Mindset Mastery 44 – Illustrations And Proofs

Mindset Mastery ebook by Sean RasmussenThe next entry isn’t necessarily as exciting as some of the last, and not nearly so thought-provoking [yet]. And I almost considered skipping these few seemingly minor paragraphs, except that Hill included these introductions to the next chapter, the people in it, and the impact he had upon others in the interest of backing up what he says, and in clearing away any preconceived notions that perhaps he colored the story a little.

Take No Liberties

“Understand also that the relationship between these two men and the author is such that he would never have prostituted their stories for effect; Hill took no liberties with the facts of either story, out of loyalty and respect, if nothing else. One of the men was Hill’s closest personal friend for more than twenty-five years, and the other was his own son. The unusual success of these two men, success which they generously accredit to the principle described in the next chapter, more than justifies Hill’s personal reference as a means of emphasizing the far-flung power of this principle.”

Impression On Youth

In 1922, Napoleon Hill delivered the Commencement Address at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. In it, Hill emphasized the principle described in the next chapter, so intensely that at least one of the members of the graduating class definitely embraced it, and made it a part of his own life-philosophy. The young man went on to become a member of Congress, and an important factor in the government. Just before this book went to the publisher, he wrote a letter to Hill. In the letter the Congressman very clearly states his opinion of the principle outlined in the next chapter; so much so that the author decided to publish his letter as an introduction to the chapter.

In the next installment, I’ll run you through what the original letter reads…

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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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. Nice post!

    A deep impression on youth can revolutionize the entire world. Young people are smart enough to identify the exact difference between the right and the wrong. Youths are always awesome followers.

  2. Indeed! And the way we influence the youth is the way they will influence their future youth. Hmm, where did we go wrong in the sixties? LOL

  3. It is much easier to learn new things while you are young, as you are still open, focusing on learning anyway and because you are not so much “settled” in your comfort zone but eager to experiment. So yes, where did we go wrong?

    I am currently reading “why we want you to be rich” by R.Kiyosaki and D.Trump. They also explain that there should be much more taught about finances at school, about the mindset to create wealth. At the moment the main information around money we get seems to be from our parents. But what was right for them might be not a good idea for me, as the times and circumstances are dramatically different.

    So, Sean, when do you start teaching at schools? 😉
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Wow! The foresight shown by Salem College to have Napoleon Hill deliver the commencement address to their graduating class is amazing. We know from having read the book that this speech dramatically changed the life of one of the students and maybe the rest of us also.

  5. What a privilege to speak to a large of group of bright, future young leaders. YouTube Steve Jobs’ speech to Stanford University grads in 2005. Surprisingly, he’s not the best orator in the world, but his story and message are so inspiring.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..How to make comments online and build your online persona =-.

  6. Hi Sean,

    Sounds like an interesting address. I am eagerly awaiting your next informative post on this interesting subject.

    I like the foundations you have set here to receiving the information.

    I wait with baited breath. 🙂


  7. I’m thinking that these very comments were indeed intended to ‘clear away pre-conceived ideas’. Integrity, ethics and respect are vital elements to belief and the reception of ideas that are new or different to common thought. Who listens to a spruiker and actually believes anything they say? We need to have faith in our choices and these qualities go a long way to engendering good faith in ideas.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  8. Nap had 3 sons, the first one was James. The middle one, Napoleon Blair Hill, is the one referred to here, apparently. David was the third.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  9. Hi Jo,
    Makes a lot of sense. Preparation by having students in a receptive mindset would be necessity before an important address such as this one. Having clear minds from any preconceived ideas would also be very important.

    At least one student received lasting benefits.

    Great observations lady.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  10. Hi Sean

    The only way we can help young people is by becoming wealthy, prosperous, healthy and living the life of our dreams ourselves. We also need to demonstrate courage, determination, and leadership qualities.

    We need to have proof of our successes by embracing and utilising the law of attraction in order to have credibility.

    We need to be the finest example of that which we profess to be otherwise we will never be a positive influence on anyone let alone the young.

    Young people need to be impressed by the determination of our generation to harness this law of attraction and make it manifest because it is the one thing that will make their lives extraordinary and purposeful as creators of their own imaginings.


    • Hi Elly,

      I would have loved to have heard that address from Napoleon Hill. But, you’re right; we need to teach our children how to be happy, healthy and successful in their lives by showing them. We have to live this behaviour so they can see it.

      It’s a lot easier said than done because we have our own issues to deal with. But, I think our kids are far more likely to do what they see us doing than they are to do what we tell them to do.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I believe that Napoleon Hill would not have taken liberties with any story, whether it was that of someone he respected greatly, or barely knew. Just from reading his book, it seems to me that he was a man of such ethics that he would not have given anything but the story as told to him in any situation.

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