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216 He made up his mind to organize a new college in which he could carry out his
217 ideas, without being handicapped by orthodox methods of education.
218 He needed a million dollars to put the project across! Where was he to lay his
219 hands on so large a sum of money? That was the question that absorbed most of
220 this ambitious young preacher's thought.
221 But he couldn't seem to make any progress. Every night he took that thought to
222 bed with him. He got up with it in the morning. He took it with him everywhere
223 he went. He turned it over and over in his mind until it became a consuming
224 obsession with him. A million dollars is a lot of money. He recognized that fact,
225 but he also recognized the truth that the only limitation is that which one sets up
226 in one's own mind.
227 Being a philosopher as well as a preacher, Dr. Gunsaulus recognized, as do all
228 who succeed in life, that DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE is the starting point
229 from which one must begin. He recognized, too, that definiteness of purpose
230 takes on animation, life, and power when backed by a BURNING DESIRE to
231 translate that purpose into its material equivalent.
232 He knew all these great truths, yet he did not know where, or how to lay his
233 hands on a million dollars. The natural procedure would have been to give up
234 and quit, by saying, "Ah well, my idea is a good one, but I cannot do anything
235 with it, because I never can procure the necessary million dollars." That is exactly
236 what the majority of people would have said, but it is not what Dr. Gunsaulus
237 said. What he said, and what he did are so important that I now introduce him,
238 and let him speak for himself.
239 "One Saturday afternoon I sat in my room thinking of ways and means of
240 raising the money to carry out my plans. For nearly two years, I had been
241 thinking, but I had done nothing but think!
242 "The time had come for ACTION!"

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