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Power of Thoughts

For let us never part in mind with this fact, that every earnest effort along
any line makes the end aimed at just a little easier for each succeeding
effort, even if, as has been said, apparent failure is the result of the earlier
efforts. This is a case where even failure is success, for the failure is not in
the effort, and every earnest effort adds an increment of power that will
eventually accomplish the end aimed at. We can, then, gain the full and
complete power of determining what character, what type of thoughts we
entertain.
Shall we now give attention to some two or three concrete cases? Here is a
man, the cashier of a large mercantile establishment, or cashier of a bank. In
his morning paper he reads of a man who has become suddenly rich, has
made a fortune of half a million or a million dollars in a few hours through
speculation on the stock market.
Perhaps he has seen an account of another man who has done practically
the same thing lately. He is not quite wise enough, however, to
comprehend the fact that when he reads of one or two cases of this kind he
could find, were he to look into the matter carefully, one or two hundred
cases of men who have lost all they had in the same way.
He thinks, however, that he will be one of the fortunate ones. He does not
fully realize that there are no short cuts to wealth honestly made. He takes
a part of his savings, and as is true in practically all cases of this kind, he
loses all that he has put in, Thinking now that he sees why he lost, and that
had he more money he would be able to get back what he has lost, and
perhaps make a handsome sum in addition, and make it quickly, the
thought comes to him to use some of the funds he has charge of.
In nine cases out of ten, if not ten cases in every ten, the results that
inevitably follow this are known sufficiently well to make it unnecessary to
follow him farther.
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