All of us yearn for success, we all want to be rich and fulfill our ambitions, but very few of us know what road map to follow in order to reach that coveted destination. Napoleon Hill not only discovered this road map, but also shared it through his books and seminars.
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883-Nov 8, 1970) was perhaps among the first American authors to write about the intricate connection between ones personal beliefs and success. He explained how having a firm set of beliefs and values was an essential component of success while negative emotions like fear, selfishness, anger, etc, only bred failure. His book Think and Grow Rich in which he has discussed his own observations and secrets about success is the one of the best selling books of all times.
Hill also teamed up with Millionaire Andrew Carnegie to produce a study course called the Law of Success. The Law of Success was the result of extensive research by Hill, during which he interviewed some of the most famous people of his time including - Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Elmer Gates, William Jennings Bryan, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D Roosevelt, to understand their perspective about success.
Hill described his teachings as the ‘Philosophy of Achievement’ and believed that for an individual to achieve success he/she needed an external environment of democracy, freedom, capitalism and harmony. The following quotes of his will perhaps make his philosophy clearer-
- “We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, through the stimuli of our daily environment”.
- “Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.”
- “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.”
- “I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my Definite Purpose in life, therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action toward its attainment, and I here and now promise to render such action.”
- “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”
That Hill was a man of strong beliefs and convictions is apparent from his quotes. But, perhaps what brought Hill the popularity that he enjoyed, was the fact that he made success seem achievable to the common man.