Two years ago Marcy Kokot recommended a book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne, to my husband and me. She actually handed us a copy of the book—a recommendation that includes the actual book is hard to ignore!
Marcy is a schoolteacher who also owns multiple rental homes. My husband and I admire her business sense and respect her judgement, so we agreed to look at the book.
I read it first, while I was on a scouting trip with my daughter, and found it to be interesting but not altogether inspiring. It was a bit “fluffy” for me and I had a hard time imagining that the methods described in the book would actually work.
The Secret focuses on “the law of attraction” and describes how we can get what we want (anything we want!) by believing and attracting it to us. In The Secret, Rhonda Byrne takes several famous (and not so famous) figures from the past and present and illustrates how they possessed this secret. She promises that anybody can use the secret and get exactly what they believe they will get. Sounds pretty amazing, right? I found it too amazing and had a hard time believing.
The ideas in the secret were pretty radical for me. As an avid self-help reader, I was familiar with positive thinking, motivation and the power of believing in yourself. The idea, however, that a person could literally attract things to them through their thoughts seemed a bit crazy. I quickly dismissed the book and reluctantly passed it along to my husband to read. Reluctantly, because I figured he would get a good laugh out of it at best and probably be annoyed that he was wasting time reading it. I figured he would be disappointed.
You see, my husband Greg is an accountant and a no-nonsense type person. He is pretty quick to call something a fraud or scam (sometimes too quick!) He is very cautious and not one to buy into anything without analyzing it and thinking it through.. I figured, at best, he would get a good laugh out of The Secret.
Much to my surprise–Greg embraced The Secret! He even bought a second copy of it on audio so he could listen to it as he drove. He talked about it all the time –he was constantly telling me and the kids he had “used the secret” to get a parking space or a fast moving lane at the store. He was a 100% believer in this secret and fully believed that this world will bring anything you ask it to bring.
After my initial surprise at his new found “faith”, I didn’t pay much attention. Honestly, I discounted it and sometimes laughed at him about it. I wasn’t a believer and couldn’t imagine how the universe would line up to give me a parking space just because I asked for one. I was busy building an eBay business and didn’t have time for a lot of fluffy, wishful thinking:)
Our vacation came up in June of 2012 and we joined a group of friends for a trip to Vegas. Greg started talking about winning money about two weeks before we left. He told me and the kids several times he “was going to win” in Vegas. He said he wasn’t sure how much, but it would be significant. I didn’t want to burst his bubble, but I did remind him that our gambling budget was limited. I was a little worried that he seemed so certain. I didn’t want to come back broke!
We were having some remodeling done on the house that summer and he told our contractor, with complete seriousness, “I am going to win enough in Vegas to pay your bill.” The contractor caught my eye and smiled. We were both thinking Greg was being pretty darn optimistic.
As you have already guessed, Greg did win. He won $5,000 during his first 10 minutes (and first $20) playing the slot machines. They brought the money to us in $100 bills! We felt very lucky and a little bit rich. $5,000 is a lot of money! I couldn’t help but think he had been on to something with this “secret.”
We returned from Vegas and I decided to take another look at The Secret. $5,000 is a pretty convincing amount of money. I gained a new respect for that book (go figure!) and went on to read most of the books Rhonda refers to in her writing. That book led me to a wealth of information and I’ve especially enjoyed Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles.
I know Greg used the power described in The Secret to win $5,000. I also know we all have similar power within us. I have brought a few great things into my life using the law of attraction (nothing as specific and exciting as this Vegas story) and would love to hear any similar experiences you have had.