Napoleon Hill

Thirteen short steps of the supreme secret of success. The same secret which has brought happiness peace of mind and financial success to countless thousands of people who have read “Think and Grow Rich” the same secrets which has made master salesmen out of ordinary order takers and the same secret which has brought friendship love and marriage to men and women who have come under the spell of the thirteen principles.

The writer try to help you chart your course so you may acquire whatever it is that you desire most in life by following these instructions.I offer you a hand of friendship and a sincere prayer that you will be blessed with a richer and fuller life because of this message.Your big opportunity may be right where you are now follow these instructions faithfully and it will reveal itself to you.

1-Burning Desire

Desire here is the starting point for all achievement that first step toward riches but it’s right here that we so often run into a stumbling block a person will say I know what I desire but can I get it we’ll get into this business of doubt later but once and for all let’s clear up this point this point of whether or not you can accomplish that which you desire with all your heart I think it was best expressed by Emerson who wrote “there is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it in.” Other words you would not have the desire unless you were capable of its achievement each of us has a built-in governor and our desires are modified by our abilities and leanings whatever it is that you desire with all your heart understand once and for all that it can and should be yours

Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill cites example after example of why you’re burning desire is nothing more than an accurate picture of what you will one day become so right here

Firmly establish in your mind that which you desire more than anything else for as hell vicious put it by annihilating the desires you annihilate the mind every man without passions has within him no principle of action nor motive to act a good way to determine whether or not you really have a burning desire is to examine the way you go after it if you go after that which you think you desire tentatively timidly in an attempt to play it safe you don’t have a burning desire at all you can’t get

The second base if you keep one foot on first but if you’re willing to burn your bridges behind you and say once and for all this is it this is what I will do and I will never retreat I’ll never go back then you have the sort of desire that can only end in success it takes that kind of resolve to be able to keep picking yourself up after there falls you’re bound to take the only people who don’t make mistakes are those who never try anything the timid feeders in the lagoon who never venture into the broad deep sea beyond well these principles will work for anything you may want a more harmonious home life a more successful career for our example let’s say your desire happens to be more money to better care for your family and provide for your future years to get your share of the prosperity that lies ahead .

Napoleon Hill gives us six definite practical steps to follow:

2-Faith in Yourself

You never would have even thought of your main desire unless faith were tugging at your mind and if you find it difficult at times to have faith in yourself you can be certain that you can have faith in these principles . Napoleon Hill writes faith is a state of mind which may be induced or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind through the principle of conscious Auto suggestion conscious auto suggestion simply means a suggestion by yourself to yourself

Just as an autobiography is a biography written by the person it’s about by getting a mental image of yourself already having accomplished your main desire over and over again you will muster the faith you need faith is vital to accomplishment

The emperor napoleon once said all the scholastic scaffolding falls as a ruined edifice before one single word faith

Pascal said faith affirms many things respecting which the senses are silent but nothing which they deny it is superior to their testimony but never opposed to it

Goethe said epochs of faith are epics of fruitfulness but epochs of unbelief however glittering a barren of all permanent good and a Schlegel put it in actual life every great Enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith have faith that you can accomplish that which you seek for you would never have decided upon it unless it was meant for you to accomplish in his chapter on faith Napoleon Hill gives us a self-confidence formula:

  • First 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 hear and now promise to render such action
  • Second I realize that dominant thoughts of my mind will eventually reproduce themselves in outward physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality therefore I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture of that person
  • Third I know through the principle of Auto suggestion any desire that I persistently hold in my mind will eventually seek expression through some practical means of attaining the object back of it therefore I will devote ten minutes daily to demanding of myself the development of self-confidence
  • Fourth I have clearly written down a description of my definite chief aim in life and I will never stop trying until I have developed sufficient self-confidence for its attainment
  • Fifth I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice

Therefore I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all human effects I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use and the cooperation of other people I will induce others to serve me because of my willingness to serve others I will eliminate hatred envy jealousy selfishness and cynicism by developing love for all humanity because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success I will cause others to believe in me because I will believe in them and in myself in rereading thinking Grow Rich so that I could write this condensation.

3-Auto Suggestion

Now we’ve already touched on this this chapter the book tells us how through repeated suggestion the subconscious mind can be put to work for us. It is the Faculty of being able to concentrate your mind on your burning desire until your subconscious mind accepts .It as fact and begins to devise ways of bringing it about here is where hunches come from sudden flashes of thought or inspiration guidance – the instructions given in connection with the six steps in the second chapter will now be summarized and blended with the principles covered by napoleon hill’s chapter on Auto suggestion

4-Specialized Knowledge

It is here that I think Napoleon Hill makes a very important point .Knowledge is power only to the extent that it is organized into a definite plan of action and directed to a definite end to quote from the book before you can be sure of your ability to transmute desire into its monetary equivalent – You will require specialized knowledge of the service merchandise or profession which you intend to offer in return for fortune

Perhaps you may need much more specialized knowledge than you have the ability or the information require and if this should be true you may bridge your weakness through the aid of your mastermind group more on this later but for now realize that you must learn all you can about your specialty set aside a definite time every day for learning more about what it is you do for a living take the courses that are offered on your subject and associate with men who know your business well


The imagination is literally the workshop where in our fashion all plans created by man the impulse the desire is given shape form and action through the aid of the imaginative Faculty of the mind it has been said that man can create anything he can imagine as.

Napoleon Hill says and teaches whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve man’s only limitation within reason lies in his development and use of his imagination and subsequent.Motivation to action the great leaders of business industry finance and the great artists musicians poets and writers became great because they developed the power of self motivation .You go about your daily work think constantly of ways in which it could be done better more efficiently think of the changes that are inevitable can they be made now and if you feel limited

Remember the words of the late Frank Lloyd Wright he said the human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest and therefore when most was required of imagination in order to build it all limitations seemed to have always been the best friends of architecture as you build your future from this point onward. Don’t concern yourself with limitations but remember that they may be your best friends since they require imagination if were to rise above them and this Beecher said the soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

6-Organized Planning

You have decided on your desire your goal now let’s organize the plan for its accomplishment right on schedule let me quote again from Think and Grow Rich.

You have learned that everything man creates or acquires begins in the form of desire the desire is taken on the first lap of its journey from the abstract to the concrete in the workshop of the imagination for plans for its transition are created and organized earlier you were instructed to take six definite practical steps as your first move in translating the desire for whatever you want into its physical equivalent one of these steps:

The formation of a definite practical plan or plans through which this transformation may be made

Ally yourself with one or more persons a group of as many people as you may need for the creation and carrying out of your plan or plans for the accumulation of the money you’ve established as your goal.

Making use of the mastermind principle this is important too before forming your mastermind Alliance decide what advantages and benefits you may offer the individual members of your group in return for their cooperation no one will work indefinitely without some form of compensation although this may not always be in the form of money

Arrange to meet with the members of your mastermind group at least twice a week and more often if possible until you have jointly perfected the necessary plan or plans for the accomplishment of your goal

Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your mastermind group keep in mind these fact.

First you’re engaged in an undertaking of major importance to you to be sure of success you must have plans which are faultless

Second you must have the advantage of the experience education native ability and imagination of other minds this is in harmony with the methods followed by every person who has risen above the average work at this until you have a well-executed formal plan for reaching your objective in this way you’re never confused or wondering what you should do next every morning you know exactly what you’re going to do and why it is .

In this chapter of thinking Grow Rich that Napoleon Hill gives us his eleven qualities of leadership:

The chapter on organized planning is one of the largest and most important in the book it goes without saying that a man without a plan to follow is like a ship without a course no place to go with disaster a probability

7-Decision and Procrastination

The mastery of procrastination to quote accurate analysis of over twenty five thousand men and women who had experienced failure disclosed the fact that lack of decision was near the head of the last of the thirty major causes of failure.

This is no mayor’s statement of a theory in his effect procrastination the opposite of decision is a common enemy which every man must conquer analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly if and when they were changed people who fail to accumulate money without exception have the habit of reaching decisions if at all very slowly and of changing these decisions quickly and often a definite objective makes reaching prompt decisions that much easier .

Napoleon Hill gives many examples one of which is the case of Henry Ford one of Henry Ford’s most outstanding qualities was his habit of reaching decisions quickly and definitely and changing them slowly this quality was so pronounced in the late mr. Ford that it earned form the reputation of being obstinate it was this quality which prompted mr. Ford to continue to manufacture his famous Model T the world’s ugliest but for the time most practical car when all of his advisors and many of the purchases of the car were urging him to change it perhaps he delayed too long in making the change but the other side of the story is that his firmness of decision yielded a huge fortune before the change in model became necessary and the company’s certainly none the worse for today

When you make up your mind stay with it the majority of people who fail to make the grade are generally easily influenced by the opinions of others easily swayed they permit the newspapers and the gossiping neighbors to do their thinking for them opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth keep your own counsel when you begin to put into practice the principles we’re describing here by reaching your own decisions and following them take no one into your confidence except the members of your mastermind group and be very careful in your selection of this group that you choose only those who will be in complete sympathy and harmony with your purpose close friends and relatives while not meaning to do so often handicapped one through a opinions and sometimes through ridicule thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life because some well-meaning but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through opinions or ridicule if a decision is worth anything at all it’s worth sticking to until it’s been completely worked


Napoleon Hill defines persistence as the power of will willpower and desire when properly combined make an irresistible pair persistence to an individual is what carbon is to steel in uncounted thousands of cases persistence has stood as the difference between success and failure it is this quality more than any other that keeps the majority from great accomplishment they will try a thing but as soon as the going gets tough they fold experience with thousands of people has proved that lack of persistence is a weakness common to the majority of men it is a weakness which may be overcome by effort if you are to accomplish the desire you’ve set for yourself

You must form the habit of persistence things will get dark it will seem as though there’s no longer any reason to continue everything in you will tell you to give up to quit trying and it’s right here that the men are separated from the boys it’s right here that if you’ll go that extra mile and keep going that the skies will clear and you’ll begin to see the first signs of the abundance that is to be yours because you had the courage to persist with persistence will come success persistence is a state of mind therefore it can be cultivated like all states of mind persistence is based upon definite causes among them these

9-The Power of Mastermind Group

Power of the mastermind it is in this section that Napoleon Hill describes the importance of forming a group of individuals sympathetic to your desire they may be individuals with similar plans a mastermind group can be made up of two or more individuals no two Minds ever come together without thereby creating a third a third invisible intangible force which may be likened to a third mind you may have noticed many times that by discussing something with another individual you suddenly get good ideas as a result of this

Association ideas you would not have gotten without this Association the same thing happens to the other person a lot of good ideas have been born in individual minds as a result of having met in committee associating with your mastermind group is not meant as a means of letting others do your thinking for you far from it it is to stimulate your own thinking through the association with other minds no one knows everything the more sympathetic Minds you get together and by sympathetic.

Working for a common purpose the more related information is going to be available and great ideas are a combination of related information so pick the member or members of your mastermind group with care make sure there are people you respect and who are hardworking and conscientious you have a lot of fun and you’ll all reach your goals just that much sooner


The enthusiasm that comes from the channeling of all bodily drives into positive worthwhile outlets. It is in this chapter that Napoleon a describes the importance of the woman the one and only woman in the achievement of a worthwhile goal.It seemed quite significant to mr. Hill that practically every great leader was a man whose achievements were largely inspired by a woman.

When things get tough and you can count on if they will you may be deserted by what you thought were friends but if you’ve got a good woman you’ll never be alone she’ll be willing to start over again if necessary and she’ll give you the new enthusiasm that comes through her faith in you having someone to love is having someone to share your success and accomplishment to give you the praise that all of us need from time to time a man can become successful without a wife and family but all the real joy is taken out of it take care of your wife and children as your greatest possessions.

11-Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness in which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mind through any of the five senses is classified and recorded and from which thoughts may be recalled or withdrawn as letters may be taken from a filing cabinet.

It receives and files sense impressions or thoughts regardless of their nature you may voluntarily plant in your subconscious mind any plan thought or purpose which you desire to translate into its physical or monetary equivalent the subconscious acts first on the dominating desires which have been mixed with emotional feeling such as faith

Your subconscious mind works night and day through a method of procedure unknown to man the subconscious mind draws upon the forces of infinite intelligence for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one’s desires into their physical equivalent making use always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished .

You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan desire or purpose which you wish transformed in a concrete form no one knows very much about what we call the subconscious or unconscious mind we do know that it is incalculably powerful and can solve our problems if we go about using it the right way and the best way is to hold in your conscious mind as often as possible a clearer picture of yourself already having accomplished your goal you know what you want define it clearly and then project it on the motion picture screen of your mind hold it see yourself doing the things and having the things you’ll have when your objective will have been reached do this as often as possible as you go about your daily work and particularly at night just before you go to sleep and the first thing upon arising as you do this your subconscious will begin to lead you

In the most logical ways toward your objective don’t fight it follow your sudden hunches the ideas that come into your mind knowing that it’s your subconscious trying to get through to your conscious mind if you keep at this you’ll be amazed and delighted by the wonderful ideas that just seem to come from nowhere .

Your subconscious mind cannot remain idle if you fail to plant desires in your subconscious mind it will feed upon the thoughts which reach it as a result of your neglect remember that you’re living daily in the midst of all manner of thought impulses which are reaching your subconscious mind without your knowledge some of these impulses are negative some are positive you are now engaged in trying to help shut off the flow of negative impulses and to aid in voluntarily influencing your subconscious mind through positive impulses of desire when you achieve this you will possess the key which unlocks the door to your subconscious mind.

The fine observation strengthened by fixity of purpose every man who observes vigilantly and resolves steadfastly grows unconsciously into genius the key word there is unconsciously know what you want decide once and for all that it will be yours remain steadfast on course propelled by faith and your subconscious or unconscious mind will do the rest

12- Power of Brain

The twelfth principle as outlined in thinking Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has to do with the brain .

If you had access to all the wealth in the world and took a penny you would be doing exactly what you very probably have been doing in the use of your brain nothing in the world is more pitiful than the misunderstanding by the average person of the power of his brain and the minds to which it is connected the conscious and the subconscious you own in your brain

The most marvelous miraculous inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known take for example the fact that the number of lines which connect the brain cells with one another equal a figure one followed by 15 million ciphers it has been determined that there are from ten to fourteen billion cells and the average human cerebral cortex it is inconceivable.

That such a network of intricate machinery should be in existence for the sole purpose of carrying on the physical functions incidental to growth and maintenance of the physical body this is the mechanism that has given us the supersonic airplane our deep rocket probes into outer space the sciences the arts all that we know and use today and will use tomorrow have hatched from this small grey mass each of us carries around.

Do you can, you doubt even for a moment – “that it can bring you and yours everything you want here on earth of course it can – If you will recognize your power as an individual and stop acting like those who have never even thought about it give it the job you’ve decided to accomplish and watch it handle it

13- The sixth sense

Final principle is called the sixth sense – The sixth sense can be described as the sense through which infinite intelligence may and will communicate voluntarily without any effort from or demands by the individual this principle is the apex of the philosophy

It can be assimilated understood and applied only by first mastering the other twelve principles the sixth sense is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the creative imagination it has also been referred to as the receiving through which ideas plans and thoughts flash into the mind the flashes are sometimes called punches or inspirations.

The sixth sense defies description it cannot be described to a person who has not mastered the other principles of this philosophy because such a person has no knowledge and no experience with which the sixth sense may be compared the sixth sense is not something that one can take off and put on a twill ability to use this great power comes slowly through application of the other principles we’ve outlined many individuals come into a workable knowledge of the sixth sense even before the age of 40 but more often the knowledge is not available until one is well past 50 and this for the reason that the spiritual forces with which the sixth sense is so closely related do not mature and become usable generally except through years of meditation self-examination and serious thought but begin to develop it.

Now by applying the principles we’ve talked about here remember this man can create nothing which he does not first conceived in the form of an impulse of thought. Mens thought impulses begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent whether those thoughts are voluntary or involuntary keep fear out of your mind by concentrating on the mental picture of your goal your greatest desire

What we have been talking about here can change your life can bring you anything and everything worthwhile you want in life for yourself and your family.Cut yourself away from the average from the mediocre and chart your course on the dream in your heart these thirteen principles will never let you down as long as you use them.

Thank You for Reading.

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