This is a 9 CD collection of live lectures that Hill conducted in Chicago in 1954. It covers the 17 Principles of Personal Achievement (also known as the 17 Keys to Success) over 12 hours. It amazes me that something so wonderful exists and is so inexpensive. I am more amazed by the fact that so few people are aware of it. It is a joy to hear the principles explained in Hill’s own voice. I was not fortunate enough to take his classes, but this is the next best thing. This is the best way to get to know this great man. He was wise, humble and funny.
There are thousands of self-help books out in the market and hundreds of self proclaimed “gurus” who have made a living by copying the wisdom in Napoleon Hill’s books. As I went through some of those books I realized that there was not much in them that Hill had not already written about. I recommend quality over quantity. Instead of reading through many books, I recommend that you study the following works of Hill and internalize his wisdom:
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 is an excellent guide to his principles,
3. Your Right To Be Rich [Unabridged] – this item.
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 success (in courses and lectures he conducted).
The concepts taught by Napoleon Hill transformed my life. Some of these include developing a definite purpose, building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), channeling the power of the sub-conscious mind and dealing with adversity. Everything he wrote about or talked about is thought provoking. 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.
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