Mr Napoleon Hills Book - Think And Grow Rich is easily the best seller of a book of all time. It has impacted thousands and thousands of men and women who have read and adopted the principles discussed in the book.
In this Episode 4, we look at Desire Outwits Mother Nature. Desire is the Starting Point For All Achievement. Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a Burning Desire to Win, essential to success. This is especially true for Entrepreneurs, DigiPreneurs, Wannapreneurs, Solopreneurs, Mompreneurs, Dadpreneurs, Affiliate marketers, Digital Marketers, Online Marketers and businessmen or businesswomen.
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Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Mr Hill talks about his son, Blair was born without any physical ears and did not have any hearing. When the child was born, the doctor informed Hill and his wife that the child would be deaf and mute for life.
Mr Hill challenged the doctors opinion and internally he decided that his son would hear and speak somehow. Hill says that nature could send him a child without ears but nature could not induce him to accept the reality of the condition. Hill was sure that there must be a way and he would find it. He thought of the words of the Great Emerson “The whole course of things goes to teach us faith. We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.”
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For Hill the right word was DESIRE and he desired that his son should not be deaf and mute and from that desire he did not recede even for a second, such was his intense and burning desire for his son’s speech and hearing.
Hill remembers writing previously “Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.” He was wondering if this is true because lying in front of him was his newly born child, Blair who was born without the natural equipment of hearing. Even though the child might hear and speak, he was disfigured for life. Hill felt that this was not a limitation that the child had set up in his own mind. This may have been a fleeting moment of doubt in Hills mind but he would find a way to transplant into that child’s mind his own burning desire for ways and means of conveying sound to his brain without the aid of ears. Hill resolved that as soon as the child was old enough to cooperate, he would fill the Childs mind so completely with a burning desire to hear that Nature would by methods of her own, translate it into physical reality.
All this thinking took place in Hills mind but he spoke of it to no one else. Every day he renewed a pledge that he had made to himself, not to accept a deaf and mute child for a son.
As the child grew older, Hill noticed that the child had a slight degree of hearing. Hill was convinced that if he could hear, even slights, he might develop still greater hearing capacity. When Mr Hill bought a Victrola at home, his son appropriated it and used it to hear through bone conduction. It was a far from encouraging situation but Hill says that “Desire Backed by Faith knows no such thing as Impossible.” Hill started to tell his child bedtime stories which fired the child’s self-reliance, imagination and keen desire to hear and be normal. Hill told the child how his affliction was not a liability but an asset of great value. Hill says “Every Adversity Brings With It The Seed Of An Equivalent Advantage.”
While Hill’s reasoning told him that there was no adequate compensation for the lack of ears and natural hearing but Desire backed by Faith pushed reason aside and inspired him to carry on. Hill says that in retrospect that his Sons faith in Hill had much to do with the astounding results. The son did not question anything his father told him. Hill told his son that he had a distinct advantage over his elder brother. His teachers would observe that he had no ears and would show him special attention and treat him with extraordinary kindness. Hill also told his son that he would have an advantage over his elder brother who was into the newspaper business that people would pay him extra money for his wares as they could see that he was a bright industrious boy despite the fact that he had no ears.
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Mr Hill noticed that the child’s hearing was improving. He was not self-conscious because of his affliction. He wanted to go out and sell newspapers but his mother did not agree as she was scared that his deafness would be unsafe for him to go on the street alone.
One afternoon, the son quietly climbed out of the window, borrowed six cents from the neighbourhood shoemaker, invested in papers, sold out, reinvested and kept repeating till late in the evening. He paid back the six cents that he had borrowed and had a net profit offorty two cents. When Mr and Mrs Hill got back home that night, they found him in bed asleep, with the money tightly clenched in his hand. Mrs Hill opened his hand, removed the coins and cried. Mr Hill on the other hand laughed cheerfully knowing that his efforts to plant in his child’s mind an attitude of faith in himself had been successful. Mr Hill realised that his son had confidence in his abilities and had gone into business on his own initiative and won. Hill realised that the child had shown resourcefulness that would go throughout his life. Hill states that when his elder son wanted something he would throw tantrums until he got it but the younger child would plan a way to earn the money and buy it for himself.
Hills son went to a regular school, high school and college without being able to hear his teachers except when they shouted loudly at close range. The Hills were determined that their child should live a normal life and associate with normal children and they were firm on that decision, even though it cost them many heated debates with school officials. When the child was in high school, he tried an electrical hearing aid but it was of no use to him. During his last week in college, something happened which marked the most important turning point in Blair’s life.
By chance, he came across another electrical hearing device which was sent to him for trial. His earlier disappointments with the electrical hearing device notwithstanding, he carelessly placed the device on his head, hooked up the battery and almost as if by a stroke of magic, his lifelong Desire For Normal Hearing Became A Reality ! For the first time in his life, he heard practically as well as any person with normal hearing. Overjoyed with his changed world he called his mother over telephone and heard her voice perfectly. The next day he heard his professors plainly in class, he heard the radio and for the first time in his life, he could converse freely with other people, without the necessity of their having to speak loudly. He had come into possession of a Changed World. The Hills had refused to accept Nature’s error, and by Persistent Desire, they had induced Nature to correct that error, through the only practical means possible.
Desire had commenced to pay dividends, but the victory was not yet complete. Intoxicated with the joy of his newly discovered world of sound, the boy wrote an enthusiastic letter to the manufacturer of the hearing aid and enthusiastically describing his experience. The company then invited him to New York to visit their factory. There he was escorted by the chief engineer and to whom Blair, the boy told him about his changed world, a hunch, an idea or an inspiration which flashed into his mind. This impulse of thought converted his affliction into an asset, destined to pay dividends in both money and happiness to thousands for all time to come.
The sum and substance of that impulse of thought was this : It occurred to him that he could help millions of deaf people who go throughout life without the benefit of hearing devices, if he could find a way to tell them the story of his Changed World.
Then and there, he made a decision to devote the remainder of his life to rendering useful service to the hard of hearing.
After researching for an entire month, and after analysing the entire marketing system of the manufacturer of the hearing device, he created a two year plan and presented it to the company. He was instantly given a position for the purpose of carrying out his ambition. Little did he know that when he went to work, that he was destined to bring hope and practical relief to thousands of deaf people who, without his help would have been doomed forever to a life of deafness.
Hill states that he and his son have been destined to aid in correcting deafness for those as yet unborn, because they are the only living beings, at that point of time who can succeeded in correcting deafness and restoring a normal life to those who suffered from it. It had been done for one; it would be done for others.
Hill states that but for his and his wife’s Desire and Faith for their son to hear, he would not have done so normally. Even the doctor who examined his son Blair was astonished that Blair could hear because even X Ray pictures showed that there was no opening in the skull where his ears should be to the brain. Hill says that Nothing is Impossible to the person who back Desire With Enduring Faith. There is nothing right or wrong, which Belief plus Burning Desire cannot make real. These qualities are FREE to Everyone. If Mother Nature bends to the will of desire, is it logical that mere men can defeat a burning desire?
Strange and Imponderable is the power of the human mind. We do not understand the method by which it uses every circumstance, every individual, every physical thing within its reach, as a means of transmuting Desire into its physical counterpart. Perhaps scene will uncover this secret. Hill says that he planted in his sons mind the DESIRE to hear and speak as any normal would do. That DESIRE had become a reality. He had planted in his mind the DESIRE to convert his greatest handicap into his greatest asset. That DESIRE was realised. The modus operandi by which this astounding result was achieved was not hard to describe for Hill. It consisted of three definite facts; Hill mixed FAITH with DESIRE for normal hearing, which he passed to his son. Second, Hill communicated his desire to his son in every conceivable way possible, through persistent and consistent effort over many years. Third, Hills son believed his Father.
Hill also describes instance after instance of how DESIRE triumphed over other people’s opinion of a person’s ability. He shares the example of Madam Schuman-Heink, who was rejected and humiliated by the director of the Vienna Court Opera when she went to him as a child to get her voice tested. The director of the opera knew about the technique of singing. But he did not know the power of desire, when it assumes the power of an obsession. If he did, he would not make the mistake of condemning genius without giving it an opportunity.
Hill also shares the instance of a colleague who was seriously ill and was to be operated upon. The doctor warned that he had little chance of survival after the operation. That was the doctors opinion and not that of the patient. The patient was determined to live and he did.
Hill states he believes in the Power of DESIRE backed by FAITH, because he has seen this power lift men and women from lowly beginnings to places of power and wealth; seen it rob the grave of its victims; seen it serve as the medium by which people staged a comeback after having been defeated in a hundred different ways; seen it provide his son with a normal, happy, successful life inspite of nature having sent him into the world without ears.
Through some strange and powerful principle of “mental chemistry” which she has never divulged, Nature wraps up in the impulse of STRONG DESIRE that something which recognises so such word as impossible and accepts no such reality as failure.
So How Can we harness the power of DESIRE? Stay tuned to further episodes as we reveal more about the power of Desire coupled with the other principles mentioned in the book Think And Grow Rich.
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