Napoleon Hill’s 28 Timeless Success Principles

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American journalist who spent two decades of researching 500 successful people in order to establish an organized system of Personal Achievement. Among the successful people he interviewed were Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and John D. Rockefeller.

  • Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe can achieve..


The 28 Timeless Success-Principles


The 28 following success principles were the outcome of Napoleon Hill’s 20 years of research: 

1. Know what you want and believe that you can, and will, get it.

2. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is near the top of the list of causes of failure.

3. Write out this phrase and place it where you can see it often: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”

4. Master the negative habits which stand between you and success.

5. Develop the positive habits you’ll need in order to succeed. That is, the positive habits that will lead to sound health, peace of mind, and a positive mental attitude.

6. Acquire the habit of thinking before you speak. Make sure that what you’re going to say will benefit you and not injure others. 

7. Achieve self-mastery over your thoughts, and constantly direct them toward your goals and objectives. Learn to focus your attention on the goals that you want to achieve and on finding ways to achieve those goals.

8. Exercise self-discipline over all of your emotions. Emotions are states of mind and, therefore, they’re subject to your control and direction. By learning self-mastery over your thoughts, you can achieve self-mastery over your emotions.

9. Start each day by conditioning your mind so that you go throughout the day with a positive mental attitude.



10. Start each day with an expression of gratitude. If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for, feel gratitude for the fact that you’ve been given complete control over your own mind.

11. Cultivate a flexible mental attitude. If you have a flexible mental attitude, then you have the ability to adjust yourself to any circumstance you might find yourself in, without losing your composure. You can’t control the actions of other people, but you can control your reaction to whatever others say or do.

12. Don’t allow trivial matters to turn into major controversies.

13. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into arguments over unimportant subjects.

14. Adopt the habit of having a good-hearted laugh every time you become irritated or angry. Begin each day with one minute of hearty laughing; this will change the chemistry of your brain and start you off with a positive mental attitude.

15. Whenever you have a problem, concentrate your attention on the “can-do” portion of the problem. Then, begin to act where you stand and do what you can in order to solve the problem.

16. Learn to transmute all unpleasant circumstances into a positive mental attitude by switching your thoughts to something that you find pleasant. Focus on the pleasant thoughts for five minutes in order to change your mental attitude from negative to positive.

17. Look upon your life as a continuous process of education, of learning from all of your experiences—both the good and the bad. Be always on the alert for gains of wisdom that come to you a little at a time from both your pleasant and unpleasant experiences.

18. Go out of your way daily to comment enthusiastically on the good qualities of those with whom you live and work. When you concentrate on the good qualities of others, others will begin to concentrate on your good qualities.

19. Accept all criticism of yourself as an opportunity for self-examination to determine how much of it is justified.

20. Remember always that there are two types of circumstances that cause you to worry: those you can do something about, and those you can do nothing about. The only thing you can do about circumstances you cannot influence is to refuse to allow them to worry you.

21. Always keep your mind engaged in thinking of what you want. Refuse to think of those things which you do not want.

22. If you’re ever feeling sorry for yourself, look around until you find someone who is worse off than yourself and start where you stand to help that person. Make this a habit and you will experience one of the great miracles of life: that which you do to or for others, you do to or for yourself.

23. Choose someone who is the sort of person you would like to be. Then, use that person as a role model and emulate them.

24. Your success is something that you’re going to have to achieve for yourself, without someone telling you what to do or how to do it. Those who amount to something worthwhile in life are those who move on their own personal initiative.

25. Lear to express enthusiasm in your interactions with others. Enthusiasm is contagious and it has a powerful impact on the minds of those who come under its influence.

26. Stop using your faith in reverse gear by thinking about the things and circumstances which you do not want, and the things that you fear.

27. When overtaken by defeat, remember that man’s faith is tested many times before he’s crowned with final victory. Accept your defeat as nothing more than a challenge to keep trying.

28. Keep thinking of what you want, and keep believing that you can achieve it, in spite of naysayers and any temporary failures, or setbacks, you may encounter.


» Napoleon Hill at Wikipedia


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