Ezine 527 | 24 February 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“Going the extra mile tends to develop a keen, alert imagination because it is a habit that keeps you continuously seeking new and more efficient ways of rendering useful service.”



When Napoleon Hill began his journey on why some people are successful, he wrote his findings in an eight volume set of books he called Law of Success. Hill saw the importance of the habit of doing more than paid for and he devoted one of the sixteen lessons to this subject. In fact, he wrote over fifty pages on the topic.

When Hill wrote the Master Key to Riches in 1945, he wrote about how Definiteness of Purpose and the habit of Going the Extra Mile constitute a force in combination of principles which staggers the imagination of even the most imaginative people. These are but two of the seventeen principles of individual achievement.

In writing about Going the Extra Mile, Hill states: “ 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 then 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.”

Hill put emphasis on the fact that going the extra mile did not require anyone’s permission.

Throughout his long career, Hill considered Going the Extra Mile to be one of the essential principles for success. The sooner each of us realizes the importance of Going the Extra Mile and put it into practice, we will then receive the riches of life.

Having put this principle into use, I can attest to the value.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
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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

“We climb mountains so that we may see the world; not so the world may see us. ~David McCullough

Dear Readers:

The Blueprint to Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude and Lessons of the Labyrinth are two examples of individual authors Going the Extra Mile. Both Robert Newell and Uriel “Chino” Martinez took it upon themselves to continue the exploration of topics that interested them from ideas shared in classroom discussion. The subjects of their books caught and retained their interest as their learned about these specialized areas through the study of Napoleon Hill. It has been said that one thing leads to another, and that statement is true with both of these books.

Robert Newell saw the need for better materials for study in correctional institutions and elsewhere and decided to create a blueprint for a better life through the exercises that he compiled after being inspired in his own life. Oftentimes students need a more consistent plan in order to proceed with life changes and Robert has painstakingly sat down, learned the material, and next transformed the material into a guidebook, or as he names it, a blueprint to success. Currently, he is sharing copies of his book within institutions where lives can be changed for the better. Anyone always can change for the better, so this material is not restricted in use for a certain person or institution. Rather, if you are looking for a process to achieve success based on Dr. Hill and W. Clement Stone’s writings, read and complete these exercises and wonders will be worked in your life. By Going the Extra Mile, Robert has given us a gift of opportunity that works if you work it.

Lessons of the Labyrinth is a similar book in conception since it too demonstrates the purpose and potential outcomes of incorporating the meditative labyrinth walk in our lives. By taking an hour monthly or weekly to walk purposefully in meditation, an individual may receive some clarity in dealing with life’s situations, and also may receive some unexpected guidance as this journey of a thousand steps is taken in anticipation of a more meaningful life experience. The author, Chino, believes that through reflection and walking with a purpose, more understanding can flow into our lives as a result. Seekers generally are on a pathway to find life’s purpose and the labyrinth is a tool that helps those on a journey uncover depth and meaning in life’s twists and turns. Chino has created labyrinths around the world, and through his dedication in teaching the plan and purpose of this walking meditation, he has enlightened and given participants a gift that demonstrates that how each of us can simply walk with intention and find answers or solutions to our concerns.

When we go the extra mile, it is not intended to be a selfish activity. It is a gift that we give without cost or with the expectation of a return investment. When freely given and sent out to the Universe for everyone, positive energy is created and surrounds the giver because something useful has been sent forward in a spirit of love and harmony for everyone’s good. That type of gift is not diminished by “what’s in it for me,” but rather expands because even though the giver is in the gift, the projection is to the entire world in order to make it a better place in which to live.

Both Robert and Chino have made a worthy contribution to practices that have life-changing capacities for all of us. Within each of us is this gift or talent bestowed from on High. As we study, learn, and do the expanded work of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, the next step is to give back. And, then it is time to begin again with new interests and opportunities. Perhaps, by reading and completing one or both books you too will find an area of personal interest that you can grow and expand as your gift to the world.

May you be inspired and activated to take your personalized interests one step forward into physical reality as our two featured authors today have done. I promise that if you do you will be the better for it and so will the world!

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


A Labor of Love
by Napoleon Hill

Going the extra mile also serves to build the confidence of others on one’s integrity and general ability, and it aids one in mastering the destructive habit of procrastination. It develops definiteness of purpose, without which one cannot hope for success. That alone would be enough to justify it. It gives you an objective, so that you don’t go around and around in circles like a goldfish in a bowl, always coming back to where you started with something that you didn’t start out with. Definiteness of purpose comes out of this business of going the extra mile. It also enables you to make your work a joy instead of a burden–you get to where you love it. If your’re not engaged in a labor of love, you’re wasting a lot of your time.

One of the greatest joys in the world is being permitted to engage in the thing that you would rather do than all other things. When you’re going the extra mile, you’re doing just exactly that. You don’t have to do it, nobody expects you to do it, and nobody asks you to do it. Certainly no employer would ask his employees to go the extra mile. He might ask for extra help once in a while, but he wouldn’t do it as a regular thing. It’s something that you do on your own initiative, and it gives a dignity to your labor. Even if you’re digging a ditch, you’re helping somebody, and there’s a certain dignity to that which takes the fatigue and the unpleasantness out of the labor.

Going the extra mile often gives the greatest amount of joy. You might think you go the extra mile being married, but what about before you get married? Believe me, I spent a lot of time burning midnight oil and I didn’t consider it hard work at all. It was my own idea and I used my initiative, but I also got a lot of joy out of doing it and I made it pay off. When you’re courting the girl of your choice (or being courted by the man of your choice), it’s marvelous how much sleep you can lose and still not be seriously hurt by it. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if you could put the same attitude into your relations with people professionally or in the business that you put into courtship? We’re going to start sparking again. It’s going to start at home, with our own mates. I couldn’t begin to tell you the number of married couples that I’ve started in on a new sparking spree. They’re getting a lot of joy out of it. It saves a lot of friction and a lot of argument. It cuts down expenses. Go ahead and laugh, but it will do you good.

Source: Your Right To Be Rich. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. Penguin. 2015. Pgs. 90-91.

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Going the Extra Mile
by Robert I. Newell

Going the Extra Mile is PMA in action. Every successful person has a willingness to put their faith into action and help others without expecting a reward, payment, or acknowledgment. They do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. What person in your life would epitomize this?

Going the Extra Mile is providing extra service, with the highest possible quality, than you are being paid to do. It is more than ‘dotting the I’s’ and ‘crossing the T’s’, it is seeking to provide an unexpectedly positive experience to the receiver. Going the Extra Mile allows you to leverage your Pleasing Personality, Enthusiasm, and Personal Initiative as you actively share yourself with your environment. Do you seek to delight your family, community, and business associates? If not, you may be missing out on opportunities for instant happiness and future compensation.

The Extra Mile Formula, developed by Napoleon Hill, represents the benefit of Going the Extra Mile:

Q1 + Q2 + MA = C
Q1 = quality of service; Q2 = quantity of service; MA = mental attitude; C = compensation

Your mental attitude is critical to increasing or decreasing your potential compensation. The right mental attitude provides the courage to take action. Remember, compensation is not always financial; it means all potential tangible and intangible outcomes. It may include self-satisfaction, new friends, referrals, or new job opportunities. Sound Advice: “Share that which is most desirable and withhold the rest.”

You do not need permission to Go the Extra Mile. Decide today and get into action. Volunteer at your local place of worship, community center, or civic organization, then get busy. Want to keep it simple? Find a family member or neighbor that needs help and practice The Golden Rule, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Robert I. Newell
Robert can be reached at robertnewellmba@gmail.com

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Robert I. Newell, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, was born in 1968. He is a graduate of Glenville High School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Since 1984, Robert has served as a mentor, teacher, coach, and leader to adults and youth throughout the United States. As a Certified Instructor of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Robert is dedicated to helping individuals improve their lives and achieve success.

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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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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 March 14 and is available for pre-order 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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The Other Side of the Mind

by W. Clement Stone and Norma Lee Browning

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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