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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.


“I am a graduate of my Grandfather’s philosophy. I studied Napoleon Hill for years, reading Think and Grow Rich now eight times. I even used his philosophy to change my life —twice! In spite of this, the course pulled the philosophy all together for me and gave me a deeper understanding!”

~ Dr. J.B. Hill
(Napoleon Hill’s Grandson)


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

Dear Readers,

Here is the system that I have personally used for many years to set goals; it will work for you. Each year, toward year-end, I spend some quiet time with a legal pad and pen and write down what I would like to accomplish in the next year, three years, five years, and ten years. I may list many things, but studying them will allow me to determine which are the most important to me. Next, I list the goals on 3 x 5 index cards.

For more than 30 years, I have carried these cards in my inside coat pocket. Each day, and sometimes several times a day, I would take the cards out and review them. I would mentally ask myself what I was doing or planning to do that would move me closer to each goal.

Again, the first step is that the goal must be yours and yours alone. It must not be that of your parents, your spouse, or anyone but you. You must claim 100 percent ownership of your goals. Inspiration comes from within ourselves.

Second, the goal must be realistic. Being realistic does not mean that the goal cannot be big. Studying goals, I have discovered that most people set their goals too small, and that this also applies to me.

It costs no more to set big goals than it does to set small ones. Being realistic, for example, means that if you are 60 years old, becoming an all-pro in the NBA is not going to happen. Your desire to be in the professional basketball league is driven by your love for basketball. You can still be around basketball by becoming an employee of a team, a team owner, or an agent. Mark Cuban does not have the talent to be a professional basketball player, but he made hundreds of millions in the technology field, and then bought the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.

Next, the goal must have a date attached to it that is written down with the goal. This becomes a contract with yourself. You will need reminders of a time when you were your ideal weight or pictures of someone with what you consider an ideal physique to help motivate you. You must not see yourself as an overweight person, but you need to see yourself at your desired weight.

Goals should be things that require a great deal of effort and that you have a passion to accomplish. They should stretch your talents and imagination because we all do best when we are challenged. You will no doubt discover that goals that help the world become a better place will give you the most satisfaction.

Goal setting works, and if you think you don’t have time to set goals, you are missing the key ingredient of success.

Lastly, Napoleon Hill encourages us to close the door to the past. Don’t carry over the baggage of the previous year into the new year. Last year’s baggage may hinder your goals and dreams in the coming New Year. Learn to close the door to the past and look forward to the future.


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


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Close the Doors on Your Past
by Napoleon Hill


Whenever you meet a misfortune, put into your past. Keep your mind upon future achievement, and you will find that mistakes of the past often work to fill the future with good fortune. Your wealth and your peace of mind are strongly connected with each other. Even at your lowest-level jobs, your success waits within your own mind. Add value to your work and you set in motion the forces that make the concepts of your mind into the realities of living.

When I was still a poor youth in Wise County, Virginia, I invested twenty-five cents in a raffle ticket. The prize was a horse – and I won! A horse was of considerable value to a farming family in those days, and this one, all agreed, was a good horse. Filled with pride, I led him home. How fortunate I was!

Or was I? Having installed my horse carefully in the stable, I treated him to oats, corn and hay – all he could eat. That same night he broke out of the stable, went down to the river and drank his fill of water. As anyone who knows horses could have predicted, the poor bloated animal foundered and died. It cost me five dollars to have him hauled away and buried. So much for my good luck!

Yet who can tell the uses of the past? I was able in later years to look back upon that incident and see I had been fortunate. You see, I never again have been tempted to risk money in any kind of gambling. Surely I have saved the cost of many horses, let alone saved my peace of mind.

Now let me tell you of a more serious incident which cost a man’s life, threatened my own life, prevented me from taking advantage of a great opportunity, seemed like an unmitigated disaster – and yet turned out to be for my boundless good and the good of others as well.

At that time I had completed the first draft of The Science of Personal Achievement, in eight volumes, and I needed a publisher. Mr. Don R. Mellet, publisher of the Canton Ohio Daily News, became my partner and business manager. We induced Judge Elbert H. Gary, Chairman of the Board of the United States Steel Corporation, to supply the money necessary to print the first edition. Furthermore, Judge Gary agreed to purchase a complete set of books for every key man employed in the vast corporation. The contract had not yet been signed, but I was on top of the world.

Now, Mr. Mellett had been using his newspaper as a means to expose a very unholy alliance between the bootleggers and the police force of his city. Three days before we were to meet Judge Gary, a member of the police force and a gangster shot and killed Don Mellett. Because I had been associated with him, the gang believed I too had had something to do with their exposure. I missed assassination by only a few hours.

For a year I had to hide. At length, the murderers were caught, convicted and given lifetime sentences in prison. Meanwhile, Judge Gary had died. All my plans were upset, I had had to waste much precious time while in hiding, and I had no publisher. I was right back where I had started – or rather, I was behind where I had been.

I made a new start and found a publisher for my writings. That is a story in itself, but it is not the point of this story.

I found out later that if Judge Gary had become my financial backer, and if The Science of Personal Achievement had been distributed within the United States Steel Corporation as had been planned, I would forever after have been looked upon as a tool of Big Business. The Science of Personal Achievement would have been greeted with suspicion, would have been turned down cold by many of those whom it now serves. Furthermore, I might have been inhibited against making statements I have made from time to time against Big Business when it forgets its real purpose, which is to build a better world for mankind.

Every adversity has within it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit. Can you remember that? Write it on a card. Carry the card in your pocket and read it daily! In that phrase lies the key to many a man’s peace of mind. It is not the Supreme Secret to which I have referred but is lives on the same street. Set it firmly into your consciousness: Every adversity has within it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

Thus it is possible, and strongly advisable, to CLOSE THE DOORS TO YOUR PAST insofar as any regrets or bitterness or post-mortems are concerned. You are searching for wealth and peace of mind. Neither the way to wealth nor the way to peace of mind leads through the graveyard of unpleasant experiences long past.

When you have attained peace of mind, your mind will automatically reject every thought and every mental reaction which is not beneficial to your welfare. Meanwhile, help yourself attain this great command-of-mind and all it can do for you. Avoid all negative mental influences and especially avoid that shadow of mournful regret which can keep all the sunshine out of your life – and keep out other gold as well.

Source: Grow Rich! with Peace of Mind by Napoleon Hill

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Observations on Opportunity
by Jim Stovall


Recently I attended my 30-year high school reunion. As a blind person, I sat and listened to the conversations and observations of those around me. The most common comment was, “I’m surprised they turned out like that.” Apparently, everyone turned out either better or worse, but certainly different from what was expected.

As young people, we do not come with a label that says “Future Brain Surgeon” or “Soon-to-be-Unemployed Alcoholic.” Opportunity is much the same. You’ve heard frustrated investors lament, “If I’d only bought Microsoft back then.” Well, unfortunately, Microsoft didn’t look like Microsoft back then.

Opportunities and possibilities more often come packaged as problems and challenges. The only thing you must do to have a great idea is to go through your daily routine and wait for something bad to happen. When it does, ask the magic question, “How could I have avoided that?” The answer to that question will be a great idea. The only thing you need to do to have a great business opportunity is to ask yourself, “How could I help other people avoid their problems?”

The answer to that question can make you rich, famous, and successful in every way.

If you read biographies of great inventors, initially you’re struck by the fact that their ideas and innovations made total sense. They seem so obvious now in retrospect. When you think of living in the horse-and-buggy days when Orville and Wilbur Wright are building a plane, it seems to be a logical fit and an exciting opportunity. If you’re struggling by candlelight when Thomas Edison invents a light bulb, it seems revolutionary and readily apparent. If you’re waiting weeks or even months for correspondence when Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone, it seems transformational; however, if you will read in-depth the biographies of these innovators and many others, you will find that, quite often, their greatest struggles were not developing a new invention, but instead, their greatest struggles were often convincing bankers, investors, and business leaders of the validity of their inventions.

Remember, opportunities never appear in nice, clean, wrapped packages with neon signs that say OPPORTUNITY. You’ve got to dig a little.

As you go through your day today, look for opportunities disguised as problems.

Today’s the day!
Jim Stovall

Source: Wisdom for Winners, Volume 2

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082; by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/stovallauthor; or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor.

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A selection of Napoleon Hill’s life changing principles in a single volume.

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