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Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“Creative vision has its base in the spirit of the universe which expresses itself through the brain of man.”



Are you a giver or are you a taker?

Winston Churchill is noted for his quote, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

At the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, I am president of the Foundation Board which is the fund raising department at the University. Money given to the college is used for many worthwhile purposes but mostly for scholarships.

UVA/Wise is in a remote area with an economy that has been based on coal for many years. The Napoleon Hill Foundation is located on the campus of this college. A large majority of the students are first members of their family to attend college.

In spite of the tremendous need of the college, the students last year graduated with the lowest debt load of any four-year public college in the United States.

All this has been possible by successful people who demonstrate the quote from Winston Churchill. Through the efforts of hard working dedicated employees and the support of many friends, the Napoleon Hill Foundation has been able to assist many students in furthering their college education.

Through seminars and educational courses, Judith Williamson and her staff have been successful in teaching Napoleon Hill’s seventeen principles all over the world. They have been assisted by certified instructors who have put their money and time into the support of the Napoleon Hill Foundation as well as helping to improve people’s lives in their home country.

A question we can all ask ourselves if we want to know if we are successful, is simply, “Am I a giver , or am I a taker?”

If you are not practicing the principle of giving, it may help to remember Acts 20:35 that simply states, “It is more blessed to give than receive.”

The next time you want something, ask yourself, “What do you intend to give for what you desire?” Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich listed the six steps to riches. The first step asks what do you want and number two asks what do you intend to give to earn what you desire.

The non-profit Napoleon Hill Foundation has many thousands of dedicated supporters, and we are contacted daily by people who want to get without giving.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
Executive Director



Just One
Author Unknown

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!





“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

“May your every wish be granted.” ~Ancient Chinese Curse

Dear Readers:

“How do I give of myself creatively?” has been a long standing question that humanity still has not answered correctly.  The Bible tells us to give alms to the poor, respect to our parents, praise to the Almighty, and forgiveness to those who harm us, but what does this look like in everyday living?  Well, simply by chipping in a dollar or five in a collection, cards on holidays to those we “love,” and leaving well enough alone when deciding not to help others is a poor excuse for service.  We all do that.  Creative giving is responding beyond the expectations and demands of society and going one or two steps more.  Things that are easy and common for you may be uncommon for others.  When needed, your advice may be more appreciated than a pat on the back and a “you can do it – go get ’em” affirmation.  Little things do mean a lot.

For example, when my furnace quit working and I was dumbfounded, my brother-in-law from miles away looked at photographs I sent and told me that I had the batteries backwards in the wall thermostat.  When I needed quotes on my tractor and attachments, my farmer friends told me to find the VIN number, miles used, and what type of attachments I had, and they would help determine the value.  When I needed to know how to watch a special series on my computer, my grade school friend told me how to find a download that offered the episodes.  And, when my speedometer on my Hyundai went crazy, my friend purchased a replacement and states that he will repair it while I am traveling. Strangely, little gifts find their way to my desk many mornings such as a colourful plant, CDs of special music, and sometimes cookies or fruits.  All these little (but big) things are habits of giving YOURSELF away.  And that happens to be the title of a book that I like by David Dunn (pen name) entitled The Habit of Giving Yourself Away.  Worthy of a read and afterwards following the advice given in each chapter.

Just being the recipient of all good things is insufficient.  You must do good turns too.  For example, I told my farmer friends how to bathe their cats and what washing liquid works best.  Next, I found a new series for my grade school friend to watch, that she will enjoy as much as I do.  For my brother-in-law I have called and sent “thank you” notes, but when I see him in person I will cook something that is a dish he would not bother to make himself.  All of these little things add up to big rewards that do not fill our bank account, but fill our lives with the joy and excitement of living.

Also, what we do for others is insufficient if we do not push ourselves beyond our current capabilities.  Something we would rather leave undone is exactly the thing we are called to do.  Those things remain a secret in our hearts because speaking of them verges on bragging and we are told to not let or remember or speak of what one hand is doing over the other.  Simply put, do the good deed, forget it, and move on.  Don’t keep a ledger.  But do keep a daily gratitude list or journal. I use notecards.  Tell yourself what you are grateful for each day — at least ten entries or items — at the beginning of the new day that makes yesterday a gem worthy of remembering. Write these items down.  Ask yourself, “What good or joy or aspect of someone’s giving did I receive yesterday?” and then jot it down.  Your burden will be lighter and your plate overflowing, I guarantee it.

One last example.  Yesterday, I picked up my taxes. For many of us this can be a difficult task.  Afterwards, while mailing some items for friends I received a call.  The person on the line promised to meet me instead of having a phone call in order to exchange information.  Totally unexpected but totally appreciated.  You can bet that went down on my gratitude list.  Someone is putting themselves out for me by giving of their time and talent, and all I had to do was say “thank you.”  Now that truly is the habit of giving yourself away.  Now, I in turn, have to find that opportunity to give of my time and talent to another.  See how it works?  Funny part is that it only works if you do.  Be the change that the world needs today.  Don’t wait on someone else to do it.  That is why you have hands and feet and a mind to go with it to direct yourself creatively in your choices of giving.  Mark my word, you will feel the better for it. And, remember to write it down. Better yet, why don’t you write your own book entitled How I Give Myself Away. Both I and David Dunn will be proud of you!

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


Food for Thought
by Napoleon Hill

Have you some suggestions for those who would like to develop their ability to use the law of Creative Vision?

Dr. Hill:
Oh yes, lots of them.  First, get on good terms with your own conscience by following its dictates always.  Then, stop selling yourself short and begin developing a belief in your own capacity to do anything you desire to do, and keep your mind so busily engaged in getting the things and creating the circumstances you want that it will have no time to worry about that which you do not want.  Find out who you are, what you want from life, and what you have to give in return, and then back yourself with everything you have.  Hone your imagination to a keen edge by keeping it everlastingly busy on something over which you can develop an obsessional desire–obsessional, that is, not merely hopeful wishing.

Be at least as good to your physical body as you are to your automobile by seeing that it gets the right sort of fuel and upkeep and the proper cleansing in the inside.  Stop bothering yourself with fear and worry.  While you keep your mind busy with something better than worry, then set aside a silent hour when you may be still and listen for guidance from the small voice that speaks from within.  Thus, you may discover and appropriate the greatest of all powers, the power of Creative Vision.  Creative Vision is not the product of hustle and bustle, fear and worry, and anxiety and grief; it is the product of meditation and silent prayer. 

Let me give you some food for thought, which may well start a chain of events in your imagination that will eventually give you financial security for life.  The world needs a system of human relations that will convert employers and employees into a relationship of partners.  Can you supply such a system?  It needs a system of public highways that will cut down the outrageous death rate through automobile accidents.  Can you supply such a system?

Source: Napoleon Hill Is On The Air! Napoleon Hill Foundation.  Grand Harbor Press.  Grand Haven, MI.  2017.  Pgs.152-153.

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Hill’s Secret
by Eliezer Alperstein, CPA

Dr. Hill’s famous quote, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is often misunderstood. On the surface, what he wrote is nothing extraordinary and is simple common sense. If you can conceive of an idea, and believe that you can make it happen, then you will be able to take the steps necessary to carry out your plan to actualize the goal/idea you have.

In Hill’s philosophy of success, ideas were more than ideas, they were actually blueprints Infinite Intelligence would transform into concrete form. In other words, ideas could actually create their physical equivalent in the dimensions of time and space. This idea is the touchstone of Hill’s entire philosophy.

Followed to its logical conclusion, if one sits long enough and thinks about something hard enough,then whatever is being thought about should “appear” in the physical world! Of course, that is not the case, which is why Dr. Hill wrote down his seventeen principles of success. It is not enough to conceive of an idea, and believe in it. One has to take action in order to “bring down” the idea from its amorphous, idealized form and turn it into physical reality. This is why Dr. Hill wrote that the most important step in being successful was having a definite major purpose which had to be pursued with a burning desire. Human actions take the idea and bring it into the world of reality.

The expression, “God helps those who help themselves” has the same idea in mind. Of course God can do whatever he desires. But without human action, nothing will be accomplished, unless a miracle occurs which is by definition an action devoid of human participation. As much as we all hope for miracles, we certainly can’t rely upon them.

The famous minister, Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking as well asPositive Imaging was greatly influenced by Hill. Norman Vincent Peale was a personal friend of W. Clement Stone who became Hill’s partner in their joint effort to bring Hill’s philosophy of success to the American people.

Peale’s entire message was that imaging a desired outcome and thinking positively about what one wanted to accomplish would greatly enhance the probability that it would actually occur. Peale, being a minister, took those ideas and emphasized how Scripture contained the same message. Since Dr. Hill wanted to keep his philosophy nondenominational, he wrote about Infinite Intelligence, but it is the same idea.

There is no guarantee that an idea which one conceives and believes will actually be achieved, but the chances of success when one images success and takes action to actualize success are greatly enhanced. Thoughts are things and often find their way into the real world. The trick is to make sure you have a sound idea and then do whatever you can to actualize it according to the Golden Rule of inflicting no harm on others while pursuing your dream.

Eliezer Alperstein, CPA
Eliezer can be reached at elie@alperstein-cpa.com

In 1990 I left the United States and emigrated to Israel arriving six months before the First Gulf War. Soon after my arrival, I established my own accounting firm specializing in the preparation of US individual and non-profit tax returns.

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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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