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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




Unlocking Think and Grow Rich. Based on years of research into Napoleon Hill’s published and unpublished work, this program is unlike anything you’ve read or learned before.

Some of the ground-breaking concepts you will learn about include:
• The Mind Filter
• Positive Mental Attitude
• Physical & Social Heredity
• Man-made laws and Mind-Made laws
• Going the Extra Mile

“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
(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,

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stopped to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I have used this quote in some of my writings about adversity and failure. Why is it so powerful? We can accept a setback either as a defeat or as a lesson.

On a personal basis, I try to inspire students. I love it when it’s one on one, because I feel that if they sit and listen to me, maybe I can inspire them a little to get started. We’ve only got today: we can’t undo yesterday, and tomorrow may never come. The sooner they start, the better off they are, and I try to teach them to say to themselves, “This what I’m going to accomplish.” Once they start to develop belief and confidence that they can accomplish their goals, we can make suggestions to help them. You can’t make them do it; you’ve got to talk to them and get them to see by giving examples. We give examples of people learning from defeat and overcoming adversity, whether it’s a blind person or someone born without ears. No matter what the circumstances are, they can make a difference.


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

Source: Learning from Adversity and Defeat by Napoleon Hill

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The Benefits of Defeat

Defeat reveals and breaks bad habits, releasing your
energies for a fresh start with better habits.

Defeat supplants vanity and arrogance with humility,
paving the way for more harmonious relationships.

Defeat causes you to take inventory of your assets and
liabilities, both physical and spiritual.

Defeat strengthens your willpower by providing it
with a challenge to greater effort.

Bodybuilders know that it isn’t enough just to jerk the barbell up; it has to be returned to its original position twice as slowly as it was raised. This principle is known as resistance training; it requires more control and effort than the showy work of actually lifting the weight.

Defeat can be your resistance training. Every time you return to where you started, do it deliberately, concentrating on the process, so that you train yourself to make even stronger and more powerful progress the next time.

Your Attitude Toward Defeat

Again and again I’ve stressed that your attitude toward defeat is crucial to mastering it. You can see it only as a loss or as a chance for gain.

The negative attitude toward defeat is effectively summarized by Shakespeare in Julius Caesar when the murderer Brutus says:

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

These are the words of a doomed man, a man who seals his doom by failing to recognize that there is never just one chance, never just one tide that leads on to fortune.

The positive attitude is very different. Consider this poem by Walter Malone, entitled “Opportunity”:

They do me wrong who say I come no more,
When once I knock and fail to find you in;
For every day I stand outside your door,
And bid you wake and rise, to fight and win.

Wail not for precious chances passed away;
Weep not for golden ages on the wane;
Each night I burn the records of the day;
At sunrise every soul is born again.

Laugh like a boy at splendors that have sped,
To vanished joys be blind and deaf and dumb;
My judgments seal the dead past with its dead,
But never bind a moment yet to come.

Malone’s vision of defeat is the one you will prefer when you have discovered that every defeat carries the seed of an equivalent benefit. Remember, “At sunrise every soul is born again.” That rebirth is the opportunity to put defeat behind you.

Fear, self-limitation, and the acceptance of your defeat as final will cause you to be “bound in shallows and in miseries” as Shakespeare suggests. But these things can be overcome by applied faith, a positive mental attitude, and a definite major purpose.

If you accept defeat as an inspiration to try again with renewed confidence and determination, attaining success will be only a matter of time. The secret to this is your positive mental attitude.

Remember, a positive mental attitude attracts success. You need that attraction most when coping with defeat. Redouble your efforts to maintain and build your PMA when adversity strikes, and use your applied faith in yourself and your purpose to put your PMA into action. That is the fundamental lesson in learning from adversity and defeat.

Source: Learning from Adversity & Defeat by Napoleon Hill

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Cornerstones of Pessimism
by Jim Stovall


I am an optimist. This is my worldview, and it has served me well in every area of my life. Next to the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo is probably best known for his sculpture of David. When asked by an apprentice how he could turn a block of stone into a masterpiece, Michelangelo responded, “The masterpiece was always inside the stone. It’s simply a matter of removing everything that’s not David.” Along with incredible talent, his positive disposition resulted in an astonishing work of art.

We live in a pessimistic world, so being an optimist often puts me in the minority, and I find myself seeking influences other than the news headlines, mainstream media, and social media. I believe if we remove the forces of pessimism, optimism will emerge as the natural order within our lives. In order to remove pessimism, we must initially understand it.

There are four cornerstones of pessimism that people build upon to create traps which negatively influence their lives and their legacy. The first cornerstone of pessimism is personalizing the world around you. It’s always good to remember that in the vast majority of occasions in life, it’s not about you. The weather, the economy, the government, and other forces are not conspiring to ruin your life. All of us deal with the same conditions. For every person you see who is defeated by an external condition, I will show you someone else facing that same challenge that uses it as a springboard to success. The great author and thought leader Napoleon Hill offered us a pearl of wisdom teaching us that every adversity is endowed with a seed of a greater good.

The second cornerstone of pessimism is magnifying. Pessimists turn molehills into mountains and blow up the fine print into the headline. Don’t stop your journey due to a few bumps in the road. These words are being dictated by a blind guy. I understand bad things can happen to good people, but we still control our destiny, and we can shrink bad things down to a manageable size.

The third cornerstone of pessimism is catastrophizing. This is the process of looking upon all news as bad news. My late, great friend and mentor Paul Harvey often said, “No one knows enough to be a pessimist.” The spring rain that may interrupt your picnic or ballgame will make the flowers grow and the ballfield green throughout the summer.

The fourth and final cornerstone of pessimism is polarizing. This is the process of making every development or condition either all good or all bad. We should hold principles and ideals that are black and white, but we live our lives in shades of gray. If you’re looking for the perfect person for your personal or professional life, they don’t exist. Even if the perfect person did exist, why would they get involved with you and me?

My beloved mentor, legendary coach John Wooden, told me, “There’s enough good in the worst of us and enough bad in the best of us that it doesn’t behoove any of us to judge anyone.” Great families, successful businesses and winning teams are made up of flawed people just like you and me.

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 atwww.twitter.com/stovallauthor; or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor.

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Master-Key to Riches

Self-Confidence Formula

by Napoleon Hill

Your formula to build a strong sense of self-worth so that you can better recognize opportunity, take action on your dreams, and enhance your resilience.

A lack of self-confidence is one of the greatest maladies of today’s world, one that is responsible for the rampant helplessness, lack of self-control, aimlessness, procrastination, and despair that characterize modern society. But as the venerable steel magnate Andrew Carnegie emphasized to Hill, “Confidence is a state of mind, necessary to succeed, and the starting point of developing self-confidence is definiteness of purpose.”

The time for self-doubt and self-criticism is over. Your faith in yourself and your abilities determines whether you fail or succeed. Napoleon Hill’s Self-Confidence Formula enables you to boost your self-confidence through the application of Hill’s strategies for controlling your thoughts. By implementing these principles, you will not only be able to operate at a higher plane of thought and action—attracting more opportunities, gaining influence, and strengthening relationships—but you will also be able to instill this critical quality in others.

Napoleon Hill’s Self-Confidence Formula gives you the keys to success and fulfillment by equipping you to:

• unlearn fears, insecurities, and limitations acquired in childhood and adolescence
• condition your mind to believe in the certainty of your success
• take bold, confident action on your definite chief aim
• conquer your inferiority complex through the mastermind principle
• build the self-reliance and self-esteem of today’s youth

You are now on the journey to confident, purposeful living. As you implement Hill’s principles, you will cultivate a state of mind primed to accept the abundance reserved for you.

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Napoleon Hill My Mentor

by Don Green


Napoleon Hill, born in the Appalachian town of Pound, Virginia, is best known for his world-renowned best seller, Think and Grow Rich. Among the ten top selling self-help books of all time, it contains many of the success secrets he learned as a result of a commission from Andrew Carnegie to write the world’s first philosophy of success.

Don Green, the son of a coal miner, was also born in Appalachia. Don always had an entrepreneurial streak and had many business successes. At forty-one he became the CEO of a bank on the verge of collapse. Running it at a profit for the next eighteen years, he was 60 when it was sold and Don was asked by the trustees of the Napoleon Hill Foundation to become their executive director. With his love for books and learning, particularly the works of Napoleon Hill, Don took the foundation’s work to a new level of success.

Don succeeded by applying the principles that his mentor Napoleon Hill taught. In this book, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of both of these outstanding individuals and learn:

The principles of success that made Hill famous
• Don’s personal knowledge of Hill, including stories and insights that haven’t been published before
• The principles behind Think and Grow Rich and why they’re relevant today
• How to put the power of Napoleon Hill to work for you
• Tools to uncover the secrets of growth, creativity, power and achievement inside you

Get ready to apply Hill’s time-tested tools for success and make your dreams a reality.

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Truthful Living

by Napoleon Hill, annotated by
Jeffrey Gitomer

What readers are saying:

“Another Gem Amongst His Many Gems – Truthful Living is NOT just a book for people in sales; it is for people who are still breathing or in other words, EVERYONE!” ~ Gymbeaux

“A Masterclass in Napoleon Hill’s Foundational Wisdom and Real-World Application – There is a reason why I ordered copies for my entire team and all of my mastermind students. Don’t just buy the book, buy additional copies for those you care most about. They’ll thank you and you will have given them a gift that could change their life.” ~ Joe Soto

The foundation of Napoleon Hill’s self-help legacy: his long-lost original notes, letters, and lectures – now compiled, edited, and annotated for the modern reader, brought to you by New York Times bestselling author, Jeffrey Gitomer.

Thank you to everyone who has bought this book. Please leave a review here.

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Go Live!
Turn Virtual Connections into Paying Customers

By: Jeffrey Gitomer


Go Live! Turn Virtual Connections into Paying Customers helps readers understand and take advantage of several online tools to boost their sales and increase their revenue. Accomplished salesperson, consultant, and online personality, Jeffrey Gitomer, describes how tools like Facebook Live and podcasting can drive sales and help you connect with your customers.

You’ll discover:

• How to use tools like YouTube, LinkedIn Live, podcasting, and Facebook Live to connect with and develop your leads.
• How to properly utilize social media like Instagram and Twitter to spread your message and sell to clients.
• How to promote and repurpose content to create as big an impact on your audience as possible.

Written specifically for a post-pandemic sales audience, Go Live! Turn Virtual Connections into Paying Customers delivers results for anyone expected to deliver sales results in a virtual environment. It also belongs on the bookshelves of those who hope to take their successful offline sales strategies to the online world.

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