Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for November 11 2011
This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation ezine focuses on choosing Pacemakers for our lives. Pacemakers are people who inspire us and who we emulate.
Who are the heroes that inspire you? Who do you emulate or want to be like? Who are you interested in now, and who were you interested in from the past? Which ancestors do you feel you have a close kinship with? Jot down a list of ten individuals who guide your life. Select from your family, your culture, your nation and your spiritual belief system. Now, ask yourself why these people are significant mentors for you whether living or dead. As you begin to assess the reason you relate to them, you will begin to excavate the beliefs, values, attitudes, interests, ideas, and thoughts that propel you forward in life.
Now that you have identified your pacemakers, consider whether you are learning all you can learn from each of them. By knowing who you admire and what they are accomplishing or have accomplished in their lives, you begin to set a route for the journey you too are undertaking. Remember, if you want to arrive at your destination you must first have one in mind. Otherwise, one destination is as good as the next. Just as a youngster plays "grownup" by stepping into Daddy's or Mommy's shoes that are too large for his little feet to fill, you too have to find some big shoes to fill before you can step to success!
Take a moment now to identify current individuals whom you want to label as pacemakers in your life. Watch them closely, and then follow their lead. Hopefully, you will not only catch up to them, but surpass them in the race to your finish line. By aspiring to greatness, you hitch your wagon to that specific star in the galaxy that has your name on it! Make certain that you reach that star and register it in your name before someone else beats you to it.
Be Your Very Best Always,
Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet
My Family Heroes
By: Dr. J. B. Hill
We buried them together at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. It rained quietly as the horse drawn caisson transported them with their honor guard to their final resting place among the other heroes of America. The band played its music, the honor guard performed flawlessly, and even the rain paid respect by dwindling to a mist as the burial flag was presented to the family of Lt. Col and Mrs. David H. Hill. We had waited for more than a year to bury our parents together with the honors that they had earned.
Dad earned burial rights at Arlington three times by earning two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart early in 1951 over a 2 month period in combat. He earned his first Silver Star after staying too long on the line looking for missing soldiers. He told me later that he thought he had found the missing soldiers and started waving and yelling at them to hurry when he realized that these soldiers had started to fire at him. Exposed and without the possibility of any cover, he dropped to one knee and fired a burst from his Browning Automatic Rifle at the enemy. A few fell wounded, the rest scattered, and Dad took off running for the relative safety of his company. He told me that he had run about 20 yards before enemy tracers started to sweep the ground about him. His skin crawled and he whirled about to re-engage the enemy and so on it went, three or four times until he was safe. His ferocious combat was credited with protecting the rear of his company as it withdrew while in contact with the enemy - the most perilous of all combat maneuvers.
He earned his second Silver Star two months later near Tokkosan, Korea. He was leading his company in an attack against an enemy position on a hilltop when withering automatic fire pinned the company into terrain from which it was impossible to maneuver. Recognizing the company's peril, he dashed forward in single handed assault on enemy machine gun positions, hurling hand grenades and firing his Browning, with such accuracy that he destroyed two enemy machine gun positions. This so inspired the men of his company that they renewed their attack and forced the enemy from the hilltop.
Dad shrugged his shoulders as if it were nothing when I asked how he earned his Purple Heart. He said that one night the enemy attacked and one of them hurled a grenade at him. It exploded, sending shrapnel into his face and hands. Dad said he was lucky that the grenade used was for concussion and it had little shrapnel. But it took more than 50 years for the last piece of shrapnel to work its way out of Dad's face.
Dad really did not talk much about his combat but he did talk about others in combat. On Dad's first day of ground combat operations, Lt. John McGuire's clear thinking and bold action to secure a flank saved the company from being overrun. In Aug of 1951, Lt. McGuire died during the battle for Bloody Ridge. A combat artist captured the moment when stretcher bearers brought his remains down. The sketch later appeared on the cover of Collier's Magazine.
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