Napoleon Hill was born on October 26, 1883. Very long time ago, right? And now you probably wonder how this guy could have the great impact on modern business. Well he could because he was a genious. He was an American author in the area of the new thought movement and he was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature.

He became most famous for his Think and Grow Rich (1937) book, one of the most-selling books of all times. Until the time of his death, which was 1970, he had sold more than 20 million copies of this book.

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He even became an advisor to American president, who was Roosevelt at that time. One of Hill’s most famous expressions was: “Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved”. Many people became successful at what they were doing, and even more of them continued to pursue their dreams lead by this sentence. Never give up on your dreams if you have the will and if you are determined to achieve something, anything is possible. Napoleon Hill had a big influence on many great people, and many of them became great under the Hill’s influence or by following his rules.

Hill was born in poverty, illiteracy and superstition, and it is a miracle that he managed to become what he did. Born in Wise County, Va. His mother passed away when he was only 10 years old, and his father raised him and his brother alone. His father, James, had a really hard time with Napoleon, or Nap, as he called him. Napoleon had a really wild nature and he looked up to the outlaw Jesse James. Martha was Napoleon’s stepmother and she was the one that managed to recognize his talent and helped him direct his energy the right way.

He started to work as a freelance reporter at the young age of 15 and his interview with the richest man in America at that time- Andrew Carnegie, changed his life. That was his jumping board and he just grew more and more after that.

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His way to success was to determine the exact amount of money you desire to earn, determine what you are willing to give for that money, establish the date you wish to have the desired sum of money, create a plan and begin immediately, write everything down- from the desired money to the plan of obtaining it, and the last step is to read what you have written twice every day, in the morning and at night before you go to sleep. Most important part is to believe.

That is the secret to success. There are many articles and books written on this subject, and even movies shot. Every really successful person through the history had followed these rules and never doubted. That was certainly the revolution of becoming rich and nothing has changed even today. Every single rule still applies, and we will never forget the man who introduced them to us.

Posted by Sophie Andersen

Sophie is a Sydney based writer who loves to write about all home-things. She's running her own home business for the past five years and has huge experience in managing finance and investment issues. She loves to share that knowledge and help other women to start her own career.