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Wishes Won’t
Bring Riches

The Mental Dynamite Series

In this lost classic, the pioneering motivational coach teaches how to make the crucial leap from faith to action in bringing your dreams to life.

Believe in yourself…Have faith. We often hear these expressions. But faith is not enough. We need Applied Faith. In three hard-hitting chapters, motivational master Napoleon Hill teaches you how to transform belief into action, and faith into real-life plans.

Application. Enthusiasm. Action. These are the three keys required to do more than just “believe in yourself” – but to actually BE the person you want to be.

Wishes Won’t Bring Riches provides you with the missing link necessary to go from visualizing your dreams to living them.



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THE BOOK: Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy is the essential modern companion to the bestselling self-help book of all time, Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic, Think and Grow Rich.  This book, released in conjunction with the major motion picture, Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy.

Readers will be inspired through unflinching accounts of some of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and cultural icons who rose above the unlikeliest and in some cases, most tragic of circumstances to find personal fulfillment and make their mark on the world.

“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

Dear Readers,

I’m sure that most of you have faced adversity at some point in your life. However, you may not be aware that every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit and every adversity has a solution.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale once gave a lecture about every problem having a solution. He began his talk by retelling a story about a woman who climbed onto a tall roof and was going to end her life. There were many law enforcement officers and religious leaders that tried to persuade the woman to come inside. Unfortunately, in spite of the many pleas, the woman jumped from the roof and her life was over. While this story is sorrowful, Dr. Peale used it to explain that he didn’t know what problems the woman had, but he knew there was another solution besides suicide.

Napoleon Hill often told his readers to look for the greater benefit that comes from each adversity. While this may be difficult to do at times, it is important to realize this on your journey to success. We cannot accept temporary defeat as permanent failure. After all, it is only failure if we choose to accept it and quit trying to solve the problem.

Most of the people who have achieved great things in life have met with defeat. Often times, the more defeat a person faces, the more success is achieved. Every defeat or adversity teaches us a lesson, if we will only be willing to learn from it.

Nothing can be more important than keeping a positive mental attitude, which attracts success. The next time you are faced with an adversity face it with a positive mental attitude, search hard for that seed of greater benefit, and you will be surprised at the level of success that you can achieve. Your own personal story may serve as an inspiration to others.


I wish you the best,
Don Green
Executive Director Napoleon Hill Foundation

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The Law of Success

Learning from Adversity and Defeat
by Napoleon Hill

The central theme of this principle may be stated in a simple sentence: While the circumstances of life are such that everyone must undergo a certain amount of temporary defeat, you can find hope in the knowledge that every such defeat carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.

At first blush you may find it difficult to accept this statement, but let us examine the evidence before we pass judgment on its soundness.

Everyone knows that failure and physical pain are the language in which nature speaks to all men and every living creature. This language makes men humble so they may acquire wisdom and understanding. And it is remarkable but true that the turning-point at which a person begins to attain success usually is definitely marked by some form of defeat or failure.

Recognition of this fact may mark the most important turning point of your life, since it may lead you to the astounding discovery that defeat need not be accepted as failure, and that so-called failures represent only temporary defeats which may prove to be blessings in disguise.

Everyone who has been accepted by the world as a success has undergone defeat comparable with the scope of his success. From this fact it may be discerned that defeat should be accepted merely as a testing factor which permits you to discover the source and the nature of your inner power of thought.

Don’t fear defeat. It may reveal to you powers
You didn’t know you possessed.

Knowing this can modify your mental reaction to defeat and cause you to search for the seed of equivalent benefit which it carries. Remember: defeat is never the same as failure unless and until it has been accepted as such.

“Our strength,” said Emerson, “grows out of our weakness. Not until we are pricked and stung and sorely shot at, awakens the indignation which arms itself with secret forces. A great man is always willing to be little. Whilst he sits on the cushion of advantages he goes to sleep. When he is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something: he has been put on his wits; on his manhood; he has gained facts; learned his ignorance; been cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill.”

Defeat, however, does not promise the full-blown flower of benefits, but only the seed from which some benefit, equivalent in scope to the defeat, may be attained. The seed must be recognized, nurtured and cultivated by definiteness of purpose. It will not germinate except by these means. For here, as everywhere, nature looks with disfavor on any endeavor to obtain something for nothing.

Thus we shall see, as we come into a better understanding of the benefits of adversity and defeat, that the law which provides these benefits is not a man-made law. It is a part of that great system of natural laws designed by an all-wise Creator to protect man against his own follies, save him from his mistakes, and insure him against self-destruction through interference with the overall plan of the universe.

And, it is true, as Emerson said, that “every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults. As no man understands a truth until he has contended against it, so no man has a thorough acquaintance with the hindrances or talents of men until he has suffered from the one and seen the triumph of the other over his own want of the same. Thereby he is driven to entertain himself and acquire habits of self-help; and thus, like the wounded oyster, he mends his shell with a pearl.”

There is a wheel on which the affairs of men revolve and its very nature is such that while it prevents any man from being always fortunate, it also prevents any man from being always unfortunate.

This wheel may be likened to a great river, one half of which flows in one direction and carries all who enter it to success, while the other half flows in the opposite direction and carries all who enter it to failure an defeat. It might well be called the River of Life, and it exists in the power of human thought.

The success side of the River of Life is attainable through definiteness of purpose, applied faith, the mastermind alliance and a willingness to go the extra mile – the big four of the seventeen principles of individual achievement. Recognize this truth and you will understand why some men go through life on the failure side of the stream, while others who seem to have lees, or at least no greater ability, move on to success with apparent ease.

The seventeen principles of this philosophy provide the means by which you may cross from the failure side of the stream to the success side. Banks may fail and sweep away your material fortune. Friends and loved ones may pass away. Ill health may make its appearance. Cheaters may steal and liars may destroy your reputation and deprive you of favorable opportunities. Unfavorable seasons may destroy the fruits of your labor. Business depressions may deprive you of continued employment.

All of these and many more circumstances which are unavoidable may, and often do, overtake men – circumstances which are beyond their immediate control. Yet if the principles of this philosophy are applied, you will find that each and every adversity will carry with it the seed of an equivalent benefit.

Source: PMA Science of Success by Napoleon Hill Pages 377 – 379.

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by Micah Ndackson


I wholeheartedly agree with Napoleon Hill when he wrote that every defeat, every disappointment, and every adversity carries the seed of an equal or greater benefit. The central theme of the principle of Learning from Adversity and Defeat is that while the circumstances of life are such that everyone must undergo a certain amount of temporary defeat, you can find hope in the knowledge that every such defeat carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. The key lesson for me, which applies to all is that EVERY SET BACK IS A SET UP FOR A STRONGER AND BETTER COME BACK! George S. Patton once said that “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”


I started out in life with a lot of disadvantages. Just a farm boy in a very remote village in the Central State of Kaduna in Nigeria. No electricity, no running tap water. We were fortunate to have an elementary school where I attended.

Learning from adversity and defeat started when I passed the National Entrance exams three consecutive times but I was not admitted into High School. It was my Definite Major Purpose at that stage of my life to enroll in high school. My desire for education was so intense that I never saw any obstacle!

So my first Personal Initiative was to leave the village for the big city of Zaria, where a distant cousin worked in a Library at the famous Ahmadu Bello University, hoping he will help me somehow. My father earlier told me that he was opposed to my going to school (in ignorance, he wanted me to remain a peasant farmer in the village with him). The only person that knew of my plans to run away from home was my mother. She agreed with me because she used to see me cry when the high school students returned for holiday from the big cities.

My cousin in Zaria turned me away, he said he could not help me. I approached two other distant relatives and I got the same response. But one of them remembered that his bar attendant had told him he would leave so he asked if I can take that position of selling a locally brewed alcoholic beverage. My answer was an immediate yes since I had already burned my bridges. I was determined to succeed, I was not going to return to the village.

One day some of my village boys from a prominent High School in the city of Kaduna came to the bar. I offered them a drink. When their mood was lightened, they told me of a vacancy in the school which was there because a young fellow got admitted but failed to resume. This was in class three NOT class one or two. But with my intense desire for an education, which was my Major Definite Purpose, I seized that opportunity to courageously tell the Principal of the High School that I wanted admission into class three to take the place of the fellow. To my greatest surprise, I was offered admission to start High School from year three! The rest they say is history.

At the school, I studied very diligently and eventually I won an award as Best Student in the whole of North Central State of Nigeria in the subject of Health Science. I also ended up winning second best in the area of Commerce.

From there I obtained a scholarship and automatically received admission into the famous Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where I graduated Magna Cum Laud in BSC Business Administration. Later I became a Banker. I am very proud to say that this month I am officially a Certified Napoleon Hill Instructor. I look forward to sharing Napoleon Hill’s principles of success with students who need to hear that it is possible to overcome unfavorable circumstances and realize their heartfelt dreams. I know from my own personal experience that every defeat, every disappointment, and every adversity carries the seed of an equal or greater benefit!

Micah Ndackson
Managing Director, Ndackson & Company, Ltd
Certified Instructor, PMA Science of Success

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Master-Key to Riches

Truthful Living

by Napoleon Hill Foreword, Actions and Annotations by Jeffrey Gitomer


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Think and Grow Rich

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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.

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