Ezine 531 | 24 March 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“Most people are not influenced largely by reason; they are swayed by emotion, or feeling.”



Have you ever given away a book? I am sure most of us have. Have you ever wondered if that book had a positive influence on the recipient?

Well, let me tell you a wonderful example of what a book can do for the reader. Whether the book is one of Jim Stovall’s books, Napoleon Hill’s books, Judith Williamson’s, or any other author, books will help the reader become the person they are capable of becoming.

I have not read anywhere near the number of books that Jim Stovall has read, but I have consumed more than a thousand.

One of the latest books I read was Hillbilly Heart by country musician, Billy Ray Cyrus. Billy Ray was born in the coal mining area of Eastern Kentucky in the little town of Louisa. He grew up and went to college, mostly to play baseball, as he was good when the scouts came to see him play. In college, an incident changed his life when his kindness to animals got him into trouble. He took a stray dog into his dorm room, which was a violation of school policy. Billy Ray was expelled and the stray dog was put to sleep. Who committed the biggest grievance? The person who expelled Billy Ray and put the dog to sleep or Billy Ray himself?

Billy Ray was playing baseball and was hoping to make it to the pros when a book changed his life. He was given a copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. He said that when he read the book (which in Hillbilly Heart is the chapter named Buy a Guitar and Start a Band) a voice told him what to do. The musician tells the importance of persistence that he learned from Napoleon Hill. The story would probably remind the reader of the story in Think and Grow Rich about Three Feet from Gold.

When Cyrus’ band was making as little as $50 a night, in tough night clubs, he did not quit. The persistence he learned from Think and Grow Rich helped him find gold through music. We have all listened to “Achy Breaky Heart” and today, the world knows about his daughter Miley Cyrus.

Read Billy Ray Cyrus’ book, Hillbilly Heart, and I will leave it up to you to discover how Miley got her name.

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

“The thoughts they had were the parents of the actions they did; their feelings were parents of their thoughts.” ~Thomas Carlyle

Dear Readers:

Today peace of mind is harder to acquire and maintain than ever before in history. Multiple distractions engage our attention minute by minute and it is nearly impossible to turn off the media that works to capture our attention. No matter where you turn it seems that the question “Have you heard . . . ?” is on everyone’s lips. The newest segment of news, the newest gossip, the newest recipe, the newest product, it doesn’t matter — all compete for our attention. Information overload is a true cause of stress and can lead to disease and worse. Dr. Hill proposes establishing a routine for creating peace of mind in order to create the calm that can lead to increased creativity. When a person spirals out of control the only way to achieve peace of mind is to return to the unchanging center that is the hub of each of us – our spiritual self.

Certain meditations can promote our tuning out the world in order to tune in to our higher spiritual self. Silence, stillness, nature, calming sounds, aromas, and simple walking can assist in our checking out from the mundane in order to check into our true center. We tire more easily when we are not exposed to or do not utilize basic components for relaxation. The more stressful we have become, the harder it is to work backwards and find our eternal selves. Today’s society encourages us to just do one more thing, just stay a bit longer on the job, just commit to being more by doing more, and soon the well that we draw from runs dry. You know it when it happens because things such as laughter, joy, happiness, engagement, and relationships all seem to be very distant from our reality. Life ceases to be fun and seems like work.

Just by purposefully taking time to be in the now without past or future demands can serve us well. Stopping to refuel is a necessity for our cars and why not for our bodies and our psyches? Wanting to experience rest and play is not extraneous to success, it is the pathway to success. Do not feel guilty about taking a recess from life, but rather schedule those recesses daily, maybe even multiple times. Joy brings life to our soul, and our soul is our conduit to life. It works in reciprocal fashion. Without life there is no joy and without joy there is no life. With joy life take on new energy and new meaning.

If you are unsure where to begin, try walking. Next, try walking with a purpose or agenda. Finally, try walking for transformation. Two authors, Julia Cameron and Lauren Artress focus on walking as a healing art that can and does inspire healing and creativity. By engaging your body in an exercise that takes little thinking, you free up your mind to solve problems that you might be facing. Walking erases the blackboard of existence and give us a clean slate from which to begin anew. Two books, The Sacred Path Companion by Lauren Artress and Walking in this World by Julia Cameron will get you started on the right track.

You do not have to read the book cover to cover, just pick out a few practices that appeal to you and take action. I guarantee you that you will return to each and try a few more suggestions. Pretty soon you will have a compendium of practices that make you a more creative, appealing and happy person! What more can you ask for in life?

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


Peace of Mind and Power of Mind
by Napoleon Hill

Since what you achieve in life depends on what you first conceive, and this depends first of all upon your deep, inner, subconsciously founded belief–you see that your life depends upon your power to believe.

No, your mere life-processes do not depend upon this power. The Eternal has made it possible for the supreme achievement of evolution, man, to stay alive even without knowing he is alive. The beating of the heart, the pumping of the lungs, the processes of digestion and other vital functions are taken care of by a part of the brain which takes care of itself.

Beyond this, man creates an ever better species. He aspires–and climbs to the heights of his aspiration. Seeing heights yet beyond, again he aspires–and achieves that peak, beyond which lies another and another.

Significantly, philosophers always have recognized the power of the quiet mind, the peaceful mind. This is far from being a mind empty of aspiration. It is, rather, a mind which can hold, judge and evaluate the highest forms of aspiration. Nor is a peaceful mind the exclusive property of a person who does not move about in the world and busy himself with the world’s manifold affairs, for some of the most peaceful minds are the busiest. Remember, we speak of inner peace, like a quiet center about which all else revolves, like a great rotating dynamo doing useful work and filled with energy, yet referring its rotation always to the unmoved pivot at its middle.

A mind at peace is a mind that is free to conceive greatly. It bears no great conflicts within its subconscious which may hamper the conscious mind and therefore conscious action. A mind at peace is a free mind. Its power is limitless.

Form your great beliefs on the basis of inward peace and they will be truly great–and they will be possible of achievement. Not possible to everyone, perhaps, but possible to the man who knows that peace of mind and power of mind are the same.

Source: Grow Rich With Peace of Mind. Plume/Penguin. 2007. Pgs. 203-204.

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by Christy Onabu

Recently, I have really been thinking and reflecting on why there is so much confusion in the world and why creations find it more challenging now to live right and imbibe virtues that make for better life and worthy of emulation. There is so much uncertainty and distrust in the world. Individuals are no longer in control of their personal lives and to a greater percentage it seems like things have fallen apart and the center cannot hold anymore. I always remember the art work gift I bought for myself and some friends from Gambia in 2009. It’s called the “Thinking Man”. Growing up we were thought WISDOM – to live wisely. Wisdom as we know is the application of knowledge and knowledge is received and processed information. Thus the quality of information we receive and process is very key to the quality of life we live. Information is either factual or accurate and should not be based on hearsay or other people’s opinion without any iota of truth and relevance. The later is the reason the center has collapsed in so many lives at individual and group levels. This is because the center is often times not built or shaped on facts about the Creator and the purpose for creation.

This center I call “ACCURATE THINKING” – the Eleventh (11th) Principle of the 17 principles of Individual Achievement by Napoleon Hill. This Principle is the foundation of all successful achievement. It analyzes the power of the human mind and is one of the profound subjects of Napoleon Hill Philosophy with the key to the secret of all successes and all failures. Accurate Thinking is the mental process that enables us to identify that which is TRUE and RELEVANT. It is more than critical thinking which is just our ability to analyze the agenda and thoughts of others. Accurate Thinking is concerned with creating new agendas, new thoughts and new visions. It is proactive rather than reactive. It is a system that can address problems before they occur. The mind is the greatest of all human assets and is a divine gift. This divine gift seats our thoughts and the power of our thought is the most mysterious and the greatest of all powers available. Every accomplishment in life whether it is good or bad develops first as a thought. Our power of thought can be used destructively or constructively for success and benefit for all mankind.

Read the rest of Christy’s article >>>

Christy Onabu
Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor
Christy can be reached at thcwisdom@yahoo.co.uk

Christy Onabu is one of the foremost Nigerian ambassador and crusader of Think and Grow Rich and the Napoleon Hill 17 Success Principles. A coach, mentor and change advocator.

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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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