Ezine 526 | 17 February 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“Without initiative no man will achieve success, no matter what he may consider success, because he will do nothing out of the ordinary run of mediocre work such as nearly all men are forced to do in order to have a place to sleep, something to eat, and clothes to wear.”



Personal initiative has been defined as a behavior that results in an individual taking an active and self-starting approach to work goals and tasks and persisting in overcoming barriers and challenges.

Hill listed the sixteen traits of personal initiative which start with having a definite major purpose in life and a plan for its attainment. Next, he describes the importance of forming a mastermind alliance which he described as essential in helping you achieve your major purpose. Maintain persistence and a will to finish, going the extra mile with a positive mental attitude tends to promote one’s own position with his employer.

Napoleon Hill wrote on the value of personal initiative like Charles Schwab who worked for Andrew Carnegie. By Schwab’s habit of going the extra mile he promoted himself.

Schwab himself told of a young man who met Schwab’s private railroad car and offered to work in a stenographer position as needed. Schwab asked the young man who sent him, and Williams advised that no one did. This was a display of personal initiative and going the extra mile. The service was not required but it got Williams favorable attention that led to many promotions.

Personal initiative is a trait that when displayed will pay increasing returns. The sooner this quality is put into practice, the sooner good results can be expected.

If you are not getting ahead in your life, I urge you to not miss this quality often in your daily life.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
Executive Director




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“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

“Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have . . . is the ability to take on responsibility. ~Michael Korda

Dear Readers:

When I recommend outside reading for followers of Napoleon Hill to consider, I am selecting books from my personal library that I have read, enjoyed, and learned a great deal from reading. To me, it’s like having a personal visit with the author. Sometimes people recommend authors to me, but most often I select my reading material myself based on the recommendations of the authors that I have read. Often at the end of each book, there might be included a bibliography for further reading in the same area of interest. I review these and make a mental note to expand my reading horizons by selecting one or two of the books for my future reading. I read just about anything if it interests me. Self-help books, cook books, novels, biographies, children’s books, whatever strikes my fancy. But, the books that I return to again and again are those that through reading have caught my attention or changed my worldview. This week, I would like you to consider reading Radical Gratitude and other life lessons learned in Siberia by Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers and Trusting God day by day by Joyce Meyer. Both of these books offer life lessons on what and how personal initiative can and does change the life you are living.

Whenever a book presents information on a life transition for a person, it is wise to pay attention. Reading about individuals going through personal hardships and how they used these “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” to construct a better life for themselves is constructive for the reader. The idea of “that could be my own story,” or “my story isn’t that bad,” gives the reader hope and ideas for their own future. Both Andy Bienkowski and Joyce Meyer took life situations that may have been insurmountable for others and transformed themselves into better people who live to service others. In doing so, they advance through their own sufferings and setbacks and are able to surmount what life has handed to them.

Andy Bienkowski states: “I look at helping others as a spiritual experience, as a type of service, based on the idea that each one of us is ‘our brother’s keeper.’ I am convinced that all of our difficulties–at the root level–deal with spiritual issues and that the most effective way of helping others is to always be aware of this.”

Joyce Meyer states: “Nobody is successful in any venture just by wishing they would be. Successful people make a plan and talk to themselves about that plan constantly. You can think things on purpose, and if you make what you think about match what you actually want to do, your feelings may not like it, but they will go along.”

Napoleon Hill states: “The greatest of all gifts is the gift of an opportunity for a man to make good on his own merits.”

Why not pick up one or both of these books, and keep a corresponding journal handy wherein you can jot down ideas and thoughts as you read. I believe that by the time you finish reading you will have a purpose and a plan that will work in tandem with the person you are meant to be.

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


January 1st, 1919
by Napoleon Hill

I am thankful that I was born poor–that I did not come into this world burdened by the whims of wealthy parents, with a bag of gold around my neck.

I am thankful for the adversities which have crossed my pathway, for they have taught me self-control, perseverance, tolerance and forgiveness.

I am thankful for the mistakes I have made; for through them I have learned the wisdom of caution.

I am thankful for having discovered that only that which I do for myself will be of permanent benefit to me.

I am thankful for having learned that I may enjoy real happiness in exact proportion to the extent that I help others to be happy.

I am thankful for having learned that before I can GET I must GIVE, and, that I will get exactly that which I give.

I am thankful for having learned that the best way to punish those who are unjust toward me is not to punish them at all, except by practicing the Golden Rule philosophy.

I am thankful for having learned, from the world war that has just closed, that brute force of MIGHT cannot win against that greater force of RIGHT, and, that this applies to an individual the same as to nations.

I am thankful for having learned the folly of engaging in any transaction which does not benefit all who participate.

I am thankful for having learned that “like attracts like”–that “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Source: Hill’s Golden Rule. A Monthly Magazine. January, 1919. Back Cover.

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Create Personal Initiative
by Ruth Neslo

When I think of personal initiative immediately I have a link in my mind thinking about going the extra mile. No going the extra mile without personal initiative. Also thoughts about how this principle from Napoleon Hills 17 principles of Personal Achievement has influenced my life in such a positive and outstanding way.

According to Andrew Carnegie there are two types of people who never amount to anything. “There are those who never do anything except what they are told to do. And there are those who cannot even do what they are told to do. The people who get ahead do the things that should be done without being told. And they don’t stop there. They go the extra mile and do much more than is expected of them.” Personal initiative is absolutely necessary if you are going to realize your goal. It will bring you advancement, attention and opportunity.

As a finance professional I served for a multinational and guided a team of five employees to process delayed orders with a net worth of 1,200k. We did this within six weeks even though they gave us three months for this. I motivated my team to implement some process improvements and producing some reports and writing manuals to prevent that this might happen again. Which was a bonus for the company as they did not ask for it. We gave more service then what was asked and this was not unnoticed by the Vice President. He promoted me from backlog team leader to Manager of Business Operations without having qualifications for this position.

Some major attributes of personal initiative are the adoption of a definite major purpose and self-discipline. Personal initiative is a demanding quality and its practices requires a good deal of mental resources.

When I started working at the age of fifteen I had several jobs, cleaning offices, working for elderly people at home, selling ice at the market place and more. Then I became pregnant at the age of seventeen and adopted my definite major purpose to create a better life for my child. So I went back to school for adults and had to travel once a week on Thursday evenings for almost two hours and vice versa for just one subject, economy, because I had to complete two years of schooling in one year’s time. While studying I had to work at night during the weekends at the post office because I had to keep up with my finances. I always dreamed of being an entrepreneur.

In 1998 I founded my own finance company called Busy-Nes. To increase my mental resources I started fifteen years ago with personal development. I attended courses, seminars, training and coaching. Even when it was out of town or in another country. Mostly without seeing other people of color which always raised the question to me how can I get more people of color involved. I became a trainer and coach myself and started my second company Neslo Institute for transforming your business and life.

No doubt if I had been sitting on the couch watching only TV or waiting for someone else to bring what I needed in my life I would have been a less successful person.

Taking personal initiative is key, no one is going to save you but yourself. You have to do the work in an outstanding way to get outstanding rewards. Personal initiative creates your future.


Ruth Neslo
Neslo Institute
Ruth can be reached at busynes@hotmail.com
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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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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.”

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The human mind today is undergoing the most exciting and intensive probing in the history of mankind. In this unusual and provocative book, W. Clement Stone, a hard-headed businessman, and Norma Lee Browning, a top reporter, combine forces to explore The Other Side of the Mind – the fascinating, often controversial world of mind phenomena. “Enough is known today about the capabilities of the brain to provide science with its greatest challenge,” writes Norma Lee Browning. “It is now evident that we are only scratching the surface of human potentialities. When the curtain of mystery is lifted from the last unexplored corner of the mind, there will be no limits to what the future may hold for shaping the destiny of mankind.” Here also is a bold challenge to each reader – a challenge to keep an open mind as you read about: -The strange psychic life of the Australian Aborigines. -The mystery of the fire-walkers of the Fiji Islands. -The yogis of India, who may hold the key which scientists everywhere are looking for to unlock the hidden reservoirs of human efficiency and energy. -The startling and significant research into mental telepathy that is being done by Soviet scientists of the highest caliber. -Extra-sensory perception and what the future holds for para-psychology. -The researches into hypnosis, cybernetics and ESB – electrical stimulation of the brain. -Lourdes, for whose cures medical science has no explanation. -The sensitives of mediums who claim to have special psychic powers and the honest appearing charlatans who prey upon the gullible. -How you can relate the facts in this book to your own life to develop and maintain your physical, mental, and moral well-being.

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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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