13 Secrets of Napoleon Hill

Here are some excerpts from a fine summary of Napoleon Hill’s “13 Secrets of Success” that I found online. I’ve included the link to the full PDF at the end of this post.

It is not accidental that Hill begins with desire. Success always begins with desire.

Hill says, “all thoughts that have been emotionalized (given feeling through desire) and mixed with faith, begin immediately to translate
themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart.”

Hill emphasizes in this chapter, for the second time in the book, the crucial importance of having clearly defined written goals that are
repeated, preferably out -loud to oneself throughout the day. Now he goes further and states that it is very important to affirm one’s goals and
ideals at some quiet time, such as just before falling asleep.

In this chapter of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill goes to great lengths to make the distinction between generalized knowledge and
specialized knowledge; and between formal education and practical information. By citing examples of the lives of certain individuals in an
offhand manner, Hill alludes to the most important thing about knowledge. Here it is plainly spoken: Knowledge, by and of itself, has little, if any, value. You may find that shocking or, at least contrary to everything you’ve been taught, but it is true. Knowledge only becomes valuable in its
application. You may have heard that knowledge is power. Wrong. It is applied knowledge that begets power, wealth and the advancement of

In this chapter, Hill not only points out the role of imagination in human development, but also makes the clear distinction between the two main
types of imagination, which he calls ‘synthetic imagination’ and ‘creative imagination’.

Synthetic imagination is the manipulation of effects. Creative imagination is causal that creates effects.All things, from the invention of writing to the invention of the Internet came about because of the use of creative imagination. Synthetic imagination merely, at best, can improve upon what already exists. The bringing of new things into existence requires the use of creative imagination.

The creation of wealth can be obtained, with diligence, through the informed and practical use of synthetic imagination (e.g. creating a better
mouse trap), but most wealth and most advancement in human technology comes about through the use of creative imagination.

Know this: that which you imagine, expect and visualize in your internal world is that which gets produced in your external world.

This, in my opinion, is the weakest chapter of Hill’s book. He speaks of the need for organized planning, but skirts around the issue; instead offering
suggestions about how to get a job and writes some useless paragraphs extolling the American way, which, in any case, no longer exists as he
describes it. Every noteworthy or great accomplishment came about because there was a plan.
What Hill should have done (and does do in other chapters) is point out the need to have concrete written goals that are in harmony with one’s
chosen purpose and/or ideals. Goals are not vague aspirations like, ‘I want to be rich.’ They are concrete, defined steps in the fulfillment of your personal vision or purpose. They are a specific plan.

Decision is another one of the ten ‘Ds’ of super-success that I describe in the Library. Napoleon Hill says this, “Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed at all. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.”

On almost every page of my Prosperity Paradigm eZine, you will find a very succinct formula that I like to shorten to p3=P. It is this: purpose +
passion + persistence = Prosperity. Hill says this, “Persistence is an essential factor in transmuting desire into its monetary equivalent.” He goes on to explain that desire (passion) plus the power of will (persistence) make an irresistible pair and almost always end up producing wealth.
A long attention span, combined with determination, is an attribute shared by all successful people.

This is my favorite chapter of the entire Think and Grow Rich book. Not just because Hill stresses the importance of having a mastermind group
of like-minded people, but also because he clearly explains the value of specific knowledge and that power is derived only from the direct and
purposeful application of knowledge. The importance of brainstorming with like-minded individuals cannot be overstated. Work groups, executive teams, board members are all the direct recognition that the collective power of several minds working and planning together can accomplish much more than one mind alone. Two or more minds, working in harmony, produce a synergistic energy that weaves a concrete reality out of purpose, vision and determination.

Boy, I had a tough time with this chapter when I first read the book in my youth. I honestly thought that, although I recognized there to be a link
between creativity and sexuality, it was mostly some old man’s rationalization for waning sexual vitality.
It was not until I studied Kundalini, the Chakras and began to understand the true vibratory nature of creation that it became clear that what Hill
was talking about was a prime metaphysical understanding about creative energy and how to utilize it. It was also, as he predicted, not until I had
passed my fortieth birthday that I actually began to clue into what he was talking about.
We have, culturally, so many moralistic assumptions and beliefs about sexual energy that we prevent ourselves from fully understanding what it
is and what it is capable of. The whole subject is so complex that several books could be (and have been) written about the subject without fully
explaining it. Many women today may understandably be put off by Hill’s seemingly sexist attitude. However, it is a huge mistake to miss the vital importance of Hill’s message in this chapter by dismissing his supposed prejudice through some prejudice of one’s own. First, it should be understood that he was immersed in the culture of his times. Second, it should not be missed that women have a greater innate
capacity to consciously use sexual energy and attractiveness to get what they want in life and that many men need to be educated about their own
power. Sexual energy is also closely related to charisma and charisma attracts not only people, but wealth and power. The drive for success is ‘coincidently’ often also strongest in those who also have a high sexual drive. The truly empowered person is one who has learned, as Hill says, to transmute much of that sexual energy into creative energy and not squander it in vain physical pursuits.


Here are the essential understandings you need to acquire: It is the subconscious mind, NOT the conscious mind that exerts
the most control over your beliefs, thoughts and actions and thus, your results. The subconscious can, however, be consciously programmed and
controlled by the conscious mind. The subconscious mind is the source of insight, intuition, imagination and creativity. The subconscious mind is also your direct link to the collective subconsciousness of humanity, which also has a greater influence on your beliefs, thoughts and actions than does your conscious mind. The subconscious mind is also your direct link to universal consciousness, which is the source of all power and creativity.


The attributes of the brain are quite simple. It is a mass of biologicalmaterial that permits electrochemical activity. The attributes of the mind
are quite a bit more complex.

It is now understood that the average human has about 60,000 thoughts per day; 99% of these are non-productive, non-contributory random
subconscious noise. The few who learn how to examine and exert control over the thoughts that they allow to pass through mind are the ones who
attain, achieve and accomplish so much more than their fellows.


What Hill calls the sixth sense is your direct and intimate connection to the infinite, ineffable universal mind, source of all that is and all that can
be. You are the channel whereby the infinite makes manifest the finite.

You can find the original PDF from which the above was taken here.

What’s the secret to getting in shape at home? Finding a “no-nonsense exercise” program coupled with a sound nutrition plan. You can watch a short video about one such program called, “ChaLEAN Extreme” here.


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