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Success Habits
by Napoleon Hill

Never-before-published wisdom from famed self-help author, Napoleon Hill


Napoleon Hill, the legendary author of the classic bestseller, Think and Grow Rich, has been immortalized for his contributions to the self-help genre. In this never-before-published work, Hill shares his principles of success, key habits that provide the basis for life-changing success. Success Habits explains the fundamental rules that lead to a prosperous life. From the importance of having Definiteness of Purpose to the inexorable influence of the Cosmic Habit Force, Hill’s principles offer a new way of thinking about intention, self-discipline, and the way we lead our lives.

Originally a series of radio talks delivered in Paris, Missouri, Success Habits is filled with personal anecdotes and stories and is written in an approachable, conversational style. Hill’s insights apply to every facet of life, inspiring readers to leverage his principles to achieve their own aspirations and create the successful lives they have always dreamed of.

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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.

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

Dear Readers,

Napoleon Hill published his all-time bestselling book Think and Grow Rich! in 1937. This book has probably influenced more people than any other so-called self-help book ever written. It has certainly influenced me. The title itself had a tremendous effect on the book’s success. Hill chose Think and Grow Rich! as the title after he had completed the manuscript and sent it to the publisher. No other title could have had the same positive results as Think and Grow Rich! The title tends to jump out at you, and how could anyone who was looking for success not be attracted to it? I think the answer to the attraction that the title Think and Grow Rich! has to a potential buyer of books on self-help, motivation, or a desire to become wealthy is obvious.

The book was such a success that even though it was published at the height of the Great Depression, was priced at a then hefty price of $2.50, and lacked the type of advertising that is available today, it sold out in a matter of weeks. It was printed again with a larger quantity and quickly sold out again. Think and Grow Rich! was printed a total of three times in 1937 and has been continuously in print ever since.

Most so-called bestsellers are available in retail bookstores for a period of two years or less, and if you want a particular book with a publication date several years back, you must do a book search to get a copy.

Napoleon Hill’s choice has had overwhelmingly positive results, and its benefit is still being felt today, not only in the United States but all over the world. Think and Grow Rich! is one of the most copied titles of all time.

In the following excerpt from the Preface of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill uses an effective and enticing method to interest you in his book while writing about the ever elusive “secret.” Please note that in this particular selection he mentions his son. I ask you to please notice because our guest column this week is written by Napoleon Hill’s Grandson Dr. J.B. Hill. You can see the unique way in which Think and Grow Rich continues to influence not only the world but his own family.


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


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The Law of Success

Think and Grow Rich
Preface by Napoleon Hill

This is the first in a series of excerpts from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times, throughout this book. It has not been directly named, for it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where THOSE WHO ARE READY, and SEARCHING FOR IT, may pick it up. That is why Mr. Carnegie tossed it to me so quietly, without giving me its specific name.

If you are READY to put it to use, you will recognize this secret at least once in every chapter. I wish I might feel privileged to tell you how you will know if you are ready, but that would deprive you of much of the benefit you will receive when you make the discovery in your own way.

While this book was being written, my own son, who was then finishing the last year of his college work, picked up the manuscript of chapter two, read it, and discovered the secret for himself. He used the information so effectively that he went directly into a responsible position at a beginning salary greater than the average man ever earns. His story has been briefly described in chapter two. When you read it, perhaps you will dismiss any feeling you may have had, at the beginning of the book, that it promised too much. And, too, if you have ever been discouraged, if you have had difficulties to surmount which took the very soul out of you, if you have tried and failed, if you were ever handicapped by illness or physical affliction, this story of my son’s discovery and use of the Carnegie formula may prove to be the oasis in the Desert of Lost Hope, for which you have been searching.

This secret was extensively used by President Woodrow Wilson, during the World War. It was passed on to every soldier who fought in the war, carefully wrapped in the training received before going to the front. President Wilson told me it was a strong factor in raising the funds needed for the war.

More than twenty years ago, Hon. Manuel L. Quezon (then Resident Commissioner of the Philippine Islands), was inspired by the secret to gain freedom for his people. He has gained freedom for the Philippines, and is the first President of the free state.

A peculiar thing about this secret is that those who once acquire it and use it, find themselves literally swept on to success, with but little effort and they never again submit to failure! If you doubt this, study the names of those who have used it, wherever they have been mentioned, check their records for yourself, and be convinced.

There is no such thing as SOMETHING FOR NOTHING!

The secret to which I refer cannot be had without a price, although the price is far less than its value. It cannot be had at any price by those who are not intentionally searching for it. It cannot be given away, it cannot be purchased for money, for the reason that it comes in two parts. One part is already in possession of those who are ready for it.

The secret serves equally well, all who are ready for it. Education has nothing to do with it. Long before I was born, the secret had found its way into the possession of Thomas A. Edison, and he used it so intelligently that he became the world’s leading inventor, although he had but three months of schooling.

The secret was passed on to a business associate of Mr. Edison. He used it so effectively that, although he was then making only $12,000 a year, he accumulated a great fortune, and retired from active business while still a young man. You will find his story at the beginning of the first chapter. It should convince you that riches are not beyond your reach, that you can still be what you wish to be, that money, fame, recognition, and happiness can be had by all who are ready and determined to have these blessings.

How do I know these things? You should have the answer before you finish this book. You may find it in the very first chapter, or on the last page.

Source: Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich

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The Secret in Think and Grow Rich
by Dr. J.B Hill (Napoleon Hill’s Grandson)


“Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.” – Janis Joplin

Let me state up front that my bloodline does not give me any special knowledge or insight into my grandfather Napoleon Hill or his philosophy of success. At best, my relationship allowed me to make use of his philosophy earlier in my life than others have but I remain his student to this day. I am awed by what he wrote.

Many, many people have read and even studied Think and Grow Rich but never seem to put it together. Why not? Is there really a secret hidden within? Or is it a case of the Emperors’ New Clothes? The answer is yes, there is indeed a secret and it hides behind its own simplicity. In spite of this, Napoleon Hill declined to spell it out, allegedly because the secret works “best” for those who uncover it for themselves. 1

Napoleon Hill used 381 pages of typed text to outline the secret; however, it came to me as just four one-syllable words. Unfortunately, I do not think that I can convey full understanding so succinctly. A tangential presentation may be necessary and this may be the reason why Hill crafted it into book form. I don’t know; I do know, that I also find myself forced to provide context to add meaning. Try describing the richness that color brings to life to a person who is color blind. It can be done but full understanding can only be achieved by conceptualizing through analogy.

If Hill was correct about self-discovery, making the secret more exoteric may not be in the best interest of those likely to read this. However, I know from personal experience that it cannot be fully grasped until the time is right and that its understanding is very personal. When it came to me, the hair stood up on the back of my neck before calmness beset me. It was personal, very personal — as personal as salvation. There is a universal truth to salvation that we can easily discern but complete understanding only comes with personal salvation. It has to be experienced. We choose to believe, we choose to be saved. We choose to succeed.

So, I am going to tell you what I discovered so long ago that changed my life forever. I suppose it all started when I was 12 years old and I was introduced to my grandfather. We spent two days with him in Greenville, S.C. While I was there, Napoleon gave me a copy of Think and Grow Rich signed in green ink on the inside cover. He put the book into my hands and told me to read it. I promised him that I would.

I read the book that summer, and while I thought it was entertaining, it certainly did not light a fire in me. At 12, I really had no goals except to stay out of trouble. I just wasn’t ready for the book. This changed.

By the time I was 23, I had begun to realize that I was on a path that just wasn’t right for me. I had asserted independence early from my family and had been making my own decisions for some time. Unfortunately, I was also living with the results of my decision making. I lost a full scholarship, quit college, and was drafted into the armed forces as a private. I was alone, lonely, and had started to drift through life.

Drifting is one of the greatest reasons for failure in life. It is done by people who cannot or will not make the decision to take action. It is done by those who have lost the focus needed to sustain the drive towards their goals. It is done by those trapped in their job by its security and comfort. And it is done by everyone without a goal.

I fell into that last group…those without a goal. I was drifting through life — waiting for something to happen. I knew that I needed to make a change in my life … but how? I had no money, no education, and could not bring myself to ask my family for help.

The answer came to me after I bought another copy of Think and Grow Rich and took it home to read. This time I was more receptive and read the book through twice. My first reading left me excited but revealed no secret. I knew I had missed something so I started a second read, taking notes. I had reached the section on excuses near the end of the book when the hair started to stand up on the back of my neck and I began to understand. I remember writing that if I wanted to make this work, I had to accept it on faith and commit myself to it.

I decided to return to school and made a plan that I put into action. It worked. One year later, I found myself at Vanderbilt University studying engineering. Three and a half years later, I graduated 12th in my class from one of the finest schools in America. I was transformed.

To get there, I applied the steps that I had read about in Think and Grow Rich. I picked a goal, went the extra mile, used the subconscious mind, … I did it all and managed to make my way to college on full scholarship, finish early, and graduate with honors. So, I achieved success by using the principles that my grandfather told us to use. But that was not and is not the secret given in Think and Grow Rich. It was just the recipe for success and hardly made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Something else did.

General George Goethals 2 once admonished his subordinates; “When do you expect to do the wonderful things you are dreaming about? Why don’t you begin? What are you waiting for? Where is your courage? Why don’t you start? Are you waiting for a good thing to come to you, waiting for influence, for pull, for someone to help you? If you have formed the habit of putting off, of deliberating, waiting for better conditions, you will never get anywhere in the world. The first thing is to begin. The world is full of people who are either failures or who are plodding along in mediocrity because they didn’t care to begin, to launch out. “Didn’t dare to begin” would make a fitting epitaph for millions of nobodies, millions of failures.” 3

Elbert Hubbard 4 wrote: “The world bestows its big prizes, both in money and honors, for but one thing. And that is initiative.”

So, initiative and taking action are clearly important. Hill, Goethals and Hubbard certainly thought so and B.C. Forbes and Clement Stone as well. Yes, I took the initiative to change my life and I took the action that I needed to achieve success but, again, that was not and is not the secret given to me in Think and Grow Rich. It was just part of the recipe that we all know so well. Something else did.

When I read Think and Grow Rich for the second time so long ago, I realized that I held the recipe for success in my hands. It was the key to everything — financial security, personal relationships, happiness … it could be used to achieve anything of value. It could be done by anybody and it could be done by me. There was just one catch. It’s up to me.

Dr. J.B. Hill

1 “All great truths are simple in final analysis, and easily understood; if they are not, they are not great truths” – Napoleon Hill
2 Major Gen. George Washington Goethals was known as the builder of the Panama Canal and served as the first Civil Governor of the Panama Canal Zone
3 Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes; Page 102; Copyright, 1917, 1918, 1926
4 Elbert Green Hubbard (June 19, 1856 – May 7, 1915) was an America writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher who wrote A Message to Garcia.

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Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules

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Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules: The Lost Writings consists of a series of magazine articles Napoleon Hill wrote between 1919 and1923 for Success Magazine, of which he eventually become an editor. Hill’s obsession with achieving material success had led him from poverty stricken Appalachian Mountains with the desire to study successful people.

These articles focus on Hill’s philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts and experience of a multitude of rags-to-riches tycoons, showing readers how these successful people achieved such status.

Many of his writings such as the chapter on Law of Attraction, written in the March 1919 issue, have recently basis of several bestselling books. Readers will discover principles that will assure their success if studied and put into action.

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In Think and Grow Rich – Success and Something Greater, authors Sharon Lechter and Greg Reid once again join forces with the Napoleon Hill Foundation including never before published original content from Napoleon Hill.

In today’s world of instant news and social media, businesses, leaders and influencers must find a way to differentiate themselves from all their competition and engage people in their missions. They need to rise above all the noise. They can do this by defining their Secret Sauce or Magic Key. Reid and Lechter followed the proven path of Hill and sought out multi-millionaires and asked them to share the Magic Keys to their success and legacy.

While their individual stories differ significantly…they all share a devotion to their mission…to their secret sauce…their Magic Key…their legacy.

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