In Jim Cook's Archive


I could have sold out and retired years ago. However, I kept working and leading the company because I believed that a great price surge was coming in silver and a lot of money could be made. I’ve certainly paid my dues and while I have prospered, I’m way short of the goal I set for myself years ago. On the next run-up I’ve positioned myself to acquire the wealth I had planned on and hoped for.

I’m certain it will happen because since I was 19 years old I have been a believer in the success philosophy of the motivational author Napoleon Hill. His book Think and Grow Rich has been an all-time best seller. The books he has written have helped me weather the storms and setbacks in my business career. They have enabled me to overcome the anxieties and worries that come from time to time in life. Whatever success I’ve had I attribute to the lessons I’ve learned from Mr. Hill about persistence, positive mental attitude, faith and the habit of going the extra mile.

Not the least of Napoleon Hill’s lessons is embedded in Emerson’s essay on the Law of Compensation, which applies particularly to those of us who have worked long and hard in our lives. “There is a third silent partner to all of our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer [bank].”

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