Mindset Mastery 27 – Conquering Goliaths With Persistence

We’ll pick up the story of Darby’s Uncle and the young tenant-farmer’s girl where we left off…

“Darby held his breath. He was certain he was about to witness a murder. He knew his uncle had a fierce temper. He knew that colored children were not supposed to defy white people in that part of the country.

When the uncle reached the spot where the child was standing, she quickly stepped forward one step, looked up into his eyes, and screamed at the top of her lungs, “my Mammy’s gotta have that fifty cents!”

The uncle stopped, looked at her for a minute, then slowly laid the wood on the floor. He put his hand in his pocket, took out half a dollar, and gave it to her.

The child took the money and slowly backed toward the door, never taking her eyes off the man whom she had just conquered. After she had gone, the uncle sat down on a box and stared out the window into space for more than ten minutes. He was contemplating, with awe, the whipping he had just taken.

Mr. Darby, too, was doing some thinking. That was the first time in his life he had seen a colored child deliberately master an adult white person. How did she do it? What happened to his uncle that caused him to lose his fierceness and become as docile as a lamb? What strange power did this child use that made her master over her superior? These and other similar questions flashed through Darby’s mind; but he did not find the answer until years later, when he told me the story.”

No doesn’t always mean no

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenYou might be finding it difficult, just as Darby did, to put a name to the power Napoleon Hill refers to here. Regardless, at least take away this fact that Hill is working hard to bring to light—that ‘No’ doesn’t always mean ‘No’ if you have the courage and persistence to see a thing through, and refuse to be bullied by powers who seem bigger than you. Add this to your list of small lessons that will complete the whole of the Secret.

I will see you back here Monday and Thursday every week for the continuation of the Mindset Mastery series.

Sean Rasmussen
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About Sean Rasmussen

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  1. richard colum says:

    good read thanks Sean what next.

  2. You’re next, Richard 😉
    Or, stay tuned for the next installment

  3. That’s truly inspirational Sean.

    I do wonder how often we come so close to getting something, only to fail due to that small voice inside our head that says ‘no’.

  4. Or the small voices from our friends and families that say: No, you can’t because we failed (or didn’t even try). Therefore it cannot be done

  5. Well yes she did get what she wanted in the end through her persistence, or was it actually her insistance? She did well to stand her ground and Uncle did well to graciously asceed to her request. I think it was more likely her expressing a great and urgent need that finally moved him. (although I don’t recall if it was ever said why her mother needed the money)

    • Hi Ray
      That could be it but maybe it was he knew she was not going to stop or go away till she got what she came for and perhaps knew that her mother was owed the money.

  6. That little girl – If only she knew how powerful a statement she made. Like Rosa Parks. And countless others in history. Taking a stand and refusing to tolerate injustice. People have died over this.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  7. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Wow! No doesn’t always mean no, if you have the courage and persistence to see something through to the end. That’s a really powerful phrase.

    I always thought that ‘no’ meant that you had to either accept it or find another way to get what you want. It didn’t actually occur to me to just stand my ground and say no. Powerful stuff.

  8. This young lady could well have been related to Ghandi – not really, but you get my point? Quiet, steadfast determination, and accepting nothing less than the goal, come what may. Inspiring.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  9. The fact that she didn’t take her eyes off uncle means she was in fear of him still which means she had enormous courage to overcome that fear. How did she know to do that? What happened to her in later life? Did she grow rich?
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  10. Hey Sean,

    It was so much persistence that she had, as determination. Courage of her convictions that she was not going to leave until she had that fifty cents.

    And the power that she DID have over the Uncle was communicated by her direct eye to eye contact, which she didn’t break until she was out of the door. Would the Uncle have changed his mind, beaten her, if she had have broken that eye contact? Who knows.

    Just a thought!



  11. Hi Sean

    I am sure we all have that strong warrior within us from earlier years that is triggered with our fight or flight reflexes. The thing is, when raising children, to allow that expression in them without allowing it to become a dominant force or overflowing into violent behaviour. It can be a fine line at times.

    Children learn from their parents/carers. That little girl had one mighty strong role model who must have told her she was loved and good enough in order for her to feel that confident.

    A great reflection of the Amazon inside all of us!


  12. Elizabeth says:

    Such a brave little budgie. Would that we all had the courage and determination she showed in getting her mammy that money. Rather than cringe or cower back, she stepped forward into HIS personal space and locked eyes. This is a prime maneuver for handling bullies and any other person who uses fear and/or violence tactics. It unbalances them and takes away their advantage.

  13. Powerful. The ability to stand your ground when there is rick of bodily injury..

    It takes great courage at any age. There is a lesson there.

    Stand your ground if you know you are correct..

  14. i remember reading this story in THink and Grow Rich and it didn’t mean anywhere near as much to me then as it does now. It’s so true that when we have our minds fixed on something, its just got to come to life. Great post Sean !
    .-= reprogramming mind´s last blog ..Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind =-.

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