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Episode 51: The French reflection

The power of the mind
Episode 51: The French reflection


This episode, I go over some of the lessons from Think and Grow Rich, the power our mind has and how the subconscious works.


There’s nothing more powerful than the mind, this is one of the key lessons from Think and Grow Rich and it’s a real important one.


This “Money With Mak and G” podcast episode, I go over what we know about the brain, how the subconscious works, and how we can work through our fears…


“You have to be able to make decisions and take action or you’ll be lost. Napoleon is clear that thinking is powerful but action is powerful and required.” Ben Jones


“Having someone shed light on a situation that you’ve never seen before can be the difference between success and failure.” – Ben Jones

Time Stamps:

00:00 – What we know about the brain.

01:00 – The importance of being a decision-maker.

01:55 – What mastermind groups are.

02:50 – How the subconscious works.

03:30 – How to work through your fears.



Think and Grow Rich

The Secret: Dare to Dream

Connect with Ben Jones:



I’ve read several articles showing how the brain is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Myelin in the brain wraps around nerves that transmit impulses like ideas and directions for your arm to move. It’s like insulation, which grows with use. The more you have, the better the insulation, and the faster this electrical impulse travels through your brain. After Einstein died, they took a look at his brain and supposedly found a disproportionately higher amount of myelin in it. 


Since the brain continues to be studied, there are still a lot of questions. Do we really only use 10% of our brain capacity, as one scientist hypothesized? If you’re young, you’ll probably hear a lot more over the coming 20 or so years as more research comes out about the brain.


We know that in the book you have to be a decision maker. I don’t believe you have to be someone who craves to make decisions, but rather you can’t sit on your thumbs forever, and expect things to magically happen.


There was an old Italian joke about a religious man who prays before the statue of a great saint for the grace to win the lottery. He did it everyday for many weeks. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, “My son-please, please, please…just buy a ticket.”


We can think all we want, make no decisions and ask the question why the heck hasn’t anything happened. But, you have to be able to make decisions and take action or you’ll be lost. Napoleon is clear that thinking is powerful, but action is powerful and required.


Some or many of you may have heard of Mastermind groups, which have been around much longer than I ever knew. They’ve taken on various forms. I remember my brother in law being part of the Young Presidents Organization or YPO. If I remember correctly, it’s for those under a certain age running a company with over so many millions of dollars in sales and so many employees. By most standards these individuals are financially successful business people. The idea was to share ideas and bring questions to the group where others could gain assistance, insights, creative solutions and more. It’s another type of Mastermind group, and he clearly found value in the feedback of those in the group who have been through similar situations. Having someone shed light on a situation that you’ve never seen before can be the difference between success and failure. 


As for working on your subconscious, I can’t seem to stress this enough because it’s personal. I know how it undermined several things in my life. So, I’ve become much more aware about how the subconscious can really tear you down or build you up. Elite athletes are oftentimes cited as having a mindset that helps them excel beyond their talent, or outperform others. Visualizing those things you want in your life, and simply feeding your subconscious positive thoughts can help. There are many ways to do it. What do you have to lose?


I intentionally skipped over “Transmutation” in the podcast. If you’re an adult, it’s an interesting concept Napoleon proposes if you have the time to Google it on your own. I’ll leave it at that.


As for fear, it can be paralyzing, and it isn’t necessarily easy to get past, but it’s a real part of life. As kids we can fear Splash Mountain, giving a speech in front of a group of people or getting a shot. Most of us have been there. I read an interesting story I shared with Mak and G several months ago. 


The parent was telling the story of their son, and how he was bullied at school. He was afraid and they were trying to help him, which included the typical responses: 

  1. tell the teacher

  2. punch the bully in the nose

  3. Only go places with your friends


Then, they read about “freezing out” the bully. You take a ziploc bag, fill it with water, write the name of the person you want “frozen out your life” on a piece of paper and put it in the bag. Then, you put the bag in the freezer and “freeze out” the person so they no longer have any affect on your life. In this instance, it was the feared bully. They followed the steps and Voila, a week later, the bully was no longer an issue. I told the story to Grant and Mak, and after a fight with Grant, I heard a drawer open, then the water started and finally the door to the freezer slammed shut. You can figure out the rest. I went back and apologized to Grant, and that was confirmation it worked in the Jones family. 

Does it work? It appears it worked for the person in the story and for Grant. Sounds like there was a lot of fear and an attempt to take back control, and work through it. Who knows what thoughts can really do. Just because we can’t prove it, doesn’t mean it’s not true. Germs were discovered 160 years ago, but does that mean they weren’t real before that?


One final item before I close. Kristie watched the Secret: Dare to Dream this weekend. Kristie is a Hallmark junkie. The underlying concept is about the power of your thoughts which is the “Secret”. If you get a chance to watch it, I’d recommend it, especially if you like the Hallmark channel. 


Thank you for another great Season. I’m looking forward to Season #9. Thanks for listening and I’ll see you again next season for more Money with Mak & G.

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