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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.

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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

A Good Lesson on Personal Initiative

A new bank opened up in Wise County, Virginia, which is an hour or so away from where I was living. A man by the name of James A. Brown called me. He started a bank when he was twenty-nine. He’s a mentor today. I spent six hours with him a couple weeks ago; I just love him. He has done so well; you can write stories and stories about him. Anyway, he said the bank was a year old. They had had some difficulties, and my name came up. He would like to interview me. He said, “Would you come over one day?”

“Well, Jim,” I said, “the people I work for have been really good to me. I’ve got a four-year degree, and I’m getting ready to sign up to get a master’s. I know I’m getting promoted. I’ll end up being treasurer—a higher position. It has always been my dream to get into banking, but I can’t come during the week.”

“Why not?”

“Well, sir, these people are paying me. I’ll come on a Satur­day or Sunday if you want.” He said OK, so we set up a time when I went to his office. I remember him telling me, “You know, if you work a little harder, if you try a little more one day, probably nobody would notice it. If you do that for a week, still probably nobody would know it, but if you continue to do a little bit more than everybody around you, you’re going to be a success that other people are only going to dream about.” I still remember that.


In this week’s ezine we share with you a story of Personal Initiative by Napoleon Hill. Sometimes we speak too soon or too presumptuously and Napoleon Hill was not immune to such outbursts. But Napoleon Hill was not one who just liked to boast. He inadvertently placed himself in a position in which he had to follow through. Also included here is Aesop’s story of “The Treasure in the Orchard.” A story of a Father who tricks his rather lazy sons into becoming industrious. I think you will enjoy these stories of Personal Initiative.


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

Source: Napoleon Hill My Mentor by Don Green

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One of the biggest benefits from going the extra mile is the emphasis it requires you to place on personal initiative. This chapter will round out your understanding of personal initiative, and through example it will show you how to multiply that quality in yourself.

Personal Initiative Succeeds Where Others Fail

Not long after I married, I paid my first visit to my wife’s family. The train took me close to her hometown but stopped two miles away. Since I arrived in a downpour, by the time I reached my in-laws’ house, I was not an impressive sight. I was also in something of a bad temper, and I exclaimed, “Why don’t you have the railroad build a line into town?”

My brothers-in-law laughed and told me that they had been trying for ten years but that the railroad was unwilling to take on the expense of building a bridge across the local river.

“Ten years!” I said arrogantly. “Why, I could do that job in three months.”

Well, I had really put my foot in it, for a boast like that in front of my new family was a challenge to them. I knew I had to act. My brothers-in-law and I waited for the rain to stop, then headed down to the river.

There we saw a creaky old wooden bridge, across which ran the county road. A freight railroad terminated at the far side of the river, its tracks crossing the road. As the freight trains came and went, they halted traffic on the road, slowing travel for all the local people.

And there was my idea. “Look,” I said. “It’s simple. The passenger railroad pays for a third of the cost of a bridge so that it can offer better service to the town. The county pays for a third of the bridge because it will need to replace that wooden one soon anyway. And the freight railroad pays the final third so it gets the traffic off its tracks and prevents the inevitable accident from having all those people lined up waiting to cross.”

It was that simple. In a week my brothers-in-law and I had all three parties agreed to the plan, and in three months the new bridge was up and the town had passenger rail service.

Now, I hope that your personal initiative won’t have to get you out of the kind of trap I set for myself. But if you apply it at every opportunity-especially after you have made a foolish mistake-then it will benefit both you and your community.

Putting Personal Initiative to Work

The time to begin exercising your personal initiative is the moment you decide upon your major purpose. Begin creating your plan of action; start assembling your mastermind alliance. You may find that your purpose changes as a result of things you learn in accomplishing these tasks, but the important thing is to begin work immediately.

It is better to act on a plan that is still weak than to delay acting at all. Procrastination is the archenemy of personal initiative, and if you let it become a habit this early in the game, it will plague your every move.

Do the best job you can putting your plan into action, and learn from your mistakes. Ignore the doomsayers who tell you that you are heading for disaster. When Andrew Carnegie went into the steel business with the goal of dropping the price of steel from $140 a ton to $20 a ton, there were plenty who scoffed. None of those people made a penny when Carnegie achieved his goal.

If you need advice, seek out skilled experts, and pay them for their counsel. The “free advice” you will get on every hand from colleagues and “friends” will be worth exactly what it costs you: nothing.

Never wait for some outside force to trigger your actions. Of course, you will have to respond to surprises and your competition, but you must be moving forward according to your own plan on a daily basis. Feed your burning desire with images of your successful self. Stoke its flames so high that they bum your seat, so that you won’t be able to sit back in your chair and take it easy when you ought to be following up on your work of the day before.

When a task is completed, examine it. Is it the best job you could have done? What might have made it better? Why don’t you take that step right now? Personal initiative depends on your being alert to every opportunity and acting on that opportunity as soon as you discover it.

Clearly, personal initiative is a demanding quality, and its practice requires a good deal of mental resources. When your initiative is flagging, you can tum to the principle which breathes life into and restores every one of the others: positive mental attitude.

Source: Keys to Success by Napoleon Hill

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The Treasure in the Orchard

An old gardener who was dying sent for his two sons to come to his bedside, as he wished to speak to them. They came in answer to his request, and, raising himself on his pillows, the old man pointed through the window towards his orchard.

“You see the orchard?” said he, feebly.
“Yes, Father, we see the orchard.”
“For years it has given the best of fruit-golden oranges, amber apricots, and cherries bigger and brighter than rubies!”

“To be sure, Father. It has always been a good orchard!”

The old gardener nodded his head, time and time again. He looked at his hands-they were worn with the spade that he had used all his life. Then he looked at the hands of his sons, and saw that the nails were polished and the fingers white as those of any fine lady’s.

“You have never done a day’s work in your lives, you two! He said, “I doubt if you ever will! But I have hidden a treasure in my orchard for you to find.”

You will never possess it unless you dig it up. It lies midway between two of the trees, not too near, yet not too far from the trunks. It is yours for the trouble of digging – that is all!”

Then he sent them away, and soon afterwards he died. So the orchard became the property of his sons, and, without any delay, they set to work to dig for the treasure that had been promised them.

Well, they dug and they dug, day after day, and week after week, going down the long alleys of fruit trees, never too near yet never too far from the trunks. They dug up all the weeds, and picked out all the stones; not because they liked weeding and cleaning, but because it was all part of the hunt for the buried treasure. Winter passed and spring came, and never were there such blossoms as those which hung the orange and apricot and cherry trees with curtains of petals pale as pearls and soft as silk. Then summer threw sunshine over the orchard and sometimes the clouds bathed it in cool, delicious rain.

At last the time of the fruit harvest came. But the two brothers had not yet found the treasure that was hidden among the roots of the trees.

Then they sent for a merchant from the nearest town to buy the fruit. It hung in great bunches, golden oranges, amber apricots, and cherries bigger and brighter than rubies. The merchant looked at them in open admiration.

This is the finest crop I have yet seen said he, “I will give you twenty bags of money for it!”

Twenty bags of money was more money that the two brothers ever owned in their and life. They struck the bargain in great delight, and took the money bags into the house, while the merchant made arrangements to carry away the fruit.

“I will come again next year,” said he. “I am always glad to buy a crop like this. How you must have dug and weeded and worked to get it!”

He went away, and the brothers sat eyeing each other over the tops of the money-bogs. Their hands were rough and toil-worn, just as the old gardener’s had been when he died.

“Golden oranges and amber apples and cherries bigger and brighter than rubies,” said one of them, softly. “I believe that that is the treasure we have been digging for all the year, the very treasure that our father meant!”

Source: Aesop’s Fables

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