Attract $175,000 Today

In 1931 Vash Young inherited a fortune. This was during the Great Depression in the USA when much of the country lost jobs, savings, hopes, dreams, and more. Young was so grateful for his inherited fortune that he spent his entire life sharing it.

Last week I inherited his fortune.

It was strange, unexpected, and yet incredible.

I didn’t know Young before last week, though I had heard of his fortune.

I never imagined he would pass it on to me.

I’m grateful for it, of course.

Who wouldn’t be?

And I’m now going to share that fortune with you.

Let me explain.

A friend of mine in the Miracles Coaching program told me about an old book he found that he thought I might like. But he couldn’t recall the title or author. He was obviously moved by the book. I’m a bookaholic, so I was interested, even without all the details. I asked him to send me the book’s info when he came across it. I didn’t think any more about it.

But last week my friend sent me a package. Inside was the mysterious book. The title is A Fortune to Share. The author was Vash Young. I had never heard of the book or the author. Since I was busy with projects, such as scheduling the launch of my new audio program (The Abundance Paradigm), and already had fifteen books to read either on my ipad or my desk, I just put the book aside. It would have to wait.

But the book wouldn’t wait.

Something about it called me to it. Maybe because the book was from 1931 and looked like a lost gem in self-help and self-improvement; maybe because I love success literature and this title seemed like it was from that category; maybe because I hoped the author had been a friend of a man I wrote about from that era, Bruce Barton, in my book The Seven Lost Secrets of Success; maybe because the author put a spell on the book. I don’t know. But before I knew it, everything else got pushed aside and I started reading A Fortune to Share.

Within minutes, I was captivated.

The book is written in the first person, with the author talking to me about his fortune and how it changed his life. The old Young of poverty and reckless living was gone; the new Young was now so rich that even the Great Depression couldn’t touch him.


His mission became the life-long quest to share his fortune with others.

I was riveted.

Young explained that you own a factory. Most of the time you make junk in that factory. As a result, no one buys from you. No wonder you were broke and struggling. No wonder life looked bleak. Your factory wasn’t producing what anyone wanted.

He went on to explain that the same factory could make gold.



In your mind.

In your mind!

As it turns out, the fortune Young inherited was the gold inside himself: his ability to control his thoughts, beliefs, moods, and attitude. He could let the factory of his mind create a life that was miserable, or he could take charge of that factory and get it producing new thoughts, beliefs, moods and attitude that he and others would want.

He inherited a mental fortune.

As long as Young (pictured below) accepted his fortune and shared it, everything he wanted would come his way, and without trying to make it happen.

Young literally did attract a financial fortune (he sold over $80,000,000 in life insurance) due to his discovery and his sharing. He went from a life of go-getting to a life of go-giving. (He later wrote a book titled The Go-Giver.) The more he gave, the more he attracted. His mission truly became one of sharing the mental fortune inside himself to awaken your own understanding that you have a mental fortune inside you, too.


While it’s easy to wish that Young’s fortune was all cash and he shared it by writing checks (which he often did, just not to you or me), what he actually gave us is something far more valuable: he pointed out you have a cash-making machine in your head.

In short, we attract “junk” when we think from selfishness and fear; we attract “gold” when we think and act with love.

A Fortune to Share contains much more information, and many wonderful stories. It’s a hypnotic read. Breezy. Easy. Fast. It also delivers some unforgettable wisdom, such as:

“Any experience can be transformed into something of value.”

“Prosperity can not be built on fear!”

For a long time, Young would hold “Trouble Day” every Saturday. He would let anyone walk into his office, dump their troubles on him, and then Young would do his best to help the troubled soul with his philosophy, and often with money.

In talking to an unemployed man one day, Young tells him, “You haven’t been unemployed all these months, you have been working for the wrong boss. You have been working for failure, discouragement, fear and worry and the sad part of it is that there has been no salary for your labors. You seem to be destitute, but I am going to tell you how to become rich overnight. I want you to deposit the following thoughts in your mental bank tonight: ‘I am not afraid – I am a success, not a failure – I have an inexhaustible supply of courage, energy, confidence and perseverance.'”

Young helps the man out with a suit of clothes and a little money, and reminds him to draw on his new mental bank account when he needs it.

Within a week, the man has a job he loves.

Young’s first book was so sincere, helpful and timely that it became a national bestseller. He followed it with several others (which I have yet to read but eagerly await), including The Go-Giver, Be Kind to Yourself, and Let’s Start Over Again. All were bestsellers. All were booster rockets for a weary country suffering during the Great Depression of the 1930s. When Young was in his seventies in 1959, he wrote a final book summing up his philosophy of life, called Fortunes For All.

I found Fortunes For All and read it. Loved it, too. On the cover the publisher says, “Let Vash Young show you that your mind is worth $175,000 or more!”

How can your mind bring you $175,000?

Here’s the secret:

Young explains that instead of asking, “How can we have more?” we should ask, “How can we be more?”

He then invites you to try an experiment:

“Go off by yourself with a pad and pencil and write out your own ticket for a happy and successful life. By that I mean put down all of the things you would like to have or be.”

He adds, “After imagining every wish has been granted, then go one step further. Start in being the ideal person you think you would be if you had everything your way.”

Young’s philosophy of fortune basically said that once you began to be that happy, successful person now, then you would naturally attract all you wanted from the being.

Sounds a whole lot like step four in my book, The Attractor Factor, and step five in my book Attract Money Now, where I suggest you “Nevillize” a goal to help bring it into reality.

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In other words, feel what it would be like to already have the thing you want or be the person you long to be. Feel it now.

But Young is also wanting you to be something greater than a satisfied person. He wants you to embody the traits of — dare I say it — God.

Decades ago in Houston I gave a talk where I encouraged people to think like God. I said God wouldn’t think in terms of lack and limitation. Why should you?

But Young wants you to act like God, meaning live love, compassion, forgiveness and all the other positive, enlightened states that a God would have.

Be God.

Young was a great believer in taking action, too.

A chapter on selling in Fortunes For All proves that he sold such a staggering amount of life insurance by focusing on giving, thinking of others over himself, and following his being principle. But he also took non-stop action. Even when Young was on jury duty for three weeks, he still held the sales record for the month. How? He kept taking action.

All of this is so inspiring and powerful that I wish Vash Young was still alive so I could thank him in person. But I’ve inherited his fortune. And I’m sharing it with you. I’m hoping you will now share it with others, too.

Take control of your mind and you can live a life of magic and miracles — a life of good fortune.

It’s Vash Young’s inheritance.

It’s my inheritance.

And now it’s yours.

What do you think, anyway?

What is your factory producing?

Who’s the boss of your own mind?

Who are you being?

Enjoy your new fortune.

Ao Akua,


PS – Be sure to pass your fortune along to others by telling them about Vash Young, his books, and this blog post’s message. Together we can share the wealth, and make a difference in the world. Thank you.

Note: My new audio program, The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation, comes out on November 9th.

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  1. October 22, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Gonna share this today, great post Joe!

  2. October 22, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thanks, Joe for every thing you are bringing to my life.
    I’ll try not to disapoint you (and myself 🙂 )
    I’m going to apply this marvelous secret and I’m going to share it right now.

  3. October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

    It’s so simple, yet we make it so hard! I’m currently enjoying your The Awakening Course for the second time. I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you!

  4. G`-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    of all that I have read by you…this rocked my soul

    • October 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

      And Vash Young rocked mine. I’m just sharing the fortune. 🙂

  5. rosario-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Joe, I have to say that your rush for riches was not my cup of tea, on the contrary. But what you started doing after you met with Dr. Hew Len is good, perfect. Now you are becoming a better and better person every year and what you say –at least everything you say about envisioning today everything as bright and abundant, and mostly everything you say and practice about giving to others– is just great.
    I love your manifesting love every day more.
    Thank you.
    What is most inspiring is your becoming love, sorry for your sport cars … but those are your toys and I wish you that you enjoy them safely.
    Kudos Joe.Thank you for the inspiration.

  6. October 22, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hello Joe,

    Thanks for giving me this fortune to share!
    I love my life,


    • October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

      And your love is felt by all who meet you.

  7. October 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Your are an inspiration to everyone. Your positive energy brings these great books to you. Thanks for always sharing.

    • October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

      Thank you for reading what I share. 🙂

  8. October 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Great blog today. I could not read it fast enough.
    I own a business, its a cafe with the mission of personal and spiritual growth. I want to expand and I’m currently searching for finance to purchase a larger building. The building is 169,000, with over three thousands a month in rental space, which would cover the mortgage and expanses twice over. My girlfriend/partner and I have assets to cover the amounts, but the banks want 35% cash down. And here lies our situation.Your article starts with asking to attract 175,000, which is pretty close to what we need…what are the chances of sharing thy wealth?…a loan of course
    In love, in light
    Philippe Brennan

    • October 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

      A little abundant thinking, using your new fortune, will help you see the way.

  9. October 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Wonderful post! Thank you for continually sharing your message of hope and positivity – I have just finished Zero Limits (in record time) – and was blown away by it – your book and this post underlines the importance of using what we already have to create the life that we desire. Thank you for your tenacity to make this known to all . . . Kristin xo

  10. October 22, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Hi Joe –

    Thank you for your post today, it was EXACTLY the message that I needed to hear right now – amazing timing. 🙂

    • October 22, 2010 at 10:44 am

      Was good for me to write, too. 🙂

  11. October 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the e-mail. Attract Money Now is a righteously awesome read my friend.

    Fellow GIN

    • October 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

      I appreciate the compliment. Thank you.

  12. October 22, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Excellent reminder of the principles of the Law Of Attraction. I love the ideals I read today on Joe blog of Vash Young.

    And “the proof of the pudding is in the eating!’… Why?

    Because Vash Young was a record breaking sales man.
    He Believed and He Achieved!

    Great Post Joe! Thank You!


    • October 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

      Thank you. Spread the fortune.

  13. Gina Dantorio-Reply
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  14. Gina Dantorio-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 10:54 am


  15. October 22, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Love is the way Brother, Gratitude is the way.

    This reminds me of that interview when they asked David Bowie how did he became a Rock Star and he answered:
    “I just started acting like I already was one!”

    Thank you for reminding me every day, it is doing a world of difference.


  16. D-Marie-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I really felt an amazing force of love coming from this blog, so much so that I couldn’t stop crying as I read it. You really are connected to the heart of the source. Thank you for being a continuous inspiration.

  17. Debbie Sublett-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Hi Joe,
    Loved the message today. Question: when I googled to find the book I found a book of same name “A Fortune to share” by a Peter J. Meyers….in reading the overview…it sounds like the same story, says from 1960 but not published until 2008?? could this author have “borrowed” Vash Youngs book/story??

    Thanks so much for sharing authentic and inspriational finds with us as you journey on your lifes path.
    We thank you for your teaching, sharing and love.
    Sincerely, Debbie

  18. October 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Wow, I got an email notification that this blog was posted so had to take a look, and wow wow wow… something just triggered for me here. Life has been pretty good this year.. huge improvement from 2009 but been feeling i could go even further… i’ve been using all my paycheques this year to experience what i’m compelled to in the spa, energy classes, books, singing lessons,, whatever… and suddenly i’m thinking, wow.. will i have enough to cover all this over the winter months?? Now.. my answer is yes!!! And even more so! Thank you Joe! I have read so many of your books, i lend them out to my friends and tell others about them all the time.

  19. Jerry Allen-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Looks like a great book, How can I get a copy

  20. Kate-Reply
    October 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Joe, I received your email about attracting $175,000. Read your blog post which was awesome in itself, but I have to say I was disappointed in the catch in your marketing, inheriting a fortune. I understand what you mean but I just don’t feel you need to market with that kind of catch. Makes me not feel so trusting of you. Those old books are gifts in themselves. Sorry to be so negative but if you’d raved about that book in email I would have clicked on it just the same as if there hadn’t been a catch.
    Kate’s last blog.. Kate Strong Exposed and Vulnerable

    • October 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

      The “catch” in my marketing is the exact one Vash Young uses in the beginning of his book, A Fortune To Share. – joe

  21. October 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I acknowledge that all credit belongs to my Creator for all that I am and ever hope to be!

  22. October 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm


    I thank you for sharing these words of wisdom! I just finished reading your “Hypnotic Writing” book…man! opened up my eyes to my creative side and got the juices flowin’

    Also, thank you for pointing me to the AMAZING vault that is nightingale-conant.

    Much Love

  23. October 22, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Thank You joe for Attract Money now. I posted Attract Money now on my Facebook page asking all my friends to read it and am posting this too. I really believe in your books, they have helped me become a better writer and also a better person. Thank You!

  24. October 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Love it Joe! Looking forward to getting my hands on my own copy of this book. Thanks for sharing.

  25. October 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Hi there!
    I am an artist and wanted to let you know that I created a piece (for a large art group in which we were all asked to create an art journal page based upon our intentions) using the Ho’oponopono system and shared it and the name of your book on my blog today.
    Thanks again for being such an inspiration,
    Kristin xo

  26. October 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm


    thanks a lot for sharing this with us. You are a real inspiration to me!
    I will spread the word.



  27. manas-Reply
    October 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Dear Joe,
    Glad to know that The Abundance Paradigm will be out November 9th. It’s my Birthday and wish I could be the first guy to buy it. My handicap is I don’t have a credit card, so I’ll have to wait until it becomes officially available here in India. And this post was great, I m going to apply these wisdom now! Thanks Joe.

  28. October 23, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Great Post 🙂

    Yes, the mind can change YOU…

  29. Natalie-Reply
    October 23, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this with me. You have been an inspiration!

  30. October 23, 2010 at 5:36 am


    As a fellow bookaholic and avid reader of success literature, I am grateful to you for bringing ‘A Fortune to Share’ by Vash Young to my attention. Never heard of the guy until now.

    I am fascinated by Young’s (and your) advice to think and act “like God.” This theme of living with effortless grace and abundance by emulating the traits of and acting in harmony with our source (or true Self) is one that I’ve been drawn to more and more over the last couple of months.

    Wayne Dyer’s exploration of the Tao te Ching in ‘Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life’ (a fascinating and profound read) is all about this. Deepak Chopra draws on the principles of Vedanta in much of his work to zero in on this theme, too.

    Thanks again for bringing Young’s book to your readers’ attention. I couldn’t get to the amazon check-out page fast enough to get it.

    And I’ll be sure to RT this blog post on Twitter and FB.



  31. Pete-Reply
    October 24, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Great post Joe!

    Vash Young inherited a fortune and all your readers just did!

    It is so true on what this gentleman had shared in his life time. I look at life as I am the director of my movie and when the scenes start getting down, I kick the scene up a notch “by changing the scene to ‘I am not afraid – I am a success, not a failure – I have an inexhaustible supply of courage, energy, confidence and perseverance.’” and the movie changes.

    The Miracles Coaching I had taken Joe is a true blessing, in the creativity of my new movie, I move along awakened, to my experiences, prepared to understand my limiting beliefs on each topic that may get thrown into my movie each day, without fear.

    Going to Amazon, book shopping.

    What you perceive to believe becomes reality, change your perception to make your life of good fortune a reality.


  32. Jeannie-Reply
    October 26, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Thanks Joe for sharing. Read the post and ordered the book from a Goodwill in Colorado springs – for $2.25! Love that!

  33. October 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Great post Joe…love the way how Vash Young put how we can think of ourself.
    …we are the Results of our own Thinking Process…

    Thank you and keep it up the good work.

    Rich Blessings

  34. October 26, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for such a wonderful, concise, uplifting, smart and enjoyable blog. Just reading it puts a smile on my face. Deep inside, we know this is true. Still, we need to hear it, over and over…and to stand firm against the onslaughts on fear and poverty thinking. Especially love the idea of “being” more…that’s where the real riches are…and no matter what I have or don’t have, when I’m “being more” I have a wonderful day.

    I greatly appreciate your efforts and reading this today.


  35. October 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I’m sharing this post right now. Finally a “rich Uncle” has left me a fortune. I knew this day would come. Thanks Uncle Joe. 😉

  36. October 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks Dr. Vitale,
    I will share the link to your post of Vash Young and the lessons in my blog tomorrow at
    I absolutely love the book Attract money now and can’t wait to finish it. I feel like your books keep refreshing my mind in a world where there is constant barrage of negativity. I listen to your attractor factor in my car, and on planes, that is when my laptop dies and I can’t read the Attract Money Now of course.
    Thank you for all you do.

  37. Jazz-Reply
    October 27, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Love your work Joe, and I love inspirational teachers from the past such as Napollean Hill, Charles Hannel and now Vash Young …. beautifull!

  38. Celisse-Reply
    October 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm


    What a great post! I’m a soon to be single mom of a 2 and 3 y/o and finding things like this has helped me fall more inlove with the possibilities of LOA and what it could do for me and my kids’ lives, instead of becoming a part of the status quo.

    Thank you for all the abundance you share and looking forward to more!

    Celisse 🙂

  39. October 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    There is a book by Bob Burg–Go-Giver. It’s a great little
    business parable and has helped tons of folks.

    Go-givers always do well!!

  40. October 31, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Thanks for this inspiring story, Joe, and I’m now going to share it with everyone I know … and a whole lot of people I don’t.

    Kia ora

  41. Nubia-Reply
    November 3, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Thank so much. Is very beautiful.

  42. November 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    thanks for sharing Joe! you are THE BEST!!!!!

  43. Douglas Bell-Reply
    November 6, 2010 at 12:39 am

    How can I get a copy of Vash’s book.

  44. praful parmar-Reply
    November 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

    loved your book just great iam useing your methods hope it works
    i’ve revice letter from hongkong to inherited $15,5000,000 bearing my sir name but IRD tax as to payed of 2% before deposit in my bank account which I’ve have not got

  45. November 24, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Thankyou,thankyou,thankyou Dr Joe!

    Joe Vitale, you are a warrior king!

    I LOVE the phrase “factory of the mind”.

    It articulates in a down-to-earth way, the fact that we should ALL be keenly aware of our “godforce” within. We ALL need to recognize that great power within us, as you have inspired us through your audio programs and great books.

    I’ll put a link to this post on my blog at

    I own your “Secret to Attracting Money” CD’s, your original “Zero Limits” DVD, and several of your books, and have just received your “Abundance Paradigm” CD’s, which have greatly improved my mindset.

    The highest good you have helped to inspired me to “realize” (as I do have other mentors) is that the “power within” each of us, is FAR GREATER than any situation, challenge or circumstance that may arise in life. We need only to be the “witness” of our MAGNIFICENT INNER BEING; master ourselves,to CREATE ABUNDANCE.

    As within, so without!

    The greatest good for the greatest number!

    Thankyou,thankyou,thankyou for your example Dr Joe!

    LOVE from the Universe!
    Peter Horrill

  46. November 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    My blogpost on Dr Joe and his attract “mega-money”
    of Oct 22/10

    Peter Horrill

  47. January 2, 2011 at 12:29 am

    I always find inspiration in your words. It doesn’t matter how you suffer in the past, you made it so worthed! You HELP people, be sure of that.

    Thank you

  48. August 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Thank you Joe.
    I cried as I read this. The power of Love touched my Heart and my Soul called out to God in rememberence.
    If we could only remember we are not meek lambs but powerful lionesses we could move mountains.
    Even a smile or kind word can fill someone’s Soul.
    I will read this book soon.
    Thank you for your dedication and service to the world Joe.
    God Bless you Brother.

  49. December 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Hi joe,

    Nice story,

    Thanks for sharing inspiration story. i will also share this story with my friends.

    Thank you Joe.

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