About four weeks into it, I had a hundred-thousand-dollar idea. It just came right into my head. I had a book I had written, and I said, "If I can sell four hundred thousand copies of my book at a quarter each, that'd be a hundred thousand dollars." Now, the book was there, but I never had this thought. (One of the secrets is that when you have an inspired thought, you have to trust it and act on it.) I didn't know how I was going to sell four hundred thousand copies.
Then I saw the National Enquirer at the supermarket. I had seen that millions of times and it was just background. And all of a sudden it jumped out at me as foreground. I thought, "If readers knew about my book, certainly four hundred thousand people would go out and buy it."
About six weeks later I gave a talk at Hunter College in New York to six hundred teachers, and afterward a woman approached me and said, "That was a great talk. I want to interview you. Let me give you my card." As it turns out, she was a freelance writer who sold her stories to the National Enquirer. The theme from "The Twilight Zone" went off in my head, like, whoah, this stuff's really working. That article came out and our book sales started to take off.
The point I want to make is that I was attracting into my life all these different events, including this person. To make a long story short, I did not make a hundred thousand dollars that year. We made ninety-two thousand three hundred and twenty-seven dollars. But do you think we were depressed and saying, "This doesn't work"? No, we were saying, "This is amazing!" So my wife said to me, "If it works for a hundred thousand, do you think it'd work for a million?" And I said, "I don't know, I think so. Let's try it."
My publisher wrote me a royalty check for our first Chicken Soup for the Soul book. And he actually put a smiley face in his signature, because it was the first million-dollar check he'd ever written. So I know from my own experience, became I wanted to test it. Does the Law of Attraction really work? We put it to the test. It absolutely worked, and now I live my life from that every single day.
Excerpt from The Secret