The offices of the Napoleon Hill Foundation are located on the beautiful campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. If you ever get the chance to visit our office, you will see the brand new sign that welcomes visitors. It was just placed in the ground this week by the UVA-Wise staff. Additionally, you will also get the chance to see the bronze plaque honoring Napoleon Hill. This plaque was previously located at the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center and is a great memorial to Napoleon Hill’s accomplishments.
This summer the Napoleon Hill Foundation will be releasing a new book entitled Wishes Won’t Bring Riches. This book is composed of a series of writings that Napoleon Hill first wrote during the 1940s and is the third book in the Mental Dynamite series. If you haven’t already, I urge you to read the first two books in this series, The Path to Personal Power and How to Own Your Own Mind. These books will truly help you in your journey to success.
The students for the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s certified instructor course are scheduled to visit the headquarters of the Foundation on May 24 – 27, 2018. For the past eighteen years, the Napoleon Hill Foundation offices have been located on the campus of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. For those of you who don’t know, Wise, Virginia is a little town located in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. This is the place where Napoleon Hill grew up and became the man who gave us the seventeen principles of success. I think our students are in for a treat because they will be experiencing the landscape and the people of this beautiful part of Virginia. We will be enjoying the typical kind of spring weather that no doubt a young high spirited Oliver Napoleon Hill played in at one time. This is the place where Napoleon Hill’s stepmother helped him find his purpose. Our students will be seeing Napoleon Hill’s philosophy from a new angle, from the mountains of Virginia.
Judith Williamson was Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center and served in this position for eighteen years. As a great educator, Judy encouraged her students to have an open mind and learn new concepts they would not ordinarily consider. Judy was a prolific writer for this e-zine from its inception. She was a wonderful person to work with. One of the things I discovered about Judy was that she is a true lover of all things Irish. I think that she travels to Ireland more than I go to the movies! On St. Patrick’s Day, Judy sent me some pictures of the Patricks in her family and it reminded me of a book that I read by Brian Buffini.
Jim Stovall and Ray H. Hull, Ph.D., recently published a book called The Art of Communication. I think Jim and Ray could not have picked a better time to release this book because it appears that effective communication has been lost in today’s world. I would like to point out that not everyone has lost the ability to communicate properly, but the manner we all communicate can be improved.
Recently, I visited the offices of a large coal company near Wise, Virginia. I was pleasantly surprised to find that positive encouragement signs were posted all over the building. These signs helped to reinforce the idea that every employee was important and beneficial to the company. One sign read, “Behind every strong coal miner is an even stronger family who stands by them and loves them will all their heart.”
About twenty years ago, I organized a three hour course at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise that was based on Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Success. At that time, I was still working as a bank president and had not begun working for the Napoleon Hill Foundation yet. Additionally, I taught the first course called "Keys to Success" at UVA-Wise about twelve times after that. I read numerous books on success that would complement the course material and tried to bring real-life examples to the class.
At the present time, it seems that people all over the world are either attending, watching, or reading about the Winter Olympic Games that are being held in South Korea. There are many athletes proudly representing their country in this friendly global competition. I believe that there is nothing wrong with watching the Winter Olympics, or any sporting event for that matter, but just like in life, too many people are spectators and not participants.
Napoleon Hill’s philosophy strongly emphasizes optimism and faith in yourself as key ingredients for achieving long-lasting success. Applied Faith is one of the most important principles and it is listed as one of Napoleon Hill’s “Big Four,” along with Definiteness of Purpose, Going the Extra Mile, and the Mastermind. Napoleon Hill defined faith as the head chemist of the mind. Hill said that when faith was blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind picks up the vibration and translates it into its spiritual and physical equivalent.