Mindset Mastery 62 – The Culmination

Mindset Mastery eBookThe last several examples of struggle are exemplified once and for all in the culminating story at the end of the second chapter of the book. You are about to be given one final example of overcoming adversity, and to be introduced to a very important person in Napoleon Hill’s life.

Desire Outwits Mother Nature

As a fitting culmination to this chapter, Hill introduces “one of the most unusual persons” he says he has ever known. Hill first saw him a few minutes after he was born. He was born without any physical sign of ears, and the doctor admitted, after being pressed for an opinion, that the child might be deaf and mute for life. For the rest of the story, we’ll hear what Hill’s words had to say…

“I challenged the doctor’s opinion. I had the right to do so; I was the child’s father. I, too, reached a decision, and rendered an opinion, but I expressed the opinion silently, in the secrecy of my own heart. I decided that my son would hear and speak. Nature could send me a child without ears, but Nature could not induce me to accept the reality of the affliction.

“In my own mind I knew that my son would hear and speak. How? I was sure there must be a way, and I knew I would find it. I thought of the words of the immortal Emerson, “The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey.

“There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.”

“The right word? Desire! More than anything else, I desired that my son should not be a deaf mute. From that desire I never receded, not for a second.

Can Desire Overcome A Physical Disability?

This is one of those times in the book where people who are not of a mind to really believe will probably huff and close the pages. But it is also a pivotal point in the book, because it gives solid proof of the level of adversity that can be overcome when you put your desire and focus behind your life-efforts.

So what of it? Was this disability overcome? Was Hill capable of stretching his desire and determination that far? You’ll have to come back (or download the book) to find out. I’ve never been one to give away an ending.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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  1. Yes – Another healthy dose of inspiration!

    Thanks Super Sean

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  2. This is such an inspiring story. It’s always cool to see people overcoming challenges that would break many others. I’m reading an excellent book right now, Wrestling With the Goddess, by Azeem Kayum in which he tells his story of how he has overcome physical and mental challenges to become a speaker and inspiration to many.

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This story is amazing and it always reminds me of one of my closest friends. It was Christmas time and my friend’s daughter was standing on the footpath of a suburban street looking at Christmas lights on a house. She was run over by a drunk driver.

    She was rushed into surgery and the Doctors told my friend that her beloved daughter would not make it out of surgery. She did. Then they said, call everyone because she won’t make it through the night. She did. Three more times they took her into surgery and each time the Doctors said, she wouldn’t make it. She did. Next, the Doctors needed to cut off her leg because they didn’t think they could save it.

    My friend said no. In the face of extreme pressure from Doctors and family and friends; she quietly said no. She said, “from the minute my daughter was brought in, you said that she would die. She lives. I want her to have every chance of a full recovery. I believe she will be fine”. Today, she walks with two healthy legs because my friend desired a full recovery for her daughter.

  4. Can desire overcome a physical disability?

    My answer: Tony Christiansen, The Paralympics, Helen Keller.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  5. You know, following the conversations above, I really think we got the word wrong. I don’t know that it was actually meant to be ‘disability’ the way it has been used in the vernacular over the last couple of decades. I think it was more like someone saying ‘dis ability.’ Not long before my own son’s accident, like Jazz’s friend above, I had been reading a book about John Maclean, an Aussie paralympian – gold medalist. He became paralysed through his childhood, and he says that while he was a decent enough athlete before his incident, he would never have discovered his drive and passion without his experience. His book was an inspiration for me. He found his ability via ‘dis’ thing that had happened to him. I don’t wish that sort of impact on anyone’s life – but it seems to me that ‘burning desires’ are often born out of one’s need for great change. And when I see amazing strength of character, and courage, I am inspired.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  6. Don’t let the pharmaceutical corporations get a wind of this. If everybody did what Napoleon is suggesting, everyone would heal themselves with desire instead of medication and the corporations would go broke!
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  7. Hi Sean,
    The story is about a parents love and devotion and a desire to overcome his son’s disability. I parents love can be so powerful. I read about a mother in the U.K. The story was on T.V. It was that her son was hit by a double-decker bus. The bus stopped and her son was pinned underneath the wheels. The mother lifted the bus off the ground and off her son and he was rescued and ended up being o.k.

    Still today people often talk about the mum’s extraordinary ability. It’s still baffling how she could have done it and is still without a tangible explanation.

    After reading the Mindset Mastery series here I see she had a similar desire to Hill. That is her wanting to help her son.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • Hi Jill,

      That is an incredible story. The mind is a powerful thing and we are capable of extraordinary feats when we harness its full potential. Right now, it seems like we can only do this in a crisis.

      In the future I think we will be able to access the mind’s power at will. The more we learn how to use our mind to achieve our goals; the closer we get to tapping into our mind’s full potential.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

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