Mindset Mastery 181 – Character Beyond Question

Mindset Mastery eBookTo recap, when we last left Napoleon Hill he was imparting to us some important lessons from U.S. history and some historical figures who were, and still are, of unquestionable character.

Uncharacteristic Loyalty

There seems to be no need for commenting on the character of this man. It must be obvious to all who read this astounding message that its sender possessed loyalty of the highest order. This is important.

When Governor Gage received Adams’ caustic reply, he flew into a rage, and issued a proclamation which read, “I do, hereby, in his majesty’s name, offer and promise his most gracious pardon to all persons who shall forthwith lay down their arms, and return to the duties of peaceable subjects, excepting only from the benefit of such pardon, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, whose offences are of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration but that of condign punishment.”

As one might say, in modern slang, Adams and Hancock were “on the spot!” The threat of the irate Governor forced the two men to reach another decision, equally as dangerous. They hurriedly called a secret meeting of their staunchest followers. (Here the Master Mind began to take on momentum). After the meeting had been called to order, Adams locked the door, placed the key in his pocket, and informed all present that it was imperative that a Congress of the Colonists be organized, and that no man would leave the room until the decision for a congress had been reached.

Immune To Failure

Great excitement followed. Some weighed the possible consequences of such radicalism. (Old Man Fear). Some expressed grave doubt as to the wisdom of so definite a decision in defiance of the Crown. Locked in that room were two men immune to Fear, blind to the possibility of Failure. Hancock and Adams. Through the influence of their minds, the others were induced to agree that, through the Correspondence Committee, arrangements should be made for a meeting of the First Continental Congress, to be held in Philadelphia, September 5, 1774.

Remember this date. It is more important than July 4, 1776. If there had been no decision to hold a Continental Congress, there could have been no signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The Catalyst For Change

As Napoleon Hill points out here, we often tend to focus on the monumental dates of action, or finalized action, and not always on the events that preceded them. Often, these events are where the real learning is to be found, because it is in the careful action and decision-making process, the real commitment phase, when true change and success are birthed.

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. Wow! Sean, I love all this learning in the stories. It’s a bonus that the stories are true events in history and not just a fairytale. I want to remember important dates and also that loyalty is key in important matters. Thank you, Sean.

  2. I guess it depends if you are driven by the outcome or by the process. Depending on that will determine which you get more satisfaction from…
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

  3. This is very true.

    Without referring to resources, who actually knows the dates of events that lead to a major event?

    Again I tend to relate these posts to my world :), however I know the exact date for my “Catalyst For Change” that started me on the road that I am now following.
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Online Business Blackbook Releases First Affiliate Marketing ebook =-.

    • That’s right… who knows exactly when things are going to “happen”… unless you are Michael Clarke and Cricket Australia tells you that you need to sort out your private life by next Friday cause the First test against NZ starts then… but I digress.

      Dates are just numbers… the actions, decisions etc that lead up to THAT moment day is far more important than the day itself when it all manifests. Cause after that you still need to keep moving upwards & upwards.

      Kylie Minogue (as an example) didn’t get her first number ONE single and say “Well, that’s it for me then… a job well done.” There was more to accomplish – new challenges to face
      .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  4. “Definiteness of decision”. That’s how all great change in history has occurred. There have been so many brave men and women before us – who have stood up, in spite of their fears, for change. That’s the obligation on every generation, on us included, to cause change where we see injustice or something that’s not quite right. It’s how we make the world a better place.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..What life is about =-.

  5. For me this reminds me of a sporting club winning a premiership in 2001. Whilst it is remembered that was the year of victory, everyday in the five years leading up to that moment is full of careful planning and hard work which unfortunately is rarely recognised. The same goes for our personal life’s, we may struggle for years and sacrifice for our long term goals and few appreciate that the eventual success was not luck but careful planning and commitment.
    .-= Chris Bellesini´s last blog ..25 – The Wayward Sports Star =-.

  6. I had one of those moments of clarity this afternoon where everything I have done in my life thus far – BA in Criminology, taught english in Japan, worked in various jobs, travelled overseas, travelled around Aust, stand-up comedy is not wasted nor merely in the past. Everything I have done… everything I have learnt is for a purpose – they are a part of something much bigger than me. Hard to explain as it was one of those bizarre moments but I could “see” it and “feel” it all as ONE not individual events. All for what I AM doing now and in the future – comedy.
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  7. Yolanda Walsh says:

    I haven’t read this particular book by Hill, does he comment at all about the foundation of the constitution coming from the Native Americans form of government?

  8. A great message behind the words….its the first date that is the most important. It changed the way people think, it changed the way people ruled. What a date!!!
    Imagine if there was a leader out there every day, that changed the way they thought and acted on it? How would the world be different today?
    Interesting thoughts
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Its Meant To Be =-.

  9. how true that we often focus on the monumental dates rather then the events that lead up to them. It’s often true too, when it comes to people – we lookm at them as they are now, but everyone has a stroy to tell, we are all on a journey

  10. Life is so very, very interesting – people as well… we can be strange creatures.

    One story that has stuck with me is about Clark Gable & Carole Lombard. Carole died in a plane crash on her way home to see Clark – she was travelling around the country selling War Bonds. She wanted Clark (for those who don’t know – they were married) to join the war but he didn’t want to, for whatever reason at the time. She was extremely patriotic. Clark was so devastated when he lost the love of his life. In her honour he joined the Army.

    It’s interesting to me the events that lead up to a momentous part of someone’s life – good or bad because there is always a much bigger picture than any of us are aware of.

    Events that cause a major shift in our lives… the way we think and act, so much to it that is beautiful and yet so unbelievable.
    .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  11. Nancy Moyle says:

    your right Samantha, important to keep our eye on the bigger picture! I love the story about the little boy that was looking up at the underside of his mother’s tapestry, all he could see was a mess of loose threads, but when he looked at the whole big pic. it was totally different – a bit like if you just looked at the mouth of the ‘Mona Lisa” – insignificant on it’s own, but when you lookm t the whole ‘big picture’ quite remarkable!

    • That’s interesting Nancy…

      There is a bigger picture to the bigger picture. The Mona Lisa only became ‘famous’ in the last 500 years or so, not because of the painter but because it was stolen. I saw a documentary on the Mona Lisa and I was shocked.

      I read in the last few months that scientists believe the Mona Lisa was a self portrait and want to exhume DaVinci to “prove” their theory.

      Mst of the time the picture is beyond our comprehension of how large it actually is. And with a creative mind & overactive imagination, it boggles my mind and I have to stop it from trying to “see” the “whole” picture.

      It’s just like this “Fistful of Dollars” challenge – the big picture is far bigger than most people here understand.
      .-= Samantha Banfield´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen and his crazy talk! =-.

  12. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    You’re right, the date that the men in that room made the decision to fight, come what may, was the date that destiny was decided. Hancock and Adams clearly communicated their desire with such passion and faith that they persuaded the others in the room to believe in the vision that they had for their country.

    It is the day that we decide to fully commit to achieving our goals and go after them using the principles of success is the day that destiny is decided. Everything that came before the decision was a wish and a desire. It’s making the decision and going about making it happen with the right mindset that is the important date.

  13. Wow, I am inspired – not only by this post, which has immense value in itself, but by the commentators above. Finding ourselves, and knowing ourselves truly, and then doing what we do to honour ourselves – come what may – this is when we shine and good stuff gets done. This is when we impact others well. Thank you all.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  14. Just started reading Napoleon Hill and I’m into it like glue to a blanket, you make some good points here.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Tips for First Time Home Buyers =-.

  15. I love this one.

    How often we forget about when the path was started only concentrate on the final point. The gap in between is usually when all the sacrifices are made
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  16. Hi Sean,
    The quote below rings so true as expressed in this article:

    Margaret MEAD
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      I love that quote and it always reminds me of the YOTA forum. I think we have an incredible opportunity to change our lives and the lives of others just by what we learn in the forum.

      I am really looking forward to the day when we become financially successful and we can work together to make some changes in the world. I love Harry’s idea of buying a plane for the Royal Flying Doctors.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  17. Hi Sean

    I like this headline ‘Immune To Failure’ because when I put ‘I am’ in front of it, I then become the owner of it. It is such a short yet powerful statement.

    It even gives me persmission to fail because if I do, I will not be daunted by it and I will keep on going, striving towards my goal.

    Yes I like this saying, I am immune to failure.

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