Napoleon Hill’s Son
Those of you who read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill are well aware of the true story of his son who, born without ears, was able to develop 100% hearing and be a normal person like everyone else. Those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, here it is told by Napoleon Hill himself (it’s a 2 minute video):
Napoleon didn’t want to think that his son would be deaf his entire life. However, I find it very difficult if not almost near impossible that someone could have the borderless belief that a person born without ears would be able to hear like a normal person.
This is the kind of belief that is taught in the bible, at Mathew 17:20, where Jesus says:
Truly I tell you. If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain “Move from here to there” and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.
This is a core teaching of all the great religions of the world, not only of Christianity.
Why is this type of faith and belief so hardly accessible by most of us? How come Napoleon Hill was able to have such faith even though the doctors established a cruel faith for his child?
I think it relies in the ability of letting go of all the external factors, of letting go reality. The outside world makes you think in terms of the society, it makes you think in terms of averages.
Will Smith said: “When most of the people can’t do something themselves, they will tell you that you can’t do it.”
Achievement in 2 Steps
The key point of achievement (which is proven by the plethora of incredible things that happened throughout history) is that:
1. First you have to believe in that way in which your belief is not disrupted by anything external to your mind (such as the people around you, the weather, the economy, your current condition, etc)
2. You must take constant action, as Napoleon Hill did with his son. You must embrace movement and create momentum. You never have to be inert.
Before believing in something, you must have something to believe in.
You gotta have a goal, a purpose in life. This is how Napoleon Hill explains the first and foremost important principle of all achievements:
Please understand that the journey begins in your mind. There’s the spark. You have the idea.
Don’t let it go! This is crucial. Increase your awareness for that idea. Believe in it. Can you?
Is it possible? There should be no limits. As long as it is in your mind, it can be achievable.
Have you ever come to think:
How could the mind conceive something that is not achievable? Why?
Hill said that “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve“. He knew because the best example was his life.
Between conceiving and achieving, there is the belief. This belief is like the glue sticking two pieces of plastic together. Faith is the catalyst that makes this connection possible.
One personal example is that more than half of my life I was overweight. Few years ago an idea came into my mind:
How would I look like with a six-packs abs?
To me, same as to many people, it would seem impossible to lose weight because I thought that it’s all about genetics and if you’re born in a way, you can’t turn yourself into a better version of you.
Flash-forward 5 years (today – 2013) and I can say that it’s been 3 years since my six-packs have become visible. For the past few years I maintained a normal weight, where I don’t deny myself the pleasure of binging (feasting) as much as I can.
I also workout as much as I can (different sports) and my physical condition has never been better.
L.E. – I started working out more efficiently and far less frequently (Dec 2014)
None of these would have happened if I didn’t begin with the idea (which created the purpose) of the six-packs, the idea that triggered a chain reaction:
Lose Weight -> Start doing sports -> Start eating better -> Quit smoking -> Good physical condition -> Good mental condition -> Better version of myself.
I could have easily get stuck with the idea that it’s meant for me to be overweight and feel complacent.
Change is enjoyable when you start seeing the results. But until you start seeing them, you just have to constantly believe from the bottom of your heart that you are doing the right thing.
One of the current applications of this principle into my life is this website. Even though it’s been up for several months, there are no conclusive results that it performs well.
However, I know that if I’m going to focus enough mental energy into smart actions, if I’m constantly going to evaluate and monitor different variables with regards to this website and to online businesses in general (traffic sources, promotion possibilities, all types of collaboration, advertising, etc), the results will start to become visible and the momentum will be created.
After the momentum is created, it’s going to be a lot easier to increase it and make something really big out of this website.
My purpose is to help as many human beings as I can and to be more specific: help people discover and enhance their true potential.
What do you, as a reader, think about Napoleon Hill’s faith that his son is going to have 100% hearing even though he was born without ears? Is it possible for people to have such faith? Have you ever known someone with that type of faith? Let me know in the comment sections below.
1. Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich
2. Self-Improvement – Top 101 Experts
3. Napoleon Hill – The Laws of Success in 16 Lessons