Napoleon Hill Facts

Napoleon Hill Facts
Napoleon Hill was an American author best known for his book Think and Grow Rich, and his early contributions to personal success literature. He was born Napoleon Hill on October 26th, 1883 in a one-room cabin in Pound, Virginia. His writing career began when he was 13 when he worked as a 'mountain reporter' for a Wise County newspaper in Virginia. He attended law school but withdrew over financial reasons. In 1908 Napoleon Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie for an article. Andrew asked Napoleon to research, write and publish a formula for success based on interviews of successful men and women. The result was The Law of Success, a multi-volume study course. This was the beginning of a very successful career as a personal success author.
Interesting Napoleon Hill Facts:
Napoleon Hill's mother died before he was 10, and his father remarried a few years later. Napoleon was a rebellious kid, carrying a six-shooter because of his fascination with Jesse James.
Napoleon Hill's stepmother encouraged him to become a writer and get rid of his six-shooter, which he did.
The money Napoleon earned from being a reporter as a teenager was used to pay for an education in law. He couldn't finish his degree because of money issues.
In doing research for The Law of Success, Napoleon Hill interviewed the most successful and wealthiest men, over a period of twenty years.
Napoleon Hill interviewed Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Elmer R. Gates, and Luther Burbank, among many others for the Law of Success.
The Law of Success was published in 1928 as a study course. It was essentially a rags-to-riches formula that anyone could do if they wanted to.
The Law of Success was later renamed The Philosophy of Achievement.
Napoleon Hill believed that negative emotions were the reason for unsuccessful people's failures.
The Law of Success was re-released as a 17 volume home study course called Mental Dynamite, and was available until 1941.
Napoleon Hill's books published works include The Laws of Success (1928), The Magic Ladder to Success (1930), Think and Grow Rich (1937), How to Sell Your Way through Life (1939), Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960), You Can Work Your Own Miracles (1971), Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement (1997), Grow Rich! With Peace of Mind, The Master-Key to Riches, Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion (1970), and Outwitting the Devil (2011).
Outwitting the Devil was believed to be too controversial when Napoleon Hill wrote it in 1938. It was published by Sterling Publishing in 2011.
Napoleon Hill served as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt for three years.
Think and Grow Rich is one of the most successful books of all time. From 1937 to 1970 it sold more than 20 million copies.
One of Napoleon Hill's favorite expressions was, "Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved."
Napoleon Hill died on November 8th, 1970 at the age of 87 in South Carolina. Some of his works were published after his death, and his philosophy on success is still used by teachers to motivate their students' personal development and success.


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