Unformatted text preview: a deaf mute. From that desire I never receded, not for a second.
Many years previously, I had written, “Our only limitations are those we set up in
our own minds.” For the ﬁrst time, I wondered if that statement were true. Lying
on the bed in front of me was a newly born child, without the natural equipment
of hearing. Even though he might hear and speak, he was obviously disﬁgured
for life. Surely, this was a limitation which that child had not set up in his own
mind. 31 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH What could I do about it? Somehow I would ﬁnd a way to transplant into that
child’s mind my own BURNING DESIRE for ways and means of conveying sound
to his brain without the aid of ears. As soon as the child was old enough to cooperate, I would ﬁll his 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 my own mind, but I spoke of it to no one. Every day
I renewed the pledge I had made to myself, not to accept a deaf mute for a son.
As he grew older, and began to take notice of things around him, we observed
that he had a slight degree of hearing. When he reached the age when children
usually begin talking, he made no attempt to speak, but we could tell by his actions that he could hear certain sounds slightly. That was all I wanted to know! I
was convinced that if he could hear, even slightly, he might develop still greater
hearing capacity. Then something happened which gave me hope. It came from
an entirely unexpected source.
We bought a victrola. When the child heard the music for the ﬁrst time, he went
into ecstasies, and promptly appropriated the machine. He soon showed a preference for certain records, among them, “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” On one occasion, he played that piece over and over, for almost two hours, standing in front
of the victrola, with his teeth clamped on the edge of the case. The signiﬁcance of
this self-formed habit of his did not become clear to us until years afterward, for
we had never heard of the principle of “bone conduction” of sound at that time.
Shortly after he appropriated the victrola, I discovered that he could hear me
quite clearly when I spoke with my lips touching his mastoid bone, or at the base
of the brain. These discoveries placed in my possession the necessary media by
which I began to translate into reality my Burning Desire to help my son develop
hearing and speech. By that time he was making stabs at speaking certain words.
The outlook was far from encouraging, but DESIRE BACKED BY FAITH knows
no such word as impossible.
Having determined that he could hear the sound of my voice plainly, I began,
immediately, to transfer to his mind the desire to hear and speak. I soon discovered that the child enjoyed bedtime stories, so I went to work, creating stories
designed to develop in him self-reliance, imagination, and a keen desire to hear
and to be normal.
There was one story in particular, which I emphasized by giving it some new and
dramatic coloring each time it was told. It...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
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