As we now venture onto a new year again, and many have made new year’s resolutions, it’s worth noting one of the most common traits of a successful person: Being Eccentric. Eccentric people truly understand how to Think And Grow Rich. Read on and you’ll understand why…
It’s probably not coincidence that many geniuses and highly successful people are considered eccentric. Napoleon Hill could recognize those “eccentricities” as something more than just oddities – he knew them for pathways to genius and success.
Close Your Eyes…
One of America’s most successful and best known financiers followed the habit of closing his eyes for two or three minutes before making a decision.
When asked why he did this, he replied, “With my eyes closed, I am able to draw upon a source of superior intelligence.”
The late Dr. Elmer R. Gates, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, created more than 200 useful patents, many of them basic, through the process of cultivating and using the creative faculty. His method is both significant and interesting to anyone interested in reaching the status of genius, in which category Dr. Gates, unquestionably belonged. Dr. Gates was one of the really great, though less publicized and less well-known, scientists of the world.
In his laboratory, he had what he called his “personal communication room.” It was practically sound proof, and equipped so that all light could be shut out. In it he kept a small table where he kept a pad of writing paper. In front of the table, on the wall, was a pushbutton which controlled the lights. When Dr. Gates wanted to draw upon the forces available to him through his Creative Imagination, he would go into this room, sit down at the table, shut off the lights, and concentrate on the known factors of the invention he was working on, staying in that position until ideas began to “flash” into his mind in connection with the unknown factors of the invention.
On one occasion, ideas came so fast that he was forced to write for almost three hours. When the thoughts stopped flowing, and he examined his notes, he found they contained a minute description of principles which had no parallel among the known data of the scientific world.
What is more, the answer to his problem was intelligently presented in those notes. In this manner Dr. Gates completed over 200 patents, which had been begun, but not completed, by “half-baked” brains. Evidence of the truth of this statement is in the United States Patent Office.
Dr. Gates earned his living by “sitting for ideas” for individuals and corporations. Some of the largest corporations in America paid him substantial fees, by the hour, for “sitting for ideas.”
In Touch With Intelligence
Your own best form of personal communication may not be the same as what Napoleon Hill has presented here with Dr. Gates’s story. Just know that like Gates, your own best pathway to success might be, and probably is, something less than conventional – especially with the conventional norm being failure. Yet another lesson in taking that path less travelled to success and wealth!
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