Mindset Mastery 178 – Setting History Straight

That in itself is a bold statement—that the history of the birth of America needs righting. That is not exactly what Napoleon Hill meant, though; he simply is saying that there are larger forces behind the birth of the nation that require understanding if you are to take lessons in wealth creation from it.

The Father Of The Nation

We read the history of the Revolution, and falsely imagine that George Washington was the Father of the United States, that it was he who won American freedom, while the truth is—Washington was only an accessory after the fact, because victory for his armies had been insured long before Lord Cornwallis surrendered. This is not intended to rob Washington of any of the glory he so richly deserves. Its purpose, rather, is to give greater attention to the astounding power that was the real cause of his victory.

It is nothing short of tragedy that history writers have missed, entirely, even the slightest reference to the irresistible power which gave birth and freedom to the nation destined to set new standards of independence for all the peoples of the earth. It is a tragedy because it is the self-same power which must be used by every individual who overcomes the difficulties of Life, and forces Life to pay the price asked.

The Birth Of Power

For the benefit of those who are more than a little rusty in their American history, and those international readers who have had little taste of it, let us briefly review the events which gave birth to this power.

The story begins with an incident in Boston, March 5, 1770. British soldiers were patrolling the streets, and by their presence, openly threatening the citizens. The colonists resented armed men marching in their midst. They began to express their resentment openly, hurling stones as well as epithets, at the marching soldiers, until the commanding officer gave orders, “Fix bayonets…Charge!”

With that order, the battle was on. It resulted in the death and injury of many. The incident aroused such resentment that the Provincial Assembly, (made up of prominent colonists), called a meeting for the purpose of taking definite action. Two of the members of that Assembly were John Hancock and Samuel Adams. They spoke up courageously, and declared that a move must be made to eject all British soldiers from Boston.

Remember this–a decision, in the minds of two men, might properly be called the beginning of the freedom which we, of the United States, and all those who conduct business with the United States and/or American companies, now enjoy. Remember, too, that the decision of these two men called for faith and courage because it was dangerous.

Powerful Decision-Making

There is power in decision and in action. Power is the foundation of action and results, whether it is the power of a nation or the personal power of an individual to achieve great personal things. The point of these lessons in history is to help you understand that there is more to success than meets the eye, and more power to be cultivated for success.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

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 article.
    Decisions making is powerful, even if you make the wrong decision, at least you can learn from a wrong decisions. By making more decisions, the better you get at making them and the further you progress.
    .-= Cade´s last blog ..What’s your Trade Order Management Plan =-.

  2. The British, at that time, decided to take definite action to bayonet the civilians. They since seem to have learned from this mistake. In the Balkans, they absorbed strike after strike without retaliation in order to win over the hearts and minds of the locals, and an end of the war came quickly as a consequence. The point that Hill didn’t make in this part of the book is that action needs to be beneficial. Skewering civilians is hardly beneficial. Taking definite action to stop further skewering is beneficial.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Genetically Modified Foods – Are They Worth the Risk? =-.

  3. Hi Sean, To realize that there is a power in the universe that we can hook into and use to our advantage, or to gain wealth, or whatever it is that we may want from life, is so mind-boggling Thanks.

    • HI Jill
      Not only a power in the universe but a power within ourselves realising that we do have the power not only to change ourselves but also our surroundings. the power we have within is unstoppable

  4. Hi Sean

    I’ve been in South Africa for the last 10 days and I can’t help but carry with me, even as a tourist, the power of this country. I went to Robben Island – a prison – yet I felt power in the cells, the walls and the grounds. The political prisoners who spent many, many years of their lives there, managed to find their personal power in spite of being robbed of their freedom. My hero, Mr Mandela, found power in his darkest moments. Then went on, not only to lead his country, but to lead them to forgiveness. Such beauty and inspiration in their power. I will never forget my time here.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

    • South Africa? that must the most amazing experience. I love to travel, and can’t wait to we are traveling Australia next year. What is your favorite place from your visit? Did you get to see enough of the country or needed more time? We are hitting the road for a year with our boys but Hubby is thinking we will need more than a year to see all that we want to see!!!
      .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

      • Hi Lisa

        Love to see the passion of a fellow traveller! I hope Sean doesn’t mind me going off topic, but to answer your questions – My highlights were visiting a community we support as well as my visit to Richard Branson’s Business School. Two very inspiring and uplifting days. I made new friends and my heart grew bigger. My husband and I travelled for a year in 2008. But there’s still more to do! I can’t wait to travel with our children one day. Well, you have many friends here in Oz, Lisa. See you soon 🙂
        .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  5. Amazing to think that two men took the decision into their hands, knowing that what they were about to achieve (beside the blood kill) was a chance to change America for the better. Did they have a magic ball to see the outcome of their actions? Not at all, but they did have faith in their passion of what outcome they wanted to achieve. That is the power – making a choice and standing by the choice even if they forged ahead for all mankind. How humble is that? John Hancock and Samuel Adams – two men with power and the decision to use that power. Again great leaders for the freedom of there country.
    What are your thoughts?
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  6. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think the power is in the decision. Once we have the right mindset and start making decisions, I think all manner of people and events start to occur to help us achieve our goal. We are drawing to ourselves the help that we need to bring our desires to life.

    Also, I think the act of making the decision galvanizes us to action. We have set ourselves upon a course of action that we will follow through on. It’s a little like burning your bridges. Make your decision and go forward. Once your plans are set in motion there is no going back.

    • I love making quick decisions for this very reason. There is no going back once it’s made so why do so many dwell in the decision they did make instead of looking at making the next one? Life is about change and we miss that if we get stuck at making just one choice when there are so many options pertaining to so much else out there.
      .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

    • And then to strike while the iron’s hot, Jazz. Never walk away from making a decision, without doing something that brings you closer to your goal. Someone smart said that… Who was it? Probably a number of people, but I think I first heard it from Mr Robbins.
      .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Hate to tell you, but… They think you’re a Spammer =-.

      • Hi Lina,

        You make an excellent point. I think by taking action immediately after making a decision, you set the wheels in motion. You have started on your journey.

        I think it’s much easier to keep going once you’ve gotten over the hump of getting started. Also, it starts to create a winning feeling because you’ve already accomplished something.
        .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  7. You are so very right, there is great power in decision, and when we keep our decisions in our mind, we take actions.. and its the actions that achieve.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  8. If we look hard enough there will be examples of this all over the place.

    My personal favorite is how Nelson Mandela conducted himself with all he endured.

    And shame on all those who ignored his plight and did business and played sport with that regime. I am ashamed of the NZ decision to allow a tour of the SA rugby team on NZ shores during that time
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  9. If this was the history they taught in high school I may have paid more attention. Teaching history as a platform to rise from is one thing, teaching it as a subject that needs to be taught is something else entirely.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..I Am Attracting You and Your Vote Via Law Of Attraction =-.

  10. Hi Rita,
    A very good point. The unstoppable power we have within ourselves is another reason why it’s so important to have community. Something Australians once had but is now being replaced by “individualism” or minority “groups” or some call, change.

    This individualism is convenient for government legislaters. They get away with making unpopular “laws” that would otherwise have been acted upon and not accepted by the community as a whole.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  11. Hi Sean

    There are two types of thinkers, the ‘in time’ thinkers and the ‘through time’ thinkers.

    In time thinkers only think about now, only think about ‘fixing somethng now’ and usually on a whim.

    Through time thnkers weigh up what will be the effect their decision will cause and they have the ability to see the future results of the various actions they might choose. Through time people are the great decision makers.

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