Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

In 1883 Napoleon Hill was born in a one-room cabin, in Southwest Virginia, an area that I know well having lived from my teen years until around 2003.  As a teen he began writing for small-town newspapers in the area of Wise County, Virginia.

His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time. He also wrote a book called Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement.

I was reading them this morning and was amazed at how relevant they are after all of these years. I want to take the next few weeks and discuss them on this blog.

1: Definiteness of Purpose
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. You should have one high, desirable, outstanding goal, and keep it ever before you.

John Maxwell has told us that the two most important days in a person’s life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. Steven Covey wrote in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people that we should begin with the end in mind. In Proverbs it says “Without vision the people will perish.”

What is your purpose?  Why are you doing what you do?  Are your reasons strong enough to drive you? Will it make you go the extra mile?

Please share your thoughts and comments on Mr. Hill’s principles. I look forward to your input.

To become more than “the boss” people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. I can help you do just that through training, group and individual coaching and speaking at your event. Please leave your comments and if I can add value to you or your organization please contact me.



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One of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of trainers, coaches and speakers. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker, he can offer you workshops, seminars, speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods.



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4 responses to “Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

  1. Great synopsis of Napolean Hills principles what has always resonated with me is these principles still are the true steps to success today as when first published.

  2. Pingback: Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance from Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement | PhilVanoveronLeadership

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