Napoleon Hill is one of the most well known self improvement authors of all
times. He is best known for his book, 'Think and Grow Rich,' which has
influenced millions of people around the world and become one of the best
selling books in history. Hill is also considered a pioneer in the field of
personal development and self improvement and he is one of the earliest self
The Early Life of Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill was born on October 26,
1884 in a one room cabin in Southwest Virginia. He lost his mother at the young
age of just ten years old. When Hill was 13, he began his writing career as a 'mountain
reporter' for small city papers in Virginia. He saved his earnings to help pay
for law school but eventually had to drop out because of financial difficulties.
In 1908, Hill wrote a series of articles about the successful industrialist
Andrew Carnegie, and the course of his life forever changed. Carnegie was an
incredibly wealthy businessman and one of the most powerful men of his day. He
believed that the path to success could be distilled into a formula that anyone
could follow. Carnegie asked Hill to analyze interviews from over 500 men and
women who were successful, some of them millionaires, and come up with a formula
he could publish.
The material included interviews with notables such as
Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, George Eastman, John D.
Rockefeller Sr., William Wrigley Jr., Charles Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, and
Napoleon Hill and 'The Laws of Success'
'The Laws of
' was the first set of self help books published by Hill. The original
title was 'The Laws of Success in 16 Lessons' and it was published in 1928. It
was released as a correspondence course in 16 lessons and in later years was
condensed into a single book. The material for the book was gleaned from the
interviews with successful people as commissioned by Andrew Carnegie. The 16
The Master Mind
- This lesson stressed the power
of a group of people being of like mind towards the accomplishment of a common
A Definite Chief Aim
- This taught readers to identify and
capitalize on their natural strengths and talents.
This module encouraged readers to know they could accomplish whatever they
believed they could.
The Habit of Saving
- In this lesson, Napoleon
Hill stressed the importance of saving money, even when times are tough, so the
habit became firmly entrenched.
Initiative and Leadership
believed that leadership ability and initiative were vital components to being a
success in life.
- This lesson taught that day dreaming was
not a waste of time as long as it was combined with effort put forth towards
accomplishing those dreams.
- This attribute was necessary
to keep oneself motivated and to inspire others to do and think as requested.
- Napoleon Hill also taught that self control was needed to
channel enthusiasm and imagination. It was also taught that self control was
needed to control one's thoughts from being negative and self sabotaging.
The Habit Of Doing More Than Paid Fo
r - This lesson taught readers how
important it was to do work that they loved and be glad to over deliver in the
amount of effort put into work.
A Pleasing Personality
- Hill explained
how readers needed to attract others to them with winning personalities, and
this lesson provided techniques for dealing with other people.
- Accurate thinking meant being able to separate important information
from useless trivia. It also was the means used to connect to infinite
intelligence for the purpose of programming the mind with positive and truthful
- This lesson offered self help advice related
to focusing on an objective until it became reality.
Napoleon Hill taught about two types of cooperation. One was in the form of a
mastermind group between two or more individuals and the other was the
cooperation between the conscious and unconscious mind.
- The self help advice in this lesson taught readers that failure could
be a blessing in disguise. Napoleon Hill believed that failure was a great
teacher that led to the path of success.
- Napoleon Hill taught that intolerance blocked personal development and being tolerant of
other's beliefs and thoughts would benefit one spiritually, mentally, and
The Golden Rule
- Hill advised using the Golden Rule when
putting his teachings into use. He taught that all actions and thoughts come
back on a person, so one should always treat others as they would wish to be
The Universal law of Cosmic Habitforce
- The revised edition
of Hill's self help book included a final law derived from his lectures called
The Universal law of Cosmic Habitforce. This law was very similar to the Law of
Attraction in that Napoleon Hill taught that habitual thoughts held power to
create experiences in life.
Napoleon Hill and 'Think and Grow Rich'
'Think and Grow
' continues to be a best seller today, seventy years after
it was first published. It is one of the most popular self
help books of all time and Napoleon Hill's bestseller. This
book was first published in 1937 during the height of the
Great Depression. Contrary to what the title implies, the book
teaches readers how to be successful in all aspects of life,
not just in the financial area. The self help advice offered
by Napoleon Hill in this book was derived from 'The Laws of
Success' and emphasizes how important right inner thinking is
to being an outward success. The first two printings of 'Think
and Grow Rich
' were sold out in a few weeks by word of mouth
The book has been reprinted for modern readers
and continues to be one of the most often recommended self
improvement books. By the time Napoleon Hill died in 1970, the
book had already sold over 20 million copies. Many winners in
business, sports, and life today attribute their successes to
'Think and Grow Rich.
' Some of the self help advice covered in
'Think and Grow Rich
' includes learning how to use
visualization and auto suggestion, conquering procrastination,
learning persistence, developing the sixth sense,
understanding the power of the subconscious mind, and
realizing the potential of the mastermind.
Self Help Books by Napoleon Hill
'The Magic Ladder To
' was published in 1930 and was a compilation of the
material presented in his correspondence course, 'The Laws of
'Outwitting the Devil
' was written by
Napoleon Hill in 1936 but wasn't published until after his
death because he felt it might be too controversial. Hill used
this book to teach readers that attributes such as jealousy,
fear, and procrastination were tools of the devil and
stumbling blocks to success.
'How to Sell Your Way
' was published by Napoleon Hill in 1939 and
specifically offered advice to becoming successful in sales
but the principals could be applied to all areas of life.
'Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude'
published in 1960 in collaboration with W. Clement Smith. This
book helped readers understand that a positive mental outlook
was necessary in order to attain success and attract the good
things in life. Hill offered self help tips to readers for
overcoming negative thoughts and replacing them with positive
'You Can Work Your Own Miracles
' is a
compilation of Napoleon Hill's teachings and was first
published in 1971. He taught his students that anything was
possible by using the power of positive thinking and
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The Teachings of Napoleon
The self improvement advice offered by Napoleon
Hill continues to inspire millions of people around the world
today even though Hill died in 1970.
His works continue
to be reprinted and used as the basis for new personal
development books by different self help authors.
Napoleon Hill's self help ebooks can be read on Amazon's ebook
format Kindle or listened to as audio books. Original versions
of his self improvement books are collector's items.
Many of his teachings are available freely online, and his
books are readily available in libraries and bookstores,
ensuring Napoleon Hill will continue to inspire and motivate
generations to come.
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