Ezine 530 | 17 March 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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When you think of Ireland, what comes to your mind? St. Patrick’s Day, good luck charms, beautiful, green country sides, friendly people, and many more things come to my mind when I think of Ireland.

Ireland is a place that once you have visited and spent time there, it becomes a part of who you are. Whether it be the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, or the Guinness Storehouse. The Blarney Castle has to be viewed in person to be truly appreciated. I can also assure you that you will never forget the Irish pubs with their Irish music.

For example, can you imagine a place where the policemen do not carry guns except in extreme cases? The policemen are called Protectors of the Peace. The crime number, compared to the US, is simply amazing per millions of people. The murder rate in the US is many times that of Ireland.

Talk to anyone who has been to Ireland and likely, they will say it is a beautiful place, a place of meditation, a chance to start anew. A trip to Ireland gives hope, inspiration, and a greater appreciation of life. It leaves a beautiful memory and leaves people planning for another visit in the future.

Probably the only thing better than spending time in Ireland is to visit with friends who have been to Ireland, and love to learn and to share their knowledge with others.

Not getting personal, but a visit to Ireland, especially after a loss, helps to bring a peace to oneself that simply cannot be put in words. If you have never been to Ireland, you will never even be able to imagine what you have missed. Whether an old castle or a local pub, your experience could not be obtained without a visit.

I urge you to go and once you spend time with the Irish, their beauty, history, and living pace, it will let you know that the visit is priceless.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
Executive Director




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

“In youth we learn, in age we understand.” ~Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Dear Readers:

I would like to introduce you to Don Green, the Executive Director for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. You probably already know him, but just in case you don’t I will give you a little background. Don and I have worked together for the past 17 years in all things regarding Napoleon Hill, and I have come to know a great deal about him. For example, he once carved his wife’s name – Phyl (short for Phyllis) on a silver dollar and still has it as a keepsake. Who could give that up? Worth far beyond its face value in precious memories. Also, as I do, Don loves animals and has raised a bear, a monkey, and even some snakes (he can keep the snakes!) but I always wanted a pet monkey and bears seem so worthy of friendship because everyone can relate to Smokey the Bear!

Don travels too, and almost two years ago joined a group traveling to Ireland with myself and my husband Bob. I was afraid that the enchantment of Ireland escaped him until a few days ago when he told me that he would like to go back. Wonders never cease! In fact, his Facebook photo shows him sporting his dapper Irish hat that he purchased when we were in Sligo. I figure that the fairies must have gotten to him to show off his purchase. In fact, Don has just mailed in his ancestry.com DNA kit and I have a feeling that he is more Irish than he wants to admit! Can’t wait to hear him tell the results.

Why do I go into these details about Don? Well, because these little tidbits of information are what makes us human and interesting. If all we know about a person is his or her social security number and maybe address and mobile numbers, life can be pretty boring. But, as we get to know one another and share our interests and passions, we create memories that last a lifetime. What more is there to living than this?

What to know more? Well, Don has authored a book that is available on Amazon.com that details significant events and the earned wisdom acquired during his lifetime. It is entitled: Everything I Know About Success I Learned from Napoleon Hill: Essential Lessons for Using the Power of Positive Thinking

Don is braver than I am. When in college studying English Literature, I fantasized about writing a great novel, but I had no life experience. Now, I have the experiences, but would not be coaxed to share my many secret life lessons. They were learned the hard way, and that is what makes them so precious to me. So, I am keeping my mouth shut! I belong to the club that burns their journals when they die!

But, contrary to the cliché that women talk more, Don is willing to share what he has learned and processed for everyone to read and glean information from in his “tell all” book. For me, it is the little glimpses into Don’s past and present that make him an interesting boss and friend. When I need advice about banking or financial information, I ask Don. And, in the future if I ever acquire a bear or a monkey, I know who to check with for the best caregiver’s advice. In the meantime, I have to be content with my dog, cats, lovebirds, and occasional raccoons and possums on my deck. You can bet your life that if a bear shows up I will throw him a Little Debbie cupcake and when he goes after it I will run in the other direction. That is Don’s best advice on how to distract a bear. Worth knowing. Good stuff. Hope I never have the opportunity to test it out.

In the meantime, read Don’s book and you will find all the advice you need based on living the philosophy of Napoleon Hill. Life’s lessons are unique for each one of us. What better way to spend a life than by living it embracing a common sense philosophy that applies to everyman and yields the same results? As Don tells us, if you learn and use the secrets of success, you too can be as successful as you desire to be. It all may start with a monkey on your back in a backyard circus of your own creation, but soon your performance will surpass anyone’s imagination.

As for Don, knowing him has enriched my life. I always appreciate his assistance, advice, and stories galore. How else would I know how to bait a bear? Good knowledge for just when I need it. In the nick of time! Could be there are bears afoot in Ireland too. No snakes thank the Good Lord. St. Patrick took care of those reptiles!

Thanks, Don, for going the extra mile and being a good sport with me all these years.

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


The Major Attributes of Personal Initiative
by Napoleon Hill

Personal initiative heads the list of qualities a successful leader must possess. These qualities are:

  • Personal Initiative.
  • The adoption of a definite major purpose.
  • The motive to inspire continuous action in pursuit of a definite major purpose.
  • A master mind alliance through which you may acquire the power to attain your definite purpose.
  • Self-reliance in proportion to the scope and object of your major purpose.
  • Self-discipline sufficient to insure mastery of the head and the heart, and to sustain your motives until they have been realized.
  • Persistence, based on the will to win.
  • A well-developed imagination, controlled and directed.
  • The habit of reaching definite and prompt decisions
  • The habit of basing opinions on known facts instead of relying on guesswork.
  • The habit of going the extra mile.
  • The capacity to generate enthusiasm at will, and to control it.
  • A well-developed sense of details.
  • The capacity to take criticism without resentment.
  • Familiarity with the ten basic motives that inspire all human action.
  • The capacity to concentrate your full attention upon one task at a time.
  • Willingness to accept full responsibility for the mistakes of subordinates.
  • The habit of recognizing the merits and abilities of others.
  • A positive mental attitude at all times.
  • The habit of assuming full responsibility for any job or task undertaken.
  • The capacity of applied faith.
  • Patience with subordinates and associates.
  • The habit of following through with any task once begun.
  • The habit of emphasizing thoroughness instead of speed.
  • Dependability, the only requirement of leadership that can be stated with one word — but no less important to success on that account.

There are qualities of minor importance which leadership in many fields of endeavour may require, but those listed above are on the must list of all able leaders. Measure any successful leader by the list and observe how many of the traits he applies, although he may do so unconsciously.

Source: PMA Science of Success.Educational Edition. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. 1983. Pgs. 201-203.

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Personal Initiative
by Fred Wikkeling

You may or may not know that “Personal Initiative” is Napoleon Hill’s 6th Principle in the Keys for Success. Being the Sixth Principle out of seventeen success Principles should give you a better sense as to the importance of Personal Initiative in relationship to the overall 17 Keys of Success. The sixth Key is what I call the DO IT NOW principle. I equate initiative with action, personal action. Things will only begin to happen when you start to make things happen. You can have the best plans, ideas and thoughts in your mind and nothing will happen until you take action. Like the old Chinese proverb elegantly says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. You can begin by taking one step and then taking another step and continuing the steps to cover the thousand mile journey. Now that’s example of personal initiative- Do it Now!! Starting and finishing what you set out to do is taking personal initiative. “Things do not happen by themselves.” A wise man once said “if you are on the fence- get off the fence.” Sooner than later you will quickly figure out if you are on the right or wrong side of the fence. Take Action Now. Do something positive and get off the fence. Do It Now! Do the things you have to as fast as you can so that you can do the things you want to do as long as you can!

Personal Initiative is something we are all born with. Here is an example of how you use Personal Initiative: when you were a baby, you took the initiative to learn how to rollover, you learned to crawl and as you learned how to pull yourselves up, you learned how to stand up right. Once you gained your balance, you learned how to take one step after another step. And you would fall and then you get up and you eventually learned how to walk fluidly. So you also learned to skip, jog and run. As you got older somehow you stop taking new steps and instead you take less steps. You stop jogging and stopped running and the older you get the less Initiative or actions you take. Have you ever heard it said “that many people die at the age of 30 and they do not get buried until the age of 70.” In other words most of you stop learning, stop growing at the age 30. You stopped pursuing your goals and dreams. You get so busy making a living instead of creating a life style. You may have forgotten about taking Personal Initiatives.

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Fred Wikkeling
Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor
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Fred is also a Realtor Emeritus (40 years of service), a certified Human Behavioral Specialist (“DISC” Instructor) and hypnotist.

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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 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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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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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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