Mindset Mastery 59 – From Humble Beginnings

Mindset Mastery eBookIt’s motivating to have many grand successes before you to see the possibilities that the right mindset can bring; but it is just as motivating—probably more so—to see how people have come up from less than optimal beginnings. Why? Because, as Napoleon Hill says, everyone starts off at the same basic point, until the time that they arrive at the turning point in their lives and success.

Common Starting Ground

Remember, too, that everyone who succeeds in life gets off to a bad start, and is forced to endure many heartbreaking struggles before they “arrive.” The turning point in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis through which they are introduced to their “other selves.”

John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim’s Progress, a preeminent classic of English literature, after being imprisoned and harshly punished simply because of his views on the subject of religion.

Henry discovered the dormant genius within him after a misfortunate event that landed him in a prison cell, in Columbus, Ohio. Then being forced, through his misfortune, to become acquainted with his “other self” and use his imagination, he discovered that he was a great author instead of a miserable criminal and outcast. Life’s ways are strange and varied and stranger still are the ways of Infinite Intelligence, through which people are sometimes forced to undergo all sorts of punishment before discovering their own brains, and their own capacity to create useful ideas through imagination.

Edison, the world’s greatest inventor and scientist, was a “tramp” telegraph operator; he failed countless times before he was driven, finally, to the discovery of the genius sleeping inside his brain.

Charles Dickens began his life pasting labels on blacking pots. The tragedy of his first love struck him deep in his soul, and converted him into one of the world’s greatest and most famous authors. That tragedy produced David Copperfield first, then a succession of other works that made this a richer and better world for anyone who reads his books. Disappointment in love often results in driving men to drink, and women to ruin; and this, because most people never learn the art of transferring their strongest emotions into constructive dreams.

The Possibilities Within

It seems to be pretty plain what Hill is saying here, but let’s say it anyway.

No rough start to life, no harsh circumstances, are a preordination to live a life without success. The examples clearly show that crisis can often turn into greatness, and in fact may be the catalyst for it in many cases. Does that mean you have to look to create a crisis in your life so that you can succeed? Certainly not. But it does mean that regardless of the past, the future is a wide-open opportunity for the best and biggest of things to come.

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
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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. Hello everyone

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  2. Hi there Sean, TrudyVan here
    and Yes you are right Sean, Hard life builds a strong character and the ability to adapt and think outside of the norm because life has taught you this lesson.

    Bad life does not mean bad future. The future is alive with possibilities. As you give so shall you attract.

    Love your posts
    kindest regards

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  3. I need help. Just realised that all the time I made excuses about not doing this or this, it is fear of success, because if I am successful, need commitment. How do I overcome this fear?

  4. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    Your past does not have to be your future. We get to choose every day how we will spend that time. We get to choose what we think about and what we focus on.

    Sometimes what we think is the worst thing to happen to us; is actually a blessing in disguise. The goodness is not always apparent at first but I really believe that we need to be able to find the positives in any situation. The quicker we can find the positives; the quicker we can ease the pain.

  5. If our starting position would determine our future everybody born rich would have a brilliant life and everybody not so rich would have a not so great life. But as we can see every day everywhere this is not the case.
    There is enough stories about people coming from hardship or desperate situations making it really big, and people with a rich upbringing failing miserably.
    So no more excuses for any of us – if someone else can do it, I can do it as well 🙂
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Overcoming Procrastination =-.

    • Hi Renee,

      I think the old adage, it doesn’t matter you come from; it’s only where you’re going that matters is so true. I think that one of the reasons that people from hardship succeed is because they learned how to be persistent.

      They learned how to hang in there and keep going. They had to or they wouldn’t have survived. Let’s face it, after you’ve survived one of the worst experiences a person can face; anything else would have to be easier.
      .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Sean Rasmussen – Aussie Internet Marketer Making a Difference =-.

  6. “[M]ost people never learn the art of transferring their strongest emotions into constructive dreams”. Beautiful words, Sean.

    When meet someone who at first may appear like a negative, whinging, fed-up person, sometimes when I just listen, I discover they’re actually passionate, firey, but frustrated.

    Most people don’t want to be around someone who carries on and on. But if you just listen and observe without judging – you actually might find someone with strong emotions who doesn’t know how to use that energy constructively.

    And wouldn’t it be special if you could help them, in some small way, to turn that energy into something great…
    .-= Lina Nguyen´s last blog ..Richard Branson Business School: A day visit =-.

  7. You know, as I get older, I really don’t know if it matters so much whether we ‘get driven’ or ‘drive ourselves’, so long as it happens and there is motion, and so long as there is a contribution to our fellow man and this planet that is our home. Maybe that is the distinction of this time we live in.. for in this ‘now’, more and more of us have the choice to drive ourselves. Let it be for the good. of us all.
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

  8. I wasn’t sure what you meant by ‘Henry’ until I realize that you were referring to the famous author ‘O. Henry’. Every so often in my therapy business I get a multi-millionaire coming to see me to help them get over their tragic starts to life. They tell a similar story of success despite their childhood. From my position though, I see them becoming millionaires because of what they experienced as children.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  9. Hi Sean,
    As a child I always dreamed that I would be famous one day. That left me after a tragedy at high school and in an indirect way that led me on a different path. It also caused me to forget my dream. That was until now. I guess it’s not too late to start dreaming again.

    I am on a track to a new learning so who knows where it will take me. Either way life is pretty good.
    .-= Jill Brown´s last blog ..Common Law Marriage – What is Common Law Marriage? =-.

  10. Hi Jill,

    I’m very sorry you experienced a tragedy and let go of your dream. But, it’s never too late to start dreaming; whether you want to re-capture the dream you had or find a new one altogether.

    I think that age is irrelevant. You can be, do or have anything you want. You just have to be willing to pursue your dream relentlessly.
    .-= Jazz Salinger´s last blog ..Finding Your Passion =-.

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