on, but what we know already is that this man, dedicated to his purpose, has already figured out two of the key principles to success and wealth. Will he discover more and reach his goals? Tune in next time… 😉
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