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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,

Napoleon Hill himself suffered many setbacks during his career, because he didn’t have a knack for money, but he always had the resiliency to come back. In 1919–23, when he was doing his magazines, Hill’s Golden Rule Magazine and Napoleon Hill’s Magazine, he had bad business dealings with a partner and lost them.

Hill was probably overoptimistic, but that may also have been a product of the times. For example, after he published the Law of Success in 1928, he was getting $2,000 and $3,000 a month in royalties. That was a lot of money, but that’s when he bought a Rolls-Royce and a 600-acre estate in The Catskill Mountains.

Of course, we know what happened in October 1929: the stock market collapsed. No one was buying anything. I guess he was a victim of circumstances, but even during World War II, he was selling courses, speaking all over the country, and had a lot of enrollments.

In the following excerpt from Success Habits, Napoleon Hill shares his own triumphs and challenges with Time and Money. One very important point that always stands out for me is that you must begin right away, and where you are, immediately. Don’t wait for the “the right time” because “the right time” may never come.


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

Source: Napoleon Hill My Mentor by Don Green



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When I started the Golden Rule Magazine, beginning on Armistice Day 1918, I didn’t have any capital with which to do it. I’d been in the service of the President of the United States throughout that war. The school of which I was the president and owner had entirely disintegrated as the result of the war. But I wanted to publish a Golden Rule Magazine. I’d had that in mind for a great number of years. The time had come, I believed, when the public would welcome a magazine of that sort.

All I needed was a little matter of $100,000 to start with. That was all. If I’d gone into a bank to borrow $100,000, the chances are that they would have pressed a button secretly, and a couple of big plug-uglies would have pounced on me and turned me over to the police, because they would have thought I was out of my mind.

I couldn’t have borrowed $100,000 from private sources, because what I had to offer as security was intangible. So I worked out a plan for getting that money, or the equivalent of it, and it took me only three days to have it in hand. Before I approached the man that I intended to give the privilege of lending me this $100,000, I sat down to my typewriter and I wrote the leading editorial that I intended to publish in the front of that magazine, just as if I had the money already in hand. I closed the editorial by saying that “I will need at least $100,000 to get this magazine started. Where the money is coming from, I don’t know, but one thing I do know, and that is that I publish and distribute the Golden Rule Magazine this year.” That was very definite.

I took the editorial to a very wealthy printer, Mr. George B. Williams of Chicago. I allowed him to invite me to the Athletic Club of Chicago for lunch. I allowed him to spend $3.85 for a lunch which I didn’t eat, didn’t even touch. Meantime, I was talking, telling him about this magazine, and when I thought that I had told him all that he needed to know, I pulled out this editorial and I do not know where the money’s coming from, here is what he said. He said: “I like your idea, I like you. I have liked you for a long time, and I think you can do the job. You bring your copy in, I’ll print the magazine, we’ll put it on the newsstands and we’ll sell it, and when it’s sold, I’ll take my money first and if there’s anything left, you can have it.”

That, ladies and gentlemen, was the way that the Golden Rule Magazine was started, and it attained a circulation of over 500,000 the first six months, and it cleared a net profit above all expenses the first year of $3,150.

Later on, when I was writing editorials for Bernard McFadden’s magazine, I told him about this, and he said: “Hill, I’ve known you a long time, and I have great respect for your ability, but there’s something wrong with your figures. You must not have been good in mathematics when you went to school, because I happen to know that in order to start a national magazine with any degree of assurance that you’ll make it go, you have to have at least a million dollars, and the chances even then are about fifty-fifty that you’ll get none of it back.”

Well, it scared me to death after I found out that I had done something that couldn’t be done. It’s a good thing that I didn’t know that before I started. There are so many people, ladies and gentlemen, that never undertake things that they would like to do because they are afraid they can’t carry them through. Or they’re waiting for all of the circumstances to be just right before they start.

Do you know that if you wait for all circumstances to be just right before you undertake something that you’ve been planning, maybe for a great number of years, you’ll never start, because circumstances never are just right. If you want to do a thing badly enough, get together all of the information you can about it, provide yourself with all of the equipment that is available, and start where you stand to do what you can about it at that time. The chances are, as strange as it may seem, as you use the tools that you have at hand, whatever they may be, that other and better tools will sometimes miraculously be placed at your service.

I have found out something as the result of my coming to towns like Paris, Illinois, that I didn’t know before about this philosophy, and it’s given me new hope and new courage. It’s given me a new slant on definiteness of purpose, and that is that the people at the grass roots of the population, in little towns like this, are ready and hungry for this philosophy to come into their lives. Because, after all, this is a philosophy of individual economy. It’s designed to help the individual to balance his financial affairs. It’s a sound philosophy because it’s been tested by the keenest brains in the world. And it is a philosophy dealing with individual finances and material things.

Source: Success Habits by Napoleon Hill

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Magic Money
by Jim Stovall

There are few things in our chaotic lives that are more reliable and dependable than money. Dollars can be counted, budgeted, and allocated. Money acts the same way every time and will do exactly what you tell it to do, but it’s not magic. I’m always amazed when people take this down-to-earth medium of exchange and expect it to be magical.

For over 25 years, I have had a college scholarship, and to date, we have helped send more than 500 students to my alma mater. Recently, I ran into an aspiring student and her mother at an event where I was speaking, and they told me they were hoping to get one of my scholarships. When I told them we were going to have a board meeting to review the scholarships in just a few days, they were astonished and replied, “Oh, we didn’t fill out an application.”

I am baffled how often people expect their bills to be paid, retirement to be established, and expenses to be handled through some magical property of money that simply doesn’t exist. If you’re depending on money to do something that can’t be added up, multiplied, or compounded, it’s probably not going to happen. People are invariably waiting for their ship to come in, and the majority of them never sent a ship out.

A significant percentage of people who have access to free matching dollars for their retirement funds through their employer still don’t take advantage of it. People who attend my Millionaire Institute events learn that if you will save $10 a day and invest in a simple Index Fund that has returned 12 percent for more than half a century, you will be a millionaire in 30 years. People are astonished when they see the simple mathematics, but when I follow up to see how many of them are saving $10 a day, I am generally disappointed by people’s failure to engage.

Money is a great tool if you use it, and a tremendous slave if you put it to work. Money is the fuel that can make your dreams come true, but they will always be just dreams if you don’t put the fuel in the engine and engage the ignition switch. To end up where you want to be, you’ve got to go on a journey from here to there, and to have a successful journey, you’ve got to start.

Financial independence is within your reality once you give up the myth of magical money.

As you go through your day today, live in the real world, not in the smoke and mirrors of magical money.

Today’s the day!

Source: Wisdom for Winners, Volume II

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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