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About Napoleon Hill

Self-Improvement Focused Businessman

Napoleon Hill, born Oliver Napoleon Hill, was the founding father of key success principles for a wealthy life. He was a driven, self-improvement focused businessman.

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When was Napoleon Born

Born: 26 October 1883 Pound, Virginia, United States

Died: 8 November 1970, South Carolina, United States

Introduction to Napoleon Hill My Story

Napoleon Hill, born Oliver Napoleon Hill, was the founding father of key success principles for a wealthy life. He was a driven, self-improvement focused businessman. The late public figure was born on October 26th 1883 and died on November 8th 1970 (aged 87) in Greenville, South Carolina. He was a very popular American author worldwide.

As one of the first in his field, he published the best selling self-help book of all time amongst other works. His most well known books are The Law of Success and Think and Grow Rich, published in 1928 and 1937 respectively. After his death, his works were the holy grail of developing the self-help genre and it’s success principles. They have been translated into over 100 languages and sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide

“Most so called failures are only temporary defeats” – Napoleon Hill

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Napoleon Hill Personal History

Napoleon Hill lived his early years in Pound, Virginia, with his father James Monroe Hill and his mother Sarah Sylvania (Blair). His grandfather came to the United States in the mid 1800s from England, founding his roots in Virginia. When he was 9 years old, his mother passed away. A couple of years later Napoleon’s father remarried to his step-mum, who was described as a good influence on him.

Then, at 13 he became a ‘mountain reporter’, firstly for his father’s newspaper, then for subsequent publications. By 17, Napoleon Hill graduated from highschool and moved to Tazewell, Virginia to study at business school. He then worked for a lawyer and former attorney general. The reason he obtained this job could be deemed suspicious and its legitimacy is up for debate. Then, once he left this role, he attempted to complete law school, however it was not possible through lack of money.

In Napoleon’s more personal life, he married 3 different women and has 3 children. He married Florence Elizabeth Horner early in life, then to Rosa Lee Beeland and finally Annie Lou Norman in later life.

Napoleon Hill  Professional Career

A turning point in his so far impulsive career was his introduction to Andrew Carnegie in 1908. He was tasked with interviewing the popular philanthropist who at the time was amongst the most influential people in the world! At that time, Andrew Carnegie supposedly challenged him with interviewing the wealthy and successful to find the formula for success which had been so widely regarded but never documented. Andrew Carnegie shared interviews with some successful people he had discussed this with before to kick start his research.

This gave him the idea’s for both his most popular works, the first published in 1928, was called The Law of Success, in which was dedicated to the late Andrew Carnegie, with acknowledgement to a number of the other successful interviewees of the project such as Henry Ford.
In the lead up to his works of 1928, Napoleon Hill moved to Philadelphia in an attempt to persuade a publisher in Connecticut to publish his book The Law of Success which now included 8 volumes. This was his first major publication and success! He began to adopt an ‘affluent’ lifestyle, within the year he had purchased a Rolls-Royce and a 600 acre property!
However, times were tough, the Great Depression of the early 1900’s affected his fortune greatly. From this, his next book was by all accounts a failure, with no profit and minimal sales. He began travelling the country with short lived unsustainable business ventures. This obsession caused his first wife to divorce him in 1935.
Two years later in 1937, Napoleon Hill made a comeback with his now best-selling and most popular book Think and Grow Rich. This book consists of his findings from a 20 year period with interviews of over 500 entrepreneurs, whereby he identified common denominators in success. The work comprises 13 key success principles, becoming an instant classic.
Following his second chance at success, he reclaimed his affluent lifestyle by purchasing a new estate. Unfortunately, his second wife then filed for divorce and claimed a significant amount of the wealth from his book.

Napoleon Hill Teaching and Events

Napoleon Hill has left a long-lasting legacy in the self-help and success genre. Think and Grow Rich has been deemed the bestselling personal development book of all time and the sixth bestselling paperback book of all time. His works have been featured in hundreds of further publications and productions a like. One of the most recent being Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.

Also, following Napoleon Hill’s death, his foundation offers worldwide home study courses and online courses. His current digital courses are built on his teachings and success principles which are iconic and still extremely relevant today.

Napoleon Hill Books & Publications

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. His book Think and Grow Rich is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time.

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The Law Of Success

Written in 1925 this work was originally 15 separate booklets which have now been combined into one book.

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Think and Grow Rich

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 and promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book.

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