Portrait of Napoleon Hill, 1904
October 26, 1883|
|Died||November 8, 1970
|Occupation||Author, Journalist, Salesman, Lecturer|
|Literary movement||New Thought, Self-help|
|Notable works||Think and Grow Rich (1937)
The Law of Success (1928)
Outwitting the Devil (1938)
Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
The battle is all over except the 'shouting' when one knows what is wanted and has made up his mind to get it, whatever the price may be.
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.
More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth.
Your ability to use the principle of autosuggestion will depend, very largely, upon your capacity to concentrate upon a given desire until that desire becomes a burning obsession.
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.
The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
Understand this law and you will then know, beyond room for the slightest doubt, that you are constantly punishing yourself for every wrong you commit and rewarding yourself for every act of constructive conduct in which you indulge.
No man ever achieved worth-while success who did not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the brink of failure.
We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.
Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you, you will be neither successful nor happy.
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
If you must speak ill of another, do not speak it, write it in the sand near the water's edge.
All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
Until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.
Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
Until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire, you will be neither successful nor happy.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.
The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
The best way to sell yourself to others is first to sell the others to yourself.
One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.
You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.