Thursday, June 14, 2007

Breakfast with Napoleon

Napoleon Hill's Master Key to Riches is my current bedtime companion. (Or course the riches he highlights far transcend moneymoneymoney and embrace relationships, happiness, significance, etc.) Here are some nuggets from the first few chapters:

A state of mind is the one and only thing over which any person has complete, unchallenged right of control. It is highly significant that the Creator provided man with control over nothing except the power to shape his own thoughts and the priviledge of fitting them to any pattern of his choice.

Happiness comes only by sharing....All riches may be embellished and mulitiplied by this simple process of sharing them where they may serve others.

When one is ready for a thing it is sure to appear.... There is a vast difference between one's "needs" and one's "readiness to receive."

All who have aquire enduring riches have ascended the ladder of opulence with two outstretched hands: one extended upwards to receive the help of others who have reached the peak, and the other extended downward to aid those who are still climbing.

Every adversity carries with it the seed of equivalent benefit.

A temporary defeat is but a testing ground which may prove a blessing in disguise if not accepted as final.

Yesterday is gone forever! Tomorrow will never arrive, but Today is yesterday's Tomorrow within your reach.

I especially like this last one. With our current grasp of physics, this is my best chance at time-travel.


  1. The state of mind one is just what I need today! They are all spectacular... thanks for sharing.

  2. I enjoyed very much reading your blog today, and it occurs to me that you might be interested to learn that a new edition of Napoleon Hill's classic book "Think and Grow Rich" has been published.

    Its title is "Think and Grow Rich!" (subtitled) "The Original Version, Restored and Revised." I am the editor/annotator of this new 412-page edition, which is really an homage to Dr. Hill. (For several years I was the editor-in-chief of "Think & Grow Rich Newsletter.")

    What I have done is this: to restore Dr. Hill's book to its original manuscript content (it was first published in 1937, but was abridged in 1960), annotate it with more than 50 pages of endnotes (most of the persons and events he discusses are generally unknown to readers today), index it thoroughly, add an appendix with a wealth of additional information about Dr. Hill and his work, and revise the book in ways to help remove certain "impediments" to reading the book today (language that today would be considered obsolete, sexist or racist). None of these things had previously been done with TGR.

    If you would like to learn a little more about this project, a quick visit to will give you some details. The "Editor's Foreword" provides more complete information, and the “Testimonials” page will demonstrate how well-received this new book is around the world. Here is the book’s page:

    The book is available on all the Amazon websites and most other online sellers, it can be ordered by any bookstore, and it will start appearing in bookstores soon.

    Our edition of TGR! is superior in every way to other versions on the market. It is a trade paperback, not a pocket-size mass market paperback. It is 412 pages versus 230+ (depending on the edition). It looks better, feels better, reads better than any other version. It is fast becoming the "version of choice" among Napoleon Hill devotees and other students of success and high achievement.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Ross Cornwell, Editor

  3. Oh the book I have to share with you!!! My mind is spinning and my heart on fire. We have to have a "planning metting" when I get home.