To 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.
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.
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