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Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement Paperback – October 1, 1997
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Hill's Think and Grow Rich! (1937) is one of the best-selling inspirational business books of all time and remains influential to this day. The foundation that bears his name has taken Hill's thinking and philosophy, updated it with contemporary examples, and published it under this title. Dale Carnegie-esque and user-friendly, this work contains practical advice for success. If some of these ideas seem familiar, it is because later writers have latched onto them and presented them in more abstract terms; but the advice remains solid. Of particular interest is the section on the major causes of personal failure. No one could go wrong trying to follow Hill's commonsense exhortations and principles. Good public library fare, especially where Hill's other works are in demand.
January Adams, ODSI Research Lib., Raritan, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Librarians who have trouble keeping copies of the classic Think and Grow Rich stocked on the shelfnever mind keeping it from disappearing altogetherwill welcome this latest version of Napoleon Hill's inspirational, self-help advice. Even 50 years after its publication, Hill's major work is one of the most requested books in libraries, and business leaders ranked it as one of the most influential books of its kind in a recent USA Today survey. Using Hill's own words compiled from his various writings, editor Sartwell has distilled 17 essential principles of personal success and achievement. Many of Hill's original examples and practical suggestions are included, but Sartwell has also added a number of contemporary successs stories. Order extra copies! David Rouse --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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1. The Think and Grow Rich Action Pack (1937) - I recommend the Action Pack edition,
2. Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement - this book,
3. Your Right To Be Rich [Unabridged] - this consists of 12 hours of live lectures covering the 17 principles, that Hill conducted in Chicago in 1954.
By internalizing, I mean studying in depth - analyzing the ideas, making notes and summaries. I own more CDs by Hill, but I believe that these 3 items make the perfect study plan on the Philosophy of Personal Achievement.
This philosophy is the end product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. His research started when Andrew Carnegie (the steel tycoon who was then the richest man on earth) gave him the assignment of organizing a Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, who was a poor journalist, armed with just an introductory letter from Carnegie, set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab. Hill then revealed the priceless wisdom of his research in the form of the thirteen steps to success (in Think and Grow Rich) and the seventeen Principles of Personal Achievement (in courses and lectures he conducted).
This particular book goes beyond the 13 steps in Think and Grow Rich. It covers the following 17 Principles of Personal Achievement (also known as the 17 Keys to Success):
1. Develop a Definiteness of Purpose
2. Establish a Mastermind Alliance
3. Assemble an Attractive Personality
4. Use Applied Faith
5. Go the Extra Mile
6. Create Personal Initiative
7. Build a Positive Mental Attitude
8. Control Your Enthusiasm
9. Enforce Self-Discipline
10. Think Accurately
11. Control Your Attention
12. Inspire Teamwork
13. Learn from Adversity and Defeat
14. Cultivate Creative Vision
15. Maintain Sound Health
16. Budget Your Time and Money
17. Use Cosmic Habitforce
The concepts taught by Napoleon Hill transformed my life. Everything he wrote about or talked about is thought provoking. He was wise, humble and funny. His philosophy is universal; he did not mix it with religion. The riches he referred to were more than money, for the Philosophy of Personal Achievement can be applied to anything in life.
Hill was well ahead of his time. "Think and Grow Rich" has a chapter dedicated to some of today's most important issues - Specialized Knowledge, Decision Making, Imagination and Organized Planning (in which he deals with Leadership). And his principles deal with Teamwork, Creative Vision, Health, etc.
I am greatly indebted to Napoleon Hill. The purpose of my writing this is to spread awareness of his work so that more people can benefit from it. This, I believe is the best way in which Hill would have liked to have been repaid.
My girlfriend started on this "Laws of Attraction," "The Secret," "The New Thought Movement," "The Power of Positive Thinking" philosophy and mindset, and at first I felt skeptical. I try to take everything with a grain of salt, but the improvements on her life, whether can be logically explained or not, is 100% due to her new way of thinking. Motivational books and speakers only root those philosophies when the going gets tough (no one said anything about easy). Napolean Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" was a masterpiece, it only made sense to read his other successful books.