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.
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.
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