Think and Grow Rich: Who Is Napoleon Hill?


{This blog contains information I have gathered from various internet sources. With that said I cannot be held liable for possible incorrect information or misrepresentation of person(s) within this blog entry.}

Napoleon Hill: 26 October 1883 – 8 November 1970
Founder of The Science of Success & author of best seller: Think and Grow Rich

Born into poverty 1883 in a room cabin – Pound River in Wise County, Virginia.

At the age of 10 his mother passed away and 2 years later his father remarried.

He became a very rebellious boy, but grew up to be an incredible man.

He began writing at 13 as a “Mountain Reporter” for a small town newspaper and become America’s most beloved motivational writer.

He dedicated more than 25 years of his life to define the reasons by which so many people fail to achieve true financial success & happiness in their lives.

During this time he achieved great success as an attorney & journalist.

His early career as a reporter helped finance his way through law school – Georgetown University Law School.

He was given an assignment by Robert L. Taylor: Former Governor of Tennessee, to write a series of success stories of famous men for his magazine.

And his big break came from his first interview with steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie.

Mr. Carnegie commissioned Hill to interview 500 millionaires to find a success formula that could be used by the average person.

These millionaires included Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, Charles M. Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wringley Jnr, John Wanamaker, William Jennings Bryan, George Eastman, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, F. W. Woolworths, Jennings Randolph, among others.

Hill became an adviser to Andrew Carnegie and with his help formulated a philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts & experience of many a rags to riches tycoons.

It took him over 20 years to produce The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons which led to a summarized version of his better known classic in the personal development field called Think and Grow Rich.

Hill considered freedom, democracy, capitalism & harmony to be important contributing elements.

For without these, Hill demonstrated throughout his writings, personal beliefs are not possible.

Hill considered Fear & Selfishness to be the source of failure for unsuccessful people.

The Secret of Achievement was offered to the readers of Think and Grow Rich, although never named directly as Hill felt discovering it for themselves would provide readers with the most benefit.

The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons, is a course which was summarized into Think and Grow Rich 9 years later.

You probably not familiar with this one due to the heavier content it has in comparison to Think and Grow Rich, and it was originally released in 8, yes 8, hard cover books which in total contained a 16 volume master work.

This master work took Hill 20 years to produce, amidst him losing his occupation more than 2 times, his 3 thriving companies going bankruptcy beyond his control and wrongly accused of fraud and put into prison.

His course was used by hundreds of companies & government to “train” people how to be successful.

Hehehe what I found amusing is the number of times Napoleon Hill was quoted,
which deserves a blog of its own truth be told.

But here is an excerpt of one that really hit home for me:

“…For the wise know the truth: in helping others we help ourselves; and in hurting others we hurt ourselves…”

And that ladies and gents is just a glimpse of the incredible life of an equally incredible, successful writer, teacher, and lecturer of the principles of success.

Today The Napoleon Hill Foundation is publishing his best selling writings worldwide.

Oh yes, a copy of The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill – for those interested – is also available for you.

– Musawenkosi Tshoaele

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