Ezine 352 | 31 March 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“If one looks upon failure as a sort of nudge from the Hand of Destiny which signals him to move in another direction, and if he acts upon that signal, the experience is practically sure to become a blessing. If he accepts failure as an indication of his weakness and broods over it until it produces an inferiority complex, then it is a curse.”



Napoleon Hill wrote in his 1937 classic book, Think and Grow Rich, that it was written for the millions of men and women living in poverty and the fear of poverty.

Recently, Sound Wisdom has published the original 1937 Think and Grow Rich and it is an exact copy of Napoleon Hill’s personal copy. The cover contains the following words at the top of the book: For Men and Women who Resent Poverty.

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon listed ill health as one of the major causes of failure. Hill stated that no person may enjoy outstanding success without good health. He also said that many of the causes of ill health are subject to mastery and control.

Among the causes of ill health that can be controlled are as follows:

1. Overeating of foods not conducive to health
2. Wrong habits of thought: giving expression to negatives
3. Wrong use of, and over indulgence in sex
4. An inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing

In Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success wherein he discusses the 17 principles of personal achievement, he listed Maintain Sound Health as one of the principles.

Keys to Success is the textbook that is most often used to teach the principles of success in colleges, high schools, and prisons.

Hill wrote that to get the greatest vigor and fullest use of the concept of health of mind and body, you must understand two important points:

1. Your body and mind are one, effectively a mind-body
2. Your mind-body is, in turn, one with nature

The health of your mind and body cannot be separated. Anything that affects the soundness of your mind will affect your body, and anything that affects your body will touch your mind. This is the meaning of the term mind-body.

Hill continued to stress maintaining health and by this he meant mind-body health. Hill lived to be 87 years old and published Grow Rich with Peace of Mind in his eighth decade of life. And, throughout his writings, he continues to stress both wealth combined with the importance of maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
Executive Director



You Never Can Tell
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You never can tell when you send a word,
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart,
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
In God’s productive soil
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
With shelter for those who toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe –
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.





“Any business whose management has the foresight to adopt a policy which consolidates management, employees and the public it serves in a spirit of team work, provides itself with an insurance policy against failure.” ~Napoleon Hill

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Vintage Essays By Judy Williamson, Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumnet

“Adversity often leads to prosperity.” ~American Proverb

Dear Readers:

Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Florence Scovel Shinn are two authors worth reading. Ella Wilcox wrote popular poetry on many topics and Florence Shinn’s most remembered book is The Game of Life and How to Play It (1925). Dr. Hill often quoted Ella Wilcox because her poetry stated many concepts clearly and concisely. Florence Shinn’s contribution heavily involved autosuggestion and tapping into the subconscious for results in living a strong and purposeful life. Both women actively contributed to the New Age movement that was developing during their lifetime.

I like these authors because they reinforce the idea of holding positive thoughts during periods of adversity. Each felt that it was important to direct your mind to what you wanted and not what you did not want. This new age thought encouraged people to explore and utilize their mental capacity to the fullest in order to create the life they wanted, and not the life they feared would overtake them. When you consider this course of action, there is much truth in the concept.

By opening our minds to lessons we learn though adversity, we can begin to control future outcomes more fully. If health is an issue and setbacks have occurred, you can begin to correct the course that you are on by learning and practicing techniques for healthier living. Most of us know what to do and how to do it, but we do not take the corrective action in order to put these practices into action. Action is what it takes in order to turn adversity into advantage. Children and parents today have to be taught healthier lifestyles since they are falling prey to becoming housebound and media driven. Too much media and not enough creative play with outdoor activities included causes children to become less healthy, more overweight, and unfortunately less social. Action needs to be taken to reverse this trend that is being addressed in elementary school and programs such as Head Start across our nation.

We, as adults, can model better behaviors by taking an interest in our personal health and well-being. Increased activity, improved diets, and less media will engage our minds, bodies, and spirits, and advance our total well-being. This is not something that occurs spontaneously, but something that we must learn about and change in our daily living practices.

Both Wilcox and Shinn can help to open your eyes to new possibilities and insights as well as change the manner in which you experience and encounter life. Take a moment and read some of their offerings. It just might put you on a new path to improved living conditions for not only yourself but those you care about right now.

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


Adversity: Blessing or Curse?
by Napoleon Hill

The American way of life is constantly being challenged by a variety of subversive philosophies which seek to destroy it. This challenge calls for a new and better spirit of understanding, a more practical plan of cooperation, between those who believe in the American way of life and the American system of free enterprise. That new and better spirit may be found in a single sentence:

Help thy brother’s boat across and lo!
Thine own hath reached the shore.

It is desirable that individuals learn how to convert defeat into an asset. But it is no less essential that the people of America as a whole learn this same lesson, for we cannot escape the fact that our national security, our material wealth, and the entire American way of life, depend upon our acceptance and application of the principles of being our brother’s keeper.

Defeat can best be converted into an asset through organized, friendly cooperation. But action is a necessary fundamental of all achievement, whether individual or group.

There are three types of defeat: the loss of material things–wealth, position, property, or opposition growing out of friction in human relationships; and defeat from within wherein one loses contact with the spiritual forces of his being, is overcome by discouragement, fear, worry or anxiety and gives up and quits trying.

But all types of defeat will yield readily to friendly, cooperative action.

Here are some of the potential benefits which can result from failure or defeat: Defeat may often break a negative habit and release your energies for a fresh start through the acceptance of more desirable habits. Physical illness, for example, is nature’s way of breaking up established habits of the body which have resulted in maladjustments of the physical organs, thus freeing you to form other habits more conducive to sound health.

Defeat may have the effect of supplanting vanity and arrogance with humility of heart, thus paving the way for the formation of more harmonious human relationships. It may cause you to take self-inventory and to uncover the weakness which brought about your defeat.

Defeat may lead to the development of a stronger willpower, provided you accept it as a challenge to greater effort and not as a signal to stop trying. This is perhaps the greatest potential benefit to be found in defeat, because the seed of equivalent benefit which exists in the circumstances of all defeat abides entirely in your own mental attitude. It is, therefore, under your control.

Source: PMA The Science of Success. Educational Edition. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. 1983. Pgs. 390-392.

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Adversity and Defeat
by Diane Lampe

What if every time adversity and defeat showed up in our life…we could change it?
You can…

Napoleon Hill has such a great way of helping us embrace and change our view of whatever is happening in our life at any given moment.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill
And, the good news is…there is no such thing as defeat until we accept it as such! As we go thru life’s twists and turns, Napoleon Hill states that the best application is making sure we apply a Positive Mental Attitude to what we normally would view as “failure.” When we reframe it as only “temporary defeat,” our attitude toward everything in our life will change…for the better, of course.

I was personally amazed how failure or defeat provides a lesson that could be learned in no other way than through defeat and turning this lesson into an asset in our lives.

Remember, what does not get repaired, will be repeated. Defeat becomes a destructive force only when it is accepted as failure! So, when accepted as teaching some needed lesson, it is always a blessing.

What can you do today about something in your life that you may have felt defeated? Stop, right now, and take a few minutes to reframe it, you’ll be glad you did!

Diane Lampe
Diane can be reached at www.dianelampe.com

Diane Lampe is President and COO of The Lampe Company, LLC., a multi-million dollar financial services business she owns and operates with her husband, Bill. Diane has used Napoleon Hill’s master work, The Law of Success, in their business for the past 11 years. She attributes much of their success to understanding and teaching the Napoleon Hill 17 principles of success. She is a best-selling author and co-author of “The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill” published through the Napoleon Hill Foundation and has achieved international recognition with the Napoleon Hill Foundation Leader Certification program.

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Foundations for Success


Think and Grow Rich:
The 1937 Edition
by Napoleon Hill

This edition of Napoleon Hill’s Classic Think and Grow Rich is a reproduction of Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, the ONLY original version recommended by The Napoleon Hill Foundation, originally printed in March of 1937.

The most famous of all teachers of success spent a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort to produce the Law of Success philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized and explained for the general public in this book.

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The Amazing Adventures of Oliver Hill

Wisdom for Winners


Foundations for Success

The Little Book of Leadership


Napoleon Hill Is on the Air!: The Five Foundations for Success

by Napoleon Hill

In 1953, at the pinnacle of his career, beloved motivational speaker Napoleon Hill—whose classic Think and Grow Rich continues to inspire millions—distilled his lifetime work into a series of live radio broadcasts. In each one, Hill walked his listeners through one of the Five Foundations for Success—what he described as absolute musts connected to “practically all achievement that’s worth mentioning.”

Napoleon Hill Is on the Air! comprises those never-before-published transcripts in an engaging Q&A format. Together they provide deep analysis of the “Big Five” principles and how to apply them for maximum benefit in business and relationships. The transcripts also offer rich, off-the-cuff insights and inspirational stories derived from Hill’s years spent studying American icons, including Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Charles M. Schwab, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This remarkable book offers a unique perspective on Napoleon Hill’s groundbreaking principles of success—as practical and powerful today as when he first discovered them.

The Foundation has partnered with the Grand Harbor Press Division of Amazon to publish a number of previously unpublished radio and television broadcasts by Napoleon Hill. Called the “Napoleon Hill is On The Air” series, the first of the books is “The Five Foundations for Success.” It will be published on Tuesday and can be ordered now on Amazon. It consists of radio broadcasts made by Dr. Hill in Jackson, Mississippi in 1953. In these broadcasts, he concentrated on what he considered to be the “Big 5” of his seventeen success principles. This powerful book also contains an introduction by Dr. Charles Johnson, Dr. Hill’s nephew, which is the only public pronouncement about his uncle that Dr. Johnson has ever made.

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Napoleon Hill’s Daily Journal for Everyday Women

by Napoleon Hill & Judith Williamson

Napoleon Hill’s Daily Journal for Everyday Women is an intensive year long planning tool for a woman’s strategic life-plan development based upon Dr. Napoleon Hill’s 17 Success Principles. This journal is designed to coordinate with Dr. Hill’s teachings in such a way as to succinctly yet comprehensively cover all 17 success principles in the period of twelve months. Beginning at any time in the calendar year, this tool will coordinate a woman’s personal and professional goals in a systematic way so as to heighten personal success through daily planning and monthly reinforcement.

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Think and Grow Rich

by Napoleon Hill

As Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, I receive many requests from people wanting the original 1937 copy of Think and Grow Rich. To satisfy those of you who desire to have a 1937 unedited copy, we have reproduced Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, printed in March of 1937. The book has the notation, “not to be loaned,” and signed: Annie Lou Hill (the wife of Dr. Hill). This personal copy of Dr. Hill’s was given to me by Dr. Charles W. Johnson, Chairman of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and a nephew of Napoleon Hill. It was Napoleon Hill who sent Dr. Johnson to medical school, and today he is a practicing cardiologist. Charlie refers to Napoleon Hill as “Uncle Nap” and will often makes the statement, “Uncle Nap would be proud of the Foundation today.” The original 1937 manuscript was written and edited with the assistance of Napoleon’s wife. In later years, the existing document was again edited by Dr. Hill. For example, the Foundation owns a 1958 edition that Hill edited personally. This did not lessen the book’s value in Hill’s judgment. Hill made the editing remarks in his own handwriting and the resulting 1960 edited edition has sold over 100 million copies making it the most read self-help book of all time

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The Little Book of Leadership

By: Jeffrey Gitomer

This comprehensive book will help you understand your situation, identify your opportunities, create your objectives, execute by action and delegation, and establish a leadership position through enthusiasm, brilliance, action, collaboration, resilience, and achievement.

The time for real-world leadership is NOW. This is a leadership book that transcends theory and philosophy, and gets right down to brass tacks and brass tactics, and adds a few brass balls.It’s full of practical, pragmatic, actionable ideas and strategies that when implemented assure respect and loyalty – and ensure long-term success and legacy.

The 12.5 Leadership Strengths revealed in this book will challenge you, admonish you, guide you, and create new success opportunities for you.

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