Mindset Mastery 139 – Who Needs A Break?

Mindset Mastery eBookDo you need a big break to get ahead in life financially? Can only those who get a break become rich? Let’s see what Hill has to say about your big break.

Still Hoping

Millions of people go through life hoping for favorable “breaks.” Maybe a favorable break can give a person an opportunity, but the safest plan is not to depend on luck. It was a favorable “break” that gave author Napoleon Hill the biggest opportunity of his life—but–twenty-five years of determined effort had to be devoted to that opportunity before it became an asset.

The “break” consisted of Hill’s good fortune in meeting and gaining the cooperation of Andrew Carnegie. On that occasion Carnegie planted in his mind the idea of organizing the principles of achievement into a philosophy of success. Thousands of people have profited by the discoveries made in the twenty-five years of research, and several fortunes have been accumulated through the application of the philosophy. Hill’s work was even one of the pioneering works which spawned a whole new genre of literature—empowerment literature. Hill, and others like Wallace Wattles, have become classical motivational writers still (obviously) referenced today as nurturing the ideal of the state of mind as the starting point toward wealth creation. The beginning was simple. It was an idea which anyone might have developed.

Your Real Contribution

Hill’s favorable break came through Carnegie, but what about the determination, definiteness of purpose, and the desire to attain the goal…the persistent effort of twenty-five years? It was no ordinary desire that survived disappointment, discouragement, temporary defeat, criticism, and the constant reminding of his “waste of time.” It was a burning desire! An Obsession!

When the idea was first planted in Hill’s mind by Mr. Carnegie, it was coaxed, nursed, and enticed to remain alive. Gradually, the idea became a giant under its own power, and it coaxed, nursed, and drove the author. Ideas are like that. First you give life and action and guidance to ideas, and then they take on a power of their own and sweep aside all opposition.

More Power Than The Physical

Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust. For example, take the power of Christianity. That began with a simple idea, born in the brain of a man they called Christ. Its chief tenet was, “do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Christ has gone back to the source from whence He came, but His idea lives on. Some day, it may grow up, and come into its own, and then it will have fulfilled Christ’s deepest desire. The idea has been developing only two thousand years. Give it time!

Success requires no explanations. Failure permits no alibis.

No Excuses

No explanations, no alibis, and no excuses, either. You do not need a big break. You may, in a stroke of luck, enjoy one, but even that will be useless to you without the determination and desire to make it happen. It is these things that really matter in creating wealth, or in any successful venture.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 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, Christianity is a powerful example on how an idea can stay for a long, long time after the mind that has created it has moved on. Improvements on that original idea would be great, as stated.

    Mindset Mastery has a lot to absorb. The series is certainly something to help think in a more positive light.

  2. I remember hearing a performer being interviewed about his rise to the public attetion. When asked how he felt about becoming an overnight success he humbly replied that it had taken him 15 years of hard work to become that overnight success. Oh so true. We can toil away for a long long time without seeming to make any progress. But all the actions of the past all bring you to where and who you are today. So when that lucky break opens the door of opportunity, you’re ready!. Without all the preparatory work a person might not even recognise the opportunity even if it is handed to them on a silver platter.

    • That’s what happens so often. People work diligently on their success but nobody sees it until they seem to have their “big break” and “huge luck” and become an “overnight success”. I was told most overnight success stories have been in the making for at least 10 years ….
      .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  3. Your “big break” is just when your hard work meets with opportunity. You still have to be prepared for it because everything that you’ve done prior leads you to your big break. I don’t believe in luck. There’s a reason for everything. Carnegie never would have offered Hill his big break if he didn’t see Hill’s potential – which was evidenced by everything Hill did leading up to that point. That includes his attitude, work history and demonstrated skills.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  4. There is no such thing as a lucky break. Its having passion, teamed with determation, honesty and knowing the right knowledge that makes a person successful – that is their big break that they worked towards. It can’t happen by doing nothing, it can’t happen unless you change your mind, your lifestyle, your goals, mixing with like minded people (like a mindset group). If you give up on your dreams and your goals then of course you will never reach your “big Break”. Put it out there, take massive action and bingo – that’s your break 🙂
    Thanks Sean
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  5. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    You’re right. I don’t need a big break. I have ideas and I have the desire and the determination to see them through to fruition. I believe I can make my own success.

    I believe that I can master the thirteen principles of success and use them to create the life of my dreams.

  6. The big break is most likely the term used by people who envy the success. They wouldn’t have seen or taken the opportunity, but the successful person saw it and took it because he/she was always dedicated on that path and looking for that opportunity to appear.

    So – no big breaks, no “just lucky” but determination, passion and lots of work (with lots of fun).
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Motivational Music =-.

  7. We create our own breaks but sometimes only see them as such after the fact. Our continuous hard work and effort always pays off.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

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