Mindset Mastery 197 – Greatest Desire

Mindset Mastery eBookThe story that Napoleon Hill tells of Wallis Simpson and King Edward is a long one, exemplifying the best of following your heart’s desire and living a life of determination and persistence. We’ll pick up today where we left of last time.

His Greatest Desire

His greatest desire was for love. Long before he met Wallis Simpson, he doubtless felt this great universal emotion tugging at his heart strings, beating on the door of his soul, and crying out for expression.

And when he met a kindred spirit, crying out for this same Holy privilege of expression, he recognized it, and without fear or apology, opened his heart and invited it on. All the scandal-seekers in the world could not destroy the beauty of this international drama, through which two people found love, and had the courage to face open criticism, renounce all else to give it expression.

A Definite Decision

King Edward’s decision to give up the crown of the world’s most powerful empire, for the privilege of going the remainder of the way through life with the woman of his choice, was a decision that required courage. The decision also had a price, but who has the right to say the price was too great? Surely not He who said, “He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”

As a suggestion to any cynic who chooses to find fault with the Duke of Windsor, because his desire was for love, and for openly declaring his love for Wallis Simpson, and giving up his throne for her, remember that the open declaration was not essential. He could have followed the custom of clandestine liaison which has prevailed in Europe for centuries, without giving up either his throne, or the woman of his choice, and there would have been no complaint from either church or laymen. But this unusual man was built of sterner stuff. His love was clean. It was deep and sincere. It represented the one thing which, above all else he truly desired, therefore, he took what he wanted, and paid the price demanded.

Traits Of Honesty

If Europe had been blessed with more rulers with the human heart and the traits of honesty of ex-king Edward, that part of the world might have a different and a better story to tell. A story in which Love and not Hate would rule.

In the words of Stuart Austin Wier this toast is offered to the late ex-king Edward and Wallis Simpson:

“Blessed is the man who has come to know that our muted
thoughts are our sweetest thoughts.

“Blessed is the man who, from the blackest depths, can see
the luminous figure of love, and seeing, sing; and singing, say:
‘Sweeter far than uttered lays are the thoughts I have of you.’”

These words pay tribute to the two people who, more than all others of recent history, have been the victims of criticism and the recipients of abuse, because they found Life’s greatest treasure, and claimed it. *Mrs. Simpson read and approved this account.

Getting What You Want Out Of Life

Life is full of possibilities, and everyone chooses to use it in different ways. Sadly, though, too many of us do not take life up on what it has to offer. The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson did. Let them, and the lesson that Napoleon Hill offers us here, be an example to us, if not of love, then of reaping your just rewards from life for whatever it is that will make your life content and worth living.

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. G’day Sean,
    What a combination ! A strong DESIRE to love each other and the PERSISTENCE to carry it to fulfillment !!! Remarkable example for we Forum members to digest and aspire to.
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  2. Hi
    It is true contentment comes from making the decision to take for yourself the love you deserve, for some that can be loving yourself first then that opens up so much more for you.
    We can all strive for a love like Wallis Simpson and King Edward had for each other
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  3. Hi Sean,
    Your absolutely right, life is full of possibilities.
    I guess the trick is listening to what your heart wants, and having the courage to pursue it.
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  4. Hi Sean,
    We all have the inate ability to focus passionately on any of the multitude of Lifes pathways, but to do so with transparent Honesty and Integrity,as was the case with ex-King Edward and Wallis Simpson, is an uncompromising lesson to us all.

  5. It took great courage for King Edward to give up the throne. Edward could have taken Wallis as his mistress and whilst it would have been frowned on it would never be mentioned in polite society and he would have remained king. Instead Edward stood up for his beliefs and gave up the power he had to spend the rest of his life with the love of his life.

    He chose to love over power and that is something to be greatly admired.
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    • Jayne Pleysier says:

      It seems to have become ‘accepted’ the promiscuity of our leaders in history, whereas in Australian politics it is no longer accepted to have those sideline affairs.

      Who are the greater leaders? Looking back on history it is such a shame that Edward had to abdicate as a man who has love as hiw priority would surely be a compassionate leader!

  6. I really love Napoleon Hill’s words when he writes this particular part of his book, and credit to you for honouring his words. His writing ‘voice’ gets deeper and stronger when writing this topic; in his recognition of the shared love of Edward and Wallis, I hear the strength of his own ‘love’ in his words. I hear Hill’s own passion, and this is a good benchmark for me when I listen to my writing.
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  7. Hi Sean,
    It’s so good to be reminded on what an honorable man King Edward was, in his day. It’s a shame he couldn’t have stayed on as ruler. A King or any ruler with his integrity is a rare quality for anyone to have.

    I guess he had a right to make a decision to put his personal happiness first.
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  8. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    The story of King Edward and Wallis Simpson is incredibly inspiring. These people had the courage to honour what they felt in their hearts in the face of what must have been immense pressure and opposition.

    Yet, King Edward persisted in expressing the truth in his heart and living an honest life with the woman he loved. This story is truly a lesson in having the courage to speak your truth and live your life according to what is right for you.

    The courage to go after what you want, and persist in following your dreams, when it feels like the whole world is against you, is a true test of having the courage of your convictions.

    • Hang on Jazz… King Edward may have been honest with his heart but was he selfish? It’s a balance. Sure you can’t help who you fall in love with but he wasn’t all too good with the choices he made in his life. Not just necessarily about taking te choice of abdicating the crown to marry the woman he loved. WHen I think of this I also think about Prince Charles – the other example on the other end of the spectrum. The lesson for me is that it doesn’t matter how much money you have or if one is royal or not – we are all the same.

      It’s all a journey we share together…
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      • Hi Sam,

        You can’t get me started on Prince Charles. He’s my least favourite royal and what about those ears. The Queen has all that money and she can’t spring for some plastic surgery for the future king?
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        • Jayne Pleysier says:

          I believe Edward had the courage to buck the system and it would have been so incredibly difficult, but most of it would have been private. Prine Charles has had the added complication of the media. We make different decisions for where we are at the moment in our lives and our perceived strength of character. In every relationship there are two people….would Camilla have stood by Charles and made a decision like Wallis’ as well?

  9. Honesty is the most important trait as far as I am concerned. I can’t stand people who are inauthentic or dishonest with their actions, thoughts and feelings.
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    • Jayne Pleysier says:

      Great that you have mentioned this as I also believe that honesty and integrity are the most important traits a leader needs to have!

  10. I love this lesson. It really tells us to go for what we want but do it with integrity and honesty. The easy way is not always the best way.
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  11. Was the price of love too high? This is the question that will continue to be asked by generations still to come. Edward had no doubt asked his price of Life, and life was doubtless willing to pay.For him, there was no question, he had been paid in Full.

  12. This is an inspiring story of two people who were honest with themselves and had the guts to follow their hearts instead of conforming to the ‘norms’ and ‘expectations’ of family and society.
    Only by being brutally honest with yourself in all aspects of life, can one, with a clear conscience, attain to the heights of self-fulfillment and success.

  13. As someone once said give up all your worldly posesions and follow me. It takes tremendous courage to act in defiance of popular opinion. Prince Edward Showed that very courage by renouncing his right to the throne in favor of following his love for Miss Simpson..
    His was a definite move by burning his bridges. there was no returning..

  14. With the right mindset, you will get you what you desire and what you deserve from life with enough efforts, persistence and patience.

  15. Without love, our life will be dark, dull and dismal. With love, our life will be full of sunshine, hope and happiness. If you love your work, you will find it so much more enjoyable. If you love money, you will be motivated to make more and more. Wonder why my blog didn’t show up so make another comment here.

  16. Really powerful stuff here,

    Choosing to go against the grain is always hard especially for those that are in the lime light of nations. I think that there is a fine line between following your hearts desire and crossing the line of excessive selfishness. : )

  17. Love over power , I think is the ultimate definition of success. A great example to us all, and a quiet reminder about what really matters.
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  18. Perhaps a little early with how I interpret this story with my comment in part 1 of this saga. I have been sitting here trying to add something of value and I keep going back to the last entry of your post here Sean. I can’t seem to find the words to put it better than that myself. So here goes …

    Getting What You Want Out Of Life …. and everything you said after that.

    Cheers 🙂

  19. Hi Sean

    The Story of Edward and Wallis Simpson is the story of the true nature of humanity, love.
    We seek it relentlessly in our lives, through endless ways both positive and negative.
    Seeking love through pleasing others is a disastrous path to loneliness because we will never fill ourselves up by wanting approval from others. Edward was not prepared to be a people pleaser.

    In light of the fact that Edward was such a public figure, he was more or less owned by tradition, his royal inheritance, the church, and ‘the people’. I admire his courage and conviction because ultimately, we cannot live another persons life for them, we cannot choose for them .

    I am sure there was no one event that had to happen for Edward and Wallis Simpson to meet, but a myriad of intricate interconnecting events that led to their meeting, all perfectly timed, and tuned over many, many years. Who or what had a hand in that? It would be impossible to say. If you could record every movement, conversation, event, etc that led up to their meeting, it would be impossible to recreate.

    It just happened as it was meant to. And the greatest message indicated in this whole affair is that there is no greater power in this world than the power of love, and it is always going to be meeting with itself over and over in a never ending cycle of expression.


  20. Cathy and Trevor Howitt says:

    I don’t think I could have put it any better than that Elly.
    Greatest desire. It was obvious Edward’s desire for love far outweighed his desire to rule.
    So it is with us….our greatest desire will prevail…if we let it.

  21. Willem Broekers says:

    Hi Sean,

    The story of King Edward and Wallis Simpson, I can identify with this, you will have the love you yearned for, you will also have a lot of enemy’s………the price we pay!…..

  22. Jayne Pleysier says:

    Growing up all I wantd to be was a Mum and a wife. But when I started working the desire to earn money to have a comfortable life took and I have come to realise that I no longer was enjoying life. At the expense of money, I now work from home an instead enjoy the comforts that love and my family give me. I don’t ever want to go back!

  23. What a great analogy , Jayne… I like it!

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