Mindset Mastery 65 – Reciprocal Faith

Mindset Mastery eBookThe Law of Attraction tells us that like attracts like. That fact is proven here, where Napoleon Hill learns that not only does his determined faith net his personal gains, but it also nurtures a sense of faith in others; namely, in this instance, his son.

Faith Knows No Personal Bounds

“As I analyze the experience in retrospect, I can see now, that my son’s faith in me had much to do with the astounding results. He did not question anything I told him. I sold him the idea that he had a distinct advantage over his older brother, and that this advantage would reflect itself in many ways. For example, the teachers in school would observe that he had no ears, and, because of this, they would show him special attention and treat him with extraordinary kindness. They always did. His mother saw to that, by visiting the teachers and arranging with them to give the child the extra attention necessary. I sold him the idea, too, that when he became old enough to sell newspapers, (his older brother had already become a newspaper merchant), he would have a big advantage over his brother, for the reason that people would pay him extra money for his wares, because they could see that he was a bright, industrious boy, despite the fact he had no ears.

Determination Overcomes Adversity

“We could notice that, gradually, the child’s hearing was improving. Moreover, he had not the slightest tendency to be self-conscious, because of his affliction. When he was about seven, he showed the first evidence that our method of servicing his mind was bearing fruit. For several months he begged for the privilege of selling newspapers, but his mother would not give her consent. She was afraid that his deafness made it unsafe for him to go on the street alone.

“Finally, he took matters in his own hands. One afternoon, when he was left at home with the servants, he climbed through the kitchen window, shinnied to the ground, and set out on his own. He borrowed six cents in capital from the neighborhood shoemaker, invested it in papers, sold out, reinvested, and kept repeating until late in the evening. After balancing his accounts, and paying back the six cents he had borrowed from his banker, he had a net profit of forty-two cents. When we got home that night, we found him in bed asleep, with the money tightly clenched in his hand.

Effort: Rewarded

“His mother opened his hand, removed the coins, and cried. Of all things! Crying over her son’s first victory seemed so inappropriate. My reaction was the reverse. I laughed heartily, for I knew that my endeavor to plant in the child’s mind an attitude of faith in himself had been successful.”

Faith Is Contagious

One of the most important things that we can learn is this lesson from Hill. Faith is not only personal; it is communal as well. It is not something you need keep to yourself. Faith should be shared. When it does, it grows, and rewards you many times more than faith held in secret.

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. Love it!

  2. Gold! Sean this is great.

    Kudos to Sean

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  3. While researching for my book I came across an article published in, I think, USA Today about happiness being ‘contagious’. I thought of this when I read your statement “Faith is not only personal; it is communal as well. It is not something you need keep to yourself.”

    In this article a study was noted that indicated that happiness could be transmitted to neighbors and if a relative lived in the same community that the happy one could influence the other. I wonder what the study would show for faith.

    Personally I believe the findings would be similar. In order to better enjoy the world I live in I am choosing to be a “carrier”.

    Thanks for the great way you’re expounding on this life changing work of Napoleon Hill.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I love that in the beginning Napoleon Hill had to have enough desire and faith for everyone; his wife, his son and himself. He did this for years until his son was old enough to be driven to achieve his own goals through desire and faith.

    I feel that this is what you do for us, Sean. I really believe that you think anyone can be a successful internet marketer. When we start out though, we have the desire but maybe not the faith. Through interacting with you, our desire and faith grows until we have enough faith to believe it for ourselves.

    • I love it too Jazz gives a warm fuzzy feeling, also Yes Sean does help us to believe in our own abilities I will be eternally grateful for all the time and effort he gives of himself to help us to achieve our goals.

  5. Faith as been around for ever, but instead of learning to have faith in ourselves we get told to have faith in institutions like government or church.
    Don’t get me wrong, if you have faith in your religion and take strength out of that, that’s great. But I think even in the bible there is something that says “help yourself than god will help you”. So I do need to believe in myself and take action. Than the rest will follow. Not the other way round. So – do as Hill did. Program your mind to have faith in yourself!
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – Part 2 =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I’m with you. I think we have to learn to faith in ourselves first. We shouldn’t rely on any external force to fix what is wrong in our lives. We have to take care of ourselves and then we will find the help we need.

      I love how Napoleon Hill set his son up to believe that he would be successful. He transmitted his faith to the boy and I’m sure he didn’t know how this was going to happen at the time. But, I’m sure that he knew it was a fait accompli.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  6. I hope he didn’t tell his wife she was “inappropriate” for crying! For heaven’s sake Hill, the woman was overwhelmed with joy and pride!
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

    • ahh Lina,
      Napoleon was a great bloke, but he was a product of his time, and he didn’t know everything. It seems that while he knew himself and his studied subjects extremely well, he didn’t know his woman quite so much. That too is a paradigm.. because lots of blokes not only do get it, but also appreciate it for what it is! (still)
      .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

    • Yes Lina

      This was the part of the book where I had to re read the sentence. I agree that she would have been crying at the joy of his ‘overcoming and innate possibilities’ and not at the sorrow of what was his perceived limitations… naughty Mr Hill ( he can be forgiven for his misinterpretation….he is a ‘good bloke’ after all.)

  7. I remember a few years after I started work as a wage earner, a new girl came to work for the firm. Until she came, all the girls in the office were much the same, flirty, feminine, giggly, shopping during lunch hour. But the new girl changed things. She was good looking, blonde, intelligent, but beyond all this she had a certain look in her eyes. Maybe you could call it faith. Before long she had most of the girls running around after her like puppy dogs, with the same look in their eyes. A few months later she didn’t turn up for work and she was gone and things returned to how they were.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  8. Hi Wall,
    That’s interesting. What sort of certain look in her eye that had people running after her?

    Having faith is very powerful. I have my own experience and believe it was a result of unquestionable faith. I was around 13 years old. I watched a TV show. It was on every week. It could have been called The Untouchables. I think the star was Elliot Ness. His girlfriend “Pinkie” She owned a hotel, could sing & she danced the Charleston. I thought she was beautiful. She had a big beauty spot so I wanted one too. I found a good looking freckle on my body and without question I decided to duplicate it by touching it with my finger and touching the spot on my face where I wanted the beauty spot. After some time it was there. I had the beauty spot I wanted and I still have it. I told a younger sister and she wanted one as well so I touched the freckle and gave her one also.

    I swear it’s true. A couple years Iater I told a couple of friends and they doubted me and challenged me to do it again. I did but it only came out very faintly this time. I have not done it again. I believe it worked bacause I believed it would. May be anyone can do it…I don’t know but I did do it.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

    • I agree Jill having faith is very powerful,
      I have always had faith that no matter what I would never be without thewhat I needed to have the basic necessities in life, there have been times that I have “Found” money in my home to fed the kids, one time it was in a picture frame, I never knew “why” I looked in that old frame when I did except I truly believed my kids would never go to bed hungry.

    • Hi Jill

      I read your story with absolute delight. It is such a sweet story, so endearing and I will always remember it.

      Your story is proof that faith knows no personal bounds. Thankyou for sharing it.

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