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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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“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!”

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

Dear Readers,

Creative Vision helps us to see things as they can be, not as they are. The Old Testament says, “Without a vision, the people perish.” While it is important to study history, I think Thomas Jefferson’s preference for the vision of the future rather than the history of the past reflects the fact that where we are going is much more important than where we have been.

Visualization is “seeing” a positive result and taking action to make that vision become a reality. A quality that Creative Vision welcomes is flexibility. Being open rather than closed to new ideas gives us hope for a better future especially during trying times and great adversities. Suppressing creativity and flexibility stunts our growth and hastens our failure. Decide to be open to Creative Vision and employ flexibility to adversity and you too can continue to succeed. As Winston Churchhill once said, “Never never never give up.” Napoleon Hill encourages us to be flexible and use our Creative Vision in times of adversity.


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


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Throughout his long and interesting career, Napoleon Hill has met with, talked with, and studied the world’s great. What he has learned from them he passes on to you—along with his own wisdom. Few men in history have been able to influence the lives of so many people for the better as has Napoleon Hill. His writings, among them “Think and Grow Rich,” “The Science of Success,” and “How to Raise your Own Salary,” his lectures, his radio programs and motion pictures have helped countless thousands to help themselves.

Andrew Carnegie, founder of the great United States Steel Corporation, was probably the best judge of men of any industrialist of his time. He was responsible for the success of more men than any other man of his time.

When Mr. Carnegie wanted a man for an important job, he looked for these traits before hiring him: A keen sense of loyalty—dependability—flexibility—and lastly, ability to do a given job well.

Mr. Carnegie said that if a man was not loyal, dependable, and flexible, no amount of ability could qualify him for a responsible executive or supervisory position. By “flexibility” he meant the capacity to adapt one’s self to emergencies and rapidly changing circumstances without losing his poise or permitting himself to be thrown off balance through anger.

He illustrated his point by relating an experience he had with his chief chemist. He wanted the most able chemist that money could hire, so he sent a talent scout to Germany to look for such a man and found him in the employ of the Krupp Gun Works. It took a fabulous salary and a five-year contract to break the man away from the Krupp Works, but he was hired and brought to America.

By the end of the first month after the chemist became a member of Mr. Carnegie’s master mind group, it became apparent that a mistake had been made in hiring him. The man was, without a doubt, the ablest chemist Mr. Carnegie had ever known, but he had a static, stubborn disposition which made it impossible for other members of the Carnegie organization to get along with him, so he was paid off for the entire five-year contract and dismissed.

One of Mr. Carnegie’s executives remarked that this had been a very expensive experience. “Yes,” said Carnegie, “but not anywhere near as expensive as it would have been if we had not dismissed him.” This was one of the very few times when a man had been chosen for an important position in the Carnegie organizations without having been analyzed by the great industrialist.

The most common of all the causes of individual failure is one’s lack of ability to get along with other people. Flexibility cures this weakness. No two people are alike in their personal traits and mental attitudes. The successful person recognizes this fact, and he also recognizes that he cannot make other people over or change their mental attitude to suit his convenience, so he changes his attitude temporarily to avoid conflict with others.

We have ears with which to listen and mouths with which to speak, but fortunately we do not have to speak every time we hear something we do not like. Silence can be a powerful weapon, and it is often used by wise people when they are in contact with others who are irritable or inclined to create unpleasant incidents of an argumentative nature.

The late Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the most flexible men I have ever known. He could be all things to all men with the greatest of ease, and it has been said that this trait of flexibility was his greatest asset and the one thing which made him the most successful politician who ever occupied the White House.

I have seen men come into President Roosevelt’s office roaring like lions and after he got through with them they walked out like lambs. One day a very prominent banker came to see the President. He was as mad as a “wet Hen” because a member of the White House staff had kept him waiting what he thought was “too long.” Before he was even seated he started right off to air his peeve by saying, “My time’s important, and I don’t like to have it wasted by flunkies.”

Roosevelt turned on that million-dollar smile of his and said, “Well, I know just how you feel, for my time is also important, or I am fooling a lot of the people very badly.” The caller smiles, apologized to the President, and said, “I would give a million dollars if I had your flexibility.” And he probably would have done so gladly.

Hardly a day goes by without experiences in everyone’s life which could be blown up to great magnitude of unpleasantness if one does not have the flexibility with which to neutralize them.

There are more than thirty individual traits which, when combined and applied, give one a pleasing personality. Flexibility is a “must” in this group, for without it no one can get along harmoniously with others at all times under all circumstances.

I was destined to learn, during the twenty years of labor I put into the research in organizing my success philosophy, something of the importance of flexibility. I need flexibility on many occasions in order to adjust myself to the need of money. And I needed it in order to convince the five hundred or more top ranking business men and industrialists who collaborated with me in creating the philosophy that their time was wisely spent in helping me.

Flexibility is the answer to almost every unpleasant circumstance with which we meet, and it can best be made to serve during these emergencies if we remember that every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent benefit. You can very well determine whether or not you have flexibility when adversity overtakes you. If you have it, you will begin at once to look for that “seed of an equivalent benefit” instead of allowing yourself to be thrown off balance by fear, self-pity, anxiety, or resentment.

In order to remain flexible during the early part of the depression which began in 1929, I wrote books. I had no idea of having them published. I wrote merely to maintain my flexibility. However, three of my friends adjusted themselves to the circumstances in a different manner. One of them jumped off a high building, one shot himself to death, and the third “solved” his problem with an overdose of poison. My financial losses due to the depression were as great as those of any of my three friends, but I had one asset which, unfortunately, they did not possess.

One thing I have learned from life’s experiences stands out in my mind above all else as a great blessing. I have learned that no experience and no material loss are important to anyone as long as he remains in contact with Infinite Intelligence and keeps sufficient faith in himself to be guided by this Divine source of power. This, too, is flexibility applied, and it often carries convincing evidence that experiences we sometimes regard as irreparable adversities turn out to be blessings instead. For it is true that an all-wise Creator has provided that none may experience a loss of any nature whatsoever without the potential of an equivalent gain in one form or another.

Flexibility gives one the capacity to recognize that whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve. And it also gives one the wisdom to recognize that TIME is the great universal healer which can cure most human disappointments and frustrations, and the courage to recognize that strength, physical and spiritual, grows out of struggle.

Source: Success Unlimited September 1955. Vol. II, No. VII. Pgs. 8, 9, 10 & 11.

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Worry vs. Concern
by Jim Stovall

I believe that concern is worry with action. Worry in and of itself does nothing other than diminish focus. Concern has the potential to release creative solutions to the obstacle that one is facing.

I heard a story about an elderly monk who was training a number of younger monks learning to live their dedicated lives of service. One of his pupils came to him and told him that he was so weighted down with all of his worries that he could not perform his tasks. The old, wise monk said, “I have a gift for you. It was given to me by an old and wise monk when I was your age. This gift has allowed me a life of grace, peace, and focus.”

At that point, the older monk handed the young man a worn and battered wooden box with a slot cut into the lid. The young man barely disguised his doubt when he asked, “What possible good could a box like this do to help me alleviate all of the worries in my life?”

The wise old man explained, “This box is a tool. Like any other tool, in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, it is most useful and effective.” The old man went on to explain that the purpose of the box was to hold all of one’s worries. Throughout the week, when confronted with any trouble, problem, or worry, the old monk would simply write down the issue at hand on a slip of paper and put it into the box. Then, once a week, he would dedicate a morning to going through all of the slips of paper accumulated throughout the week. After 40 years of pursuing this practice, the old monk had discovered that the majority of problems and worries solve themselves long before the week is out.

Problems and worries fall into three categories. One are those that we can do nothing about. Two are those which resolve themselves regardless of our worry. And the third and final group of problems or worries are those that we can affect with our actions. These are the problems where we should focus our energy on. Our energy will turn these unproductive worries into productive areas of concern.

Focus and action is the key. Take the worries out of your daily life, and schedule them in once a week. Take your concerns and act upon them immediately.

Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall

Source: Wisdom for Winners, Vol. I

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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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.

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