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“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” – Napoleon
American born Napoleon Hill is considered to have influenced more people
into success than any other person in history. He has been perhaps the
most influential man in the area of personal success technique
development, primarily through his classic book Think and Grow Rich
which has helped million of the people and has been important in the
life of many successful people such as W. Clement Stone and Og
Napoleon Hill was born into poverty in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the
Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. At the age of 10 his mother died,
and two years later his father remarried. He became a very rebellious
boy, but grew up to be an incredible man. He began his writing career at
age 13 as a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers and went on to
become America’s most beloved motivational author. Fighting against all
class of great disadvantages and pressures, he dedicated more than 25
years of his life to define the reasons by which so many people fail to
achieve true financial success and happiness in their life.
During this time he achieved great success as an attorney and
journalist. His early career as a reporter helped finance his way
through law school. He was given an assignment to write a series of
success stories of famous men, and his big break came when he was asked
to interview steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie commissioned
Hill to interview over 500 millionaires to find a success formula that
could be used by the average person. These included Thomas Edison,
Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, Charles M. Schwab,
Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley Jr, John Wanamaker, WIlliam Jennings
Bryan, George Eastman, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, John D.
Rockefeller, F. W. Woolworth, Jennings Randolph, among others.
He became an advisor to Andrew Carnegie, and with Carnegie’s help he
formulated a philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts and
experience of a multitude of rags-to-riches tycoons. It took Hill over
20 years to produce his book, a classic in the Personal Development
field called Think and Grow Rich. This book has sold over 7 million
copies and has helped thousands achieve success.
The secret to success is very simple but you’ll have to read the book to
find out what it is!
Napoleon Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful
career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success.
His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the
cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the
all time best-seller in the field.
Perhaps no other success book has influenced more people than Napoleon
Hill’s Classic Think and Grow Rich. Since it’s introduction in 1937,
millions of copies have been sold around the world. It still remains one
of the top selling books of its kind.
Several years ago I came across a biography of Hill on a PBS show and it
was an eye-opening adventure into the life of a man whose days were not
the smooth sailing I had always assumed they were.
Napoleon struggled against a myriad of obstacles throughout his life
many of which were brought on by some of the earlier choices he had
made. I can’t count the number of times he became broke and penniless
following a highly successful venture gone sour. His personal life was
as spotted as his financial life and a recounting of that could easily
consume a full book.
I would have thought that my discovery of his many flaws would cause me
to lose respect for him, and thus doubt the veracity of his teachings
that have influenced me for more than twenty years. But it is quite the
opposite. Having listened to the struggles of this very human man has
given me a whole new perspective of respect, even awe, of the incredible
resilience and persistence that he displayed repeatedly against
sometimes massive odds.
I now understand that he didn’t write about some theory of how to think
and grow rich. He wrote from experience his numerous experiences and the
experiences of America’s most successful.
While the casual observer would believe that this book is only about
making money, those of us who have studied it for years know otherwise.
It’s about a better way to live a rich life. And for that I am grateful
that Napoleon gave so much of himself in order that he might leave us
with this incredible work.