Mindset Mastery 116 – Exciting Opportunities

Specialized knowledge of the sort needed for wealth creation and success may require additional education. Hill addresses that issue here, as well.

At Home With Distant Opportunity

Online learning and home study methods of training are especially well suited to the needs of working people who find, after leaving school, that they are in need of additional specialized knowledge, but cannot spare the time or afford to stop working to go back to school. Today’s cost of living has made it necessary for thousands of people to find additional or new sources of income. This is often true of the older generations who grew up in a time when a college education was an optional luxury and not a necessity to get a good paying job. For the majority of these, the solution to their problem may be found only by acquiring specialized knowledge. Many are forced to change their occupations entirely. Many middle-aged and older, pre-retirement employees are finding that there is no longer a need for the position they have spent their working life filling. They are left with few options.

The Non-Traditional Student

The days of spending your entire 45 plus working years in the same job or even the same profession have largely disappeared. This has buoyed the demand for non-traditional educational.

Interestingly, the start of this need for expanded and lifelong learning finds its roots in the Great Depression, the time this book was written. What follows is a prime example, with a lesson that can go far for people facing career change in the new and ever changing technology age…

Stuart Austin Wier

Stuart Austin Wier was a skilled Construction Engineer who continued in this line of work until the depression limited his market so severely that he could not earn the income he required. He reassessed his situation, knowledge, talents, and needs, and ultimately decided to change his profession to law; Weir went back to school and took the courses he needed to become a corporate lawyer. Despite the fact that the depression had not ended, he completed his training, passed the Bar Exam, and quickly built a lucrative law practice, in Dallas, Texas; in fact, Weir was so successful that he was turning away clients.

Just to keep the record straight, and to anticipate nay-sayers who will say, “I couldn’t go to school because I have a family to support,” or “I’m too old,” let’s add that Mr. Wier was past forty and married when he went back to school. More importantly, by carefully selecting highly specialized courses, in colleges best prepared to teach the subjects chosen, Wier completed in two years the work that takes most law students four years to complete. It pays to know how to purchase knowledge!

The person who stops learning merely because they have finished school or college is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what their calling. The way of success is the way of continuous education and the pursuit of knowledge.

An Ongoing Pursuit

Education is a lifelong pursuit. As long as you are willing to learn, you will always have a world full of opportunity open to you. Continue to learn and to grow—either formally or informally, and you will always be improving your life.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
SeanRasmussen.com © 2004 – 2009

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. Hi Sean,

    Changing your career to a lawyer and going to college is a big achievement for a man over 40 and one who has a family to manage as well. Stuart Austin Weir did manage to make a success of it. He proves anything can be done if we set our minds to it.

    To continue to learn and grow is important. It’s an indication that someone is continuing to improving their life.


  2. One’s learning should never end. Whether it be for personal reasons, career advancement or business development – it’s healthy to maintain an inquiring mind that continues to challenge, ask questions and demand more.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..What life is about =-.

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I love this story. It just goes to show that if at any time something is not working in your life, you can change it. You can improve the quality of your life any time you choose.

    I love this quote by Henry David Thoreau: “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

    Education is the key to improving your life.

  4. Great story. And it shows that the argument “ahh, I am too old for that” is BS.
    But even if you stay in your chosen career, I think today you can’t stop learning as everything seems to be evolving really fast – at least that’s my experience. My advantage – I love learning. I am more in danger to just be learning because everything is so interesting and not take action …
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – Part 2 =-.

  5. I’ve looked at taking so many online courses just to get higher education. I love to learn and can’t stop thinking of the next step to acquire knowledge. Unfortunately the costs of distance education is still as high as attending school and the jobs in my area are limited. If I spent the tens of thousands needed to get any sort of degree at this point I’d have to move to use it. Such a strange society it is.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  6. Hi Sean,
    The opportunities of today have probably changed a lot since N. Hill’s day. The principles would still be the same though. People are still looking for security and now want to work for themselves. The importance for continued learning could be greater in today’s information technology age as opposed to Hill’s time.

    Back then workers mostly expected to be in a lifetime job, after leaving school. These days a lot of the time workers are expected to be multi-skilled to survive in the workforce.

    Changes though, can cause different opportunities to emerge. One self made Exciting Opportunity is to be learning about Internet Marketing. One way to get support and to keep up-to-date with this type of self-made business is by joining a quality Internet Marketing Forum. I can recommend a good one, can’t I Sean? 🙂
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      The opportunities today are different but I think the principles of success remain the same. Success in our time or Napoleon Hill’s time requires the same dedication to making a successful mindset a way of life.

      I can’t help but feel we have more opportunities now. The internet has opened up a whole new world for everyone. We can all be self-made millionaires if we are willing to learn and apply the success principles.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  7. Hi Sean

    On going education is offered today in a smorgasboard of variety. There are so many ways we can learn now, not just attending a University or college but by online studies and through distance education.

    Exciting opportunities will present themselves to those who make the effort to improve their lot. I have sat 25 public examinations since leaving school so you can see I really love learning.

  8. Hi! Stuart Austin Wier was my great great grandfather. I would like to know where you found this information about him? I’m performing genealogical research for my family. Thank you.

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