Ezine 534 | 14 April 2017

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


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“The successful leader of the future, whether in the field of selling or in other walks of life, must make the golden rule the basis of his leadership.”



While working on the book, Napoleon Hill’s Greatest Speeches, which includes the 1922 Commencement Address at Salem University in West Virginia, I was reminded of several different lessons in life.

One of the graduates from Salem University in 1922 was Jennings Randolph, who wrote Hill a letter in which he told him that he was so inspired by the speech that he desired to dedicate his life to public service.

Napoleon Hill’s grandson, Dr. J.B. Hill, a trustee on the board of the non profit Napoleon Hill Foundation, located the speech and the letter from Jennings Randolph. This letter inspired the book Think and Grow Rich in 1937. The letter and speech are both included in Napoleon Hill’s Greatest Speeches, which has received seventy five star ratings on Amazon. You can buy this book wherever books are sold, or visit our website at www.naphill.org.

In one of Hill’s speeches, he gave a wonderful example of the increasing returns of nature. Hill described the law of increasing returns as one of the great laws of nature.

Hill used a Kansas farmer as an example of nature’s law of increasing returns. After the farmer’s first harvest, he replanted his seed until the fifth season when the farmer had a harvest worth $160,000. What I wish to convey to you is the farmer had to give something up first.

Judith Williamson is director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center and I am the Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. You may or may not be surprised, but we have thousands of people who would like to visit our offices where we have historical documents such as unpublished manuscripts, and other artifacts related to Napoleon Hill.

Time does not allow us to give tours. We continue to have requests from many parts of the world, but unless we are paid for our time, we simply cannot give away our time.

We do appreciate the support of the people all over the world, but unless we have publishing contracts, we do not have the time to allow tours and still do the work required to fill our mission.

It was President Thomas Jefferson who said, “The saddest day in one’s life was when a person sat down trying to get something for nothing.” Be prepared to give if you expect to receive.

I wish you the best at whatever you do!


~ Don Green
Executive Director



by Anonymous

I shall do so much in the years to come,
But what have I done today?
I shall give out gold in princely sum,
But what did I give today?
I shall lift the heart and dry the tear
I shall plant a hope in the place of fear
I shall speak with words of love and cheer,
But what have I done today?
I shall bring to each lonely life a smile
But give to truth a greater birth
And to steadfast faith a deeper worth,
I shall feed the hungering souls of earth,
But whom have I fed today?





“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

“To learn from our enemies is the best pathway to loving them: for it makes us grateful to them.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Dear Readers:

That which does not kill us is said to make us stronger. Similarly, the road to true leadership is filled with the 37 potholes of life that Napoleon Hill identifies in the article below. Just reading the list makes anyone grimace in pain because if and when those obstacles are faced and overcome, a person can qualify for sainthood. The fact remains,however, is that true leaders are made, not born. Through sacrifice and suffering, everyone of us can begin to conquer the invisible enemies within and approach becoming more than we are today. It takes courage, persistence, personal initiative, going the extra mile, resilience, learning from adversity and defeat, and many other positive characteristics to offset the unseen army of negativity that assails each of us daily. If we do not fight the good fight, we will lose respect for ourselves.

But, faced with these obstacles and odds toward failure, how can a person begin to win the battle? First, if we listen to the still small voice within and make only one good choice at a time, we will position ourselves in a positive direction. By silently asking our conscience, “what should I do next?,” and waiting for the answer we are enabling our true self to come forward. With each step in the right direction we lessen our fear and increase our stamina. The second step might take us right out of selfishness and into going the extra mile. The third step may be a move from indifference to caring, and right on up the ladder of fulfillment. You get the idea. Track your progress day by day, and in a month’s time you will have overcome many of the 37 invisible enemies or at least looked them in the eye and challenged them head on.

Never forget that until our dying breath, we can better ourselves. Giving up is for sissies, but staying the course is for leaders. No one ever told us that the path would be on easy street, but the end result is worth the journey. Be secure in who you were meant to be. Stay focused, stay giving, and stay open to change and discernment. Be ready to move forward by surmounting each and every obstacle that is placed in your path, and before you know it you will be able to rid yourself of those 37 invisible enemies and open the door to just the opposite — 37 invisible guides that lead you to your kingdom on earth. You can do it because you are stronger than your most formidable adversary. The spirit to win is inside of each of us, but we must first open the door and walk through the threshold ourselves. No one can make or break us — we hold the only key to our ultimate success. Remember, however, there are many manifestations of success. Look at the opposite of each of the “unseen enemies” and then decide where you yourself are on the scale toward winning or losing. It is not your net worth but your total spiritual assets that determine your ultimate value.

Be Your Very Best Always,
Judy Williamson

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The Law of Success


Destroyers of Success
by Napoleon Hill

In our journey through life there is a vast jungle known as the Black Forest, through which all who become enduring successes must pass. The forest is peopled with many invisible enemies which the successful person must conquer.

Check the list carefully and formulate your plan for the mastery of each of these invisible enemies before it can affect any portion of your right to control and direct your mind-power, for these enemies can destroy that power or render it useless.

Here is a catalogue of the invisible forces which stand in the way of success: Fear — Greed — Intolerance — Egotism — Lust — Anger — Hatred — Jealousy — Impatience — Deceit — Prevarication — Insincerity — Vanity — Cruelty — Mercilessness — Injustice — Slander — Gossip — Undependability — Dishonesty — Disloyalty — Revenge — Worry — Envy — Hypochondria — Indecision — Bad Temper — Unbelief — Sarcasm — Profanity — Superstition — Indifference — Immodesty — Slovenliness — Extravagance — Selfishness and Intemperance.

These thirty-seven invisible evils stand, like sentinels, at the intersections of the highway of life and exert their power to detour the unwary traveler who does not know how to detect and evade them.

The most encouraging fact regarding these invisible evils is that every person has the power to resist and master them; that power being the only thing over which any individual has complete control, the privilege of directing his own mind to ends of his own choice in spite of any or all of these invisible enemies.

Study the list carefully and you will recognize at once that these powerful destroyers of success can be no match for you if you take possession of your own mind and direct it around them.

The Creator has so constructed man that nothing can be taken away from anyone without something of equal or greater benefit being made available to him to take its place. Also, the wisdom of the Creator has provided man with the means of protecting himself against all evils, both the visible and the invisible. But this power will be revoked and become inoperative though disuse or misuse.

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Thoughts on Leadership
by Shane Morand

Often in life it’s a really good idea to “Go the Extra Mile” and sometimes a little more is required of us – to be bolder and maybe even a bit louder.

Being a leader is what most people dream of becoming. But it is more than being the center of the group, the loudest mouth or even the boss. Being a leader is a lifestyle and a purposeful state of mind. Possessing the qualities of a leader means being able to make your own decisions and deciding what is right for you and those you are leading. It’s about passion, willingness to succeed even if it means facing difficulties and challenges and having a great attitude when facing a new task. Leadership is about having certainty on the inside and out – whether you are a student studying by yourself or speaking to a large gathering of people, if you want to become a leader in your chosen field begin by leading… Not now, but RIGHT NOW! Whenever you are given the chance to lead…. LEAD! Ready or not… Lead!

Master becoming a leader in your own mind first. Once you develop the habit of feeling like a leader, you can be a leader in any field, career or pursuit you choose. One of the most important steps in your journey to leadership is to stop making your decisions based on other’s opinions. That’s what followers do. Never allow anyone to trample on your beliefs – listen to the positive voice in your head and begin by leading and believing in yourself. If you don’t believe in You… who will follow you?

Have confidence even if you start off small. Take some time and set your clear goals – no, not those impractical, hard to-reach goals like becoming the greatest mathematician in the world! Rather begin with simple goals and tasks you’d love to complete today, this week or even this month. By doing this you will raise your self-esteem and build your momentum.

Leadership will be hard to come by without passion and enthusiasm. If you want to become a leader in your field, get “Fired-Up” about something! Get involved in your field. Keep up to date with news and developments pertaining to your career/work/pursuit. But if you really dream about becoming a leader in your field… always, always, always “Go the Extra Mile”!

As Napoleon Hill noted and something leaders would do well, never to forget… When you do much more than you are paid to do… Soon you will be paid for much more than you do! Go the Extra Mile!

Shane Morand
Shane can be reached at info@shanemorand.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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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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