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Your Questions About Think And Grow Rich Summary

Sun, May 13, 2012

Writing and speaking

Carol asks…

“Think and Grow Rich” question. Tony Robbins kinda thing. What if I don’t know what my definite aim is?

I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and he pretty much says the secret to success is having a definite purpose and aim, having a burning desire to achieve that aim and persistence and planning to act as the vehicle that that desire drives.

Maybe my summary isn’t spot on, but what I’m struggling with is the definite aim/purpose thing. What if I still don’t know what my aim or purpose is? I’m still young (early 20s), so maybe I just haven’t found it yet, but I want to start applying these principles. As I’m sure is obvious, it’s hard to cultivate a burning desire in something that you’re not quite sure of.

I already have a written statement of purpose, and all it says (paraphrased) is that I want to have $10m within 10 years, and that I will learn everything I can about making and maintaining money. Could anyone give me some tips on how to flesh out my statement? I do want money, that’s for sure, but I feel like any reasons I have for making the money are kind of shallow, so it’s in conflict with my conscience. Also, I’m still trying to decide what I want my career to be! I’m thinking finance (start my own business or investment banking), but I don’t know. Last year I did engineering and absolutely hated it, so I don’t wanna dick around anymore doing something that I don’t like.

In other words, how can I get a burning desire to succeed without having a definite aim, and more importantly, how should I go about developing and finding my definite aim?

It’s almost like I don’t want the actual money, so much as to know that I can dominate my circumstances, kickass, take names and be the best at whatever I do. Maybe I’m taking his theory to a level beyond money, to something more spiritual/moral where perhaps it’s not meant to be taken.

If you have any thoughts on the matter that might help, I’d really appreciate some answers.

vermins answers:

It’s all about setting yourself achievable small goals so that when the accumulative momentum of all these come together you’ll be right on the mark for the ultimate original intent to come to fruition.
I need to emphasize this quite strongly.
Too often In the past I’ve had vague unclear goals and at times only made a fraction of the progress i do now,with the goal setting strategy in place, to encourage and inspire me into massive action.Good Luck.cheers

Joseph asks…

Feel like critiquing a short chapter?

Jumping right in, so summary:
Growing up in a rich neighborhood, Curtis Mason learned that everything is not as it seems. Everyone thought that his family had it all — the perfect house, perfect family, all the money, and the looks. But that wasn’t right. His family wasn’t even a family. His dad beat him and his siblings up on a daily basis, and his mom didn’t do anything — just a slobbering old drunk. He’s now 24, a severe alcoholic, and suffering from serious depression. After extensive pleading, Curtis’s sister convinces him to go to therapy, and one day, his therapist recommends a group of people similar to him, talking about their problems with drinking.
Cue in Emmalyn Delilah, a beautiful 23 year old broken beyond repair. Growing up in the wrong side of Manhattan, NY, she’s never been loved. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother might as well not have even been there. Every night, her mother brought home cruel, abusive, molesting men. If she didn’t do what she was supposed to do, she was punished.
There’s no denying the instant connection they both felt when they first saw each other.
Both dying for help, can these two save each other from themselves?

It’s still a little too early for a summary, but that’s really the basic run-down. My main goal. It’ll be dark, sad, terrifying, contradicting-like, we’ve been through this. I know I messed up like hell when it came to Emmalyn, but hey, rough-draft!!

I’m tired. Let’s just get through this, but I’ll do an attempt done in vain to show some enthusiasm. No Emmalyn, this is the first chapter. No therapist man. Only three people, a very brief mentioning of one. The perspective will change every chapter. One will be with Curtis, one Emmalyn, ETC. You don’t really have a very good idea of either, but just know that they are the main characters. This point of view will be in Curtis’. I struggle with adding apostrophes to his name.


–Beep, beep, beep.–

It wasn’t the sound of my alarm clock that awakened me to my new nightmare.

It was my sister.

“What the hell, Curtis? Did you really get drunk again? You sick bastard, you promised me you wouldn’t!” Charlotte screeches at the top of her lungs.

My eyes were barely even open when she stomped over and ripped the blankets off. The cool air immediately hits me with a smack.

“Charlotte, what the hell?”

Charlotte ignores me and expectantly looks over to the other side of my bed. “Brought another girl home, I see. Who is this whore, huh? What girl did you screw this time?”

A petite blond girl suddenly sits up and Charlotte throws a glare that could kill. “What’s her name?”

I blink and try to sort through the hazy memory of last night. “Umm…” I have no answer.

“What. Is. Her. Name?” Charlotte repeats again.

My heartbeat increases and I mentally kick myself.

“Jesus Christ, Curtis! You don’t even remember her name?” Charlotte stares at me with disbelief and rakes a hand through her caramel hair. “It’s always the same thing from you! Every night, you come home drunker than piss, you have one or two girls on your arm, you don’ t know Oliver’s name or mine, you can’t even walk straight!” she cries.

The blond girl speaks up. “When you’re drunk you can’t walk straight. That’s one of the ways the police test you if they think you’re driving drunk.”

Charlotte gave her a sour look. “Did I ask you? No, I didn’t think so.” She turns to me. “Grandmother is coming here tomorrow. Her plane arrives 7 in the morning. You better be sober and not hung over.” With a drastic flip of her hair, Charlotte left the room.

The blond girl looks at me. “She’s even worse than you described,” she notes quietly.

A gnawing at my insides, and I snap at her to leave.

Without a word, she grabs her clothes from the floor and runs to the bathroom.

I feel guilty for snapping at her, but I push it away.

The door clicks open and the girl steps out.

“My name is Julie,” she says softly. “I’m your stepsister.”

My brows furrow and before I can say anything, she left without another word.

I settle back into the heap of pillows, asking myself how I let it go this far.

Ah, yes. The starting of forever that took me 3 weeks. Does that even make any sense? I’m tasting a new writing style: the full present-tense. I’ve never done this before, so I’m very

NOTE ABOUT THE STEPSISTER: I know it’s disgusting. It is downright disturbing. But before you go dissing my disturbing character, here is some insight: His mother is probably the worst character I’ll ever write about. After his parents got a divorce, unbeknownst to Curtis and his siblings, mommy dearest gets married, has some kids — did I mention that this monster never told them? I know that the whole realistic part is off, but hey, fiction. Come on now.

Any answer is
Blah, hecks.

Any answer is treasured like candy!!

Here are some of my concerns that I would like to get out in the open:

Like I’ve said before, this is my first time changing my writing style. I usually go ” ….,” she said. Rather than, “…,’ she says. I’m really worried, wringing my hands together, I’m on the edge of my seat. That’s really the part that I want the most of your critiquing expertise.

Don’t just say, “That’s really good!! Watch the grammar, but good!!” Don’t get me wrong, I love that you loved it. But my grammar is about as dull as my 87 year-old grandma, so come on. Tell me where. Don’t be shy. Be my guy.

That last part was just for the sake of rhyming. Come on now, my brotha, I’m taken.

vermins answers:

First, let me admit that I do not like and usually won’t read a novel written in present tense. It just feels awkward to me. That said, I don’t think you’re ready for that either since in this piece you jump back and forth and mixing tenses is, I think, worse than straight present. Look at the first two lines, present tense, third line past, fourth line “stomped’ and “ripped” are past and “hits” is present. As you go on, “…girl speaks… Is present but next paragraph starts with past, “Charlotte gave…”

Now, beyond the tense question, your dialogue is strong, you’re good at avoiding unnecessary attributions. By the end of this read I think we should be starting to get a sense of place, that is, enough description of the room that we have enough of an idea of how it looks for our imagination to take over. I hate to say in this context but I figure there should be some reaction from the two in bed to being seen naked OR there should be some mention of what they have on if anything.

For me, you’d be better off changing it all to past tense and going with that but if you’re going to try present it’s critical that you be completely consistent. I didn’t point out all of the shifts but I figure enough that you will start to catch them now. Which ever way you go, good luck with it and write the story the way you feel it. You can worry about everything else when the story is down and you start the editing process. Remember, inspiration is in the rough draft but the art is in the revision.

Richard asks…

What do you guys think about my manga idea?

This is a summary of my story. Here are some questions that I would very much like for you kind people to answer after reading this summary:

Do you like the names I have given the characters or do you have better options?
Is this generally a good idea?
What can I do to improve the story and make it more interesting?

Title: “An Escaping Star”
Genre: Romance

Star was once a rich girl who had everything that most girls could ask for. She was thin and gorgeous and super intelligent. Her parents were filthy rich and gave Star whatever she asked for. That is, of course, love. She never got love from her dad, he was always at work, and her mom only cared about her social status. Even so, Star was kind and attracted a lot of boys. The only person who genuinely cared for her was her cook. He was 16, around her age, and they were slowly getting closer when her mom wasn’t looking. His name was Eric. At a party at her house Eric and Star perhaps got closer than her mom wanted her to and that night Star’s mother told her that an arranged marriage had to happen for Star. She had to get married rich lawyer who was twice her age. Star was absolutely devastated and quickly packed up and took her belongings with her and her pet cat(I don’t know XD she needed someone!) and ran away from home. After a few months Stars kind personality switched from mean personality. She never begged for money, she stole from stores to get what she wanted. She lived in an alley way and drank beer all day. One day she needed to steal a bar of soap. So she stopped by a little store. (like a gas station store…without the gas station) And got caught by the cashier and they fought until the manager came out and stopped the whole situation. Instead of calling the police on Star, he made her work for a week with pay. Star never liked working to begin with but after a few days she saw working there as a good way to get money and she also saw the cashier, Derek, as a good friend. Throughout the story you see Dereks and Stars relationship continuously grow and find out that Eric has been looking for Star for months since she ran away.

SO WHADDAYA THINK? XD I know it is a bit cliche but I tried…

vermins answers:

U r Officially INSANE !

Lisa asks…

what do you think of this Ad in the Washington Times?


“What I AM”-A Paid Ad in the Washington Post By a Republican Businessman-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor

A long and passionate defense of being a Republican written by a businessman and placed in the Washington Post newspaper.

The Truth
The ad appeared in the Washington Post on 10/20/04.
It was written and paid for by George J. Esseff, Sr,
Reprints are offered at the web site where there is also a link to email the author.

Maybe you’re a Republican?

In today’s America ask a growing number of high school and college students, their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, “What is a Republican?” and you’ll be told “.. a rich, greedy, egotistical individual,
motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment, the working poor….and all whom they exploit…”
I am a Republican – And I am none of those things….and I don’t know any
Republicans who are!

WHAT I AM first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, the father of four and an American who’s proud of his country…and his country’s heritage

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked every-thing, including
their lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search of

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed first
hand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed.
I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very little
themselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, who
had even less.

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding down
three and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a better
WHAT I AM is a husband who at age 24 started his own business for the
“privilege” of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I had
including my health, in search of a better life for myself and my loved

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears….and plenty of
them…, made it possible for me to provide a secure living not only for my
family and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employees
throughout the years. Employees who in turn were able to buy their own
homes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and their

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed this
country… and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today’s
world, you need only to look into the face of those who received them….and
the eyes of those who give them.
WHAT I AM is an American who’s proud that his President embraces a belief in
God; proud of a President who understands, as “politically incorrect” as it may be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of all
freedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted…and it must be

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that our
President refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and security
of this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreign governments.

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativity in America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and
“political incorrectness” in her character.

WHAT I AM is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldier
and not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech and
WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who is
repulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense of
the unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriage
and the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, socially
inept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated “entertainers” who have appointed themselves “experts” in the fields of national security and geo-politics and then use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and its
actions….much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.
WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between “censorship”
and “choice.” Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same
“celebrities” receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the first
thing they yell is “censorship.” What they seem incapable of understanding
is…the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by those
offended…as well as those who offend. I support and will continue to
support those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to support
those I don’t. It is my right as an American a right I will continue to
enthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who ever time their voting
records are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from their
political and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of “attack
ads” and “negative campaigning”….and the news media who allow them to get
away with it.
WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith….and who’s been
taught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace and
charity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in both
private and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any sense
of character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what’s best for
them….rather than what’s right… often times at the expense of
many….including our national security.
WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack that
murdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, in
our heartland. That’s why I sincerely believe America needs now, more than
ever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speaks
with a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike is understood,
respected and believed.
WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery to
speak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leading
the fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage,
conviction and leadership he has shown in America’s war on terrorism amidst
both the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he and
his family are made to endure.
WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a man
nonetheless who though not always successful has continually strived to do
“what’s right” instead of “what’s easy.” A man who is challenging the religious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregations the fundamentals of “what’s right” and “what’s wrong,” but to also then hold them accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.
WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who on one hand call the murder of a
pregnant woman a “double homicide,” but then refer to the abortion of her
baby as “pro-choice”.
WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces a
candidate whose primary “leadership” qualities center around his protesting
of the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who fought
in it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and war
criminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward this
year to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral and
former United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven years
and seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking before
an open session of the California legislature as part of that state’s 4th of
July celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow this
American hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the
“conservative” nature of his views. As an American, that troubles me
deeply….as well it should you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)
WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend, ONE HUNDRED
DOLLARS ($104, 655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this
advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money
would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the risk of
sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last
six decades of my life, I have done exactly that…and more. Following
the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings
to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly
and medical care for the sick…..and continue to do so…and I’m not
alone in that work.
WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expense in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent,
repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party
that holds true to the belief, “The rights of the governed, exceed the power
of the government.” For those interested, I am speaking only as a
tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the Republican
National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, “the American way of life” is a message
of self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of us
the opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from the
fruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all who
seek it.
WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American…. and proud to be a Republican.
this guy had it right, and I think he is a great American and a great person to try to straighten out the bias and sterotypes that Dems politicize for their election hopes.

I hope he does this again during the next election, because if he does I would be more than happy to donate some money for him to pay for his ad.
this guy had it right, and I think he is a great American and a great person to try to straighten out the bias and sterotypes that Dems politicize for their election hopes.

I hope he does this again during the next election, because if he does I would be more than happy to donate some money for him to pay for his ad.

vermins answers:

I salute the person who put this ad in the paper. I know countless Republicans who also are examples of this type and not the type that the mainstream media, the ivory tower left wing scholars in our colleges want to portray, and the new Hollywierd hate America crowd drum into their Kool-Aide drinking lemmings.

Laura asks…

What do you think of my story?

I got my inspiration from Final Fantasy IV the theme of love song. I really like it i felt like writing a story: So i don’t know the names of my characters yet so i’ll do this:
Lets call them this:


Main girl: G1
She has black hair, blue almond eyes, and bleach pale skin. Intellegent, Brave, She’s the leader of the group. Her mother died in the village fire, and her father is in the Dark Enix( read antagonist below)
Boy: B1
He’s a childhood friend of G1 though she doesn’t remember him, He falls in love with G1 and G1 is aware of this though doesn’t love him till the end when he gives up his heart for her. He has jet black hair and green eyes and pale skin. He comes from the same village as her though ran off when the village burnt down. He lost his mother due to G1′s father kills her when she couldn’t pay her taxes( the taxes are the highest in there village because G1′s dad was jealous of his best friend who married B1′s mom.) B1 was told his mother was killed during an assasin attack, and they tried to steal all of there money. B1 was quite saddened though he thought brave of his mother to stand up to the assasins even if she was killed, she realizes later thats not what happened.

Girl: G2
Blonde hair, Pink eyes, pale skin. she’s from a very rich family, she has both her parents though they are being held captive by the Dark Enix, she joins there party when they vist her town. She joins because Dark Enix figures out they are trying to stop them and they send her out.She grows very fond of them and likes them though betrays them near the end. She is very beautiful, greedy, and easily to be tricked. She dies at the end, though as a hero not an enemy.

Boy: B2
There has to be one of these! The stupid one, found helpful at times because he doesn’t think everything through and goes straight ahead with what he’s thinking about. He’s more of like a third wheel in the story though later finds a girl that he grows very fond of. He’s the only on in the group that posses the magical ability( read the summary) till the end when B1 get’s the ability. He has red hair, and amber eyes. He’s a ginger without the freckles! XD

I named the group Dark Enix though if you have a different suggestion that works too, i wanted to make an acronym for the people in the group. Be sure to mark which one is G1′s dad.
E: Envy ( lol FMA xD)

thats all i have….
For the other characters i’ll figure it out as i go
And finally the story!

So it’s about Dark Enix( durr…) they take over the Dream realm(setting). G1 lost her mother when there village was burnt down when she was little, and her father abandoned her( by the way he’s in the Dark Enix) A few people from her village survied, though didn’t take her in because they couldn’t keep one more person( not enough money). So they kinda just ditched her. She built a small home on the outskirts of a small towm named Belohalf, it sits near a river that flows through the entire Dark realms.No one can touch the river without the Dark Enix knowing, the punishment is death. There are people that posses magical abilities that can though, the only people who have the power is the people who haven’t given up hope. The ability is a basic gravitational ability to move objects such as water from the river. With the ability there is also a other special ability. Anyways! So one day G1 is walking along the river thinking about the day a stranger told her the story of the magical abilities, she finds a person throwing rocks into the river and tries to stop him, they get in a fight and the man pushes her into the river, G1 flows down stream and hits a boulder, B2 jumps in and saves her. He has the ability to not be detected, so he also doesn’t leave footprints behind or any evidence. But of course G1 get’s detected after being thrown into the river, she’s brought into a jail cell and thats where she meets B1 again( childhood friend). He remembers her but she doesn’t remember him. That night B2 comes to save them, but he doesn’t have an escape plan, They figure out a plan as they go and they escape. They starts there journey there.

Would you read this?

Names for the Characthers?


And Names for other cities or towns they’ll travel to? I especially need the rich city where they meet G2.
Story it’s so long lol. I’m doing this for a monthly assignment from my Language Arts teacher.
I need a title too XD

vermins answers:

It’s not long, really.

My problems with this pitch are, honestly, numerous. But the principle one that I’d like you to work on right now is characterization. It’s something called The Plinkett Test. Basically, it asks that you write a blurb, about 200 words or so about each major character. The trick is that you can not talk about what your characters look like, how they dress, what their job is, or their backstory. This is all about their character. If you can’t manage that then the character is underdeveloped and you need to work on making them more well-rounded.

One other tip, no character should have all positive attributes, particularly not your main lead. Make sure to mix in some negatives here and there.

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