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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,

A creative vision can help you overcome challenges and begin to adopt new ideas to climb the ladder of success. Alexander Graham Bell reminded us that “When one door closes another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

It is worth repeating many times that ideas within the mind are limited only by those limits placed on the mind by the individual. First and foremost, once you have the faith to achieve, you will acquire the necessary strength to bring about the goal you have in mind. You will begin to notice things, ideas, and people that can assist you. Belief in yourself will put you in touch with opportunities that you were not conscious of before you developed this belief.

But how do we place ourselves in this proper state of mind to receive ideas and acquire a creative vision? There are two very fundamental ways to gather ideas. One is by simply reading! Books can open the doors of your imagination and show you a world of new ideas. Books also change your perspective on life. They are sources from which you can glean life-changing ideas and examples. Anyone has access to this fundamental way of sparking your Creative Vision. The other more challenging way is through any form of meditation. Napoleon Hill shares with us one very creative way to gather ideas through the example of Mr. Elmer Gates. He had a practice of “sitting for ideas” in a dark room. You too can spark your imagination with these two very fundamental ways of gathering ideas for any goal you wish to achieve.


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


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by Napoleon Hill


Creative vision, expressed by men and women who have been unafraid of criticism has been responsible for the civilization of today as we know it. It has also been responsible for the scientific inventions of modem times which have led first to the steamboat age during the days of Robert Fulton; then the railroad age, the electrical age, the steel and iron age, the department store age, the skyscraper age, the automobile age, the airplane age, the age of plastics, and finally the atomic and space age.

Creative vision inspires men to pioneer and to dare to experiment with new ideas in every field of endeavor. It is always on the lookout for better ways of doing man’s labor and supplying man’s needs.

Creative vision is a quality of mind belonging only to men and women who follow the habit of going the extra mile, for it recognizes no such thing as the regularity of working hours, is not concerned with monetary compensation, and its highest aim is to do the impossible.

This quality, more than all others, gave us Thomas Jefferson, Benja­min Franklin, Thomas Paine, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and many other great statesmen who laid the solid foundation for our way of life.

And it gave us Thomas A. Edison in invention, Henry Ford in auto­mobile transportation, Orville and Wilbur Wright in the development of the airplane, James J. Hill in railroad pioneering, F. W. Woolworth in chain store merchandising, Andrew Carnegie in the development of the steel industry, Charles M. Schwab in the same industry, John D. Rocke­feller, Sr., in the refinement of crude oil, and many other American indus­trialists who pioneered our system of free enterprise through the trial and error method, and developed it to the point at which it is today.

Creative vision may be an inborn quality of the mind, or it may be an acquired quality, for it may be developed by the free and fearless use of the faculty of the imagination.

There are two types of imagination:

(a) Synthetic imagination, which consists of a combination of previously recognized ideas, concepts, plans or facts arranged in a new order, or put to a new use.

(b) Creative imagination, which has its base in the subconscious section of the mind, and serves as the medium by which basically new facts or ideas are revealed through the faculty of the sixth sense.

It is known that any idea, plan or purpose, brought into the conscious mind repeatedly and supported by emotional feeling, is automatically picked up by the subconscious section of the mind and carried out to its logical conclusion by means of whatever practical media are available.

Understand this truth and it will be clear why you should adopt a definite major purpose and begin at once to carry it out. The understanding of this truth will also reveal one of the major benefits of the master mind principle, as a master mind alliance in operation inspires the use of the imagination, and leads to the development of creative vision.

Creative vision is definitely and closely related to that state of mind known as faith, and it is significant that those who have demonstrated the greatest amount of creative vision are known to have been men with a great capacity for faith. This is both logical and understandable when we recognize that faith is the means of approach to Infinite Intelligence, the source of all knowledge and all facts, both great and small.

Examples of Creative Vision

Creative vision extends beyond interest in material things. It judges the future by the past, and concerns itself with the future more than with the past. Imagination is influenced and controlled by the powers of reason and experience. Creative vision pushes both of these aside and attains its ends basically by new ideas and methods.

While imagination recognizes limitations, handicaps and opposition, creative vision rides over these as if they did not exist and arrives at its destination. Imagination is seated in the intellect of man. Creative vision has its base in the spirit of the universe which expresses itself through the brain of man. Let us examine a few more examples of · applied creative vision:

Dr. Elmer Gates, a contemporary of Thomas A. Edison, lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland. While Mr. Edison had but little formal schooling, Dr. Gates was skilled in many of the sciences and had the benefit of an extensive formal education.

He was recognized throughout the world of science as a scientist of the highest caliber, and his scientific inventions, as disclosed by the rec­ords of the U. S. Patent Office, outnumbered those of Mr. Edison two to one. He began his career, as did Mr. Edison, by depending at first upon his imagination, and then developed it into creative vision through constant application and use.

During the latter portion of Dr. Gates’ life he earned his living entirely by the application of his highly developed power of creative vision. His method of application is worthy of consideration by the most profound thinkers, because it proves that one may develop the faculty of imagination until it leads to the power of creative vision.

Your mind may create some good ideas if you don’t keep it too busy with poor ones.

Let us call Dr. Gates’ method of applying creative vision “the habit of sitting for ideas,” for that is precisely what he did. For this purpose he had a soundproof room in which he did the “sitting.” When he wanted a solution to a problem, he went into this room, closed the door, seated him­self at a table supplied with pencil and paper, and turned off the lights. He then concentrated his thoughts upon the nature of his problem, and waited for the reception of ideas that he needed for its solution.

Sometimes the ideas would immediately begin to flow into his mind. At other times he waited for an hour or more before they began to make their appearance. And on some occasions no ideas came through.

Dr. Gates refined and perfected more than two hundred and fifty patents by this method. These patents covered ideas which inventors, who had less creative vision than he, had undertaken to perfect, but on which the other inventors had fallen short of success. He added to their ideas the finishing touches that were needed to give them mechanical perfection.

His method of sitting for ideas was simple. He began by examining the application for the patent until he found its weakness, using his own testing laboratory or, when necessary, that of the U.S. Bureau of Stand­ards. Then he went into his soundproof room, with the patent application and the drawings explaining the application, placed them before him on the table, and waited for the unknown quantity to appear. When it did appear, it came in the form of an idea which provided the information he was seeking.

Dr. Gates’ skill in the use of creative vision was so well known, and so trustworthy, that he was retained by many large industrial corporations for the purpose of helping them solve some of their mechanical, economic and industrial problems. He was paid a handsome fee for his time.

When Dr. Gates was asked to explain the source from which he received his results while sitting for ideas, he gave the following explanation:

“The source of all ideas may be classified under the following headings:

(a) The knowledge acquired from individual experience, observation, education. The storehouse of the memory.

(b) The store of knowledge accumulated by others through the same media, which may be contacted through mental telepathy.

(c) The universal storehouse of Infinite Intelligence, wherein is stored all knowledge and all facts, which may be contacted through the subconscious section of the mind.

“When I sit for ideas, I may tune in to one or all of these sources. If other sources of ideas are available, I do not know what they are.”

Observe that Dr. Gates’ method of sitting for ideas was based upon the application of the big four principles of this philosophy, plus a fifth principle, creative vision.

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

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by Jim Stovall


Many people ask me where to find great wisdom, knowledge, information, and the best mentors. This is much simpler than it would appear. The greatest minds and spirits the world has ever known are waiting to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Whether it’s Winston Churchill teaching you about leadership, William Shakespeare discussing beauty, or Albert Einstein commenting on the theory of relativity, they are all as close as your nearest library or bookstore.

As the author of many books, I have worked with a number of people in the publishing industry. David C. Cook published several of my current titles, including a compilation of my weekly columns entitled Today’s the Day. The President and CEO of David C. Cook is a friend and true leader in the industry, Cris Doornbos. He has lived by a slogan for over 25 years, “Read a book and grow.” This is the way to success, both personally and professionally.

The wisdom and knowledge that books offer us can be even greater than what you would have received had you known Churchill, Shakespeare, or Einstein in person. Through books written by them and about them, you can get the condensed wisdom, knowledge, and experience they each accumulated over their entire lifetime.

After losing my sight at the age of 29, I began devouring a book a day, thanks to the National Library for the Blind’s special recordings and a high-speed tape player. Reading has changed my life. It has introduced me to the greatest people, places, and events of history, as well as opened the imagination and creativity of the best minds the world has to offer. Reading has brought me far more success and recognition than I deserve and is the single factor that has allowed me to be a successful writer.

A person who doesn’t read is no better off than a person who can’t read. Literacy is a gift but only if we use it and apply it in real ways in our personal and professional lives. Several years ago, there was an in-depth research study done on the top executives of the Fortune 500 companies. This study sought to determine what attributes these corporate leaders had in common. They explored background, marital status, education, and a variety of other factors. At the end of the study, it was determined that the single element that these Fortune 500 corporate leaders had in common was that they read or listened to motivational, informational, or instructional material on a regular basis.

We live in a world where we are compensated for what we know more than what we do. A person who can do things can always have a job, but a person who knows things can create untold wealth and success. Beyond wealth and success, reading can introduce you to thoughts and ideas that can bring you peace, contentment, joy, and happiness beyond your wildest dreams.

As you go through your day today, find some consistent time to meet the greatest people the world has ever known through books. They are waiting for you and me.

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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Your possibilities for success are endless.

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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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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