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This online distance learning course presents and examines the principles of success researched and developed by Dr. Napoleon Hill and others. It provides a framework for students to better understand life’s opportunities and the need for definiteness of purpose.

The class is based on and structured around Hill’s 17 Principles of Success. Each lesson focuses on one principle and contains online reading assignments, points to ponder, chapter quizzes, Napoleon Hill vintage audio and just released video, articles from the Think and Grow Rich and PMA Adviser newsletters, class discussion questions, journal writing assignments and, other activities that help reinforce the principle being studied. Each student in the class has a personalized relationship with a fully accredited and approved instructor for Napoleon Hill Distance Learning Courses. The class concludes with an assignment dealing with an individualized plan for personal success.

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, Invention.

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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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“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,

Giving up because of one, two, or even more failures is a very serious mistake. In war, the best generals are those who suffer defeat, but then reorganize and are ultimately victorious. Life is like a war in that there are many battles to be fought, but the true winner, even while still suffering from recent failures, lays plans and applies the necessary efforts to obtain the desired victory.

We must not allow biased views to prevail over what we know of people and events. Having our initial plans fail does not mean that the world is about to end or the destruction of life as it exists. Present failures, if they serve you, should teach you to be both wary and more persistent in the future so that you can obtain a deserving outcome for your efforts.

You must not let yourself fall into apathy and despair. You cannot afford to give up just because you have not yet succeeded. Take some time to reflect upon the thousands of attempts Thomas Edison made before developing the light bulb he sought.

In this excerpt from PMA: Science of Success, Napoleon Hill helps us to see the positive side of failure. He reveals to us that there are really many benefits to the experience of failure. I’m sure we can all relate to this very important principle of success called Learning from Adversity and Defeat.


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


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The Benefits of Defeat
by Napoleon Hill


There are three types of defeat: the loss of material things-wealth, position, property, or opposition growing out of friction in ‘human relationships; and defeat from within wherein one loses contact with the spiritual forces of his being, is overcome by discouragement, fear, worry or anxiety and gives up and quits trying.

But all types of defeat will yield readily to friendly, cooperative action.

Here are some of the potential benefits which can result from failure or defeat: Defeat may often break a negative habit and release your energies for a fresh start through the acceptance of more desirable habits. Physical illness, for example, is nature’s way of breaking up established habits of the body which have resulted in maladjustments of the physical organs, thus freeing you to form other habits more conducive to sound health.

Defeat may have the effect of supplanting vanity and arrogance with humility of heart, thus paving the way for the formation of more harmonious human relationships. It may cause you to take self-inventory and to uncover the weakness which brought about your defeat.

Defeat may lead to the development of a stronger willpower, provided you accept it as a challenge to greater effort and not as a signal to stop trying. This is perhaps the greatest potential benefit to be found in defeat because the seed of equivalent benefit which exists in the circumstances of all defeat abides entirely in your own mental attitude. It is, therefore, under your control.

You may not· always control the outward effects of defeat, if it involves the loss of material things or damages other people, but you can control your own reaction to the experience and profit by it.

Defeat may break up your undesirable relationships with others and thus prepare the way for the formation of more beneficial relationships. Very few people are fortunate enough to be able to go through life without at one time or another forming social, business, professional or occupational relationships which are definitely detrimental to their own interests – relationships which can be broken by nothing less than some form of defeat.

Defeat may lead you into the deeper wells of sorrow, where you may discover spiritual forces you had not previously recognized or drawn upon. The death of a loved one, the breaking up of a love affair, the destruction of a deep friendship of long-standing – these are experiences which force you to seek consolation within your own soul. And in the search you sometimes find the door that leads to hidden power which never would have been revealed to you except through that particular door of defeat.

This type of defeat also often serves the purpose of diverting your attention and activities from the material values of life to spiritual values. It may be assumed, therefore, that the Creator gave man a deep capacity for sorrow in order that he might be influenced to avail himself of the spiritual forces of his own soul.

The person who can go through defeat which crushes the emotions, and still avoid having his inner soul smothered by the experience, may become a master in his chosen field of endeavor. From such experiences have developed many of the world’s great musicians, poets, artist, builders of empires and literary geniuses. History is replete with evidence that the truly great artists in all of these, and other fields of human endeavor, attained greatness through some tragedy which introduced them to the hidden forces of their own being.

When you find these forces within yourself, you will discover that they can be transmuted into any desired form of creative effort, instead of serving merely to heal the wounds of your heart. These are the forces which may lead you to great heights of individual achievement, in a spirit of humility, which alone can make you truly great.

Success without humility of heart is apt to prove only temporary and unsatisfying. Evidence of this can be found in many persons who become successful quickly, without experiencing hardship, struggle and temporary defeat – the great disciplinarian forces of mankind.

But we do not have to turn to records of the past for examples of greatness to prove that defeat may become an asset of great value. If we examine the records of men and women in all walks of life, we shall be convinced that those who attain success are those who accept defeat as a challenge to greater and better planned action, and a stepping stone to success.

And we shall find, too, that individual success usually is in exact proportion to the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered.

Joaquin Miller expressed the effects of his deep meditation on this subject in these four lines:

And great is the man with a sword undrawn,
And good is the man who refrains from wine;
But the man who fails and still fights on,
Lo, he is the twin-brother of mine.

The man who fails and still fights on usually uncovers a source of creative vision which enables him to convert temporary defeat into permanent success. Therein lies the major benefit of defeat. In Act IV of Shakespear’s Julius Caesar is a passage that describes the negative application of this principle of learning from adversity and defeat:

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the -flood leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
ls bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea we are now afloat
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

Walter Malone was inspired to proclaim the opposite thought in his poem entitled Opportunity:

They do me wrong who say I come no more,
When once I knock and fail to find you in;
For every day I stand outside your door,
And bid you wake and rise, to fight and win.

Wail not for precious chances passed away;
Weep not for golden ages on the wane;
Each night I bum the records of the day;
At sunrise every soul is born again.

Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb;
My judgments seal the dead past with its dead,
But never bind a moment yet to come.

Malone’s version of defeat is the one which will be preferred by the man who has discovered that every defeat carries with it the seed of an equivalent benefit. Malone had a clear vision of potential power in defeat which he expressed impressively in the sentence: At sunrise every soul is born again. He might have explained that every soul is reborn when he refuses to accept defeat as failure.

Fear, self-imposed limitations of the mind and the acceptance of temporary defeat as final, are among the stronger ties which cause one to be bound in shallows and in miseries, as Shakespeare mentioned. But these ties can be broken. They can be converted into benefits of priceless value by forming habits which refuse to recognize defeat as anything more than a challenge to greater effort and an opportunity in disguise.

The most important moment in your life is when you recognize that you have met with defeat. It is the most important because it provides you with a dependable means to foretell the possibilities of your future success.

If you accept defeat as an inspiration to try again, with renewed confidence and determination, the attainment of your success will be only a matter of time. If you accept defeat as final and allow it to destroy your confidence, you may as well abandon your hope of success.

Every defeat you meet will mark an important turning point in your life, for defeat will bring you face to face with the necessity of renewing confidence in yourself, or of admitting that confidence is lacking.

Defeat often serves to relieve a man of his conceit. But there is a difference between conceit and self-reliance based upon an honest inventory of one’s character. The man who quits when defeat overtakes him thereby indicates that he mistook his conceit for self-reliance.

If a man has genuine self-reliance, he also has sound character, for one springs from the other. And a sound character does not yield to defeat without a fight.

Source: PMA: The Science of Success by Napoleon Hill.

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Darkness and Light
by Jim Stovall


As a blind person, I have to constantly remind myself that the world is not simply divided into darkness and light. In reality, there are myriad degrees of darkness and intensities of light. I don’t know if the old phrase is literally true that it is always darkest before the dawn, but I do know that in human endeavor, social change, and global progress, it is always darkest before someone turns on the light. Those who simply curse the darkness have a powerful voice until one enlightened or determined individual turns on the light. Then the naysayers, complainers, and critics simply fade into obscurity.

I have heard it said and often repeated that there has never been a monument erected to a critic. The most widely-read book among achievers and successful people is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Hill turned on the light in the midst of a vast darkness. Many of us who have written and shared our ideas since the time of Napoleon Hill have mostly reflected his light to extinguish the darkness around us.

Among Hill’s many breakthrough concepts was the idea that in every adversity there is a seed of a greater good. If we extend this into our lives, every opportunity comes disguised as a problem or challenge. The whole world is hoping and praying for a great idea, and as mentioned previously, they trip over one about three times each week but fail to recognize it because it appears to be a problem. All you need do to have a great idea is to go through your daily routine, wait for something bad to happen, and ask the powerful question, “How could I have avoided that?” The answer to that question is a great idea. To extend the concept a bit further, all you need to do to have a great business is to ask one further question. “How can I help other people avoid that problem?”

The world will give you fame, fortune, and security if you will focus on them and help them solve their problems, but if you choose to stand in the darkness and curse the current conditions as opposed to simply turning on the light, you are destined to live an unremarkable and frustrating existence. Whenever possible in pointing out a problem to a colleague, friend, or family member, bring a potential solution to the discussion of the problem. You can succeed in business and in life if you become known as a problem-solver. In any organization, the person who solves the problems rises to the top. People want to be around those individuals and follow them. On the other hand, the person who constantly curses the darkness by pointing out every problem without offering or even considering a solution becomes someone to avoid.

As you go through your day today, use the darkness as an opportunity to let your light shine.

Today’s the day!

Source: Wisdom for Winners, Volume 2 by Jim Stovall

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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Success is a shapeshifter. Its form changes with the wind, and it cannot be caught or tamed. Often, it feels utterly unattainable. But rather than putting “success” in a box, claiming there’s only one path to achieve it, Napoleon Hill has proven in his work that the one thing you really need to succeed is simple: You.

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· Maximize every hour, even while waiting, driving, or sleeping

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by Napoleon Hill


Why leave a legacy when you can live one right now?

When you realize that your success journey is really a journey of giving, you will unlock the potential for profound riches. The world’s top entrepreneurs and leaders derive their success and fulfillment from the alignment of their professional endeavors with their search for meaning and impact. Rather than waiting until they feel they have something to offer, they consistently share their resources to better the lives of others. Now is the time for you to discover your unique gifts and create a giving plan so that you can begin to live your legacy.

The Gift of Giving traces the ultimate giving journeys of Jim Stovall and Don Green, who have implemented Napoleon Hill’s timeless achievement principles to live a legacy of generosity. When Jim Stovall committed to finding a driving passion and giving away $1 million to it, he was a broke college student whose dreams of playing in the NFL had been sidelined by a rare condition causing progressive blindness. With the guidance of the successful businessman Lee Braxton and a worn copy of Think and Grow Rich, Jim brought himself from poverty to prosperity and became an award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist. His journey connected him with Don Green, the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, who lives out his calling and continues Hill’s work through the Foundation’s many philanthropic efforts. Together, their stories reveal that you can render service and charity at every stage of your giving journey; you simply have to identify opportunities for generosity and take action on them.

You have everything you need to create your legacy. The time has come to live it now, while you can enjoy the gift of giving.

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by Napoleon Hill, annotated by
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