Next 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.
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.”
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.
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