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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,

Over a period of time, if you improve only a little, the cumulative effect will pay huge rewards.

Why would anyone not do a little extra to gain great rewards? Author and speaker Jim Rohn says that the reason can be attributed to the mystery of the mind. We cannot compel others to always go the extra mile, but there is no reason that each of us cannot apply the going the extra mile principle in our daily life, both in our business and in our personal life. The rewards may not be immediate, but the principle works every time.

You simply cannot reap what you have not sown. Going the extra mile entitles you to an increasing return. Try it; you will never regret your action.

In this excerpt from Napoleon Hill’s “Success Unlimited,” Napoleon Hill reminds us of three very important principles we can be sharing with our youth. I’m sure you will see the value of each as he illustrates these with his personal observations.


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


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Napoleon Hill’s Master Course is his ultimate gift to mankind. It is the easiest, most direct path to fulfilling your greatest potential, and one of the most complete self-improvement books available today. These never before published, original copyrighted lectures given by Napoleon Hill himself for the Master Course were delivered in Chicago in the mid-1950s to individuals who were being trained to teach his philosophy to help others achieve their goals. Through this exclusive course designed to improve every facet of your lives and authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation, you will discover how to uncover your true purpose in life, achieve any goal you set, develop a pleasing a personality, step up to leadership, acquire a positive mental attitude, attract opportunities, and develop enthusiasm.

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by Napoleon Hill


Do you realize that your child’s success or failure depends on you? The schooling and the religious training your children receive will play an important part in their lives, of course, but he influence they will pick up from living close to you can be and should be one that puts them on the success beam.

There are three important principles you can teach your children which will go a long way toward bringing them success and happiness throughout their lives. The first of these is Definiteness of Purpose. This habit should start when the child is very young so that it will become a fixed part of his character.

Not too long ago I was visiting friends whose little boy was playing with tinker toys. He was trying to build a helter-skelter design that soon crumbled to the floor. He began to cry when his understanding mother came to his rescue and asked him what he wanted to build.

“I dunno,” he sobbed, “just something that will stand up.”

“Before you start building,” his mother counseled, “you must know what you want, and you must have a plan to go by. Now, let’s see what you’d like to make.”

After the mother had mentioned several things that could be made from the tinker toys, the youngster decided upon a small house and set to work with great enthusiasm to build it.

“This will take more time and work,” cautioned the boy’s father. “but when you are finished it will stand up, and you will be very proud of what you have done.”

As I was getting ready to leave, the boy jubilantly grabbed me by the hand and asked me to come and look at his house “that wouldn’t fall down.”

“This is so much better than putting something together every which way,” he exclaimed triumphantly.

On my way out to my car, the boy’s father accompanied me. He was an executive in a large national chain store organization, who began as a stock clerk in one of the smaller stores, less than ten years previously. He advanced himself to a vice-presidency by following the habit of definiteness of purpose. “You understand now,” he exclaimed with pride, “why we are leaving no stone unturned in seeing that our boy grows up with a full appreciation of the value of knowing what he wants.”

All though your child’s “when I grow up” years of wanting to be a railroad engineer, a space cadet, or a movie star, inspire in him the faith that he can be a success in whatever he chooses, but tactfully influence him to make a definite decision to work toward some specific definite major purpose in life.

The second success principle you should teach your children is the Habit of Going the Extra Mile–the rendering of useful service beyond the scope of duty. This is a “must” habit without which no one has ever been known to rise to great heights of success in any undertaking. In addition to creating favorable opportunities financially for those who follow this principle, it adds great strength to character and gives one the ability to make friends easily.

Joe and Pete were next-door neighbor sons of unskilled laborers. Neither of their parents was well schooled, but Joe’s folks were wise enough to recognize the value of the habit of Going the Extra Mile, and they taught this to him from early childhood.

Pete’s parents, on the other hand, impressed on him the idea of taking everything he could get without lifting a finger, and he lost no time in making this idea his own.

While his son was growing up, Joe’s father was able to promote himself to a position as foreman, then department manager at his plant by following the habit of rendering more service and better service than he was actually paid for. He instilled this habit in his son.

Throughout grade school and high school Joe was a giving person–sharing generously his time in extracurricular activities and his possessions. He was constantly going out of his way to make himself liked by both his teachers and his schoolmates. Moreover, his habit of thus Going the Extra Mile gave him great pleasure for he did it in a most pleasing mental attitude.

Meanwhile Pete did as little work as he possibly could to get by. Results, poor grades in school, difficulties with the teachers and his schoolmates, and no participation in athletics because, as he remarked, “There’s no pay in it.” Where did he learn this attitude? From his father who constantly griped about “slave drivers” down at the plant, in the school system, and about everywhere else.

Joe got a scholarship which paid his way through a fine college because of the excellent record he made in high school, and he went on to win high honors in college by continuing to follow the habit of Going the Extra Mile. He never asked, “What do I get out of this?” but, “What can I contribute to help someone out?”

Pete scornfully referred to Joe as “that eager beaver who tries to kill himself doing something for somebody.” But the “eager beaver” did all right for himself. As the result of his college record, he wound up with the offer of a job with a wonderful company right after graduation. He still has the habit of Going the Extra Mile. It has brought him two promotions with increased pay over a number of other young men who began work with the same company when he started. The other young men had as much education as Joe, and they had as much intelligence.

What about Pete? He got a menial job right after he left high school. He moans constantly about Joe’s getting all the breaks. To this day he doesn’t see that Joe promoted himself into the better things of life by GIVING before trying to GET and thereby starting the great law of increasing returns to move in his favor. And Pete’s parents haven’t the slightest idea that they failed in preparing him for success in life.

The third success principle you should teach your child is the habit of a positive mental attitude. The habit of thinking in terms of things he can do and not in terms of things he cannot do. Henry Ford once said that what he needed most in his business organization were more men who didn’t know anything about the words “it cannot be done.”

Two teenage girl friends decided to try out for the freshman class play together.

When Nancy told her parents about it, they were very enthusiastic and encouraged her to go right ahead with it.

However, when Joanne told her folks, all she got was negative comments–“Why do you want to waste your time with that? Besides, your voice is too squeaky. And you’ll spend too much time and catch cold in that chilly auditorium. You’ll never learn all those lines, then you’ll make a mistake and be embarrassed forever.”

The poor girl had failed even before she started. Failed because her own parents had sold her a negative “no-can-do” mental attitude.

Nancy tried out for the play. She didn’t get a part, but her positive-minded parents immediately helped her find the seed of an equivalent benefit in her temporary defeat. “Why, this will allow you to spend more time on your sewing for your 4H contest,” soothed her mother. Nancy went on to win second place in the 4H contest, and she grew up to be a poised, serene wife and mother who now has two beautiful children of her own to whom she is teaching the habit of a positive mental attitude.

Joanne didn’t get a part in the play either–but she didn’t even try. Once she did take courage enough to overcome her parents’ wails of doom and try out for the swimming team. When she didn’t make the team all she got from her parents was “I told you so.” Joanne today is a self-centered, withdrawn woman who spends her time and money trying all sorts of medicines to relieve her “aches and pains.” Her negative mental attitude has made of her a confirmed hypochondriac.

If parents think and talk in terms of sickness and poverty and failure, they will pass these states of mind on to their children who, in turn will use them as stumbling blocks to failure throughout life. Think, act and speak in terms of health, affluence, achievement–and give your children steppingstones to success.

Source: Success Unlimited. November 1956, Vol. III, No. XI. Pgs. 36 & 40.
Originally published as “Stop Making Failures of Your Children”


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“Words cannot express the profound insight into the science of success this course has brought me. This course is a solid vein of gold that a person could mine for the rest of their lives if they are ready to receive it. I was ready.”
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“I feel I have developed new desirable habits over the last few months, by becoming conscious of better alternatives. I have a new direction. I have become more educated and informed. I feel like there is something guiding my pathway and opening me up spiritually in a different way than ever before. By continuing on this path, I feel a definite connection to my cosmic habitforce, and am feeling the guidance, so I am going with the flow.
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Now is your time to Up your Wow Factor, and get ready to transform every area of your life. If someone had said that was what was going to happen to me I would not have believed them. The reality of it is the training and the global relationships have not just supported the transformation of my mind, resources, and life, but supporting me to live legacy. Do not put off your next steps to invest in your pathway to success, do like I did step into this limitless opportunity. It just works, and now is your time.
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“If you are looking to connect to like-minded individuals from all over the world, step up in your personal development, and teach Napoleon Hill Philosophy worldwide, the distance learning and leader certification program is for you. Napoleon Hill Philosophy is the cornerstone of modern motivation and there is no other program that can compare like learning from the Napoleon Hill Foundation itself. The first time I visited the foundation in Wise, Virginia my heart was pounding knowing that Napoleon Hill grew up there. I was exposed to see all the original books that could not be found in any other place in the world. I feel so blessed to be a Certified Instructor from the foundation and I would love to see many of you receiving the most prestigious Leadership Certification Program.
– Sandra Valencia, Napoleon Hill Certified Instructor

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A U.S. Open Comes to a Close
by Jim Stovall

Millions of people around the world spent the middle part of June totally focused on the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. As the various stories unfolded, there were many lessons to be learned. People who thought that Tiger Woods was unbeatable learned that, while he may be the best in the world at what he does, no one is ever invincible.

Thousands who were present and millions watching on TV saw three elite, professional golfers at the top of their game miss short putts on the final hole that would have won the tournament. I have heard many people in the media and in-person say, “I could have made any of those three-putts.” In reality, if you took away the pressure, the tension,
and everything that was at stake, any of us probably could have made those putts. But life doesn’t work that way.

Those three players each made in excess of 275 shots during the week that virtually no one else in the world could have made. Their high level of skill brought them to the last hole on the last day where they each missed the most simple shot of the week. This points out the old adage “You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”

Often in business and in life, it is the little, mundane details that are overlooked which cause us to experience a poor performance. Think of the people you know or the companies you do business with that impress you. Chances are, if you’ll really explore what makes the difference, it is the little things. A courteous greeting, a polite thank you
note, or simply going the extra mile as a normal course of business could make all the difference.

Many of us fly with the airlines as a normal part of our routine. Travelers often speak of good flights and bad flights. If you ask them to define the difference, generally it will come down to a warm smile, a polite greeting, or a standard of professionalism just slightly above average.

As you go through your day today, remember that the big things are important and they are what we focus on, but quite often, like the three golfers in the U.S. Open, you will be remembered for and live and die based on the little things.

Source: Wisdom for Winners, A Millionaire’s Mindset

Today’s the day!

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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Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite

by Napoleon Hill


Based on a series of booklets written by bestselling motivational writer Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite outlines the importance of three essential principles of success: self-discipline, learning from defeat, and the Golden Rule applied.

In 1908, Napoleon Hill met industrialist Andrew Carnegie for what he believed would be a short interview for an article. Instead, Carnegie spent hours detailing his principles of success to the young magazine reporter. He then challenged Hill to devote 20 years to collating a proven formula that would propel people of all backgrounds to happiness, harmony, and prosperity. Hill accepted the challenge, which he distilled in the perennial bestseller Think and Grow Rich.

Now, more than a century later, the Napoleon Hill Foundation is releasing this epic conversation to remind people that there are simple solutions to the problems troubling us most, everything from relationships and education to homelessness and even democracy. This is revealed in three major principles: self-discipline, which shows how the six departments of the mind may be organized and directed to any end; learning from defeat, which describes how defeat can be made to yield “the seed of an equivalent benefit” and how to turn it into a stepping-stone to greater achievement; and the Golden Rule applied for developing rewarding relationships, peace of mind, and a strengthened consciousness.

Each chapter draws on Carnegie’s words and advice as inspiration, with annotations by Napoleon Hill scholar James Whittaker explaining why they are essential for reaching your goals and prospering—for you, your family, and your community.

Available on Amazon.com Sept 8

Truthful Living

by Napoleon Hill, annotated by
Jeffrey Gitomer

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“Another Gem Amongst His Many Gems – Truthful Living is NOT just a book for people in sales; it is for people who are still breathing or in other words, EVERYONE!” ~ Gymbeaux

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The Little Book of Leadership

By: Jeffrey Gitomer


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.

The time for real-world leadership is NOW. This is a leadership book that transcends theory and philosophy, and gets right down to brass tacks and brass tactics, and adds a few brass balls.It’s full of practical, pragmatic, actionable ideas and strategies that when implemented assure respect and loyalty – and ensure long-term success and legacy.

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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