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Dear Student of Napoleon Hill,

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.

Don’t waste your own precious years blindly searching for the hidden road to the heights. Profit by the dearly brought experience of America’s leaders. Over 500 great and prominent men of America were minutely analyzed — their methods, motives, strategy — to find out the secrets that put them on top. No matter whether you are rich or poor — you have one asset as great as the richest man living — and that is TIME. But with each setting sun you become one day older, and have one day less in which to attain the success and wealth you desire. Thousands of progressive people throughout the North American continent have realized this mighty truth, and have sought the help so clearly and inspiringly taught in Napoleon Hill. You cannot afford to let day after day slip into eternity, without getting possession of this course. You will profit greatly from the lessons in Think and Grow Rich. You will take even more brilliant and gratifying rewards from this course. The cost is trifling; the benefits are tremendous.

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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,

Our health is greatly influenced by eating right, exercise, proper sleep, and the like, but it is also affected by our mind, whether positively or negatively. Worrying is a form of negative imagination and can have a tremendous impact on our health. On the other hand, learning to create positive images can help eliminate stress and also change negative habits into positive habits.

Imagery is an important component of the processing of information and how we see things mentally. Images allow us to use thoughts to see, smell, or taste various things, or, in other words, use our senses to recapture our past from memories or envision our future through dreams and goals.

You control your destination, your wealth, and your happiness to the degree to which you can think about these elements of your future, visualize them, and see them to such a degree that you bring about their completion. Thus, the power that will enable you to lead a healthy and productive life is within your own mind.


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


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by Napoleon Hill


Most every one of us would like to get the greatest vigor and fullest use from that body of ours. We can if we make certain that we fully understand two important ideas. They are the oneness of the Creator’s master­piece, the human mind-body, and its oneness with all of nature.

If you think you are sick, you are.

We cannot separate the body and the mind, for they are one. Anything that affects the health and vigor of the mind will affect the body. In turn, anything that affects the health of our body will affect the mind. This point is so essential to our understanding of health that we have termed the individual a human mind-body.

We are not only one in the sense of a mind-body, but we are also part of the environment in which we live. We are born into a world of trees and mountains and moonlit skies, peopled with all form’s of living things, and subject to the same natural laws that govern all things, even the grain of wheat.

Perhaps we can gain wisdom and insight into the handling of this mind-body of ours by examining the world about us and how it functions, so that we may swim with the river of life, and not exhaust our energies fighting against it.


When we consider the waves of the ocean, the flow of the changing seasons, the wane and ebb of the moon, we find there are rhythms to life. There is even a rhythm in our own life from birth through childhood and adolescence to full maturity, old age, and finally rebirth of a new generation. Light and electro-magnetic impulses of radio are waves. The move­ment of the stars and the planets about our sun are rhythmical in nature. So also is the motion of the tiniest particle. The electrons move in a rhyth­mical pattern about the proton in the atom.

Nothing about life is static or unchanging. There seems to be a constant wave-like motion to life. It is actually a progression of rhythmical patterns. This is one of the factors in our enjoyment of music. It would seem wise that we strive to bend and sway with the rhythms of life, and not stand fixed and immobile against them. The sandy beach moves and changes with the rhythms of the waves, and stands for eternity. The break­water is soon destroyed.

Don’t neglect to play and relax regularly.

Review your own life. Do you live a rhythmical life? Are you follow­ing work with play; mental effort with physical effort; eating with fasting; seriousness with humor; sex with transmutation of sex into sublime crea­tive effort? Consider for a moment one of the earlier lessons in which you learned that the subconscious mind worked best when the mind was at rest, best when we live a rhythm of work and play. The greatest research achievements are produced by the subconscious mind, after it has been loaded with the facts, and the mind is then occupied with other thoughts. That is, the mind is playing. Are you giving your subsconscious mind a chance to work by playing?

Metternich, the great statesman, often received his most brilliant in­spiration while finishing a book he was reading. It is the interference with the normal rhythmical patterns of the stomach that may produce ulcers. Is it not our failures which make our success so sweet? The calm, refreshed beauty after the storm is exquisite, when each wet leaf and blade of grass sparkles with new beauty in the first rays of the sun, and the air is clear and fresh. The magnitude of nature’s beauty is enhanced because of the storm.

Do you really want continuous happiness? No, for that would lose its zest. It is really those little unhappinesses that make happiness meaningful.

In marriage counseling, one of the problems is to make couples un­derstand that there is no such thing as being constantly in love, nor would it be desirable if it could be achieved. People in love have a series of loves, like waves on the ocean. In the troughs they are quite neutral in their feelings. These troughs make the waves of love that much more poignant. Like life, not all the waves are of the same intensity; there are a few for each of us that reach great heights, and these we store to call out and use when the going becomes difficult.

Thus, this mind-body of ours, to reach great heights of successful living and smooth efficient functioning, must first learn to live a rhythmical life, in harmony with the world of living and non-living things about us, and m harmony with natural laws that govern these rhythms of life.


As we are one with the world about us, so are we one with ourselves: a mind-body. And as we are affected by the world we live in, and in turn affect that world, so our body influences our mind, and in turn our mind influences our body.

The proper perspective would suggest that the highest function of all living things is present in man, and in no other of the Creator’s products. We are the only thinking animal, and with this power we have been able to modify our environment and to learn its laws. We have only to conceive the idea and believe the idea to achieve the idea.

This is the story of Edison, Marconi, the Wright brothers and of all the successful people who have changed the path of civilization. It took life fifty million years to develop through evolution to a bird that could Hy. Yet the Wright brothers, with simple childlike faith in their own idea, had man airborne in a mere twenty years. Here is the power of this mind­body of ours, prophetically revealed to us in many tongues and many ways, by Infinite Intelligence, as when the Nazarene said, all things are possible even unto the end of the world.

The proper perspective of this mind-body of ours is that the mind is the higher function of the two, and that the body is an exquisitely func­tioning machine for carrying the mind about and executing the dictates of this tremendous powerhouse. Yes, a smoothly functioning mind is neces­sary to a smoothly functioning body.

Think of those unfortunate individuals who have been bed-ridden, unable to do more than just talk or move a few fingers, who have lived full creative lives. This story can be multiplied and retold, with many names and places of those who refused to let crippled bodies stay them in their quest for greatness: Helen Keller, Pavlov, Nurmi the great runner, and Beethoven, to name a few.

The story of civilization is punctuated with greatness achieved by various individuals in spite of physical bankruptcy because these individuals possessed smoothly functioning minds. Each of them had a definite major purpose, faith in that purpose and plan, and faith in Infinite Intelligence. They understood clearly where they were going and what their problem was.

Dr. Coyne Campbell, a well-known psychiatrist, said in one of his lectures on the problems of the maladjusted that they all had one problem in common. They were unable to tell him clearly what was the matter – they were unable to put their difficulties into words. He went on to say that when he had taught them to state their problem, they no longer needed his services. Once they had a clear picture of themselves and their problem and developed a definite major purpose and a definite plan to attain that purpose, these unfortunates were back on the road to a useful life.

Individuals with weakened bodies like those mentioned earlier, seem always to have known their plan, or to have learned it at an early age. On the wings of a definite major purpose, faith, enthusiasm, and a positive mental attitude, they rose further and further from the vague despondency of maladjustment towards great heights of brilliance and achievement. This is the power of a man’s mind. Thus it would seem that even when we cannot achieve sound physical health, we can achieve sound mental health if we have a definite major purpose.

To realize a smoothly functioning mind, let us reconsider some of the qualities we have found essential to success and happiness, for they are also essential to a sound mind.


A definite major purpose and a plan for carrying out that purpose. These keep us from vacillating in our efforts. Think of a situation in which you were part of a smooth, well-organized plan. You were content with the way the situation was handled. You felt at ease and comfortable. Your mind is always most satisfied with the harmony of action shown in a well-organized plan. Anxiety is the feeling you develop in a poorly organized situation.

Controlled attention, self-discipline, accurate thinking, personal initiative, learning from defeat, and going the extra mile are mental tools you can use to organize and carry through your plan. These satisfy your mind since they help you to carry your plan forward to a successful con­clusion. Thus they give you satisfaction in the achievement of each step in your plan, and satisfaction in the progress towards your goal. Satis­factions are one of the most important foods for a healthy mind.

A change in mental attitude often aids in the development
of bodily resistance against disease.

Probably the most important single quality necessary to sound men­tal health is a positive mental attitude, and all that this entails. Two of the greatest destructive forces in the human mind are fear, and its close partner, anxiety. They kill enthusiasm, destroy faith, blind vision, blunt creative effort and destroy harmony and peace of mind – all the qualities necessary for a positive mental attitude.

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

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You, Me, and Napoleon Hill
by Jim Stovall


I want to feature you in my next book. Yes, I mean jim stovall article… who are among the multitudes reading these words in newspapers, magazines, and online publications around the world.

Here’s how you can be immortalized in literature, help people change their lives, and express your gratitude. Simply write a thank you letter to Napoleon Hill for the message he gave the world and the impact it has been in your life. If you are among the few unfortunate individuals who are saying, “I’ve never read anything by Napoleon Hill.” It’s time right now to correct that shortcoming in your life, and you still have time to read Think and Grow Rich or other works by Dr. Hill and be a part of this book.

Once you have composed your letter beginning with “Dear Napoleon,” just email it to me at jim@jimstovall.com. The publisher may need to edit your work slightly to fit the book and, if we use your letter in the book, you will receive an autographed copy and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve expressed your gratitude and opened the world of Napoleon Hill’s work to a world sorely in need of help, hope, and inspiration.

By way of example, following is the draft of my own letter for the book:

Dear Napoleon,

I had never heard of you or your work until my senior year of college. As a blind person myself, I realized my job prospects were limited, so I told my parents instead of a traditional career working for someone else, I was going to start my own business. They introduced me to an elderly gentleman named Lee Braxton who, in turn, introduced me to your philosophy and changed my world. Your admonition, “Remember, every defeat, every disappointment, and every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit,” was a like a ray of light to a blind young man.

Lee Braxton had a third-grade education and made millions of dollars during the Great Depression. He made me read your book, Think and Grow Rich three times before he began mentoring me. That book became the basis for everything he taught me and my own success.

Years later—long after Mr. Braxton had passed away—I wrote a book entitled The Millionaire Map recounting my journey from poverty to prosperity and highlighting the influence of Mr. Braxton and you. Don Green, the head of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, read my book and contacted me describing a connection that still astounds me to this day. Don said, “Jim, do you realize your mentor, Lee Braxton, was one of Napoleon Hill’s best friends? Mr. Braxton gave the eulogy at Dr. Hill’s funeral.” Don Green shared with me the transcript of Mr. Braxton’s eulogy as well as a great deal of correspondence between you and Mr. Braxton throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

Without my parents introduction to Mr. Braxton and his introduction to Think and Grow Rich, I shudder think where I would be today. I remain eternally grateful for the inspiration, wisdom, and the divine connection that goes back to a time before I was born.

Jim Stovall

As you go through your day today, pick something you’ve read or are going to read and send me your letter for Napoleon Hill and the book.


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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Master-Key to Riches

The Master-Key to Riches

by Napoleon Hill

The Master-Key to Riches, a powerful formula for self-improvement, shows you how to harness the powers of your will and mind so that you can achieve mental happiness, business success, spiritual vitality and financial superiority.

Millions of readers all over the world are grateful to Dr. Napoleon hill for his now classic Think and Grow Rich. The Master-Key to Riches provides the key to why some people become successful and how you can become one of them. The Master Key is a marvelous device which, once discovered, may be used to:

• Open the door to sound health
• Reveal the method by which every disadvantage and disappointment can be turned into advantages of priceless value
• Open the door to love and romance
• Renew the spirit of youth
• Lift humble men to positions of power, fame and fortune

Based on the Andrew Carnegie formula for money making, The Master-Key to Riches describes in step-by-step detail the greatest practical philosophy of success. ”Riches means all riches not merely those represented by bank balances and material things,” says Napoleon Hill in the introduction to this master-manual for personal achievement.

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.

The material woven by Napoleon Hill into The Master-Key to Riches has the endorsement of many men whose names have become synonymous with great achievement in the fields of industry, finance and statesmanship.

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The Magic Ladder to Success

by Napoleon Hill


The Magic Ladder to Success is Napoleon Hills lost classic and the book that preceded the all-time bestseller Think and Grow Rich. The original copy of this book has been appraised at over $40,000. Now you too can own this beautiful reproduction copy, with the content reproduced from one of only a few known original editions owned by the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

The Magic Ladder to Success is the volume in which Hill first distilled the seventeen factors that make up his “Law of Success” philosophy, revealing how people can acquire riches if they keenly desire them and put the necessary actions in place using their intellect. These key principles capture the ethics and actions that empower all who harness them to become leaders in the field of their choice. Leaders are not born, Hill argues; “they are molded by a remarkably similar, simple, and dynamic set of habits.”

There is a treasure of knowledge unearthed in this book. Hill offers a very concise, step-by-step pathway up the ladder of success, an advancement dependent on the organization of ones thought processes.

The Magic Ladder to Success is worth reading many times and applying throughout one’s life.

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by Napoleon Hill, annotated by
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This comprehensive book will help you understand your situation, identify your opportunities, create your objectives, execute by action and delegation, and establish a leadership position through enthusiasm, brilliance, action, collaboration, resilience, and achievement.

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The 12.5 Leadership Strengths revealed in this book will challenge you, admonish you, guide you, and create new success opportunities for you.

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