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Unformatted text preview: est. 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 science will uncover this secret. I planted in my son’s
mind the DESIRE to hear and to speak as any normal person hears and speaks.
That DESIRE has now become a reality. I planted in his mind the DESIRE to convert his greatest handicap into his greatest asset. That DESIRE has been realized.
The modus operandi by which this astounding result was achieved is not hard to
describe. It consisted of three very deﬁnite facts; ﬁrst, I MIXED FAITH with the
DESIRE for normal hearing, which I passed on to my son. Second, I communicated my desire to him in every conceivable way available, through persistent,
continuous effort, over a period of years. Third, HE BELIEVED ME!
As this chapter was being completed, news came of the death of Mme. SchumanHeink. One short paragraph in the news dispatch gives the clue to this unusual
woman’s stupendous success as a singer. I quote the paragraph, because the clue
it contains is none other than DESIRE. 37 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Early in her career, Mme. Schuman-Heink visited the director of the Vienna Court
Opera, to have him test her voice. But, he did not test it. After taking one look at
the awkward and poorly dressed girl, he exclaimed, none too gently, “With such a
face, and with no personality at all, how can you ever expect to succeed in opera?
My good child, give up the idea. Buy a sewing machine, and go to work.
YOU CAN NEVER BE A SINGER.”
Never is a long time! The director of the Vienna Court Opera knew much about
the technique of singing. He knew little about the power of desire, when it assumes the proportion of an obsession. If he had known more of that power, he
would not have made the mistake of condemning genius without giving it an opportunity. Several years ago, one of my business associates became ill. He became
worse as time went on, and ﬁnally was taken to the hospital for an operation.
Just before he was wheeled into the operating room, I took a look at him, and
wondered how anyone as thin and emaciated as he, could possibly go through a
major operation successfully. The doctor warned me that there was little if any
chance of my ever seeing him alive again. But that was the DOCTOR’S OPINION.
It was not the opinion of the patient. Just before he was wheeled away, he whispered feebly, “Do not be disturbed, Chief, I will be out of here in a few days.” The
attending nurse looked at me with pity. But the patient did come through safely.
After it was all over, his physician said, “Nothing but his own desire to live saved
him. He never would have pulled through if he had not refused to accept the possibility of death.”
I believe in the power of DESIRE backed by FAITH, because I have seen this
power lift men from lowly beginnings to places of power and wealth; I have seen
it rob the grave of its v...
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