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Unformatted text preview: the fact that deaf mutism can be corrected to the extent of restoring to
normal life those who suffer with this afﬂiction. It has been done for one; it will
be done for others.
There is no doubt in my mind that Blair would have been a deaf mute all his life,
if his mother and I had not managed to shape his mind as we did. The doctor who
attended at his birth told us, conﬁdentially, the child might never hear or speak.
A few weeks ago, Dr. Irving Voorhees, a noted spet on such cases, examined
Blair very thoroughly. He was astounded when he learned how well my son now
hears, and speaks, and said his examination indicated that “theoretically, the boy
should not be able to hear at all.” But the lad does hear, despite the fact that X-ray
pictures show there is no opening in the skull, whatsoever, from where his ears
should be to the brain.
When I planted in his mind the DESIRE to hear and talk, and live as a normal
person, there went with that impulse some strange inﬂuence which caused Nature to become bridge-builder, and span the gulf of silence between his brain and
the outer world, by some means which the keenest medical spets have not
been able to interpret. It would be sacrilege for me to even conjecture as to how
Nature performed this miracle. It would be unforgivable if I neglected to tell the
world as much as I know of the humble part I assumed in the strange experience.
It is my duty, and a privilege to say I believe, and not without reason, that nothing
is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.
36 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Verily, a BURNING DESIRE has devious ways of transmuting itself into its physical equivalent. Blair DESIRED normal hearing; now he has it! He was born with
a handicap which might easily have sent one with a less deﬁned DESIRE to the
street with a bundle of pencils and a tin cup. That handicap now promises to serve
as the medium by which he will render useful service to many millions of hard of
hearing, also, to give him useful employment at adequate ﬁnancial compensation
the remainder of his life.
The little “white lies” I planted in his mind when he was a child, by leading him
to BELIEVE his afﬂiction would become a great asset, which he could capitalize,
has justiﬁed itself. Verily, there is nothing, right or wrong, which BELIEF, plus
BURNING DESIRE, cannot make real. These qualities are free to everyone. In
all my experience in dealing with men and women who had personal problems, I
never handled a single case which more deﬁnitely demonstrates the power of DESIRE. Authors sometimes make the mistake of writing of subjects of which they
have but superﬁcial, or very elementary knowledge. It has been my good fortune
to have had the privilege of testing the soundness of the POWER OF DESIRE,
through the afﬂiction of my own son. Perhaps it was providential that the experience came as it did, for surely no one is better prepared than he, to serve as an
example of what happens when DESIRE is put to the t...
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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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