Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Shirley Gekler Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 2019-09-05



The First Step toward Riches


DESIRE !  More than anything else, Hill DESIRED that

his son should not be a deaf mute.  From that desire Hill 

never receded, not for a second

Years previously, Hill had written, "Our only limitations are

those we set up in our own minds."  For the first time, Hill

wondered if that statement was true. Lying on the bed in

front of Hill was a newly born child, without the natural

equipment for 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


What could Hill do about it?  Somehow he would find a way

to transplant into that child's mind his own BURNING DESIRE for

ways and means of conveying sound to his brain without the aid 

of ears.

As he grew older, and began to take notice of things around 

him, Hill 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, be we could tell by his actions that he could

hear certain sounds slightly.  That was all Hill wanted to know.  Hill

was convinced that if he could hear, even slightly, he might develop still

greater hearing capacity.  Then something happened which gave Hill hope

It came from an entirely unexpected source.  They 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 victorla, 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 cvonduction" of sound at that time.

Shortly after he appropriated the victrola, Hill discovered that he could

hear quite clearly when Hill spoke with his lips touching his mastoid

bone, or at the base of the brain.  These discoveries placed in Hill's 

possession the necessary media by which Hilll began to translate into

reality his Burning Desire to help his 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.

Thanks to Michael and Linda Dlouhy for providing the platform for all

of us to learn and grow into the people that we are meant to become.

Love to all

Shirley Gekler

Sudbury, Ontario