Ezine 746 | April 30, 2021

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today!


Visit the Napoleon Hill Foundation

Napoleon Hill Foundation

Subscribe to Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today and receive a FREE copy of J. Martin Kohe’s correspondence course, “Secret of Doing Favors for People.”




Positive Mental Attitude:
A System of Success

Sign up today!

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

Have you been inspired by Dr. Hill’s words? Subscribe to Napoleon Hill’s Thought For The Day.

¿Le gustaría recibir la “Reflexión del día” en español de la Fundación Napoleón Hill? Haga clic aquí.



“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)

Share Email to a friend or share on Facebook or Twitter.

Recommend this on Facebook: Like Creative Vision | Napoleon Hill Yesterday & Today Issue 746 on Facebook

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

Dear Readers,

Here’s a question I get sometimes. In the preface to Think and Grow Rich, Hill states, “In every chapter of this book, mention has been made of the money-making secret which has made fortunes for more than five hundred exceedingly wealthy men whom I have carefully analyzed over a long period of years.”

I’ve been asked what this secret is. Each of us can develop our own answers, but I can offer a couple of suggestions. In the first place, the central theme of all of his writings is that “whatever the mind can conceive or believe, it can achieve.” Getting an idea requires an active and creative imagination. In the second place, there’s the principle of action. Hill stresses having a burning desire, making a plan, and persisting.

The word action appears seventy-seven times in Think and Grow Rich. That’s what might jump out at you if you really study the book. I think the two of these pretty well account for Hill’s secret, but he wanted readers to discover it on their own.

In this excerpt from Keys to Success, Napoleon Hill shares with us Edison’s Idea and action. Use this as an example of what you can do with your own idea! Everything starts with an idea, but ideas themselves are worthless until you take the steps necessary for making them come to fruition. Be like Edison, get a creative idea and then take massive action!


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

Share Email to a friend or share on Facebook or Twitter.

Recommend this on Facebook: Like Creative Vision | Napoleon Hill Yesterday & Today Issue 746 on Facebook

Creative vision requires you to stimulate your imagination to work toward your definite major purpose and to put the results of that imagination to work.

Expressed by people unafraid of criticism, creative vision is responsible for the shape of civilization today. It has brought every advancement in thought, science, and mechanics that allows our current standard of living. It inspires you to pioneer and experiment with new ideas in every field. It is always on the lookout for better ways of doing things.

Creative vision belongs only to people who have the habit of going the extra mile, for it recognizes no nine-to-five working hours and it isn’t concerned with monetary rewards. Its aim is doing the impossible.

Synthetic Imagination

Imagination, like reasoning, takes two forms: synthetic and creative imagination. Each can contribute to the betterment of your own life and the world around you through creative vision.

Synthetic imagination combines previously recognized ideas, concepts, plans, or facts in a new way or puts them to new use.

Thomas Edison with Napoleon Hill 

An excellent example of synthetic imagination is Edison’s invention of the lightbulb. He began with one recognized fact that other people had discovered: A wire could be heated by electricity until it produced light. The problem was that the intense heat quickly burned the wire out. The light never lasted more than a few minutes.

Edison failed more than ten thousand times in his attempt to control this heat. When he found the method, it was by applying another common fact which had simply eluded everyone else. He realized that charcoal is produced by setting wood on fire, covering it with soil, and allowing the fire to smolder until the wood is charred. The soil permits only enough air to reach the fire to keep it burning without blazing.

When Edison recognized this fact, his imagination immediately associated it with the idea of heating the wire. He placed the wire inside a bottle, pumped out most of the air, and produced the first incandescent light. It burned for eight and a half hours.

Edison’s creative vision depended on several important principles of the science of personal achievement. He applied the habit of going the extra mile because he labored without immediate pay. He worked with definiteness of purpose and was inspired by applied faith to carry on with his work through an incredible number of failures that would have broken most people.

Finally he applied the mastermind principle by assembling a team of skilled chemists and mechanics to perfect his invention, finding the right kind and thickness of wire, the right quantity of air to leave in the bulb, the best way to construct the bulb, so that his invention took on the most efficient form possible.

Synthetic imagination does not depend on having tremendous personal advantages. Edison had spent only three months in grade school, had supported himself for many years as a telegrapher, and was fired from almost every job he held. He began to lose his hearing early on and eventually became almost completely deaf. But he turned his life around through definiteness of purpose, the habit of going the extra mile, and applied faith.

Creative Imagination

Creative imagination has its base in the subconscious. It is the medium through which you recognize new ideas and newly learned facts. All your efforts to impress your definite major purpose on your subconscious work to stimulate your creative imagination.

F. W. Woolworth was working as a clerk in a hardware store. He was, at that point, simply determined to be a good and valuable employee. When his boss complained about piles of out-of-date goods that weren’t selling, Woolworth’s imagination went to work.

“I can sell those items,” he told his boss, and with his employer’s permission, he set up a table in the store, laid out all of the dud merchandise, and priced everything at ten cents. The stock sold remarkably fast, and soon the owner was searching for anything he could lay his hands on to put on that table, which became the most profitable spot in the store.

Woolworth had the faith to apply his new idea to an entire store; his boss didn’t. The Woolworth chain of five-and-dimes quickly spread across the nation, earning him. a fortune. His former boss once commented, “Every word I used in turning that man’s offer down has cost me about a million dollars I might have earned.”

Woolworth was so committed to his then-modest purpose of being a valuable employee that his imagination was ready to back up his commitment with powerful ideas. He certainly went the extra mile for his boss, but because that man didn’t have the vision that Woolworth had, other investors formed Woolworth’s mastermind alliance and profited from it.

If you feel the need for a creative vision in your life, you can begin to develop it by getting on better terms with your own conscience, inspiring yourself with greater self-reliance, providing yourself with a definite major purpose, and keeping your mind so busy with that purpose that you have no time left for fear and doubt. Nothing will happen in your life that you do not inspire by your own initiative. Creative vision is the power which inspires the development of that personal initiative.

Source: Keys to Success by Napoleon Hill

Share Email to a friend or share on Facebook or Twitter.

Recommend this on Facebook: Like Creative Vision | Napoleon Hill Yesterday & Today Issue 746 on Facebook



The Balance Required for Success
by Jennifer Janechek


When we think of Napoleon Hill’s Science of Success philosophy, we often think of his directive to pursue our major purpose with definiteness and persistence, backed by a burning desire to achieve it. Sometimes, though, it is easy to confuse passion with purpose. Put another way: it is sometimes the case that we allow excitement about our goals to blaze brightly and then burn out quickly, without tempering and directing the emotion of enthusiasm to support, rather than hinder, our progress. As Hill tells us in The Law of Success, enthusiasm is a powerful force for achievement only when it is paired with self-control. He compares enthusiasm without self-control to “the unharnessed lightning of an electrical storm—it may strike anywhere; it may destroy life and property.”

It is therefore crucial for us to learn to direct our energies constructively. According to Hill, we should use enthusiasm and desire to magnetize our thoughts about our definite major purpose, and then we must use intentionality and logic to translate our definite major purpose into action. We need to rationally create, evaluate, and refine our plans to ensure they are practical, definite, and appropriately focused. Emotion and logic must go hand in hand, or we risk becoming a short-term success, long-term failure—a “jack-of-all-trades, master of none.” As a writer, I find that the tension between logic and emotion plays out when I excitedly add multiple projects to my queue without reflecting on their place in my broader success plan. I cannot move forward when my enthusiasm is flowing in multiple, contradictory directions. As The Law of Success teaches, productivity is not the same thing as progress—output does not guarantee outcomes, nor impact.

We need a balance between passion and purpose, emotion and logic, intensity and discipline, in order to succeed. As Hill gives it: “Enthusiasm is the vital quality that arouses you to action, while self-control is the balance wheel that directs your action so that it will build up and not tear down.” Not only do we need to regulate our emotions professionally—we also need to regulate them personally. If we readily lose our temper or give in to despair too quickly, we will lose control over our emotions in all spheres of our life. Emotional regulation is a muscle that must be practiced to be strengthened; it is a habit that must be reinforced to become a rhythm. If we tend to be vulnerable to the sway of our emotions, it is useful to seek the regular counsel of a mastermind group, who can help us ensure our thoughts and actions are directed toward productive ends and we are not just expending our energies haphazardly until we end up drained and drifting.

Hill’s success philosophy, detailed in the sixteen lessons shared in The Law of Success, offers concrete strategies for achieving this crucial balance. Sound Wisdom recently released a condensed version curated by the Trustees of the Napoleon Hill Foundation so that the modern reader can benefit from its insights and integrate them seamlessly into his or her busy life. Now through May 12, 2021, you can enter to win a Kindle copy of The Law of Success on Goodreads or purchase your own e-book from Amazon for a mere $0.99.

Jennifer Janechek is the director of content strategy for Sound Wisdom and the founder of Work–Home–Life, an online magazine providing productivity tips and work-life integration inspiration to individuals who work from home. She also contributes to Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, and other publications and is the host of the Sound Wisdom Podcast, available on YouTube, Anchor, and more. She may be reached by email at JenniferJ@soundwisdom.com.

Share Email to a friend or share on Facebook or Twitter.

Recommend this on Facebook: Like Creative Vision | Napoleon Hill Yesterday & Today Issue 746 on Facebook

The PMA Bookshelf

For advertising information please contact us at Napoleon Hill Foundation



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.

Available on Amazon!

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.

Available on Amazon.com

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.

Available on Amazon!

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.

Available on Amazon!

Not signed up yet? Then click here to SUBSCRIBE!©2020 All Rights Reserved – This Email and its contents are owned by and under the control of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to terminate access to this email or take other actions it reasonably believes necessary to comply with the law or to protect its rights, members or customers. For more information please see our Legal Disclaimers & Notices. For reprint permission, please call 704/333-1112.

Napoleon Hill Yesterday and Today is a weekly email distributed for The Napoleon Hill Foundation by
Buy Gitomer, Inc.
Napoleon Hill Foundation
2300 173rd Street
Hammond, IN 46323-2094

Subscribe    Unsubscribe    Update Profile    Forward to a Friend

This email was generated by Jeffrey Gitomer

2021-05-03T23:05:27-04:00 April 30th, 2021|Ezine, Uncategorized|