Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Think and Grow Rich
from Napolean Hill
From Zig Ziglar, to Brian Tracy to Anthony Robbins, there is something about the “motivational greats” that continuously and tirelessly work to inspire and encourage others. For years, I've followed their work and allowed their teachings to expand and develop me. Among no other, has to be the late, Napolean Hill that documented the principles found in successful people. A book that changed the course of my life was “Think & Grow Rich”. From this book, I've extracted the 17 Principles of Success…people living bold and empowered lives.
#1 – DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE
The starting point of all achievement, definiteness of purpose — knowing what your goal is, knowing what you want — fills you with a success-consciousness and protects you against failure. ~Napoleon Hill
Napoleon Hill's first principle goes far beyond simply setting and achieving goals. When your heart and mind are aligned with definiteness of purpose, you are practically pulled toward your dreams. Learn how to adopt this winning mindset.
#2 – MASTER MIND PRINCIPLE
The coordination of effort between two or more people in a spirit of perfect harmony in order to attain a specific objective.~ Napoleon Hill
As much as you want to reach your goals, there are people who want you to succeed even more. This is your master mind group. The larger and more committed your group, the more likely you are to accomplish great things. Learn how to surround yourself with a first-class support team.
#3 – APPLIED FAITH
A state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans, and purposes are translated into their physical or financial equivalent. ~ Napoleon Hill
Your beliefs are the most pure and honest part of you. While positive, life-enhancing beliefs will fill your life with rewards and happiness, negative beliefs become insurmountable obstacles that block you from your dreams. Discover the secrets to turn your beliefs into a better future.
#4 – PLEASING PERSONALITY
“A pleasing personality help you master the major cause of failure — the inability to get along with people harmoniously.” – Napoleon Hill
More than education and talent, who you are, what you stand for, and how you interact with people determine what you become. Napoleon Hill learned that a winning personality is a magnet for lifelong friends and incredible opportunities. Start enhancing your life with a captivating personality.
#5 – GOING THE EXTRA MILE
“Rendering more and better service than you are paid to render, doing it all the time, and doing it with a pleasing, positive attitude.” – Napoleon Hill
Most people stop at good enough. Not you. Always delivering more than what's expected of you will open up tremendous opportunities. In order to get what you want out of life, you must help others get what they want. Learn the secret to overachieving and persevering, and then there's nothing you can't accomplish.
#6 – PERSONAL INITIATIVE
“The inner power that starts all action; the power that inspires the completion of all that one begins.” – Napoleon Hill
Just do it. At the end of the day, there's just one person who holds the power to impact your life: YOU. What you do and the degree to which you do it can mean the difference in your level of success. Take action now to bolster your personal initiative.
#7 – SELF-DISCIPLINE
“The ability to control your thoughts and emotions, self-discipline is the only thing in life over which you have complete, unchallenged, and unchallengeable control. ” – Napoleon Hill
There are two types of people: Those who give in to the short-term fun and as a result never experience their long-term reward. And those who sacrifice short-term fun and live like no one else. Learn to master the art of self-discipline, and you're set for life.
#8 – POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
“To govern your life, you must be able to govern your mind, and that is the starting point of all riches.” – Napoleon Hill
The most critical, judgmental, and negative person in your life is the one who greets you every morning in the mirror. Love yourself first. Doing so will inspire new confidence, ability, and extraordinary results. Learn to adopt a perpetually positive mental attitude.
#9 – ENTHUSIASM
“A contagious state of mind that not only helps you gain the cooperation of others but, more importantly, inspires you to draw upon and use the power of your imagination.” – Napoleon Hill
Remember what it's like to be a kid? To have that wide-eyed wonder and exuberance about everything? In today's adult world, unbridled enthusiasm attracts people and opportunities. Start enthusiastically appreciating all that life has to offer.
#10 – ACCURATE THINKING
“The accurate thinker recognizes all the facts of life, both good and bad, and assumes the responsibility of separating and organizing the two, choosing those which serve his or her needs and rejecting all others.”- Napoleon Hill
Every problem you will face in your life — whether business or personal — carries an extraordinary solution. The secret is that you have to find what that solution is by using your mind. Learn how to tap into your most potent and accurate thinking.
#11 – CONTROLLED ATTENTION
“The highest form of self-discipline, the act of coordinating all your mind's faculties and directing their combined power to a given end.” – Napoleon Hill
Multitasking invites half-hearted action. Rather, learn to focus as if your life depended on it. Focus consciously and subconsciously on everything that's most important to you. Adopt this little-known secret, and you'll achieve any goal you set.
#12 – COOPERATION / TEAMWORK
“Harmony based on a definite motive, cooperation is the medium through which great personal power may be attained; the willing cooperation and coordination of effort to achieve a specific objective.” – Napoleon Hill
There are more than 7 billion of us sharing this planet. Each with his or her own priorities and problems. The minute you adopt a mindset of sharing, helping, and cooperating is precisely when people return the favor. Learn the power of cooperation, and create a winning master mind group.
#13 – LEARNING FROM DEFEAT & ADVERSITY
“Hardship and adversity are a common language of nature in which she speaks to all living creatures and teaches them many things they would not learn in any other way.”- Napoleon Hill
You learn more about a boxer the minute he falls to the canvas. Will he get back up? Will he learn and improve? You will experience challenges and possibly even failures in your life. Know that every adversity carries with it a seed of opportunity. Learn to use it to your advantage.
#14 – CREATIVE VISION
“Imagination is your mind's exercise, challenge, and adventure. It uses old ideas and established facts to reassemble them into new combinations and to put them to new uses.” – Napoleon Hill
The workshop of the soul, imagination is your key to creatively building the future of your dreams. Think about most any great achievement — an artistic masterpiece, a successful business, or a record-breaking performance — each was born from imagination. Learn to ignite your imagination.
#15 – MAINTENANCE of BODY
“The key that coordinates all other principles and sets all ideas into motion, sound health provides the “flavor” to the good things in life.” – Napoleon Hill
It should always be your number one goal: achieving and maintaining solid health and a sense of well-being. Yet, many of us put it near the bottom of our priorities. Quality health creates a quality life, every day of your life. Learn how to ensure that you live healthier, stronger, and disease-free.
#16 – BUDGETING TIME and MONEY
“Successful people know themselves, not as they think they are, but as their habits have made them. The use of time and money are the most vital of these habits.” – Napoleon Hill
Want to know who you will be and what you will accomplish five, 10, 15 years from today? Simply ask yourself two little questions. 1) How do I spend my time? 2) How do I spend my money? Answer those two questions honestly, and you'll know your future. Learn how to squeeze the most value from both time and money.
#17- COSMIC HABITFORCE
“The cosmic habitforce is the universe's law of equilibrium, the one natural law into which all other natural laws resolve themselves. – Napoleon Hill
You, like everyone else, are a creature of habit. When your habits benefit yourself, your family, your career, you inevitably grow to become a superior version of yourself. Learn how this vital principle from Napoleon Hill will put all his other principles into action.The Laws from Napolean Hill in Outwitting the Devil.