Mindset Mastery 64 – Sparks Ignite The Flame

Mindset Mastery eBookEnough suspense. Let’s find out what Napoleon Hill’s unlikely source of hope was.

Music Makes Miracles

“We bought a victrola. When the child heard the music for the first time, he went into ecstasies, and promptly appropriated the machine. He soon showed a preference for certain records, among them, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” On one occasion, he played that piece over and over, for almost two hours, standing in front of the victrola, with his teeth clamped on the edge of the case. The significance of this self-formed habit of his did not become clear to us until years afterward, for we had never heard of the principle of “bone conduction” of sound at that time.

“Shortly after he appropriated the victrola, I discovered that he could hear me quite clearly when I spoke with my lips touching his mastoid bone, or at the base of the brain. These discoveries placed in my possession the necessary media by which I began to translate into reality my burning desire to help my son develop hearing and speech. By that time he was making stabs at speaking certain words. The outlook was far from encouraging, but desire backed by faith knows no such word as impossible.

Transferred Desire

“Having determined that he could hear the sound of my voice plainly, I began, immediately, to transfer to his mind the desire to hear and speak. I soon discovered that the child enjoyed bedtime stories, so I went to work, creating stories designed to develop in him self-reliance, imagination, and a keen desire to hear and to be normal.

“There was one story in particular, which I emphasized by giving it some new and dramatic coloring each time it was told. It was designed to plant in his mind the thought that his affliction was not a liability, but an asset of great value. Despite the fact that all the philosophy I had examined clearly indicated that every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage, I must confess that I had not the slightest idea how this affliction could ever become an asset. However, I continued my practice of wrapping that philosophy in bedtime stories, hoping the time would come when he would find some plan by which his handicap could be made to serve some useful purpose.

“Reason told me plainly, that there was no adequate compensation for the lack of ears and natural hearing equipment. Desire backed by faith, pushed reason aside, and inspired me to carry on.

Unlikely Odds

Everyone will at one time face a situation in which the odds seem unlikely. Hill and his son are just one example of how unlikely odds can be overcome. As he said before, though, the only limit to achievement and success is your own mindset. Set your mindset to success, back it with a burning desire and the faith that it can happen, and success will follow.

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. What a reassuring and confirming story. Thank you so much for blogging it. It has given me some inspiration to assist my visualisations: to dress them as a story to tell and retell to the kids. What a magic way to help them to see themselves running around and playing in their new environment.

  2. great post yaar. I writer the same ascent.

    jakys last blog post..Think and Grow Rich with Faith

  3. GOLD!! Sean

    This is gold!

    Tommy Turbos last blog post..Mindset Mastery 64 – Sparks Ignite The Flame

  4. Richard Colum says:

    Great story, his father never gave up the chance of giving his son the chance to hear.

  5. That’s what creates miracles , never accept the word impossible or can’t. To me personally they are swear words and children should never hear them, in fact some folks say they should be taken from the dictionary.
    There is nothing as strong as the power of belief .


    Allen Sentance (FISHERMAN)s last blog post..NEWS FLASH !!!!!! From Jared Akama Ondieki

  6. I have a philosophy, that the greater the impact a person will have in this world to that degree he/she will be challenged by the forces of this life. When I coach with someone who is facing insurmountable challenge and chaos, I help them to feel the anticipation of what it will be like to tell the story of where they have come from as they begin to enjoy success.

    Unfortunately there are so many that fall by the way side not cultivating the power of their thoughts to deliver the success they were designed for.

    • Jane, your philosophy is a profound wisdom that has made an immediate and deep impact on me. Thankyou for sharing that with us.

  7. Great comment Janie. Great challenges create a more fabulous life story. I will need to remember that. 🙂

  8. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This story really reflects for me how amazing Napoleon Hill was. He never gave up on his desire to have his son hear and speak. His faith never seemed to waiver.

    Not so long ago, I’m pretty sure that I would have done whatever the Doctors suggested. I would have wanted my son to be able to hear and speak normally, but if the Doctors told me it wasn’t possible, I would have believed them.

    Now I think I would politely listen to the Doctors and then decide for myself how to create the best possible outcome. I would no longer blindly follow their advice.

  9. What I love most about this part of Napoleon Hill’s story?
    “I must confess that I had not the slightest idea how this affliction could ever become an asset. However, I continued my practice of wrapping that philosophy in bedtime stories”

    That is a brilliant example that you don’t have to know the “how” but the “what” (you want) and “why”. Just because I can’t see the way at the moment doesn’t mean that there is none, otherwise I would have to know everything – which I don’t.

    But I think this is also the hard part, trusting your desire that the “how” will revile itself. That’s what we need to give our kids – that unwaivering trust in themselves.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I think this is one of the keys to success. You just have to convince your mind that you already have what you want. Once your subconscious believes it’s real; it will provide you with a way to bring it into your life.

      You just have to believe and have faith. Sometimes though this isn’t easy when it’s critical for you to find a way. I think that’s the true test of faith. Can you still make your mind believe when you can’t see any physical results?
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

    • Hi Renee
      You are so right if I had known about Napoleon Hill when my kids were growing up I would have had even better results with giving the kids the confidence and belief that anything was possible.

  10. Planting the seed of a burning desire is a strategy I’ve seen “wealth creation” companies use in unethical ways.

    They get people in a frenzy, in highly emotional states and juiced up – with seed and desire planting – to the point that their audience hand over large sums of money on credit cards without batting an eyelid. Actions that otherwise fairly intelligent, reasonable people wouldn’t normally take.

    My tip – especially if you’re new on your wealth creation journey – is to be careful of companies that spend days making suggestions to your unconscious mind, to put you in a state where you can’t make proper decisions. Then bombard you with sales presentations! This is not the ethical way to sell to people, especially not big ticket financial investment items.

    Because later, when you realise you made quick, impulse decisions in your atypical heightened state, they will put the responsibility back on you. Which, they could reasonably argue. If you weren’t lucky enough to check if any cooling-off periods were included in your contract – or if they’ve expired by the time you realise you’ve made a mistake – then good luck trying to get your money back if you change your mind.

    Hill used this strategy out of love and for good. It can also be used in the reverse.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

    • Hi Lina,
      That is exactly why I have not purchase anything the first time I see it at a seminar,
      usually there will be another one before the year is out and I will have had the chance to check it all out.
      Usually the offer is there the second time anyway

  11. Wise advice, Lina. I guess it comes down to us being prepared to do what it takes, and checking our intentions of our desires. as you have noted, unscrupulous people are there to help us work out that we really need to look after all of ourselves, our wholeness, the qualities that make up our quallity, as it were. If we have greed – we get…. greed. Or so it seems on the outside, until we work out that greed just reflects a belief of ‘lack’. (there won’t be enough for everyone, so I’d better get some before it’s all gone). When we choose a different paradigm, that’s what we get.
    Your warning is valid. Its not until we discover things within us that we can change them – and warnings a great for those who would listen.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  12. Children can receive life-long inspiration from reading, or having read to them, inspiring stories. Parents of children with disabilities have a very hard task to get their children to be able to compete with other children. You don’t hear much about Napoleon’s private life but you can bet that with a son like this his life wasn’t all beer and skittles.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  13. Hi Sean,
    Reason told Hill plainly that there was no adequate compensation for the lack of ears and natural hearing equipment however desire backed by faith pushed reason aside and inspired Hill to carry on.

    Hill told his son that his affliction was not a liability but that it was an asset of great value. Hill had astounding results with his son due to the fact that he did not question anything he told him. Hill was able to transfer his buring desire for his son to hear, over to his son. Hill now needed to find some plan by which his son’s handicap could be made to serve some useful purpose.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  14. Hi Sean

    I so love Mr Hill’s determination and laser like focus. Here is a man that never says never and says yes to life at all times.

    The sparks of insight ignited the flame and the desire to overcome a seemingly huge handicap his son had was born.

    Mr Hill’s philosophy that ‘every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage’ proved correct with the most profound results.


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