Mindset Mastery 63 – The Mind Sets Limitations

Mindset Mastery eBookWhen last we left Napoleon Hill he was just introducing us to a very important person in his life—his son. As you will recall, Hill’s son was born with no ears, motivating Hill to put the power of burning desire to the test in earnest.

Our Minds Set Our Only Limits

“Many years previously, I had written, “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” For the first time, I wondered if that statement were true. Lying on the bed in front of me was a newly born child, without the natural equipment of hearing. Even though he might hear and speak, he was obviously disfigured for life. Surely, this was a limitation which that child had not set up in his own mind.

“What could I do about it? Somehow I would find a way to transplant into that child’s mind my own burning desire for ways and means of conveying sound to his brain without the aid of ears.

“As soon as the child was old enough to cooperate, I would fill his mind so completely with a burning desire to hear, that Nature would, by methods of her own, translate it into physical reality.

Setting The Mind To The Goal

“All this thinking took place in my own mind, but I spoke of it to no one. Every day I renewed the pledge I bad made to myself, not to accept a deaf mute for a son.

“As he grew older, and began to take notice of things around him, we observed that he had a slight degree of hearing. When he reached the age when children usually begin talking, he made no attempt to speak, but we could tell by his actions that he could hear certain sounds slightly. That was all I wanted to know! I was convinced that if he could hear, even slightly, he might develop still greater hearing capacity. Then something happened which gave me hope. It came from an entirely unexpected source.

Rays Of Hope

Hill saw in his situation a spark of hope. It may have been an unlikely one, but it was there. If you look hard enough in any given situation, you can find one, too; a spark of hope to kindle a burning desire from. To find out what that spark was you’ll have to come back on Monday. Or again, download the book and read ahead yourself! I’ll be right back here the beginning of next week to continue the story and the lessons learned from it.

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. Bravo Sean – These articles should be broadcast nationally and into every home in Australia.

    What a place it would be if people could all get hold of that ‘burning desire’ and put it to work for a better world.


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  2. Inspiring site!

    Personal development makes for inner freedom +_+

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I love this story about Napoleon Hill and his son. I’ve read that the mind can’t distinguish between a real and imagined event. So, If you can create a burning desire for what you want, and convince your mind that this is in fact already a reality; the mind will find a way to make it happen. How can it not? As far as the mind knows; your desire is fact. It just is.

    So, I really believe our minds set our limitations but we control those limitations. It’s up to us to direct our mind to focus on our desires. We have to make it real for our minds. We have to make our mind believe that we are already being, doing and having our desires. Once that is achieved, we will create those desires in our lives.

  4. This very personal story of Napoleon Hill is great.
    It might have been only a very tiny ray of hope, but because he was looking out for anything that could help he was able to see it. And that’s what happens – if you look close enough you will find new things, new chances, new opportunities that otherwise you would have overlooked.
    But you have to concentrate on your desire to do so.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

  5. “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” I bet he realised it was easy to write those words, until life through a challenge in his way with the birth of his disabled son. His honesty at this point is really appreciated. It’s like he thought, “Oh shit, now I have to actually apply what I’ve been saying all these years. How on earth am I going to do that? I have to find a way…”
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  6. Hi. The thing that struck me with this part of the story, is that Napoleom was aware of himself – ie. ‘his previous writings’, and most importantly, He asked himself a great question. Each of those 6 words in that sentence are profound. He asked himself. It was a great question, framed as it was towards finding a positve answer. The more I read this, the more I get out of it, each time/
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  7. Why can’t people grow a new arm if theirs is cut off? Is it because the mind sets limitations? I suspect so.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

    • Hi Wal,

      I think you’re right. Our minds have limitations because we haven’t fully developed them. I really believe in time we will be able to heal all kinds of physical imperfections.

      After my injury, I couldn’t move my ankle. The Doctor would say turn your ankle this way and I couldn’t do it. He had to physically move my foot to make it go there and when he stopped doing it for me; I couldn’t do it.

      You would not believe the physical exertion and sweat from such a small exercise. I certainly couldn’t. I had to see my ankle moving in my mind long before I learned how to do it again. Crazy stuff.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Scientists have discovered a product that they are currently using as a powder which will cause the body to regrow a missing part. It has been used successfully on small body parts such as fingers, etc. I knew someone who’s brother lost the last joint of one of his fingers. A friend of his was a doctor who apparently was familiar with the studies being done with this powder and sent him some for his brother. He said his brother’s finger grew back completely. He also said that the government is underwriting the studies being done on this powder with the idea of regrowing limbs, etc of our soldiers.

        I googled it just to see what I’d find, and I found that it also has been used on various organs of the body. I don’t know when it will be released for general use, but I suspect it will be experimental for some time. If you want to read about it for yourself, google “powder that regrows limbs”. I do also believe it’s part of mind over matter as I regrew the tip of my finger complete with fingerprints when I was in my late teens. I believed I could, so I did. Given, it was a small portion of the tip, (a little less than 1/4″) but it did grow back. 🙂

  8. Hi Sean,
    Parents always want to do the best by their children and it would only be natural to doubt yourself if your child was born with a deformity. How could you help him. What can you do so that he is no more disadvantaged than the other children?

    Hill thought long and hard and looked at it from many angles to find the answer he was looking for. Then something happened to give him hope that he may have an answer to help his son to be able to hear. What could it be?
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  9. Hi Sean

    Spelling mistake in second paragraph “pledge I bad made to myself” should be ‘had’

  10. Hi Sean

    It is one of the most beautiful experiences to read how Mr Hill saw past his son’s seeming handicap, and saw instead the absolute possible for what could be and then he took massive action on that clear vision he had.

    What a wonderful inspiration he is to me, that I can do the same too. I keep seeing myself successful in achieving my goals and obtaining that which I hold steady in my ‘mind’s eye’. Mr Hills recipe for success is exemplified in the way he thought and saw his son healed.

  11. This is just what we all need the unwavering belief we can overcome any disability put before us,
    I am not saying that we can cure the disability yet but we can overcome some of the persieved limitations, and this is what Napoleon Hill proved with the way he handled his sons lack of ears

  12. You set your mind’s limitations. It is like a bank.

    You go to the bank. The bank doesn’t care if you make deposits or withdrawals. It is merely just a transaction.

    You can deposit and withdraw from your mind but unlike your bank, your mind takes a great interest in the content of the deposits – both negative and positive – and in your mind the negatives are a much more powerful force and do far greater damage.

    You alone are therefore responsible for the limitation deposits and your mind does the rest. These deposits have a high interest rate.

    Positive thoughts have a lower interest rate but the more you deposit the stronger force they become.

  13. I was listening to an audio a while ago that included a bit that relates to mindset limitations. A rocket uses 90% of it’s fuel just to get into space and only 10% for whole of it’s journey.

    We spend 90% of our effort in the quest for success. But we say to ourselves if it takes this much effort to TRY and become successful then it’s going to be even harder to be successful … and generally we quit.

  14. What is defiance?

    “A state of bold resistance to limitations, where you refuse to submit to fear and are ready to contend with any force, to withstand any challenge and to define your destiny.” – Tony Robbins


  15. I don’t mind the odd bit of spying – James Bond in competition with Sean Eastwood – never say die!
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  16. clem schollum says:

    I’m having such a lovely evening working on my mind- thanks v much and i’m glad we know you!

  17. Napoleon Hill’s story about his son is inspring on a number of points. He wanted to make sure that all the potential for his son was realisable and he shared his undying commitment to never giveing up hope.

    If you needed a book on parenting, you wouldn’t go far wrong in using Hill’s book as it is a philosophy that would enrich any child given into your stewardship. And, parenting is stewardship, not ownership.

  18. We see what we choose to see and hear what we choose to hear. But like Napolean Hill, we use our burning desire and it WILL break down those mindset limitations.

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