Mindset Mastery 66 – Lessons In Success

Mindset Mastery eBookAs children so often do, Hill’s son taught him in more ways than he could have imagined. Much of what he learned was the true success of building a strong plan of action and goals, and seeing it through regardless.

It’s All In Your Personal Perception

“His mother saw, in his first business venture, a little deaf boy who had gone out in the streets and risked his life to earn money. I saw a brave, ambitious, self-reliant little business man whose stock in himself had been increased a hundred percent, because he had gone into business on his own initiative, and had won. The transaction pleased me, because I knew that he had given evidence of a trait of resourcefulness that would go with him all through life. Later events proved this to be true. When his older brother wanted something, he would lie down on the floor, kick his feet in the air, cry for it—and get it. When the “little deaf boy” wanted something, he would plan a way to earn the money, then buy it for himself. He still follows that plan!

Lessons To Learn

“Truly, my own son has taught me that handicaps can be converted into stepping stones on which one may climb toward some worthy goal, unless they are accepted as obstacles, and used as alibis.

“The little deaf boy went through the grades, high school, and college without being able to hear his teachers, excepting when they shouted loudly, at close range. He did not go to a school for the deaf.

“We would not permit him to learn the sign language. We were determined that he should live a normal life, and associate with normal children, and we stood by that decision, although it cost us many heated debates with school officials.

Trial, Error, And Success

“While he was in high school, he tried an electrical hearing aid, but it was of no value to him; due, we believed, to a condition that was disclosed when the child was six, by Dr. J. Gordon Wilson, of Chicago, when he operated on one side of the boy’s head, and discovered that there was no sign of natural hearing equipment.

“During his last week in college, (eighteen years after the operation), something happened which marked the most important turning-point of his life. Through what seemed to be mere chance, he came into possession of another electrical hearing device, which was sent to him on trial. He was slow about testing it, due to his disappointment with a similar device. Finally he picked the instrument up, and more or less carelessly, placed it on his head, hooked up the battery, and lo! as if by a stroke of magic, his lifelong desire for normal hearing became a reality! For the first time in his life he heard practically as well as any person with normal hearing. “God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.”

A Treasure Trove Of Life Lessons

There are many things that you can take away from this part of the story. You could take away that knowing your mind and following it through, despite odds and reason, is the path to success; you could take away that you will not always understand the why of what happens, but that the end result will justify your desire and determination; you could take away that sometimes the answer lies in a tried and dismissed course of action. Hopefully, you see that all of these things are true, and more, and begin to look for ways to incorporate these lessons into your own personal plan for success.

And here’s to it! To your continued life success!

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
SeanRasmussen.com © 2004 – 2008

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. Richard Colum says:

    I wonder in amazement at what that boy must have gone through and then to see him get his hearing what a wonderful thing for him, it just goes to show do not give up and try everything when it is to you.

  2. It’s puzzling to imagine how this young man wore a hearing aid without any ear lobes to hold the device onto his head or an ear canal for the rest of the apparatus. I bet he was greatful he never had to wear glasses.

  3. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think it’s really interesting that success came the last time he tried, when he was not going to really give the new device a try. I wonder what would have happened if he had given up without making one last try?

    It just goes to show that you need to keep trying until you have the thing you desire. We need to be really clear about what we desire and never give up going for it. Ever.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I find it really amazing that Napoleon Hill’s son nearly gave up too soon. How different would his life have been if he had not tried that last device; the one that transformed his world?

    It just goes to show that you must keep the desire going and never give up on your dreams. Success may just be the next thing you try.

  5. “handicaps can be converted into stepping stones on which one may climb toward some worthy goal, unless they are accepted as obstacles, and used as alibis.”

    That should be taught to each and every one of us at school. Something is an obstacle because we declared it to be one. Not because that is a fact. It’s just a perception. The next person will take exactly this “obstacle” as the stepping stone to success.

    I need to find more stepping stones!!!
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – Part 2 =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I also need to find more stepping stones. I think it’s a very good idea to redefine obstacles as stepping stones to success. Because someone will find a way to turn that stumbling block into success so why not us?

      The bottom line is that we can be successful if we just know exactly what we want and persist until we get it. Obstacles or no obstacles.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

  6. This is an example of what we can learn from children. Their fearlessness, endless enthusiasm and pure love.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  7. I’m pretty forthright about the stepping stone idea – the challenges, as always, are recognizing one’s own self-imposed hurdles. Some of the art might just be knocking the hurdle over and using it differently. Napoleon’s son’s story is inspiring every time I read it.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  8. I wonder if Nap was able to find a way to motivate his first son? I wonder if it was Nap’s creative efforts that motivated the scientist to develop the electrical hearing aid that worked? Would it have been invented if Nap hadn’t done what he did?
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  9. Hi Sean,
    However it came about that the right hearing aid was made for his son I believe it happened because they believed it would. Napoleon hill also took action to see that they kept trying hearing aids before finding the right one that worked.

    It’s a story of persistence and of faith. Thank-you for sharing it Sean.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  10. Hi Sean,
    I think of the people I know who give up the first time they fail, never trying again.
    So many also expect things to go right the first time they try.

    people I know keep asking if I have become rich yet I know they mean money wise but , I now tell them yes, because I do feel rich and the wealth of knowledge I now know I have will make me money rich soon.

  11. Hi Sean

    In the treasure trove of life lessons I will take them all thanks.

    Mr Hill demonstrates tough love with his son, however it was vital to Hill to not let one ounce of doubt in and to see everything his son did as a positive.

    This is my thinking too, keep the goal watertight and bouyant. Do not allow even one negative word or thought creep in.

    • Hi Elly,

      We need to give ourselves some tough love from time to time. If we accept less than the best from ourselves that’s what we’ll get. I think we have to be able to hold ourselves to a higher standard. If we don’t, who will?

      I also agree with you that we have to keep our mind tightly closed to any and all negative thoughts. If any sneak through, confront them immediately and turn them into a negative.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  12. What is valuable about Napoleon Hill’s narratives lies in this story – they are drawn from real life and his own life.

    Just imagine the wonder his son must have felt when he found he could hear.

  13. “Handicaps can be turned into stepping stones” – never say die! We can learn to live with and within our limitations or we can use them to step up onto the the next level – as Hill and his son did.

    So now my task is to see what limits I face and have imposed on myself and see how I can use them to step up to a bright future

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