Mindset Mastery 115 – How Profitable Is Free?

In continuing his discussion on vested interests from the last Mindset Mastery post, Hill goes on to take on the idea of free education and what people usually get out of that.

Paying The Price Of Education

The United States has what is often said to be the greatest public school system in the world. Districts continuously invest large sums of money, in fact, the majority of budgets in many cities and towns (not to mention monies from the federal government) for buildings, transportation, supplies and faculty so all American children may attend the best schools; but there is one astounding weakness to this marvelous system—it is free! One of the strange things about human beings is that they value only what has a direct cost to them, personally. The free schools of America, and the free public libraries, do not impress people because they are free. This is one of the major reasons why so many people find themselves in need of additional training before they can go on to secondary and specialized educational programs.

Needed: Ambition

There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition! People, especially working people, who schedule their spare time to make time for continuing and online education, seldom remain at the bottom very long. The simple fact that they have enough ambition to take additional action shows something in them that will help them to rise above; that ambition opens the way for the upward movement, removes many obstacles from their path, and gains the friendly interest of those who have the power to put them in the way of opportunity.

Ambition, Your Opportunity

Ambition is not a problem for most of the people who find their way here to these Mindset Mastery posts, and almost definitely not for those who follow along and continue to come back. Each of you has recognized the need for a better life and more personal financial freedom—and grasped the motivation to do something about it! Your continued dedication shows a high level of ambition—just the thing you need to continue to cultivate to succeed and gain sustainable personal prosperity. I congratulate each and every one of you for that monumental accomplishment, and wish the same for all new-comers. Here’s to everyone’s success!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. richard Colum says:

    the words you write are so true, if you get something for nothing it has no value, if you pay something then you take more pride.

  2. This is a great blog Sean, and this post is really uplifting and inspiring to people that know, that making a decision and having a willingness to take action, recognizing the need of constant follow thou, will undoubtanly come to the conclusion and ability to see that to learn something weather you pay for it o not, the most important thing is to have that consistent mode of action in doing the things that you want to achieved, One of the things I have learn since I made the decision to change my mind set, is to revise, practice, revise, practice, I think once you realize the potential to grow in everything about your life, you learn to appreciate weather you pay for your constant education or not, I guess sometimes due to circumstances you ought to take the free choice, but I think ones you have some sore of profit or consistent savings you can invest in your self or business and pay for required knowledge or learning.

    Thank you Sean.
    Cheers – Paulo

    Paulos last blog post..Self Improvement From Fear to Freedom.

  3. A nice reminder Sean, that sometimes free is not always the best choice. I’ve known of a few instances where parents have noticed that their children were not getting an education in a public school and have moved them into a private school although they struggled to pay costly annual fees. Of course it’s possible to receive an education at public schools. Sometimes though, care is needs by keeping a close eye on a child’s progress, and, care to choose a school wisely. A tip is to look for a school that has a good reputation.

    Taking on further studies shows ambition and helps establish a career path for the future.

  4. The US has the greatest public school system in the world? I haven’t met many Americans who would agree with that…

    But I know the purpose of this blog post is not to debate the merits of a public school education or public services…

    I had the privilege to teach English in Vietnam in 2008. The level of ambition I saw there was incredible. I observed that young Vietnamese people are hungry for knowledge, development and learning. They studied, in addition to the normal study loads, to improve and perfect their English. They did everything they could, at every waking moment, to get better at this language that couldn’t be more different to their native one. All so they could be more competitive in the labour market and ultimately give more to their families.

    Now that’s what I call ambition.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Taking the leap to work for yourself =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think it’s very true that people tend not to place any value on things that are free, but I think it comes down to the individual. Some people will make the best of any situation that comes there way.

    I think the public school system has flaws but I think if someone wants to be successful; they aren’t going to let a lack of a first class education stand in their way. There are lots of ways to get an education as an adult; we just have to want to.

    I agree, ambition is the most important element. If you want to achieve big things you will, regardless of your standard of education.

  6. Ambition is important, especially when it is about learning and wanting to learn (or not). I am not sure if the school system and that it is free is to blame for that. I went to a public school and there was never a question that this is valuable and important and that I better do my part and put in some effort.

    In a lot of the Asian countries learning and knowledge is regarded much higher than in a lot of Western cultures and it is “normal” that kids put a lot of effort in to achieve good grades. And the school is also free.

    So the question is more – where does the ambition come from, and why do some cultures value learning and others don’t?
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  7. I have to disagree with this one. Education should be and should remain free so that everyone in America and Canada can afford it. Although I think the education could be a lot better it is a basis for a lot of people. The school system teaches everyone how to learn even if they don’t teach the proper subjects this is a lesson all schools have.

    Many people do value the education they receive and go on to be very successful because they know now how to be successful. What actions they need to take and have tasted the power of achievement because of the free education they have received.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

    • Hi Sarah

      I agree with you here. We are so lucky to have an education, in fact in Australia it is law that you must attend school up until a certain age.

      I was a high school teacher and I would hear many young people bemoan the fact that they had to be at school. I often felt like asking them how would they feel if they were totally illiterate and would not be employable.

      I remember a wonderful quote from Bill Gates in one of his speeches “If you can read this, thank a teacher”.

  8. Hi Sean,
    If ambition is lost it can be regained by following the Mindset Mastery course here as you say. Napoleon Hills teachings have given a new lease on life to many people and his teachings have also steered me in a direction that I am thrilled about also.

    I love this learning and I am so pleased to be here. I see new opportunities are coming my way and I am learning how to act on these new opportunities.

    Thank-you Sean.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  9. Hi Sean

    Ambition is a truly wonderful drive. I love education and have learned so much in my life and I have so much to be grateful for.

    I am so grateful for all the advantages I have from having been educated and the opportunities that keep presenting themselves because I am always looking for them.

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