Napoleon Hill penned this observation in his “Think and Grow Rich” book, under “The Mystery of Sex Transmutation” chapter.
“I discovered, from analysis of over twenty-five thousand people, that men who succeed in an outstanding way, seldom do so before the age of forty, and more often they do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of fifty. This fact was so astounding that it prompted me to go into the study of its cause most carefully.
This study disclosed the fact that the major reason why the majority of men who succeed do not begin to do so before the age of forty to fifty, is their tendency to dissipate their energies through over-indulgence in physical expression of the emotion of sex. The majority of men never learn that the urge of sex has other possibilities, which far transcend in importance that of mere physical expression. The majority of those who make this discovery do so after having wasted many years at a period when the sex energy is at its height, prior to the age of forty-five to fifty. This usually is followed by noteworthy achievement.”
Hill seemed to suggest we should not engage in too much sexual activities, such that we dissipate the strongest energy unproductively. To quote him again, “the majority of men lower themselves, through misunderstanding and misuse of this great force, to the status of the lower animals”. He even said that if we continuously dissipate our sexual energies physically, what difference do we have with animals?
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His point is that it would be more worthwhile to master the art of sex transmutation, to transfer the sexual energy to seek success, and eventually excel in life. To him, this is the most productive use of our emotions for sex. Instead of suppressing it, we should be utilising this vast amount of energy to push us to greater heights and keep us motivated down the road. In other words, all men are sex-driven, and the difference between successful men and ordinary men is how the energies are spent. Thinking about it, there are also successful men who created their downfall when they committed to sexual activities. One prominent and recent example would be Tiger Woods.
If you agree with Hill, how do you think you can transmute sexual energies to other areas of your life?