One of the reasons that people do not understand sex and the potential power of the sex instinct is that for so very long the very subject of sex has been taboo. Napoleon Hill was not afraid to take on the topic, one which was certainly hush-hush in his day.
Widespread ignorance on the subject of sex is due to the fact that the subject has been surrounded with mystery and clouded by dark silence. The situation has improved little in the seventy years since Hill first published this book; sex is still, in many, many ‘civilized’ circles, a ‘dirty’ word. The conspiracy of mystery and silence has had the same effect on the minds of young people that the psychology of prohibition had. The result has been increased curiosity and the desire to acquire more knowledge on this “forbidden” subject; and to the shame of all lawmakers, and most physicians—by training best qualified to educate youth on that subject–information has not been easily available. Sex education has become a more prominent feature of education over the past seventy years, but in large part the movement was spurned mostly by public health initiatives, not in a spirit of understanding sex as a useful human emotion. Nevertheless, any mention of expanded sex education courses today is nearly always met with criticism and opposition.
Age and Wisdom
Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavor before the age of forty. The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty. These statements are based upon analysis of thousands of men and women who have been carefully observed. They should be encouraging to those who fail to arrive before the age of forty, and to those who become frightened at the approach of “old age”. The years between forty and fifty are, as a rule, the most fruitful. Man should approach this age, not with fear and trepidation, but with hope and eager anticipation.
If you want evidence that most men do not begin to do their best work before the age of forty, study the records of the most successful men known to the American people, and you will find it. Henry Ford had not “hit his pace” of achievement until he had passed the age of forty. Andrew Carnegie was well past forty before he began to reap the reward of his efforts. James J. Hill was still running a telegraph key at the age of forty. His stupendous achievements took place after that age. Biographies of American industrialists and financiers are filled with evidence that the period from forty to sixty is the most productive age of man.
Learning To Transform
Between the ages of thirty and forty, man begins to learn (if he ever learns), the art of sex transmutation. This discovery is generally accidental, and more often than otherwise, the man who makes it is totally unconscious of his discovery. He may observe that his powers of achievement have increased around the age of thirty-five to forty, but in most cases, he is not familiar with the cause of this change; that Nature begins to harmonize the emotions of love and sex in the individual, between the ages of thirty and forty, so that he may draw on these great forces, and apply them jointly as stimuli to action.
Sex, alone, is a mighty urge to action, but its forces are like a cyclone-they are often uncontrollable. When the emotion of love begins to mix itself with the emotion of sex, the result is calmness of purpose, poise, accuracy of judgment, and balance.
Settling Into Success
As the man says, most people learn about sex transmutation and the potential of their own selves by accident. Thanks to Napoleon Hill and his frank discussions on the topic, we here are all at a distinct advantage. Because the barrier of ignorance has been broken, we with this tool can either learn to make better use of it, or to advance the age of understanding and success.
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