The twelfth steps to riches in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich seem to be the shortest chapter in this book, yet it is the most important. Napoleon Hill describes the brain as the twelfth step to riches. Why is the brain the twelfth step and not the first? Desire is the first step to riches and originates in the brain. Emotional feelings are normally associated with the heart. Most people would say that your heart is where desire develops, but this desire started in the brain. The seed to increase riches was planted in the brain and cultivated in the heart.
The Brain should truly be the first step and not the twelfth step. The space between our ears is the true power of what we can achieve in life. The better you are at using your brain the better chance you will succeed. What we learn in school or synthetic imagination is taught at an early age would like to your true success. A teacher teaches that 1+1=2, yet that is not the only knowledge you need to succeed. Intangible concepts such as autosuggestion, the subconscious mind and creative imagination are used to stretch the power of the brain.
Micheal Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Some basketball enthusiast would think that record was what made him great. I believe that it was his intangibles that made him the greatest. Micheal practiced more than any other person on his team. He truly mastered both imaginations to be one of the greatest basketball players ever.
Synthetic imagination works in conjunction with creative imagination to help you achieve your riches. Your intangibles are useless until you take action. The Winner’s Creed states that the person who wins is the one he thinks he can. The steps that Napoleon Hill outlines so far are stemming from thinking and growing rich but without action all thoughts are wasted. Knowledge is said to be power, but it is actually the proper application of knowledge in the right order that is power.