A introduction of LAW OF SUCCESS :
SOME THIRTY YEARS AGO A YOUNG CLERGYMAN BY THE NAME
of Gunsaulus announced in the newspapers of Chicago that he would
preach a sermon the following Sunday morning entitled “What I Would Do if I Had a Million Dollars!” The announcement caught the eye of Philip D. Armour, the wealthy packing-house king, who decided to hear the sermon.
In his sermon Dr. Gunsaulus pictured a great school of technology where young men and young women could be taught how to succeed in life by developing the ability to think in practical rather than in theoretical terms; where they would be taught to “learn by doing:’ “If I had a million dollars;’ said the young preacher, “I would start such a schoo!:’ LAW OF SUCCESS
After the sermon was over, Mr. Armour walked down the aisle to the pulpit, introduced himself, and said, “Young man, I believe you could do all you said you could, and if you will come down to my office tomorrow morning I will give you the million dollars you need.” There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it. LAW OF SUCCESS
That was the beginning of the Armour Institute of Technology, one of the very practical schools of the country. The school was born in the imagination of a young man who never would have been heard of outside the community in which he preached had it not been for the imagination, plus the capital, of Philip D. Armour.LAW OF SUCCESS
Every great railroad and every outstanding financial institution and
every mammoth business enterprise and every great invention began in
the imagination of some one person. F. W. Woolworth created the 5 and 10 Cent Stores plan in his imagination before it became a reality and made him a multimillionaire.LAW OF SUCCESS
Thomas A. Edison created sound recorders, moving pictures, the electric light bulb, and scores of other useful inventions, in his own imagination before they became a reality. After the Chicago fire, scores of merchants whose stores went up in smoke stood near the smoldering embers of their former places of business, grieving over their loss. Many of them decided to go away into other cities and start over again.
In the group was Marshall Field, who saw, in his own imagination, the world’s greatest retail store, standing on the same spot where his former store had stood, which was then but a ruined mass of smoking timbers. That store became a reality. Fortunate is the young man or young woman who learns, early in life, to use imagination-and doubly so in this age of greater opportunity.