The following sage instructions are from Book One of an eighteen-booklet course entitled Roth Course in Mental Power: Clear thinking, memory, quick decision, and good judgement in business and everyday life. I found the series of booklets at a library used-book sale. –sab
1. As you go about your business today, select five different subjects that attract your attention, and give a little intensive thought to every subject. Think a great deal about every subject. Instead of thinking carelessly or aimlessly, put your whole mind on every one of these five subjects, one by one, so that you can say to yourself of every subject: “I have thought it out,” or, “I have begun to think it out.”
2. The next day, select five other kinds of subjects and think about every kind in the same intensive way.
3. In the days that follow, continue to select five subjects every day, taking different kinds of subjects and giving really hard thought to every subject.
4. Try to learn something new about every subject.
5. When you try to learn something new, you will soon find that five subjects a day call for too much work. You will do well to learn about one subject a day.
6. In order to learn, you will find that you need an encyclopedia, or some other book of information. Any periodical, any book, will help you to learn.
7. The more you try to learn, the more you will find there is to learn. You will become an investigator–a reader–a thinker.
8. You will soon find that one subject a day is altogether too much, and you will devote many days to a single subject.
9. By fixing your mind strongly on five subjects at first, and
later on one subject a day, and later still for a long time, on a
single subject, you will become Interested in life; you will become a
better thinker; you will wish to learn more and more; you will find
the Universe opening up before you as an inexhaustible storehouse of
As one philosopher said: “You will pick up only a few pebbles from the vast shore of knowledge.”
BUT IT IS THE GREATEST PLEASURE IN LIFE TO PICK UP THOSE FEW PEBBLES OF WISDOM.
MAKE YOUR INTERESTS BROAD; OPEN YOUR MIND; BE INTERESTED IN EVERYTHING YOU SEE; THINK ABOUT IT; WONDER . . . WHY? . . . HOW? . . . WHEN? . . . WHERE?
excerpted from: Roth, David M. / Roth Course in Mental Power New York: Independent Corporation. Book one, pages 17-18. 1921.
Check out Your Spiritual Growth, on Robert Sylvester’s Spirlaw WordPress site, which nicely expands on David Roth’s advice. Sylvester offers an essential (I believe) spiritual dimension, encouraging readers onward and inward: “Ask questions,” he agrees. “Aim them particularly at yourself. In this, you grow in the Spirit and peace, understanding and wisdom emerge.” –sab