Mindset Mastery 28 – Of Irony And Promises

Mindset Mastery Ebook By Sean RasmussenThe title of this post is introduction enough to the next installment from Mindset Mastery, so I’ll let Napoleon Hill continue with the conclusion to this episode.

“Ironically, Darby told this unusual story to the author inside the old mill, on the very spot where the uncle took his whipping. Ironically, too, this story was told to the author after he had devoted nearly a quarter of a century to studying that very power–the power which enabled an ignorant, illiterate colored child to conquer an intelligent man.

As the two (the author and Darby) stood there in that musty old mill, Darby repeated the story of the unusual conquest, and finished by asking, “What can you make of it? What strange power did that child use, that so completely whipped my uncle?”

The answer to his question will be found in the principles detailed in this book. The answer is full and complete. It contains details and instructions sufficient enough to enable anyone to understand and apply the same force the small girl accidentally stumbled upon.”

The power is more than persistence

We’ve mentioned persistence as this power, but to be fair, this power is more than simple persistence. What that additional power is may be different for individual readers, as is its bearing on their own experience and circumstance; Napoleon Hill does not define the power because he wishes for each reader to discover its form and importance on their own, in the way that it will benefit them the greatest. I’ll do the same and not venture too much of my own personal conjecture. We’ll see what else of it we can uncover as we move along.

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

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. Hi Sean,
    When I was younger I realized my power was not so much my persistance but rather the catalyst or ‘reason’ I would persist in something, and it was always when someone told me I couldn’t do something.

    Not always in an authoritative sense (although this still gets up my goat), but just in a sense of not believing that it was possible. People don’t think you can do something but deep down they don’t think they can do it.

    I have no idea why I said this when I was around 13-14, but I declared to my Mum that I was going to change the world. Without even lifting her nose form her book she replied, you will never do that, it can’t be done. I silently declared that I was going to now change the world 10 times over. Hmmm such was my way.

    But I have since learned that although a good motivator, at some point your motivation needs to have a reason that drives you internally, a sense of purpose in life beyond what you see, but what you feel. Too many people glitter and shine in the public eye only to be in pain internally.

    I look forward to more on this topic


  2. I read alot of Hill when was younger. Excellent information.

  3. It takes a lot more than persistence, that’s for sure.
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..What life is about =-.

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    I think the little girl had so much courage and determination. For some reason that little girl had made up her mind that no matter what the man did; she was not leaving without the money. She was quietly determined and persisted in her desire to get the money.

    I don’t know many children today that would be capable of standing up to an adult. Then again, that could be more because we teach our children to have respect for adults. I think this little girl desperately needed that money and that determined her behavior and the outcome.

    • Hi Jazz

      Unfortunately Jazz there are many kids out in the world who have no respect for others, especially adults. I taught for a short time in the public system and I have seen first hand and known of teachers who have had their lives destroyed by the malicious attacks of children on them. Not only physically, but mentally because children know that the law is weighted on their side. Some of the things I witnessed kids doing in the public system were unbelievable and they got away with it because the teachers had no power to stop them. I won’t get on my soapbox here, but I also had some very negative experiences while teaching because there was no support, you were completely in there ‘at your own risk’. I chose out before I had a breakdown.

      Even those in law enforcement are subject to violence now from children and teenagers.
      Sad, but true.

  5. This is an extraodinary story on many levels, and one could ponder for days. When we find the meaning, and use that in our own lives… well then, away we go!
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mindfulness =-.

  6. It’s fascinating how some people – even kids – have this natural touch for that power in them. Let’s hope she didn’t lose it while growing up and let’s hope we find it again by reading Hill’s book and practice the usage of it.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..The Best Way To Get Motivated =-.

  7. It is probably true to say that people who possess the secret include within their mindset makeup, the quality of persistence.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  8. Hey Sean,

    I must admit, I read Think and Grow Rich a few years back, now (I think it was included on a list of recommended reading by Robert Kiyosaki). I read the entire book, cover to cover, and at the end of it, couldn’t think of, or determine, what this ‘secret’, this ‘power’ was. It could very well be that I wasn’t ready for it, but it could also be that I didn’t have anyone else to talk about it with, to discuss and exchange ideas with.

    Reading through your blog, taking it in bite size pieces, and reading the comments as well, so far, have given me a few insights already. If I had have known some like minded people who were reading Think And Grow Rich at the same time I was, maybe I would be in a different place to day than I am, with an entirely different understanding.

    Just a thought!



  9. Hi Sean

    I know I have said it before, but I feel that the power behind all our actions is a burning desire to recreate a feeling state, whether it be bliss, peace, ecstasy, power, love, whatever, we are always searching for feeling something.

    Not many people like feeling nothing, which is not easy to do.

    Even people who do things in anger or hurt others do it because they want to feel something, it could be feeling powerful over the feeling of powerlessness which they don’t want to feel.

    People who give to others, even if they don’t want anything in return, do it because it makes them feel good.
    A burning desire to have, be, do is one almighty driving force, but he feeling state behind all of that is the fire that provides the energy!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    There is persistence and then there is PERSISTENCE. That bull-dogged refusal against all odds to quit, to not understand the meaning of the word, “no”. An outright refusal to accept nothing less than the exact thing that is being strove for. PERSISTENCE will accept no second bests, no compromises, nothing short of complete success. It’s more than determination. It’s more like obsession.

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