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Napoleon Hill

Updated on June 3, 2014

Napolean Hill: The Man with The Formula for Success

Napoleon Hill was the American author who was one of the earliest producers of what's know today as personal-success literature. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time and has been heralded by many successful people as the one book that helped them get from rags to riches.

Napoleon Hill's works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became the advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.[1][2] How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the focal points of Hill's books. His book Think and Grow Rich is a book that I highly recommend, especially to all who seek to have the riches in life that seem to be reserved only for a select few.

The master key to riches consists entirely in the greatest power known to man; the power of thought.

— Napoleon Hill

This is IT!! - The book that has the power to change your life

If you haven't read Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, then it is imperative that you get yourself a copy immediately. This book contains a secret, one which Napoleon Hill states has been put to a practical test by thousands of people from every walk of life. I believe that this book truly contains the core principles of what any student of success must know in order to create the success and wealth one seeks in life. This life altering book outlines specific tactics and ways of thinking which can lead you to the reaching of your ultimate desires.

Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

This is the one book I would recommend to any and all seekers of fortune. The principles in this manifesto have the power to truly bring you the prosperity you seek. Just read it and apply the secrets in full faith.


1.) He is the author of one of the most important and poignant entrepreneurial books of the 20th century. THINK AND GROW RICH

2.) His principles are sound, well researched, and are responsible for the creation of thousands of millionaires and successful people.

3.) His principles if followed have the power to revolutionize your life and help you to help change the world.

4.) His material has helped me change my life....bringing me from the darkness of cynical world filled with lack and despair, to the light of a world filled with promise, abundance, and hope.

Napoleon Hill was born in America and is considered to have influenced more people into success than any other person in history. Many people believe that he has been the most influential individual in the area of personal success technique development. His most well know work towards this success technique can be found in his classic book Think and Grow Rich. Great thought leaders in the relm of success have attributed much of their influence to Napolean Hill, including leaders such as W. Clement Stone , Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, and Og Mandino.

After being born into poverty in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia, and after experience various calamites in his earlier life, and after being a very rebellious youth, he ultimately grew up to be an incredible human being. Napolean began his writing career at the young age 13 as a "mountain reporter" for small town newspapers and went on to become America's most beloved motivational author. Fighting against all class of great disadvantages and pressures, he dedicated more than 25 years of his life to define the reasons by which so many people fail to achieve true financial success and happiness in their life.

During this time he achieved great success as an attorney and journalist. His early career as a reporter helped finance his way through law school. He was given an assignment to write a series of success stories of famous men, and his big break came when he was asked to interview steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie. Mr. Carnegie commissioned Hill to interview over 500 millionaires to find a success formula that could be used by the average person. These included Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, Charles M. Schwab, Theodore Roosevelt, William Wrigley Jr, John Wanamaker, WIlliam Jennings Bryan, George Eastman, Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, John D. Rockefeller, F. W. Woolworth, Jennings Randolph, among others.

He became an advisor to Andrew Carnegie, and with Carnegie's help he formulated a philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts and experience of a multitude of rags-to-riches tycoons. It took Hill over 20 years to produce his book, a classic in the Personal Development field called Think and Grow Rich. This book has sold over 7 million copies and has helped thousands achieve success. The secret to success is very simple but you'll have to read the book to find out what it is!

Napoleon Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. His work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all time best-seller in the field. More info can be found at:

"All people have become what they are because of their dominating thoughts and desires"

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"One must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring and planning before they acquired money."

Look around for opportunities to be of service to others who are burdened with problems they can not solve.

— Napoleon Hill

The Secret of Success is Constancy of Purpose.

— Napoleon Hill

"As you think, so shall you become." - James Allen

Another Great Napoleon Hill Book - A must read for students of success

The Master Key to Riches
The Master Key to Riches

I read this book recently and it was replete with sound success acquiring ideas. I highly recommend this book in addition to Think and Grow Rich.


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      Lee Nitus 6 years ago

      @bhavesh lm: Thanks for stopping by my Napolean Hill page Bhavesh. The guy certainly left us with some great insights on success.

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      bhavesh lm 6 years ago

      Love Napolean Hill and the movement he sparked that grows to this day. This lens is a nice tribute to the man - I picked up a few things I did not know about him.