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Testosterone – The Link that Napoleon Hill Missed

With due respect to Napoleon Hill and his great work, the reason I find his chapter on Sex Transmutation so confusing is because I have read more about human physiology and fitness than Napoleon Hill has written. Today I have more scientific information available than Napoleon Hill provided in his convoluted chapter Sex Transmutation.

Modern research shows that depleted testosterone level can reduce your physical strength and energy level. Testosterone gives rise to muscular strength along with physical energy. There is a strong link between ones testosterone level and their being physically attractive to the opposite sex.

At older age, we have more experience and wisdom, but lower testosterone and hence lower physical energy. But there is good news. It can be reversed. Physical exercise can restore muscular strength, increasing testosterone level, which in turn can enhance the muscular strength. As we age, we start having ailments like diabetes and high blood pressure, particularly with the modern, industrial, unhealthy lifestyle.

Those who are physically fitter have higher testosterone levels. So, the theory that sex can be transmuted to money starts to make sense. With high sex drive, there can now be higher clarity of thought. There can be higher trust factor because of higher charisma. Sexy men look better not just to the opposite sex, they appear better even to the same sex. A person’s energy is transferred to the other person by their conversation, by their relationship. We find it a lot more comforting to be around a person has a pleasant personality. A person who doesn’t have to struggle to form relationships appears far more pleasant, comforting to be around. Their leadership is natural. These individuals have far more potential to have results achieved than people with less energy.

Sexual attraction makes us feel energetic because the testosterone levels rise in sexual attraction. So look sexy and sexually attractive. Be fit and sexy. Perhaps, Napoleon Hill is right.


There is more confusion about this chapter than any other chapter by Napoleon Hill. After reading the book Think and Grow Rich multiple times, studying it over and over again, things still appear vague. So I leave it to the readers to share their views and insights about this chapter. I will shed some light in this area in my subsequent posts. However, this particular post only gives summary of key points from the chapter.

Genius is developed through Sixth Sense

The faculty of Creative Imagination is the direct link between the finite mind of man and the INFINITE INTELLIGENCE. All so called revelations, referred to in the realm of religion, and all the discoveries of basic or new principles in the field of invention, take place through the faculty of creative imagination.

When ideas or concepts flash into one’s mind, through what is popularly called a “Hunch” , they come from one of the following sources:

  1. Infinite Intelligence
  2. One’s subconscious mind wherein is stored every sense impression and thought impulse which ever reached the brain through any of the five senses.
  3. From the mind of some other person who has just released the thought, or picture of the idea or concept, through conscious thought, or
  4. From the other person’s subconscious storehouse.

The factor of personality known as Personal Magnetism is nothing more or less than sex energy. Highly sexed people always have plentiful supply of magnetism. This energy may be communicated to others through the following media:

  • The hand shake. The touch of hand instantly indicates the presence of magnetism or lack of it.
  • The tone of voice, magnetism, or sex energy, is the factor with which the voice may be coloured, or musical and charming.
  • Posture and carriage of the body. Highly sexed people move briskly, and with grace and ease.
  • The vibrations of thought. Highly sexed people mix the emotion of sex with their thoughts, or may do so at will, and in that way, may influence those around them.
  • Body Adornment: People who are highly sexed are usually very careful about their personal appearance. They usually select clothing of a style becoming of their personality, physique, complexion etc.

The salesman who knows how to take his mind of the subject of sex, and direct it in sales effort with as much enthusiasm and determination as he would apply to its original purpose, has acquired the art of sex transmutation, whether he knows it or not.

The emotion of sex is a virtue only when used intelligently and with discrimination. It may be misused, and often is, to such an extent that it debases, instead of enriches, both body and mind.

Man is the only creature on earth which violates nature’s purpose in this connection. Every other animal indulges in sex nature in moderation, and with purpose which harmonises with laws of nature. Every other animal responds to the call of sex only in “season”. Man’s inclination is to declare “open season”.

Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has been surrounded with mystery and beclouded by dark silence. The conspiracy of mystery and silence has had the same effect upon the minds of young people that the psychology of prohibition had.

Sex, alone is mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone – they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and balance.

Love is the emotion which serves as a safety valve, and insures balance, poise and constructive effort. When combined, these three emotions

Emotions are a state of mind. Nature has provided man with a “chemistry of the mind” which operates in a manner similar to the principles of chemistry of matter. It is a well known fact that through the aid of chemistry of matter, a chemist may create a deadly poson of mixing certain elements, none of which are, in themselves, harmful in right proportions. The emotions may, likewise, be combined so as to create a deadly poison. The emotions of sex and jealousy, when mixed, may turn a person into an insane beast.

The road to genius consists of development, control, and use of sex, love and romance. Briefly, the process may be stated as follows:

Encourage the presence of these emotions as the dominating thoughts in one’s mind, and discourage the presence of all the destructive emotions. The mind is a creature of habit. It thrives on dominating thoughts fed to it. Throught he faculty of will power, one may discourage the presence of any emotion, and encourage the presence of any other. Control of mind through the power of will, is not difficult. Control comes from persistence, and habit. The secret of control lies in understanding the process of transmutation. When any negative emotion presents itself in one’s mind, it can be transmuted into a positive, or constructive emotion, by the simple procedure of changing one’s thoughts.

Love is spiritual, sex is biological.

The love which one feels for one’s parents of children is different from the love one feels for one’s sweetheart. The one is mixed with emotion of sex, the other is not.

The love one feels in true friendship is not the same as that felt for one’s sweetheart, parents, or children, but it, too, is a form of love.

When the emotion of romance is added to those of love and sex, the obstructions between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence are removed.

Man’s greatest motivating force is his desire to please a woman! The hunter who excelled during prehistoric days, before the dawn of civilisation, did so, because of his desire to appear great in the eyes of a woman. Man’s nature has not changed in this respect. The “Hunter” of today no skins of wild animals, but he indicates his desire for her favour by supplying fine clothes, motor cars, and wealth. Man had the same desire to please a woman that he had before the dawn of civilisation. The only thing that has changed, is his method of pleasing. Men who accumulate large fortunes, and attain to great heights of power and fame, do so, mainly, to satisfy their desire to please women.

Plant Intelligence 3

The new coil around the nylon string

After transferring the bittergourd plant to a bigger pot, it has begun to hold its roots firmly in the soil. One of the coils has found the support of the nylon string we have provided for support. The plant has found it on its own so far.

The question remains, ‘where did the intelligence come from’, if we do assume and admit that it is intelligence. Is the intelligence pre-packaged in the DNA within the seed? If so, where did it come into the seed from? From the big wide Universe?

Let us think and explore.

Plant Intelligence 2

We changed the pot. We transferred the bitter gourd plant from a smaller pot to a new, bigger one.

The plants (there are multiple) are still adapting to their new home. Some look like they have withered. I just hope they become alive and fresh after their roots become firm in the soil.

This picture shows a coil though there is no pre-existing support. So I am not sure how intelligent these plants are when they produce these coils. At present it seems like it’s just the plant’s way to produce these coils without any logic.

The human brain, too, has neurons for no reason. I have heard that most of our cortex’s (large brain) capacity goes unused. It is when the neurons fire together that they wire together to form a synapse. Just another analogy from me today.

Plant Intelligence

This is a bitter gourd plant. When I was four or five years old, my granny had made a little garden in our balcony for me. She had planted these bitter gourd seeds. In a short period of time, there grew nice bitter gourds on this creeper. They were green and bitter in the beginning. When they become ripe, they become yellow on the outside and red inside. It’s been over forty-five since then. Now, my wife planted the seeds in our little garden outside the window – a common practice in Mumbai (we still call it Bombay). Within just few days, the seeds germinated. This picture, I took just today. I remember from my granny’s garden, the plant has these green threads which coil around the support (you can see one such coil in this picture). Here, one branch of the plant found another branch and coiled this thread around another branch. If there is a botanical term for these threads or coils, I would like to know what it is, but right now I don’t know what it is. Never mind! You can see a few such threads hanging in the air. This particular thread just found the support and coiled around it. What I am going to observe, and hopefully photograph, is how these coils behave daily.

In this picture, near the bottom left corner you can see an orange-red nylon string I have tied to the pot for the creeper to climb on. I was expecting one of the green threads to coil around the nylon string. One thread came very close yesterday, but today it has deviated in another direction. It probably hates the chemical composition of nylon, I am not sure. Let us observe how things turn out in a few days.

What I am checking is whether the plant finds its support intelligently. If it does, I am excited to learn about the intelligence of the plant life. I find it just like a neuron in the brain firing to form a synapse. Is it a visual demonstration of Intelligence in its most basic form?

Let’s wait and watch.

Habits Make You Persistent

Cheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Richard Branson (Virgin Group) have something in common. They both carry their spiral bound notebook and a pen everywhere. When they have something important come up in their head that they need to act upon, they note it down. I am not sure about Branson, but Cheryl Sandberg rips off the page when the task is done. I found this article about Cheryl Sandberg’s spiral notebook.

Being effective in life doesn’t mean sacrificing things are Less Important for the things that are More Important. I believe, there is nothing in life that is LESS Important. Everything in life is important. What varies is the priority of every little thing in life at a given time, on a given day. Business, money, work, are all important. But at 2 a.m. while you are fast asleep, if your phone rings for an urgent matter, there is something weird. There is something wrong. That is, because that emergency wasn’t handled during your working day before it was an emergency. Some of us who work like that have made it a habit of dealing with multiple things at once, leaving them all undone at the end of the day, so that in the end, we have to put off the fire. Cheryl Sandberg and Richard Branson are not productive because they are wealthy and powerful, it is the other way around. Wealth, power and peace of mind are the outcomes of their habit of being organised.

I have two hobbies – playing guitar and photography. I have had both these hobbies for over three decades. They did not happen out of the blue. I bought my first cheap guitar thirty-five years ago, and the first cheap camera that my mother bought me was even earlier. I did not study these things. I just started doing them. Bit by bit, mistake by mistake, day by day, I improved. After practising, not getting a note while playing the guitar was just getting that – that particular (wrong) note did not belong there. The next attempt would then be with the right note. After getting the right note, it was practising the piece of music again so that I would remember the right notes and only played the right notes, until the right notes became a habit. In case of photography, each picture had the details that I needed to grasp. An underexposed picture meant using a slower shutter speed or a larger aperture the next time. A shaky picture meant using a tripod, or using a higher shutter speed the next time. Slowly, knowing the conditions of light and the right setting became a habit. I persisted. What made me persist was the practice of doing the right things repeatedly. When things go right, they are much more fun. So, it is important to do things repeatedly till they are right. One right song led to another right song, and a right photograph led to another right photograph.

Photography and music are the things that I enjoy. They are an escape for me, from the day to day grind. So, with them I do not have to persist. They just happen. The other things that aren’t that fun to do though, I have to discipline myself about them to persist. For instance, I am learning German. I have to remind myself to complete a chapter from the book, or else, over a period of time, I have to start from the beginning. Languages are something you forget if you are out of touch. So, I use a calendar on the phone; and I set reminders. Then, there are other things for which I set reminders, too. When I had joined the German class earlier, the tutor had the plan. Without the tutor, I have to plan my work myself. If I do not plan what to do during the time slots, those slots go unused; and life is wasted. Having finished things at the end of the day, I can sleep peacefully thinking, “I finished everything I had to finish”. That is the most important thing.

We have various commitments. We can fulfil them – it is up to us to fulfil them. We need to fulfil them in a manner that we can fulfil them well. Do only what you can do. What you cannot do now, plan it for later. Don’t do a lot. Do one thing, do it well. Plan to do things that really matter, every day.


If you have experienced a nightmare, you will realise the value of Persistence. You are lying in bed, half awake, with a feeling you are about to smother. You are unable to turn over, or move a muscle. You realise that you must begin to regain control over your muscles. Through persistent effort of will power, you finally mange to move the fingers of one hand. By continuing to move your fingers, you extend your control to the muscles of one arm, until you can lift it. Then you gain control of the other arm in the same manner. You finally gain control over the muscles of one leg, then extend it to the other leg. THEN WITH ONE SUPREME EFFORT OF WILL you gain control over your muscular system, and “snap” out of your nightmare. The trick has been turned step by step. You may find it necessary to snap out of your mental inertia, through a similar procedure, moving slowly at first, then increasing your speed, until you gain complete control over your will. Be PERSISTENT no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move.

The Mastermind Principle

In the book Think and Grow Rich, the author Napoleon Hill talks about the Mastermind Principle. In simple language, the Mastermind is your inner group of people who are your teachers, friends and trusted associates. Napoleon Hill himself had an imaginary Mastermind of real people. His Mastermind group included people who were already dead. but, the dramatised them in his mind and he talked to those dead people as thought they were alive, by putting their personalities and characteristics (real, or imaginary) into perspective. Their thoughts (as he created them) and dialogues (imaginary) influenced his thoughts. He created the throughts of the Mastermind in a way that he would feel empowered and energized by those thoughts.

Our brain can create any thoughts of any type. The kind of thoughts we create are the thoughts that enter our mind. In order to create thoughts of a certain type, it is necessary that the thoughts of that type enter our brain. If we enter thoughts about colour, we create colours. If thoughts of music enter our mind continuously, we create music. We can create a world around us that surrounds us with thoughts that forward a certain result, a certain nature.

We become what the world around us is. Among children, we become playful. Among patients, we learn about medicine.

If we want to achieve financial success, we need to be surrounded by people who speak and exhibit financial success. We need to be surrounded by achievers and discuss about achievement. We need to listen to people who work towards achieving success.

People striving towards success may not always be available. but we can condition our mind by reading books. We can form a group of people sharing that common interest of learning success principles. We can set ourselves goals and evaluate the success and failure with the help of this mastermind group.

Life – Now and Later

One person each in the lives of two people whom I know, died. Of course, death brings us sorrow. That sorrow appears because that someone who died in our lives, we were attached to them. Suddenly that chord is broken when the person dies and we feel sad, as there is a sudden void; and we are not used to the void.

Everyone who  lived on this planet, dies. Whether it is a living thing or non-living, everything comes to an end at last. Plants die, animals die, humans die; and even rocks will melt eventually. 

A non living thing like a rock is less complex compared to a living thing like a plant, animal or a human. I think it is because of the simplicity of the physical structure of a non living thing that a rock doesn’t disappear so easily. A living thing on the other hand, is held together by more complex forces. There are various forces in a human that make us human. There are physical, chemical, biological and even social forces which make us human. The complex forces disappear and we die, leaving behind only atoms and molecules – the simpler forms.

Living things have biological forces which are more complex than the chemical forces. Chemicals can be produced in a laboratory, while living things cannot. The only laboratory that can create a living body is a living body of their predecessor. Cats can reproduce cats, and mice can reproduce mice – not the other way around. That is because of the complexity. When a cat produces a kitten, it transmits its biological forces to its offspring. Along with the forces that keep the body together, the cat’s genes also transmit to its next generation the knowhow of how to hunt mice – a survival instinct. This goes on generation after generation and the cat kingdom survives.

Humans have another force in addition to just the biological forces and the survival instinct. We have built a very strong social structure which has moulded even our biological structure.

The two people who died in the lives of the two people whom I know, were teachers. These two teachers had left behind their teaching for their successors. They might have transmitted their genes to their biological successors or the offspring, but they transmitted a very strong human force behind for the next generation who is not biologically connected with them – the force of education.

We live not because of our bodies. We live because of what we use the body for. Human society is the biggest miracle in this world. It has left its culture and teachings for the next generation. That is what makes us, us!