The Second Mountain (h)

(7.21) The first law of success is service.

We may be of service to others by directing out attention to them, in thought and action.

(7.22) We can be of the most service by keeping an open mind. Be interested in the race not the goal; the pursuit not the possession.

Keeping an open mind refers to non-judgement. We do not know how conditions will unfold, thus, it is premature to judge.

(7.23) Selfish thought contains the germ of dissolution.

Selfish, in this context, refers to the opposite of service.

(7.24) Our greatest success will be achieved by a recognition fo the fact that it is just as essential to give as it is to receive.

The law of growth depends upon reciprocal action. The individual is complete at all times and this makes it possible to receive only as we give. (2.28)

(7.25) Financiers frequently meet with great success because they do their own thinking.

The incentive to budget and invest–wether time, money or resources–is essential to success.

(7.26) The great majority remain docile and willing tools of the few because they allow the few to do their thinking for them.

Thinking for ourselves requires taking responsibility for how we manage our resources.

(7.27) Concentrating on sorrow and loss brings sorrow and loss.

(7.28) Concentrating on gain brings gain into effect.

We perceive experience based on our directed attention. Our predominant mental attitude is constantly being revised and updated by the quality of our thought, regardless of wether our attention is directed consciously or habitually.

(7.29) This is the only principle ever used or ever can be used. There is none other. That it may be used unconsciously does not alter the situation.

All experience is filtered through our perception.

(7.30) Success is an effect not a cause. If we wish to secure the effect we must ascertain the thought-the cause or idea–by which the effect is created.

We must be willing and able to observe the quality of our thought and the effects they produce so that we may eliminate destructive thought.

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