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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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“Any business whose management has the foresight to adopt a policy which consolidates management, employees and the public it serves in a spirit of team work, provides itself with an insurance policy against failure.” ~Napoleon Hill

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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
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Vintage Essays By Judy Williamson, Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumnet

Dear Readers,

It is necessary for you to believe in yourself if you are to make the most of your abilities. It is urgent that you believe in yourself in order to get others to cooperate with you in carrying out whatever tasks you are undertaking.

Napoleon Hill once related that he would not have been able to begin his Definite Major Purpose of creating The Science of Success without belief in himself and the friendly cooperation of Andrew Carnegie and all the business owners he knew.

In his earlier works Napoleon Hill called Teamwork “Cooperation.” He also realized that cooperation has much to do with belief in yourself and your ability to inspire others to act as a team. He wrote: “True teamwork depends on relating yourself to others in such a way that they work with you willingly. It is up to you to supply the motives for that willingness and to be alert to any changes in it. Teamwork is a never-ending process, and even though it depends on everyone involved, the responsibility for it lies with you.”

As Napoleon Hill traveled throughout the United States sharing his philosophy of success, one of his favorite stories of cooperation that he enthusiastically shared was the Multiple Management Plan at the McCormick spice company of Baltimore. I hope this story serves as an inspiration for you to implement positive policies that encourage friendly cooperation in your professional environment.


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


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Teamwork as a Model for Business

Years ago article by Robert Littell in Reader’s Digest described a management system in use by the McCormick spice company in Baltimore. This system was revolutionary in its time, though more and more companies have now adopted something similar. McCormick called it “the multiple management plan, “which is just another way of saying “teamwork.”

When Charles P. McCormick succeeded his uncle as head of the company, he decided to share the responsibilities of running the show with those who could be taught to take it. He picked seventeen young people from the company’s front office and made them the Junior Board of Directors. They were charged with examining and discussing everything the company did, then presenting their findings to the regular board–as long as they were unanimous in their decision.

As Littell wrote, “A flood of energy and new ideas was released. Men who had felt themselves to be merely glorified clerks tasted responsibility and clamored for more. Even in the first year and a half practically all of the Juniors’ recommendations were adopted.”

The same policy was applied to the assembly line, where a Factory Board was formed with the same charge. The three boards met together weekly in a spirit of harmony, everyone seeking ways to improve business and efficiency, to raise McCormick another notch higher.

McCormick’s personnel policy was truly forward-thinking. Dismissing a worker required the signatures of four superiors who thought the action was necessary, and anyone threatened with dismissal was allowed to plead his or her case. As Littell noted, “McCormick & Company charges itself with an error if it lets a man go until he has been helped to see that his going is just and necessary. . . .”

The multiple management plan worked for McCormick & Company because of the spirit of human understanding and teamwork the individual workers put into it–a spirit which began with management and was readily embraced by the employees. And obviously this spirit of understanding and teamwork served to provide this spirit of understanding and teamwork served to provide sound economies in the management of the company because it recognized and appropriately awarded merit, down to the humblest employee, and at the same time eliminated the unwilling and unfit from the organization.

People will work harder for personal recognition and a word of commendation where it is deserved than they will for money alone. No one wants to feel as if he or she is merely a cog in a wheel. Your job as a leader is to see that everyone has a role in your group or organization and that he or she recognizes the importance of that role.

Through the multiple management plan McCormick put the soul back into its firm and provided every worker with a very real desire and worthwhile motive to go the extra mile and to do it with a positive mental attitude. That is the essence of teamwork.

There is no record of anyone’s ever having made a great contribution to civilization without the cooperation of others. Even great artists like Michelangelo depended upon assistants, craftsmen, and patrons to make their work possible.

There is a state of mind that tends to make people akin, establishes rapport between minds, and provides the power of attraction that gains the friendly teamwork of others. This state of mind, like so many of the other priceless assets of life, is usually attained by the concentration of the mind on attaining a definite major purpose backed by an appropriate motive and self-discipline.

That state is enthusiasm. It is contagious. Infect others with your enthusiasm, and teamwork will be the inevitable result.

Source: Keys to Successby Napoleon Hill

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Teamwork Multiplies Our Success
by Rich Cavaness

One truth Napoleon Hill discovered during all of his research and findings of the most successful people in the world is that no one person can attain success by themselves. No one mind is complete by itself. All truly great minds have been reinforced at one time or another through contacts with other great minds. He also discovered that the most effective and impactful teams practice generosity, being fair, courtesy, and a giving spirit with each other.

There is something special that happens when people work well together. A synergy that multiplies effort that enhances contributions, and that brings out the best in each of us. And the best in each of us enriches all of us.

We can really see that in Marvel’s The Avengers, featuring Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor is not just inspiring for fans of comic heroes. The Avengers’ lesson is that ONE is better than one! Meaning that one team is better than one person. When you work with a team, your team members have your back and you have theirs. The abandonment of the ego is what allows you to become part of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Napoleon Hill says “Harmonious coordination of effort is more important to a good team than individual skill.”

In all my years of coaching and leading out in team-building endeavors, I have come up with seven basic components that make up a winning team:

They set team goals and know what direction they are going

Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks says it best, “When you’re surrounded by people who share a collective passion around a common purpose or goal, anything is possible.”

A team should have common goals that are clear and completely understood by members.

There should be a structured plan, partnered with action steps on how to achieve them.

<  They are “we” focused instead of “I” focused and have fun in the journey.

Everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing by clarifying responsibilities

Responsibilities should be properly divided and well understood to avoid confusion.

Team members should know each other’s unique role and be aware of their contributions.

<  Avoid overlapping of authority by dividing the job into distinct parts and accountability.

Everyone is involved in the decision-making processes of the team

Encourage group discussions or brainstorming sessions to come up with better decisions and make the team feel they’re part of achieving success.

Team members have a strong sense of belonging to the group when they experience a deep commitment to the group’s decisions and actions.

Everyone recognizes, accepts, adjusts and embraces diversity

• Team members are not punished for disagreeing; members work towards the mutual resolution of problems and disagreements.

 Team members are viewed as unique people with irreplaceable experiences, points of view, knowledge, opinions to contribute, and strengths.

Setup multiple channels of communication so that collaboration can be freely experienced

• Make sure everyone is always informed and nobody’s left out.

 People feel free to express their thoughts, opinions, and potential solutions to problems.

People feel as if they are heard out and listened to by team members who are attempting to understand.

The team is founded upon trust and loyalty

Spending time with team members with openness and honesty.

Create team-building activities and events that allow members to build trust with each other.

Keep your word and show integrity so you can preserve trust.

Empower team members by giving opportunities to grow, learn and be independent

Provide challenges and show a clear path to advancement.

Appreciate efforts and reward improvements.

 Team members have the support and commitment of the group to carry out decisions.

In conclusion, Teamwork maximizes our strengths and eliminates our weaknesses. Teamwork makes the job easier because we don’t have to do everything ourselves. Teamwork allows each member to build on other people’s ideas and ways of seeing things. You are not limited by your own perceptions of reality and your own way of thinking. Your team members will see things you didn’t and ways to approach a problem you might not have considered. That enables the team to do so much more in less time. There is something special that happens when people work well together as a team.

Rich Cavaness
NHF Certified Instructor
Dallas, TX, 214-924-5693
www.TheGratitudeEffect.net and RichCavaness.com

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