Mindset Mastery 196 – Persistence In Action

Mindset Mastery eBookNext from Napoleon Hill, a love story, and a story of persistence in action…a true example of how nurturing those four simple steps to developing persistence can truly make a life’s worth of difference.

This is the story of a woman who took on the 1000 year empire to get what she wanted. She truly knew the power of persistence and has the ability to Think And Grow Rich.

Accidental Love?

There’s no factual way of knowing, but it seems reasonable to venture the conjecture that Mrs. Wallis Simpson’s great love for a man was not accidental, nor the result of favorable “breaks” alone. Wallis Simpson was born, humbly, in America, but had well-placed relatives through whom, even after two divorces (in the early 1900’s) she was able to gain place in high society; ultimately, Simpson fell in love with the English Prince Edward who abdicated his throne as King of Great Britain so that he could marry his one true love. In her quest to win the Prince, there was a burning desire, and careful searching at every step of the way. Her first duty was to love. What is the greatest thing on earth? The Master called it love–not man made rules, criticism, bitterness, slander, or political “marriages,” but love.

She knew what she wanted, not after she met the Prince of Wales, but long before that. Twice when she had failed to find it, she had the courage to continue her search. “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”

Surely Risen

Her rise from obscurity was of the slow, progressive, persistent order, but it was sure! She triumphed over unbelievably long odds; and, no matter whom you are, or what you think of Wallis Simpson, or the king who gave up his Crown for her love, she is an astounding example of applied persistence, an instructor on the rules of self-determination, from whom the entire world could profit by her lessons.

When you think of Wallis Simpson, think of one who knew what she wanted, and shook the greatest empire on earth to get it. Women who complain that this is a man’s world, that women still do not have an equal chance to win, owe it to themselves to carefully study the life of this unusual woman, who, at an age which many women, at least in her time, consider “old,” captured the affections of the most desirable bachelor in the entire world.

What Of The King?

And what of King Edward? What lesson can we learn from his part in the world’s greatest drama of recent times? Did he pay too high a price for the affections of the woman of his choice?

Surely no one but he could answer that question correctly. The rest of us can only offer conjecture. This much we know, the king came into the world without his own consent. He was born to great riches, without asking for them. He was persistently sought in marriage; politicians and statesmen throughout Europe tossed dowagers and princesses at his feet. Because he was the first born of his parents, he inherited a crown, which he did not seek, and perhaps did not desire. For more than forty years he was not a free agent, could not live his life in his own way, had very little privacy, and finally assumed duties inflicted upon him when he ascended the throne.

Some will say, “With all these blessings, King Edward should have found peace of mind, contentment, and joy in life.” The truth is that lurking behind all the privileges of a crown, all the money, the fame, and the power inherited by King Edward, there was an emptiness which could be filled only by love.

The Blessings Of A King

Maybe you are wondering what all this has to do with success and wealth creation, but as we continue with this story I think Napoleon Hill will make it more clear. In addition, we need to consider that success and wealth is not an entirely separate issue from the rest of our lives, and that there are many definitions of success. Overall, the point is to learn to persevere and have the true confidence to get that which you truly desire, and these are the lessons and examples that will get you there.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

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. After read some of your recent posts about perseverance, perseverance in Love was not something that initially came to mind. But I think your right that the overall desire to be in love with someone has to be strong enough for a loving relationship to survive and flourish, generally speaking.
    We all go though good and bad times, but if that desire is there, it will always help you persevere through the tough times, whether that is in love or something else you are trying to achieve.
    .-= Cade´s last blog ..Free Trading Plan Template =-.

  2. There is an old saying isn’t there, you can have all the riches in the world but if you do not have someone to share them with you will be a lonely person. You can reach your desires by working hard at what you want, but you must first identify what it is that you truly want.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Australian Real Estate Rules for Foreign Investors =-.

    • Richard, good saying…..sometimes in life we are not sure about what we truly want. Other times it takes a journey to discover what we are chasing. I like this tale about Mrs Wallis Simpson’s – she seems like a women that was wiser than her generation!!! And how the king was born into wealth….one has to wonder how that affected his behaviour.
      Good points Sean talkes about – gives a different meaning to life.
      .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Law Of Attraction =-.

  3. Although it’s up to us to learn to appreciate what has been given to us it’s also up to us to get what we want. And that which isn’t earned may never be as loved as that which we strive to accomplish.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..The 7 Best Things about Being a Writer =-.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think King Edward abdicating the throne for his love for Wallis Simpson is one of the most romantic stories ever. I’d like to think that he loved Mrs Simpson so much that he couldn’t imagine his life without her.

    I’d like to think that King Edward realised that success in your personal life and relationships is just as important and maybe even more so, than all the money, fame and privilege you can inherit.

    I love that both King Edward and Wallis Simpson persisted in living their life together on their terms. It can’t have been an easy decision. Yet, they both had the courage to be true to themselves and to define what success meant for them.

  5. Throughout the ages, it was accepted that the king would marry to create an alliance rather than for love, and have the woman he truly loved tucked away out of sight.
    I have always admired Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, putting their love above what was “expected” they persisted and showed the world what was important to them.
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  6. It is a great example of persistence and knowing what you want / what is important for you and your life. Not for the others, but for you.

    Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward had to make a very public statement of what it is they really want and had to fight for it harder than most of us. Which is why it is a great example for everybody that you can succeed with your goals when we are persistent.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Self Improvement – 25 Self Motivation Quotes =-.

  7. When you really, really want something, persistence comes more naturally. Think of a child wanting to lean how to play a musical instrument. If the desire is strong enough that child will persist and persist – without any nagging from their parents. Or the talented young rugby player who will practice goal kicks at every opportunity, because that’s what he really wants to do. If our persistence is a bit weak, then we should ask ourselves “is this what I really want to be doing?”.
    .-= Jan Littlehales´s last blog ..Raising Great Kids – Healthy Eating Habits =-.

  8. Hello Sean,
    That is a great tale. Its sad to think that the King came into throne and was not his own free agent.
    We are not all born with a “silver spoon” in our mouth and can not feel what the King was feeling, but to be born and placed into such a successful family, with a crown upon his head – and no choice in the matter? That would seem like the biggest injustice that anyone would have to face.
    Mrs Wallis Simpson’s was either very bare for a women in her times. Or very tough….maybe she was both. To take on the role of finding what she was searching for, even if it ended in two divorces along the way, and then marry a man who defied the rules……is that the lady that paved the world for all of us women to be able to have different choices? I would like to think so….maybe she had knowledge that things could change for the better for women all over the world?
    Sure makes one wonder?
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Law Of Attraction =-.

  9. Napoleon Hill’s writings are so good, sometimes I wish I could climb inside of the book and live!!!

    One of my favorite chapter’s in Napoleon’s T&GR book is persistence. It really is a key ingredient to making “The Secret” or should I say, “Unknown and unused knowledge and power” work. Napoleon was definitely a genius in the way he wrote the book. It’s almost as if each chapter is a door with a key to it. Only when one is ready, does one receive the key to the next. He’s somehow found a way to encrypt the knowledge contained within, it was masterfully done.

    Let life come & Live generously,
    Radio Host and Philosopher
    Juddha Fitzgerald
    .-= Juddha Fitzgerald´s last blog ..The Man Who "THOUGHT" His Way – Jun 04,2010 =-.

  10. Wallace and Edward’s love was their only priority, in spite of the Royal Family’s and Prime Minister Baldwin’s disapproval.

    They persisted with their path to love and basically told the rest of the world to **** *** [ translates to leave them alone ]

    Winston Churchill, who was a great romantic, thoroughly approved of their marriage. I saw a great documentary on Sunday arvo about that period in British history.

    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..Your Mobile Phone and Emergencies =-.

  11. G’day Sean,
    Aye gess aye beter taycke sum spelin’ lesums arfta the poastt abuv !

    OOPS I meant Wallis Simpson. Most Humble Apologies
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..Your Mobile Phone and Emergencies =-.

  12. Hi Sean,
    Your article is an awe-inspiring example of love and persistence in action. I could see why this particular article in Napoleon Hill’s chapter also inspired you Sean. My observations are that you also have a phenomenal devotion to family values as did King Arthur.

    The circumstances differ a little but the moral principles are similar between yourself and the decision King Arthur made regarding his sense of right and wrong.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  13. This is a great lesson of persistance on the part of Wallis Simpson. It shows us even though she was unsuccessful in her 2 previous relationships, she never gave up in her search for love and wanting King Edward no matter the obstacles. This is a lesson we can carry to internet marketing. Just keep going.
    .-= Jackie Stenhouse´s last blog ..Falling Pregnant =-.

  14. Wallis Simpson is a great example of one who knew her own mind. Anyone, male or female, can achieve whatever they want in their life. All it takes is to know your own self-worth and have a dream to pursue.

  15. What I get from this message is simply ‘love conquers all’.

    The lesson being ‘ if your heart desires stop at nothing until your heart is at peace ‘.

    It takes a deep wisdom and true courage to have the odds seemingly stacked against you and yet you strive to achieve your desire and be the victor. Within this achievement there is no trophy or medal but the true meaning of success.

    I like to think that Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward were a part of a deeper meaning to be carried throughout history to remind us all. Richness in life can be achieved with persistence and so you shall have all that your heart truly desires. Money is not going to buy your soul happiness at the end of the day.

  16. Cathy Howitt says:

    Some will say, “With all these blessings, King Edward should have found peace of mind, contentment, and joy in life.”
    That may well have been the case…perhaps he should have been, but when you are not on your soul’s journey, it is not until you happen upon it, that true blessings, peace of mind and joy in life are found.”

    I say, well done on following your heart and desire (and not listening to what society at that time dictated).

    Persistence is the most underrated word in today’s society, with people giving up on their dreams even before they have started. I also take my hat off the Wallis Simpson who persisted in her desire to be with the one she loved.

    We all have great lessons to learn from both of these people.


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