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Napoleon Hill

“The starting point of all achievemnet is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.” – Napoleon Hill ]]>

Napoleon Hill is considered to have influenced more people into success than any other person in history. Born in a one-room cabin, he began his career as a journalist. His big break came when he was asked to interview steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie, who was so impressed with the young reporter that he convinced Hill to research and organize the world’s first philosophy of individual achievement. The project took 20 years to complete. Hill wrote several best-selling books on the subject. Napoleon Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich” is one of Nightingale-Conant’s best-selling programs of all time.

Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” is regarded as a classic on success and achievement – with good reason – millionaires credit their fortunes to the principles he outlines in this book.

I don’t know if you are familiar with the story behind Think and Grow Rich, but I’d like to take a moment and explain it so that you can appreciate exactly what this book offers.

Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish steel industry tycoon, was the Bill Gates of his day. Not only was he rich beyond imagination, he was said to have more millionaires working FOR him than anyone else at that time.

Obviously, to get that rich Mr. Carnegie must have been in possession of a fair bit of knowledge that the rest of the world wasn’t.

After revealing the secret of his success to Napoleon Hill, who was at that time just a boy, the canny old Scotsman asked him if he would be willing to spend 20 years or more preparing himself to take that secret the rest of the world…

Thank goodness for us, Napoleon Hill accepted that assignment.

Napoleon Hill set out to find a practical formula that average men and women could use to generate wealth, happiness, and overall success.

In order to do this, he interviewed over 504 successful people including:

Henry Ford
Thomas Edison
Theodore Roosevelt
John D. Rockefeller
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell
Wilbur Wright
Charles M. Schwab

Can you imagine being able to sit down and chat with these people about how they achieved all that they did? To be able to spend even 5 minutes with any of these fellows would be priceless. These men are now — quite literally — heroes.

Napoleon Hill was able to extract these great men’s philosophy on life, their tips for success, and their advice to others. The product of this research is now known as Think and Grow Rich.

Source: http://www.milliondollarbookshelf.com/books/tagr/index.php

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