Unformatted text preview: hington was born in slavery, handicapped by race and color. Because he was tolerant, had an open mind at all times, on all subjects, and was a
DREAMER, he left his impress for good on an entire race.
Beethoven was deaf, Milton was blind, but their names will last as long as time
endures, because they dreamed and translated their dreams into organized
Before passing to the next chapter, kindle anew in your mind the ﬁre of hope,
faith, courage, and tolerance. If you have these states of mind, and a working
knowledge of the principles described, all else that you need will come to you,
when you are READY for it. Let Emerson state the thought in these words, “Every
proverb, every book, every byword that belongs to thee for aid and comfort shall
surely come home through open or winding passages.
Every friend whom not thy fantastic will, but the great and tender soul in thee
craveth, shall lock thee in his embrace.”
There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive
it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind
must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.
Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.
Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance
and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. A great poet has
correctly stated this universal truth through these lines: “I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store. 30 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH “For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
“I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.” DESIRE OUTWITS MOTHER NATURE
As a ﬁtting climax to this chapter, I wish to introduce one of the most unusual
persons I have ever known. I ﬁrst saw him twenty-four years ago, a few minutes
after he was born. He came into the world without any physical sign of ears, and
the doctor admitted, when pressed for an opinion, that the child might be deaf,
and mute for life.
I challenged the doctor’s opinion. I had the right to do so, I was the child’s father.
I, too, reached a decision, and rendered an opinion, but I expressed the opinion
silently, in the secrecy of my own heart. I decided that my son would hear and
speak. Nature could send me a child without ears, but Nature could not induce
me to accept the reality of the afﬂiction.
In my own mind I knew that my son would hear and speak. How? I was sure there
must be a way, and I knew I would ﬁnd it. I thought of the words of the immortal
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
The right word? DESIRE! More than anything else, I DESIRED that my son
should not be...
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