Ezine 565 | 17 November 2017

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It is because we sincerely feel that every reader of Think and Grow Rich should go on into this post graduate course, that we take the liberty here of giving a few brief side lights upon this brilliant work. Napoleon Hill’s Course presents the true Philosophy upon which all lasting success is built. Ideas, when translated into intelligent plans of action, are the beginning of all successful achievement. So this course proceeds to show you how to create practical ideas for every human need. It does it in easy-to-understand lessons. Napoleon Hill spent the better part of twenty-five years in perfecting this Philosophy of Success. During the long years he has worked on it, some parts or the whole of it, have been reviewed and praised by many of the greatest Americans of our times. Among them are included four Presidents of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Wm. H. Taft; Thomas Edison, Luther Burbank, Wm. J. Wrigley, Alexander Graham Bell, Judge E. H. Gary, Cyrus H. K. Curtis, Edward Bok, E.M. Statler—dozens of glowing names in Politics, Finance, Education, and Invention.

Don’t waste your own precious years blindly searching for the hidden road to the heights. Profit by the dearly brought experience of America’s leaders. Over 500 great and prominent men of America were minutely analyzed—their methods, motives, strategy—to find out the secrets that put them on top. No matter whether you are rich or poor—you have one asset as great as the richest man living—and that is TIME. But with each setting sun you become one day older, and have one day less in which to attain the success and wealth you desire. Thousands of progressive people throughout the North American continent have realized this mighty truth, and have sought the help so clearly and inspiringly taught in Napoleon Hill. You cannot afford to let day after day slip into eternity, without getting possession of this course. You will profit greatly from the lessons in THINK AND GROW RICH. You will take even more brilliant and gratifying rewards from this course. The cost is trifling; the benefits are tremendous.

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

Dear Readers,

As Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, I am often asked what the secret is in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The answer to that question can be debated and argued, but will not be the same for every person who reads the book.

Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of what the secret is, in my opinion.

In 1921, a boy was born named Earl Nightingale. This boy was born into a family of poverty. At an early age, Earl’s father left the family and the family was forced to move to a new home in an area referred to as “Tent City.” Later on, Earl joined the US Marines and was aboard the USS Arizona when it was bombed by the Japanese at the beginning of World War II. Over 1100 Marines were killed that day and Earl Nightingale was one of less than one hundred survivors.

After the war, Earl began selling radio ads and became a world famous radio announcer. At the age of 29, he read Think and Grow Rich and Earl said that after decades of searching, he finally found what he had been looking for in this book. Earl spent the rest of his life on the radio and had one of the most listened to programs at the time called This Changing World. In the 1950s, he was known as the voice of Sky King, a popular television program. He also focused his radio programs on human development and motivation.

Earl Nightingale found that the secret to Think and Grow Rich could be summed up in six words, “we become what we think about.”


I wish you the best in all that you do, 
Don Green
Executive Director Napoleon Hill Foundation

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The Law of Success


by Napoleon Hill

TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.

A little more than thirty years ago, Edwin C. Barnes discovered how true it is that men really do THINK AND GROW RICH. His discovery did not come about at one sitting. It came little by little, beginning with a BURNING DESIRE to become a business associate of the great Edison.

One of the chief characteristics of Barnes’ Desire was that it was definite. He wanted to work with Edison, not for him. Observe, carefully, the description of how he went about translating his DESIRE into reality, and you will have a better understanding of the thirteen principles which lead to riches.

When this DESIRE, or impulse of thought, first flashed into his mind he was in no position to act upon it. Two difficulties stood in his way. He did not know Mr. Edison, and he did not have enough money to pay his railroad fare to Orange, New Jersey.

These difficulties were sufficient to have discouraged the majority of men from making any attempt to carry out the desire. But his was no ordinary desire! He was so determined to find a way to carry out his desire that he finally decided to travel by “blind baggage,” rather than be defeated. (To the uninitiated, this means that he went to East Orange on a freight train).

He presented himself at Mr. Edison’s laboratory, and announced he had come to go into business with the inventor. In speaking of the first meeting between Barnes and Edison, years later, Mr. Edison said, “He stood there before me, looking like an ordinary tramp, but there was something in the expression of his face which conveyed the impression that he was determined to get what he had come after. I had learned, from years of experience with men, that when a man really DESIRES a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win. I gave him the opportunity he asked for, because I saw he had made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded. Subsequent events proved that no mistake was made.”

Just what young Barnes said to Mr. Edison on that occasion was far less important than that which he thought. Edison, himself, said so! It could not have been the young man’s appearance which got him his start in the Edison office, for that was definitely against him. It was what he THOUGHT that counted.

If the significance of this statement could be conveyed to every person who reads it, there would be no need for the remainder of this book.

Barnes did not get his partnership with Edison on his first interview. He did get a chance to work in the Edison offices, at a very nominal wage, doing work that was unimportant to Edison, but most important to Barnes, because it gave him an opportunity to display his “merchandise” where his intended “partner” could see it.

Months went by. Apparently nothing happened to bring the coveted goal which Barnes had set up in his mind as his DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE. But something important was happening in Barnes’ mind. He was constantly intensifying his DESIRE to become the business associate of Edison.

Psychologists have correctly said that “when one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance.” Barnes was ready for a business association with Edison, moreover, he was DETERMINED TO REMAIN READY UNTIL HE GOT THAT WHICH HE WAS SEEKING.

He did not say to himself, “Ah well, what’s the use? I guess I’ll change my mind and try for a salesman’s job.” But, he did say, “I came here to go into business with Edison, and I’ll accomplish this end if it takes the remainder of my life.” He meant it! What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a DEFINITE PURPOSE, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession!

Maybe young Barnes did not know it at the time, but his bulldog determination, his persistence in standing back of a single DESIRE, was destined to mow down all opposition, and bring him the opportunity he was seeking.

When the opportunity came, it appeared in a different form, and from a different direction than Barnes had expected. That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.

Mr. Edison had just perfected a new office device, known at that time, as the Edison Dictating Machine (now the Ediphone). His salesmen were not enthusiastic over the machine. They did not believe it could be sold without great effort. Barnes saw his opportunity. It had crawled in quietly, hidden in a queer looking machine which interested no one but Barnes and the inventor.

Barnes knew he could sell the Edison Dictating Machine. He suggested this to Edison, and promptly got his chance. He did sell the machine. In fact, he sold it so successfully that Edison gave him a contract to distribute and market it all over the nation. Out of that business association grew the slogan, “Made by Edison and installed by Barnes.”

The business alliance has been in operation for more than thirty years. Out of it, Barnes has made himself rich in money, but he has done something infinitely greater, he has proved that one really may “Think and Grow Rich.”

Source: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, 1937 edition

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Dances with Wolves
by Jim Stovall

For more than a decade, my weekly columns have been read by countless people around the world in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and online publications. People from every country, culture, and walk of life partake of my weekly visits. For this reason, I try to be universal in my perspective and keep my global audience in mind. But occasionally, there’s a bit of wisdom from my own backyard that I feel will be relevant to those seeking a better life anywhere around the globe.

I live in the middle of the United States, in Oklahoma. If people around the world know Oklahoma for anything, it probably would involve a famous Broadway show, the oil industry, or our American Indian heritage. We have a very rich and varied Indian culture throughout Oklahoma.

Recently I had the privilege of hearing an elderly Indian gentleman tell a story his grandfather had shared with him over eight decades ago. Apparently this wise Indian grandfather told his grandson that there are two wolves that live inside each of us, and these wolves constantly fight one another. One of these wolves the grandfather described as good, noble, loving, giving, and successful. The second wolf he described as being bad, evil, manipulative, vindictive, and a failure. Upon hearing this, the grandson was reportedly prompted to ask his grandfather, “Which wolf wins the fight?” The grandfather provided the young boy with wisdom that served him well throughout his life and can be equally impactful to you and me. In answer to the question, “Which wolf wins the fight?” the grandfather simply and profoundly answered, “The wolf you feed.”

As you may know, in addition to writing weekly columns, authoring books, producing movies, and making speeches, I am in the television business. In the TV industry, there are two diverse and opposing messages. This is what the Indians would describe as “speaking with a forked tongue.” The television industry on the programming side dismisses concerns about all of the violence, degrading images, and negative content as only make-believe and assures us that it really doesn’t have an impact. On the other hand, this same TV industry on the advertising side will assure you that if you will spend several million dollars for a minute of commercial time, you will be able to sell multiple millions of dollars of whatever product or service you might market.

As the wise Indian grandfather well knew, whatever images we feed in our minds will, inevitably, grow and flourish in our lives. One of the most profound psychological principles involves the fact that we become what we think about all day.

As you go through your day today, commit to feeding the wolf you want to flourish and starving the one you wish to eliminate. Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall

Source: Wisdom For Winners Volume Three

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