Mindset Mastery 198 – Persistence Applauded

Mindset Mastery eBookNapoleon Hill and his classic book, Think And Grow Rich has had a massive break during the Learn And Earn Internet Marketing Competition. It’s time to get back into the mindset again that Mr Hill so generously laid out in his great book for us to share.

Continuing on from Mindset Mastery 197, we close out the story of Wallis Simpson and King Edward, and this lesson of determined persistence, Napoleon Hill offers this in conclusion.

A World Applauding

Most of the world applauds the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, because of their persistence in searching until they found life’s greatest reward. All of us can profit by following their example in our own search for what we demand of life.

What mystical power gives to men and women of persistence the capacity to master difficulties? Does the quality of persistence set up in a person’s mind some form of spiritual, mental or chemical activity which gives the person access to supernatural forces? Does Infinite Intelligence throw itself on the side of the person who still fights on, after the battle has been lost, with the whole world opposing them?

These and many other similar questions come to mind as you observe men like Henry Ford, who started at scratch, and built an Industrial Empire of huge proportions, with little else in the way of a beginning but persistence. Or, Thomas A. Edison, who, with less than three months of schooling, became the world’s leading inventor and converted persistence into the talking machine, the moving picture machine, and the incandescent light, to say nothing of half a hundred other useful inventions. Or Bill Gates, who founded the most widely used computer operating system without a college engineering degree, and the foresight to do it at the very birth of what is now modern computing, getting in before the field was full and the need fulfilled.

First-Hand Knowledge

Before reaching his conclusions and writing this book, Hill had the privilege of analyzing both Mr. Edison and Mr. Ford, year by year, over many years; he speaks with first-hand, intimate knowledge of them both when he says he found no quality save persistence in either of them that even remotely suggested the major source of their stupendous achievements.

Any person who makes an impartial study of the prophets, philosophers, “miracle” men, and religious leaders of the past, will be drawn to the inevitable conclusion that persistence, concentration of effort, and definiteness of purpose were the major sources of their achievements.

Consider, for example, the strange and fascinating story of Mohammed; analyze his life, compare him with men of achievement in this modern age of industry, technology and finance, and observe how they have one outstanding trait in common, persistence!

Analysing Success

We’ll stop here for today, but do be sure to join us for our next installment when we Think And Grow Rich with  Mindset Mastery, where Napoleon Hill will offer us more examples of greatness, perseverance, and success, and we’ll learn more about the fascinating Mohammed.

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, Sean, very inspiring as always!! I agree with your thoughts, that persistence is to be applauded. To me that is really the secret key to success: prevailing over obstacles and distractions and focusing on what really is important. Please do keep up the great work you and Cherie are performing, as you both inspire so many others to lead successful lives.

  2. Sean, I really enjoy the Mindset Mastery series. Persistance is very much one of the reasons why people succeed. Unless you are willing to keep trying, then nothing can happen.
    .-= Tania Shipman´s last blog ..Changing my Internet Plan =-.

  3. Hi Sean,
    I think too many others don’t see that Persistence is necessary in just about everything we do.
    The baby keeps rocking back and forth till she learns to crawls, falls many times before she can walk, but many loose that Persistence as they grow sometimes it will return later in their lives.

  4. Uzun Maria says:

    Very interesting article, always needed to keep us in a good shape when losing inspiration and becoming ready to surrend.
    Good friend, Sean!!!

  5. I think when we talk about Mindset Mastery, persistence is truly the key. However I think proper focus is just as important. I have known people who had business ideas they developed and they had fantastic persistence however their focus was not measured so they didn’t realize till it was too late where they were going wrong.

    Persistence and measured focus I believe = true success
    .-= David Pearse´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen- Internet Marketing Master =-.

  6. The keyword for Mindset Mastery has to be persistence and practice makes perfect. Just ask any cat owner how persistence by the beloved cat proves to the owner that the cat has them well trained.
    Actions speak louder than words but, we need the words to motivate us into action. Inspirational this post Sean.

  7. Hi Sean,
    Re – “persistence, concentration of effort, and definiteness of purpose were the major sources of their achievements” – maybe add an absolute belief that what they were striving for could be achieved. Love this Mindset Mastery series. 🙂
    .-= Jan Littlehales´s last blog ..Raising Great Kids – Walking =-.

  8. Great post Sean,
    This is one attribute that the most successful people in the world have.
    Persistance is something that has always helped me through every challenge I have come across and it is something that I will continue to use for all my successes.
    Never give up! Thankyou
    .-= Christopher´s last blog ..The Truth About Organic Foods =-.

  9. Hi Sean,
    You have shown many times in these Mindset Mastery series that persistence pays off in the long run. It’s probably the only thing that does.

    Persistence is an important quality we must have to achieving success in just about anything we want to achieve from life.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Lifestyle with Sean Rasmussen – Affiliate Marketing =-.

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