by Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
Last week, we began a series to share research by Napoleon Hill, who was commissioned to study the reasons why one man is successful and another one is not. Hill studied hundreds of men all across America, close up and in person. Over and over again, he discovered the same formula utilized by each and every person interviewed.
This series is to share those 12 Things That Make Men Rich. Money is the 12th and least important principle. The first way that makes men rich, is for them to have a “positive mental attitude.” Notice that it heads the list.
You cannot achieve anything if you don’t have faith and believe. When you walk around thinking negative thoughts, it causes you to have doubts; you feel down, not lifted up and ready to get the job done at all.
Scripture reminds us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Therefore, we must be of good courage, and when things are looking bad, repeat scriptures such as “God wouldn’t see his seed begging bread.”
On my radio show last week, it was my pleasure to interview Mrs. Victorianne Russell Walton, someone who suffered the ills of breast cancer, yet she is a prime example of what makes men rich!
Vicki has such a positive mental attitude that it helped her up from her sick bed as she experienced chemo and radiation; yet she continues fighting for her own life and for the lives of thousands of others.
Misdiagnosed four times with questionable doubt for survival, but because of what happened to her grandmother, who died from breast cancer back in the early days in such an atrocious manner, Vicki is like a bird who instinctively flies south during winter.
Her grandmother had to be helped to an ambulance that refused to drive up her lane due to racism; she left a trail of blood on the path. What a story! Genes do play a major role.
Vickie Walton knows first-hand, the challenges to make ends meet while enduring chemo and radiation. Job cuts caused her to be laid off for a year with no pay; deciding how to be able to afford the medications became a challenge.
Doctor visits were a challenge. She had little money for gas to make the trip, let alone the money needed for the co-payment. It was agonizing: yet she went anyway.
With all these trials and tribulations, Vicki and her husband decided to respond with a positive mental attitude. They were led by God to create “It’s In the Genes Breast Cancer Advocates” an organization that fights against breast cancer. She rose above her pain to think of others.
Vicki and Russell Walton’s faith in God; her positive mental attitude along with major lifestyle changes helped keep her alive; seen especially well in her willingness to help others. Imagine the difference in what would have happened if Vicki decided to have a pity party. She would likely have been gone by now.
She fought back, got up and got going again. Today she speaks all across America, hosts Pink Parties – a fun event she hosts to get women in the door to get a mammogram. She actually has someone attend her parties to administer free mammograms, the main point of her parties.
Vicki entices folk to come out, especially women, by using entertainment, DJ’s, prizes, free gifts, pamper ideas for the women, shopping opportunities, just a variety of exciting and festive things women enjoy. “Am I tricking them into coming? Yes, but as long as they get a mammogram, I’m delighted,” she said.
That’s a positive mental attitude at its best! We salute you Vicki Russell Walton. Keep up the good work!
Lyndia Grant is the host of “Think on These Things,” a radio talk show on WYCB-AM, 1340, Fridays at 6 p.m. Contact her at 202-518-3192 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.