Now third is the mind just a few little
pointers on the mind here’s number one it needs to be nourished needs to be fed
there’s an Old Testament phrase that says humans cannot live just on bread
alone or food alone dogs can the crocodile can the spider can humans
cannot exist just on food here’s what it says humans also need words words
nourish the mind words give life words create insight because there’s more than
one way to see if we see with our eyes we call that sight but there’s another
way to see called insight that’s why we come gather for a couple of days attend
the classes go to the training read the books do all the stuff is to develop
more insight letting her mind be nourished to think
ponder and wonder and conceive ideas projects purpose give structure to
something for the future whether it’s better health or better career better
future next the mind needs to be exercised we
talked a bit about that earlier exercise by debate exercise by reading both sides
of the debate both sides of the question America had the big debate while all who
believed in capitalism had the big debate with communism for about 80 years
the Communists said capital belongs to the state not the people and we debated
them and said no capital belongs to the people not the state that was known as
the great debate communism said no people are too dumb and stupid to know
what to do with capital so you have to take capital away from all the dumb
stupid people and give it to the all-wise all-knowing state and let the
state create and run everything and let the people show up for their work
assignment that was their side of the debate and when they used that
philosophy of course they devastated everything they touched
I’ve lectured now in East Germany they say it’s going to take a trillion
dollars to clean up East Germany they’ve spent 500 billion so far they
got 500 billion yet to go the devastation of both lives and treasure
that was left by such a diabolical philosophy that Kaplan belongs in the
hands of the state nothing we said no capital belongs in the hands of the
people that’s where the creative energy is to take goods and services to the
marketplace build a dynamic society second to none become the envy of the
world the safety of capital is capital in the hands of the many not the few it’s just like power capital is like
power power tends to corrupt ultimate power tends to corrupt ultimately
absolutely Stalin and Hitler had absolute power allowed for no debate of
course power tends to corrupt early when a three-year-old child hits another
three-year-old over the head because he’s a little bigger a little stronger
powernow has begun the corrupting process and unless this three-year-old
is restrained he’ll do it again unless he’s further restrained he’ll
probably enjoy it so now he must be restrained and taught by whatever method
to drive that dark side of his nature into a small corner because power
starting to corrupt the small child is the beginning of an uncivilized person
and all we have to have is enough uncivilized people and we have an
uncivilized society fortunately for us in our lifetime and the places we live
and where we’ve come from we live in what we call a civilized society and
here’s why most have chosen to do the right thing most citizens of the
countries we represent have chosen to be civilized but civilization is something
we must continually work at because in the opposites in conflict not only goes
on outside of us it goes on inside of us the corrupting influence of power the
misuse of capital so the great debate is on and this is part of mental exercise
the great debate major life issues major political issue don’t leave yourself out
of the great debate one the mind needs to be nourished by ideas second it needs
to be refined and stimulated and exercised like to be we need both sides of the human drama
representing the reason why the Bible is such a classic book in studying all
kinds of stories is because the Bible is full of stories on both sides the evil
side and the good side the Bible said Old Testament said this king came to
power and he was a good king he ruled for 18 years then that says the next
king came to power and he was a bad King and he put up idols he became the bad
King so the it reads Good King bad King showing both sides of the human spectrum
and drama some stories that we read in the Bible of people to admire others or
people to despise in your library you need a book on Gandhi and you need a
book on Hitler one book to show you how noble someone’s aspirations can be and
the other book to show you how despicable and how evil someone’s goals
can be both sides we study good and evil one we love and one we hate we study
illness we study health someone says we you can’t study the negative things you
you have to study the negative things you have to give voice to and mind to
and time to both sides of the issue so that you can strengthen your side of the
argument in raising our kids we have to pose both sides what’s the danger side
in the safe side in one of the seminars that I’m sure some of you have attended
I talked about philosophy that makes the difference philosophy does two things
each person’s personal philosophy so jut this down our personal philosophy does
two things one helps us to see the dangers on one side so we can avoid or
minimize those then our personal philosophy needs to be developed so we
can see the opportunities on the other side so we can maximize those and for
the balance of your life that’s going to be the twin challenge in developing
ideas and philosophy and strengthening all of it so that you can avoid the
dangers and maximize the opportunities because the dangers never go away the
dangers our ship of state called the country the
danger to the enterprise the danger to the corporation dangers always alert
both inside and out dangers lurk on the inside of our own
mind when I was a kid they used to have those little cartoons of a little boy
with a gremlin on one side and a little angel on the other side and the little
devil a little gremlin said go ahead and do it it’s okay little angel said no no
no so when kids are young they’ve got this debate to engage in should I or
shouldn’t I one voices go ahead and the other one says no no so we hope as the
years pass and as the classes pass and as we go from grade one to grade two to
grade five to grade ten we will learn more as Abraham said to listen to the
better angels of our nature to appeal to our conscience and let our conscience
help along with God and whatever else you belong in that has good influence on
helping to make right decisions avoiding the evil one avoiding the danger the
dark side and appeal to ourselves to engage in the positive side the
opportunity side the battle of the mind is significant for us every day what to
think what not to think my mentor mr. chef said stand guard at the door of
your mind and you decide what interests you decide what to fill up your mind
with because it becomes the material with which you build your future so
engaging the mind to make rational decisions about life beware of the thief
on the street that’s after your purse but also beware of the thief in your
mind that’s after your promise the thief in your mind that says you’re too short
you’re too tall you’ve never done it before what makes you think you can do
it now it’s not gonna work for you someone else could find the book you’ll
never find the book if you found the book you wouldn’t read it if you did
read it you wouldn’t understand it that stuff that goes on in our mind so jot
down this key phrase it’s one of the best for the day
whatever you do don’t become a victim of yourself as you engage in this debate
what to eat what not to eat where to go where not to go what to say what not to
say what to do what not to do make sure that you strengthen the positive side of
this argument with yourself so the day by day you become healthier day by day
you become stronger day by day you become wiser day by day you build a
better shield and immunity and inside immunity to ward off disease but an
outside immunity to ward off all the negative and all the trash and all the
stuff that would not enhance your personal develop nor your promise for
the future so this is so important in understanding the mind feed it we call
it food for thought that’s what a big share of this whole seminar is all about
these three days is to writing food to think about thoughts to think about and
then ideas to debate and it’s not necessarily what’s right or what’s wrong
but what’s better what’s best this is okay but this would be better with this
yes you can manage but with this you can flourish with this you can exist with
this you can live a fantastic life so exercising the mind now to develop the
mind you need a good library let me give you three parts to your library number
one is your visual library cig and I and others have put things on video so you
can see it we asked you to come here today and see what’s going on on a
business day but how many people are interested in personal development to
make those you know stressful arrangements for some of you I know it
wasn’t easy in order to be here today to soak up ideas let them permeate your
thoughts and serve you for the future so part of it comes by visual Commons see
and then if it’s on video you can see it again and again and again
key phrase repetition is the mother of learning repetition is where if we hear
it again we see something we didn’t see when we heard it the first time
we see something different that we didn’t see the first time next is you’re
listening library Zig Ziglar is right turn your car into a mobile classroom
you can have a university education in a fairly short period of time just using
the traveling time to listen key phrases to listen to voices of value discriminate in your listening time
listening to someone of reputation someone who has good ideas someone
that’s been recommended that has some value don’t waste your time listening to
things that don’t count much we need a bit of entertainment you know but a
whole lot of it that’s being presented today we could do without hey there’s
some things that are not worth spending the time you know they create more
poison than they do benefit so be careful if somebody says to me these
eggs are rotten I’m not gonna make an omelet and try it I’m gonna take their
word for it so feed the mind exercise the mind and build your library I
recommend three books that were recommended to me when I started my
library when I was 25 years old in those accelerated days of personal development
for me about seven years worth so fantastically changed my bank account
changed my income revolutionized my future with the foundation my parents
gave me meeting mr. chef at age 25 I’m telling you it’s been a journey for me
like no other ever since then I’ve had mentors along the way my current mentor
Bill Bailey who you’re gonna hear from later
I’m telling you that keep my mind stimulated they keep my interest keen
that helped me to evaluate into way what is good what is okay what is better and
what is prosperous in terms of your life mentors that first mentor I had
recommended these three books first was the Bible now I had an advantage there
because my parents made sure I was a pretty good scholar by age 19 a good
book to serve you all of your life one of the major sources of ideas stories
poetry history a major source for stimulation next he recommended the book called sink
and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill Think and Grow good words Think and Grow Rich I
went for it got the book paid less than fifty cents for some of the ideas in it
changed my life next chef recommended the book the richest man in Babylon by
George claisen help me become a millionaire by age 32 totally change my
economic future just the ideas in a simple little book
I’m a Z then I reckon recommended something for me to listen to by Earl
Nightingale called the greatest secret that was my listening library to begin
with the greatest secret by Earl Nightingale I listened to it over and
over again I wore out two or three of those big o 78 now it’s easy from Rangel
Conant you can get it on cassette and you can get it on CDs back then it was
the big 78 so you’re listening library and your visual library next now is your
reading library and we won’t go through a whole list of the best books but
here’s a good book to get if you want a good list of the best books it’s called
how to read a book simple how to read a book by Adler chief editor of the
Encyclopedia Britannica Mortimer Adler he wrote a book called sixth grade ideas
that’s excellent he wondered our ideas tangible our ideas
real or are they nothing and we discussed early there can’t be nothing
it has to be something but he wrote this book along with a another author how to
read a book now if you master this book you can get so much more from
a book no it’s a kind of a tough book to get through but it’ll give you some
ideas on how to take a book and get the most out of it
take the book and get the most out of it but in this book is also a list of what
he calls are the greatest books ever written and I’ve used that book that
list as a centerpiece for my library it’s got the classics which I missed I
only went to one year of college so I missed a whole bunch of stuff I started
making up for that by collecting these best books ever written interestingly
enough on that list is old and new Testament on every scholars list east or
west you just can’t miss those as major sources in addition to that there’s a
book called lessons of history written by Durant and I offer it because it’s
one of the classic writings of all time you may not agree with his premise but
you’d certainly have to agree that it’s one of the best well written books ever he and his wife wrote about 11 volumes
on civilization take a speed-reading course you can get through those but
this little book lessons of history is sort of a summary of their ideas on on
history it’s a classic then a classic I think most everybody
has got it’s called as a man thinketh by James Allen or each sentence is a
seminar and you may not agree with his premise either in certain instances you
don’t want to read just what you agree with and not just to read the positive
make this note you cannot live on mental candy just like you can’t feed your
children ice cream all the time and hope that they will be healthy so you cannot
live on mental candy someone says well I just read the positive stuff that’s not
enough and the reason is because you need to know both sides of the issue so start your library like I did age 25
I mentioned in another seminar haven’t read everything in my library but I feel
smarter just walking in it right smart enough to buy it now I got to be smart
enough to read it all then I got to be smart enough to sort through and decide
what’s valuable so make that the next part now in part of personal development
for the mind you gotta sort through what you read what you see and what you hear
and decide which of all of that is valuable for you to try and do and
master this is where being a student comes in not a follower but a student
read both books and decide you read one book on good health and it says do what
this book says you’ll live forever you read the next book on health and
nutrition it says if you do what that first book says you’ll die young so
someone says to me mister on which of these books should I follow jot this
down neither one don’t be a follower read
both books and make up your own mind here’s what’s important in the final
analysis one of the best phrases for the day I got this from my Canadian friend
Harold Ike who gave it to me and I’ve used it all these years here’s what he
said make sure what you finally do is the product of your own conclusion make
sure what you finally do is the product of your own conclusion meaning you don’t
just follow but you listen to both sides of the argument you listen to the
controversy you try to master the points on both sides or three sides or whatever
then you start charting your own course it doesn’t make you look doesn’t say
you’ll make always the right decision on what course to take or what to do you
can refine as you go but make sure that what you do is the product of your own
conclusions conclusions from the debate conclusion from what makes the best
sense to you to try you