Mindset Mastery 117 – Special Examples

Hill goes on here to provide even further proof of the success of dedication and curiosity.

A Course In Success

Let’s consider a second Depression-era example.

During the depression a salesman in a grocery store found himself without a job. Having had some bookkeeping experience, he took a course in accounting, familiarized himself with all the latest bookkeeping and office equipment, and went into business for himself. Starting with the grocer for whom he had formerly worked, he made contracts with more than 100 small merchants to keep their books, at a very nominal monthly fee. His idea was so practical that soon enough he found he needed to set up a portable office in a light delivery truck, which he equipped with modern bookkeeping machinery. His business grew until he had a whole fleet of these bookkeeping offices “on wheels” and employed a large staff of assistants, thus providing small merchants with accounting service equal to the best that money can buy, at a very affordable prices.

Ingredients For Success

Specialized knowledge, plus imagination, were the ingredients that went into this unique and successful business. The accounting business owner’s income grew to ten times what it was when he worked in the grocery store. The man’s temporary adversity proved to be a blessing in disguise.

The beginning of this successful business was an idea!

Of course, the salesman’s road to success was not as direct as this story first makes it sound. When it was first suggested to the salesman that he go into the bookkeeping business, he quickly said, “I like the idea, but I wouldn’t know how to turn it into cash.” In other words, he complained he would not know how to market his bookkeeping knowledge after he acquired it.

Marketing Success

So, that brought up another problem which had to be solved. With the aid of a young woman typist who had a knack for letter-writing, a booklet was prepared, describing the advantages of the new system of bookkeeping. The pages were neatly typed and pasted in an ordinary scrapbook, which was used as a silent salesman; the story of this new business was so effectively told that its owner soon had more accounts than he could handle.

Proof In Action

Again, Hill proves how dedication and action can and do succeed. If you believe there is a way to accomplish your goals, and dedicate to seeing that through by being willing to act, success will be yours!

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. Great post Sean!

    Very inspirational, starts those creative waves flowing through my head.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Anne Hales

    Annes last blog post..Understanding How To Build A List

  2. great motivational blog…thanks Sean:)

    Lisa from Woodys gomangosteen.

  3. Hi Sean,
    A fine example here that a temporary setback can lead to bigger and better things with a little imagination and a good idea. Going from a grocery shop worker to having a thriving accounting business is a step in the right direction to achieving financial success.

    Believing you can do it has the battle almost won.



  4. Specialised knowledge plus imagination. The basis for dominating a niche.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..What life is about =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    As they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. He was able to find a creative solution for his problem. He took a chance on himself and that’s something we should all be willing to do more often.

    It just goes to show that when one door closes, another of equal or greater value opens. Sometimes losing your job is the best thing that ever happened to you.:)

  6. Another great example for taking action. It proves again that an something can either be an obstacle or a stepping stone to success. And that depends only on myself and as what I see it.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind =-.

    • Jazz Salinger says:

      Hi Renn,

      I think maybe you’re right and it does come down to how we perceive an event. I’m starting to think that every setback is just an opportunity to succeed in disguise. At least that is how I’m going to start looking at them and I’ll see what happens. 🙂

      • I agree. And I think it really is the case that we do interpret a situation very much. Just ask two people who have lived through an experience together – what they remember can be totally different and what they learn from it as well. That shows already that something is not “good” or “bad”, but what we make of it.
        So, what opportunity was hidden in your last “mishap”? Always worth thinking about.
        .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  7. Just goes to show you never know when opportunity will knock.
    It is a matter of recognizing it even under adversity
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  8. Hello Sean,

    I love that story. It tells us that when we believe, when we are passionate, and when we strive forward we succeed. It does not matter what vehicle you use to reach your destination (internet, real estate, stock market etc), what matters is having 110% BELIEF in yourself and your idea. That is how all successful people lead, by special examples.

    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Our Kids Today =-.

  9. This shows another example of the value of success and that it takes the help of others to get to where you want/ need to be. We can’t all do everything but every one of us can do something and do it well. So please, whatever it is you love to do do it well as you never know when someone will need your services.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  10. Hi Renee,
    I agree, It is really worth thinking about. To be in a mindset where I can view a setback or even a disaster as an opportunity is where I want to be. Lol Seriously though…I would be so far ahead.

    This is a metaphor for something a friend, teacher and mentor once said to me. I think I’ve posted it in a comment previously but it’s worth repeating. he said: ‘If you are learning Karate, a fist coming towards you is an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to do something and without it, you could not learn Karate.” end of quote. I love it.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  11. Hi Jill,

    I found that one of the ways I could start to appreciate obstacles and setbacks was to look at the ones that had already happened. I asked myself what good had come from these experiences.

    It was amazing. Something that I had previously categorized as the worst thing that had ever happened to me was actually the best thing ever. Try it; you’ll be amazed to see how the ‘bad’ things maybe changed your course in life for the better. It will help you see the good more easily the next time you come across an obstacle.
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  12. Hi Sean

    I enjoy reading stories like these, how ordinary people end up doing extraordinary things which changes their entire life. So very inspirational.

    Specialised knowledge plus imagination were the ingredients for success here. With all that I am learning from you about the many facets of internet marketing, I am starting to feel very pulled toward certain areas of marketing and I know already that my imagination combined with this specialised knowledge I receive through your coaching program will entitle me to be handsomely rewarded in every way. Thankyou.

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