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Why is there a chapter on sex in the book, Think and Grow Rich?

What does sex have to do with growing rich or acquiring wealth?

And what in the world is “transmutation”?

The very first sentence in this chapter defines what the author of Think and Grow Rich means by the word:

“The meaning of the word ‘transmute’ is, in simple language, ‘the changing, or transferring of one element, or form of energy, into another.’”

The human race is perpetuated by the desire for sex. It is one of our primary drivers because it’s in our nature. It is inherently a creative urge.

Sex transmutation is the process of redirecting the mind from thoughts of expressing this desire physically to thoughts of another creative effort.

“The transmutation of sex energy calls for the exercise of will-power, to be sure, but the reward is worth the effort. The desire for sexual expression is inborn and natural. The desire cannot, and should not be submerged or eliminated. But it should be given an outlet through forms of expression which enrich the body, mind, and spirit of man. If not given this form of outlet, through transmutation, it will seek outlets through purely physical channels.

Mastery of the skill of redirection of sex energy from physical expression to creative effort is what the book, Think and Grow Rich, says is necessary for the attainment of genius:

“Fortunate, indeed, is the person who has discovered how to give sex emotion an outlet through some form of creative effort, for he has, by that discovery, lifted himself to the status of a genius.”

Don’t be scared away by the title of today’s chapter of the book, Think and Grow Rich. The subject is not at all explicit and there’s a lot of wisdom to glean.

As this is a book club, we (as always) encourage you to read the book first and then listen to the accompanying book club podcast to get the most out of it. 👍🏼