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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.

For more information please go to https://www.naphill.org/shop/education/online-distance-learning-class/ or contact Uriel Martinez at um17pma@gmail.com

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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,

W. Clement Stone’s own background provided few clues that one day he would become so wealthy that he could give away several hundred million dollars to charitable causes before he died at the age of 100.

Stone grew up on Chicago’s rough South Side with his mother, who became a widow before Stone began school. At age 6, Stone was out on the streets of Chicago selling newspapers to contribute to the household income. By the age of 13, he owned his own newsstand. Stone’s life shows the lessons he learned from experience and books while he was growing up.

Stone read Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill when it was published in 1937. He gave his employees the book, and his insurance firm grew from a $100 investment to a billion-dollar business. Stone spent more than 60 years praising Think and Grow Rich! and its positive effect. He even used as his company’s stock symbol the letters PMA, for positive mental attitude, one of the principles of success.


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


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by Napoleon Hill


A man’s mental attitude in respect to defeat is the factor of major importance in determining whether he rides with the tides of fortune on the success side of the River of Life or is swept to the failure side by circumstances of misfortune.

The circumstances which separate failure from success often are so slight that their real cause is overlooked. Often they exist entirely in the mental attitude with which one meets temporary defeat. The man with a positive mental attitude reacts to defeat in a spirit of determination not to accept it. The man with a negative mental attitude reacts to defeat in a spirit of hopeless acceptance.

The man who maintains a positive mental attitude may have anything in life upon which he may set his heart, so long as it does not conflict with the laws of God and the rights of his fellowmen. He probably will experience many defeats, but he will not surrender to defeat. He will convert it into a stepping stone from which he will rise to higher and higher areas of achievement.

The subject of a positive mental attitude is so important that it not only claimed first position in the list of the twelve riches of life, but it had to be included as an important part of the principle on pleasing personality, and has been mentioned in practically every principle of this course.

A positive mental attitude is an essential part of the key which unlocks the door to the solution of all personal problems. It is the magic quality of this key which enables it to attract success as surely as an electromagnet attracts iron filings.

The whole secret of the formula by which you may turn defeat into an asset lives in your ability to maintain a positive mental attitude despite your defeat.

This is no man-made rule. It is a part of the imponderable phenomena of nature through which man has been provided with the privilege of drawing upon that power known as faith. Faith and a positive mental attitude are twin brothers! Where one is found, there also will be the other. The two are inseparable. Faith is a power which cannot be analyzed by science, yet it is the greatest power available to mankind.

And the strangest of its qualities exists in the fact that it is free, equally available to the humblest person or the greatest. Recognize this truth and you will be well on your way toward the great estate of Happy Valley.

Source: PMA Science of Success Course. Pgs. 396 & 397.

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Positive Mental Attitude
by Son Trinh
Whichever wolf you feed will be the one who wins.”

One evening, when a Grandfather and grandson sat at the fire together and talked about what happened during the day the Grandson asked, “Grandpa, what should I do when I grow up to be as successful as you?” The grandfather smiled and slowly said, “Let me tell you, in each of our minds there is always a struggle. It is terrible struggle between two wolves. The black wolf is a very wicked one. He is always angry, jealous, sad, regretful, greedy, selfish, guilty, inferior, deceitful, likes to deceive himself, is arrogant and possesses too high an ego. While the other wolf, the white one, is a good wolf, he is always happy, calm, loving, hopeful, kind, generous, sympathetic, sincere, compassionate and trustworthy. That fierce struggle, that is always taking place inside me and you, and in everyone.” The grandson thought for a moment and then asked him, “Then which wolf will win, grandpa?” He simply replied, “Whichever wolf you raise, feed and care of, he will be the one who wins.”

The white wolf is a Positive Mental Attitude and the black wolf is a negative mental attitude. The good news for us is that Napoleon Hill asserts that “Every human being has the ability to completely control his own mind.” He instructs us that the only way to build and maintain that positive mental attitude is to “Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don’t want.”

I enjoyed the way Napoleon Hill taught me through the visualization technique. When talking about Positive and negative mental attitudes, he used the illustration of two sealed envelopes. One is labeled “Rewards” and the other is labeled “Penalties.”

When it comes to “Rewards,” he asserts that every time we take possession of our mind and direct it toward positive and desirable objectives, the ten rewards that automatically run into our lives include: The privilege of placing yourself on the success beam which attracts only the circumstances which make for success, sound health, both physically and mentally, financial independence, a labor of love in which to express ourselves, peace of mind, applied faith which makes fears impossible, enduring friendships, longevity and a well-balanced life, immunity against all forms of self-limitation and the wisdom to understand yourself and others.

And on the contrary, when we refuse to take control of our mind, we live freely, we spite fate, we make no effort to rise early, we accept failure and give up. The second envelope entitled “Penalties” shows up in our lives with the ten consequences Napoleon Hill mentions: poverty and misery all your life, mental and physical ailments of many kinds, self-limitations which bind us to mediocrity all the days of our lives, fear in all its destructive forms, dislike of the occupation by which we earn livings, many enemies but few friends, every brand of worry known to mankind, a victim of every negative influence we encounter, subjection to the influence and control of other people at their will and a wasted life which gives nothing to the betterment of mankind.

I remember the first time when my family and I arrived in Canada. We entered a new living environment, new weather & culture, new language, new people, the way of doing business was also somewhat new and that made me stagger, even though I had carefully prepared psychologically. But in the face of reality, I could not cope. I gradually lost control of my mind, I began to open the door to worries and fears. I began to see the negative side of Canadian society. I began to scorn the culture and their way of working. I began to be disappointed when Canadian businesses did not appreciate my degree as well as my valuable experience. I began to condemn other people. Increasingly I saw the bad, and negative side every moment of the day. And the worse thing was that I began to forget my Definite Major Purpose and I forgot to implement the plan that I had set before coming to Canada.

As a result, I became angry, irritable, and I liked to criticize and argue about every topic. Gradually I lost confidence in myself and I avoided meeting other people. I restricted myself from going out. And I became lazy in my thinking. I didn’t exercise. I drank more coffee and alcohol. My wife and children said “It was a terrible time because we knew you were depressed and we suffered.” And of course, they were “infected” by me. It all happened exactly as Napoleon Hill described in the envelope called “Penalties.”

Fortunately, this time did not last too long. Things changed one day when I attended Sunday Mass. I heard the reading of that day as if the Lord was speaking to me directly. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7, 7-9). Right after that Mass, I decided to reflect on what had been happening with myself. I went alone to a park near the house and sat down near a big maple tree and began pondering. I wondered about what I should ask for. I certainly did not want to ask for more of the same thing that I had been experiencing. I wondered about what I was really seeking. I definitely did not want to be more critical, condemning, or full of complaining. I wondered which door I should knock-on. Certainly not on the door of worry, fear, doubt, and indecisiveness.

As I thought about it, I saw a tremendous change going on in my soul. I began to recall the purpose of life that I once wrote down. I quickly re-wrote my Definite Major Purpose. I silently prayed to God, “Lord, this is what I ask for, this is what I seek, and this is the door I will knock on.” I began reviewing the action plan I had previously set up, adjusting a little to suit the reality, filling in the names of people or organizations that could help me open up my understanding or connect with others and connect with organizations. I lay on the green grass, closed my eyes, and began to visualize the scene where I fulfilled my Definite Major Purpose. I saw the bright smiles and the happiness of many people, including my parents, my wife, and my beloved children. I also saw the happiness of so many brothers, friends, and neighbors.

Suddenly, I woke up and realized that I had just had a peaceful nap, which was refreshing. I stood up and quickly returned home with a big smile and an optimistic and confident soul. I took hopeful footsteps because I was a new person, a man of freedom. I took responsibility for my life and I practiced control over the thoughts in my mind, keeping what is positive with hope, trust, love, attracting success, peace, and happiness to myself, my family, and my community.

If you ask me what lesson I learned from this experience it is the same as what Napoleon Hill instructs us to do:

1. Review and re-establish your Definite Major Purpose of life. One of the best ways is to visualize your own funeral and observe gestures and listen to sincere words from loved ones and friends. Whatever you want to hear, include it in your Definite Major Purpose of life. Most importantly, it is the Definite Major Purpose of life to follow nature, not to harm others directly or indirectly, and to bring joy, peace, success, and happiness to as many people as possible.

2. Review the action plan and adjust it to suit the reality according to the five criteria: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

3. Form your Mastermind Alliances by searching for and inviting the right people to join in your team so that they can work with you to achieve your Definite Major Purpose. They will share with you their knowledge, ideas and opinions, skills, and especially their valuable experiences.

4. Trust in God. If you don’t follow any religion, believe in a higher power or as Napoleon Hill calls it Infinite Intelligence. Combine living in accordance with the Universal laws and be sure that you live well.

Last but not least, take action now! Do not hesitate, worry, fear, doubt, or be indecisiveness. Just raise, feed, and care for the positive white wolf in your mind so that you can find joy, calmness, love, hope, calm, kindness, sympathy, generosity, sincerity, compassion, and trustworthiness and that is your purpose in life. Take action now so that you can quickly enjoy the ten things that Napoleon Hill describes in the envelope marked “Rewards” because surely “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

Son Trinh
Newly Certified Instructor
Email: son.etmechanical@gmail.com


1. Science of Success by Napoleon Hill
2. Two wolves

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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.

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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.

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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.

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