An amazing turn of events

As I was reading a book by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale I ran across this story (retold in my own words):
English: Source: Joshua SherurcijA man had graduated from college with honors, but now he was living in a homeless shelter in New York City in February with only seven dollars and the clothes on his back. He had a good job at one time but due to his alcoholism, he lost it. He inherited a large sum of money from his father– $40,000, which was worth a lot of money in those days. But he squandered the money and now he had almost nothing.
Someone told him to go talk to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, so he did. He was probably feeling lower than anybody else in the city at that point. He sat down to talk to Dr. Peale and told him how worthless he felt.
But Dr. Peale didn’t agree with him about being worthless and he told the haggard man so. He noticed that the man was articulate and organized his thoughts well, and that he didn’t ramble and repeat himself. “You are actually a smart man,” Dr. Peale said. No one had ever told the man so, he grumbled. But as Dr. Peale spoke about thinking positive, not negative, and that the future could be bright if he did certain things, he began to feel better.
Peale told him to say certain affirmations 30 times a day for the next several weeks, and to keep saying them daily, but possibly fewer times per day after that. One of the affirmations was very similar to a famous line from a world renowned psychologist: “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” Another one was “I am on the road to success.” And “God is guiding me and helping me daily.”
Dr. Peale gave the man enough money to stay at the YMCA and gave him advice to find any job and work very hard at it, which the man did. He started out as a counterman, but worked hard and ended up the manager of a restaurant and found happiness and contentment along the way.
I have read about these kinds of stories a number of times. It seems that when a positive thinker can transmit the joy and excitement of positive thinking to the down-and-outer, the person can turn his life around very quickly and get back on the road to success. Call it good fortune, good luck or an act of God, but whatever it is, the belief that a person can get out of any bad situation and achieve a level of success always excites me. It makes me realize that I can always do a little better than I’m doing now. And after I reach that new level I can rethink strategy and do a little better than that.
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