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

Dear Readers,

Just what are the factors that define what it takes to be a success? If you ask different people, you will receive many different answers. Some will suggest being highly educated; others will think it takes hard work. Others will remember President Calvin Coolidge’s statement on persistence. Walter Chrysler, the automobile genius, reminded us that nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without enthusiasm. All of these traits are of great help, but by themselves they are not what it takes to make someone successful.

For example, education enables people’s accomplishments, but getting an education does not assure one’s success. The world is full of educated people who do not realize that knowledge is important only when it is applied.

Once you have a mental picture of what you wish to accomplish, you must commit yourself to acquiring whatever is lacking if you are to reach your destination. Determining what you wish to accomplish is absolutely a necessity to make your mental pictures a reality.

Once you have selected your goal or purpose and have committed to it, you must formulate plans. You must then put those plans into action. Many people have good mental pictures and may even have plans, but until you take action, nothing happens!

Your plans are like a road map, showing you the steps you are to take. Your plans often get changed, but that only means that you try other steps, change direction, or do whatever else is necessary. If where you want to go is important, keep on trying!


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



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The Law of Success

by Napoleon Hill

This is the third in a series of excerpts from Napoleon Hill’s First Editions.

The Magic Ladder to Success has been delivered in practically every city in the United States, in a personal lecture, before hundreds of thousands of people. There is an indescribable “something” about it that attracts, holds, and inspires all who hear it. It has helped thousands find their first step toward achievement. It appeals alike to the rich and the poor, the educated and the illiterate, and has the effect of bringing people together in a spirit of closer understanding.

The object of this ladder is to show what man-power is, and how it is developed in those who do not possess it. Man-power comes only through organized knowledge intelligently directed. Facts within themselves do not represent power. Knowledge—unorganized and without intelligent control and direction—does not represent power.

There is a great deal of knowledge carefully classified and stored away in a well-edited encyclopedia, but it represents no power until it is transformed into organized, intelligently directed effort.

There is no power in college degrees, nor in the education that these degrees represent, until it is classified, organized, and put into action.

Human power is organized and intelligently directed energy, as represented by facts, intelligence, and the faculties through which the human mind operates.

In weight, tensile strength, and size, there is a strong log chain in a sack full of disconnected chain links, but these links represent only a potential chain until they are organized, connected up, and the links welded together. So it is with man’s faculties. They must be organized before they represent power.

There are two kinds of man-power. One is represented by the organization of the individual faculties, which gives increased power to the individual, and the other is represented by the organization of individuals and groups of individuals.

A little handful of well-organized soldiers has been known to put to rout ten times its number of disorganized, undisciplined men, and history is full of the biographies of men who have risen to fame and fortune through the process of organizing and intelligently directing their individual faculties, while millions around them, with equal opportunities, remained mediocres or out-and-out failures.

There is considerable energy in an ordinary small electric dry battery, but not enough to do bodily damage if one should form a short-circuit with his finger and absorb the entire charge. A thousand such dry batteries are equally harmless—until they are organized and connected together with wires. Through this process of organization, if the energy of the entire thousand batteries is fed to one wire, enough energy is produced to turn a considerable piece of machinery. This group of dry batteries may be likened to individuals, in that greatly increased power comes through the organized effort of a large group of men, as compared to the efforts of the same men acting singly.

The object of this ladder, mainly, is to direct attention to the modus operandi through which individual power is developed and applied to the economic problems of life.

If you will organize your own faculties after the pattern laid down in this ladder, by properly developing the qualities represented by the sixteen rungs, you will find your power enormously increased. You will find yourself in possession of power that you did not know you possessed, and through the intelligent direction of this power you can attain practically any position in life to which you aspire.

The sixteen rungs of this ladder represent the choicest and the most illustrative experience of my twenty-two years of business life:

Rung No. 1: A Definite Aim in Life
Rung No. 2: Self-Confidence
Rung No. 3: Initiative
Rung No. 4: Imagination
Rung No. 5: Action
Rung No. 6: Enthusiasm
Rung No. 7: Self-Control
Rung No. 8: The Habit of Performing More Work and Better Work Than You are Paid to Perform
Rung No. 9: An Attractive Personality
Rung No. 10: Accurate Thought
Rung No. 11: Concentration
Rung No. 12: Persistency
Rung No. 13: Failures
Rung No. 14: Tolerance and Sympathy
Rung No. 15: Work
Rung No. 16: The Golden Rule

I will take you behind the curtains of my own private life so that you may learn these great lessons, as portrayed in the outline of the ladder, with the hope that the road over which you will have to travel to reach the objective for which you are striving in life may be some-what shortened, and the obstacles which will surely await you somewhat minimized.

Success ought not to be a mere matter of chance, as is true in the majority of instances, because the roadway over which success is reached is now well known, and every inch of it has been carefully and accurately charted.

The Magic Ladder to Success will carry you wherever you wish to go if you will master it and organize your faculties according to its plan—a statement I make after having not only organized my own faculties and directed them to a given end successfully, but after having helped others to do the same in many thousands of cases.

This Magic Ladder to Success represents twenty-two years of actual experience and observation, at least twelve of which have been directed to the intense analysis and study of character and human conduct.

During the past twelve years I have analyzed more than 12,000 men and women. These analyses developed some startling facts, one of which was that 95 percent of the adult population belong to the class that might properly be called unorganized (both as to individual faculties and as to group or collective effort) or followers, and the other 5 percent might be called leaders. Another startling fact discovered from organizing and classifying the tendencies and habits of human beings, as shown by these analyses, was that the main reason why the overwhelmingly large percentage of people belonged in the class of followers was lack of a definite purpose in life and a definite plan for carrying out that purpose.

With the foregoing analysis of the Magic Ladder to Success, you have already seen that the ladder deals entirely with the subject of acquiring man-power through organization, coordination, and classification of the human faculties.

Bear in mind that this ladder is not intended as a panacea for all the evils which beset the pathway of the human race, nor is it intended as a “new” formula for success. Its purpose is to help you organize what you already have and direct your efforts in the future more powerfully and more accurately than you have done in the past. Its purpose, stated in another way, is to help you educate yourself—meaning, by the word educate, to develop, organize, and intelligently direct your natural faculties called the mind.

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You’re Three Feet from the Gold!
by Dave Skattum


“Knowledge is NOT power. Knowledge is only POTENTIAL power. Action is power.” — Tony Robbins

When engaged in self-improvement, especially when dealing with our personal health, we tend to explore new things, like a new diet, a workout routine, or a new form of meditation. But when the rubber meets the road, we sometimes fail to follow through. It’s just too hard to implement, or we can’t completely figure it out.

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill tells the story of a man who went seeking adventure and riches in the American west during the gold rush. He bought a claim, and started digging. After a lot of hard work, he found a vein of gold ore. He knew he needed some heavy equipment for running this new mine, so he covered up his claim, and raised the money for the machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Now he was ready to make his fortune.

IThings started well and before long, he had enough to pay off his debts. He was excited! Everything from here on in would be profit. But suddenly—the supply of gold stopped. The vein just dried up. After all his hard work and determination, he quit in dismay and frustration and sold his machinery to a junkman for a fraction of the price he had just paid. He went home, licking his wounds, barely able to pay off his investors.

The astute junkman called in a mining engineer who checked the mine and calculated that there was a vein of gold just three feet away from where the man had stopped digging. The junkman went on to make millions from that mine!

Let’s look at how the junkman handled the situation compared to the guy who initially found the vein of gold. The big takeaway is that he brought in an expert who understood what was happening underground. By taking a small action based on the new information, he achieved great success. Yes, getting a professional opinion was important, but nothing would have happened if the junkman hadn’t acted based on that new knowledge.

&The other day, I was talking to “Mark,” one of my health-coaching clients, who was complaining about being overweight, inactive, and having no energy. Mark’s doctor told him he was beginning to show signs of hypertension and that he needed to make some lifestyle changes. He came to me asking for help with nutrition and implementing an exercise program. We talked about the steps he would need to take to get healthier. He bristled and mumbled something about “a lot of hard work,” and then he walked out! I thought to myself, “Dude, you’re three feet from the gold!” Like the original miner, he chose to walk out too soon.

In my work with clients, we focus on the four pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, accurate thinking, and spirituality. In my research, I learned so much about each of these four areas, but more important than the facts were the action steps I needed to take.

I grew up on a Montana ranch. Pancakes, sandwiches, and meat and potatoes were the mainstay of my diet during my growing years. But in my thirty’s and forties, I started to pack on pounds and eventually became technically obese. I had to not only learn about good nutrition, but I also had to make some serious changes in my diet. And let me tell you, changing one’s diet is not easy—it’s downright hard work! What we eat is a subject that runs deep and ties into emotions, addictions, and our feeling of well-being (comfort food, right?). But by applying the knowledge and making small incremental changes, I’m now eating a highly nutritious diet that is both delicious and feeds my body what it really needs.

In the United States, over two-thirds of us are overweight. It’s a real problem, costing the United States billions of dollars, and millions of people are getting sick. Some are dying earlier than they should. According to a World Health Organization report, obesity has tripled around the globe since 1975. It’s staggering—and it is preventable.

After getting our nutrition dialed in, proper exercise is of primary concern. Just by taking the small step of doing something physical to raise our heart rate up for thirty minutes three-to-four times a week, we will see a drastic impact not only on our weight, but also on the quality of our life, and we’ll save some money to boot.

The next areas I explored were my thoughts and my relationship with Infinite Intelligence. If you think the first two areas will change your life, just wait until you move into the improvements in thinking and spirituality!

It’s up to you. What will you do with the knowledge you have garnered in all areas of your life? Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams. Don’t stop with what you know—act on it! Don’t give up. And never stop three feet from gold!

Dave Skattum is the author of The 4 Pillars of Men’s Health. He is a business entrepreneur, motivational speaker, Ironman athlete, youth pastor, Certified Nutritarian, and Napoleon Hill Instructor of the PMA Science of Success Course. He lives with his wife and family in Paradise Valley, Montana.

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Master-Key to Riches

Truthful Living

by Napoleon Hill Foreword, Actions and Annotations by Jeffrey Gitomer


New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Gitomer brings you the very foundation of Napoleon Hill’s self-help legacy: his long-lost original notes, letters, and lectures—now compiled, edited, and annotated for the modern reader.

Twenty years before the publication of his magnum opus Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill was an instructor, philosopher, and writer at the George Washington Institute in Chicago, where he taught courses in advertising and sales. These rare, never-before-seen lectures were thought to be lost to history. Until now.

Given exclusive access to the archives of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Jeffrey Gitomer has unearthed Hill’s original course notes containing the fundamental beliefs in hard work and personal development that established Hill as a global leader of success and positive attitude.

In Truthful Living, Gitomer has captured Hill’s foundational wisdom for the twenty-first century. These easy-to-implement real-world strategies for life, family, business, and the bottom line prove as energizing and inspiring today as they were nearly one hundred years ago.

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Think and Grow Rich

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.

In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. This book will teach you the secrets that could bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success.

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This amazing philosophy, culled from the success experiences of many of the world’s most powerful and wealthy men, will show you how to succeed in any path of life, whether it be love, wealth, personal satisfaction, faith, or any number of other goals.

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