Napoleon Hill's Golden Rules
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The Lost Writings

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The Lost Writings

Napoleon Hill

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Napoleon Hill's Golden Rules: The Lost Writings consists of a series of magazine articles Napoleon Hill wrote between 1919 and1923 for Success Magazine, of which he eventually become an editor. Hill's obsession with achieving material success had led him from poverty stricken Appalachian Mountains with the desire to study successful people. These articles focus on Hill's philosophy of success, drawing on the thoughts and experience of a multitude of rags-to-riches tycoons, showing readers how these successful people achieved such status. Many of his writings such as the chapter on Law of Attraction, written in the March 1919 issue, have recently basis of several bestselling books. Readers will discover principles that will assure their success if studied and put into action. Chapters include:

  • Lesson #1: Your Social and Physical Heredity--Hills Golden Rule (May 1920)
  • Lesson #2: Auto Suggestion--Napoleon Hill's Magazine (July 1921)
  • Lesson #3: Suggestion (Applied Salesmanship)--Napoleon Hill's Magazine (August 1921)
  • Lesson #4: The Law of Retaliation--Hill's Golden Rule (March 1919)
  • Lesson #5: The Power of Your Mind (Little Odd Visits with Your Editor)--Hill's Golden Rule (October 1919)
  • Lesson #6: How to Build Self-Confidence--Napoleon Hill's Magazine (June 1921)
  • Lesson #7: Environment and Habit--Hill's Golden Rule (April 1919)
  • Lesson #8: How to Remember--Hill's Golden Rule (May-June 1919)
  • Lesson #9: How Marc Antony Used Suggestion in Winning the Roman Mob--Hill's Golden Rule (July 1919)
  • Lesson #10: Persuasion vs. Force--Hill's Golden Rule (September 1919)
  • Lesson #11: The Law of Compensation--Napoleon Hill's Magazine (April 1921)
  • Lesson #12: The Golden Rule as a Pass Key to All Achievement--Napoleon Hill's Magazine (June 1921)

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Your Social and Physical Heredity
Your parents made you what you are, physically, but YOU can make yourself what you WILL, mentally.
You and every other human being are the sum total of just two things, heredity and environment.
You inherited certain physical tendencies and qualities from your parents. You inherited other tendencies and qualities from your grandparents, and from their parents.
The size of your body, the color of your hair and eyes, the texture of your skin, and certain other physical qualities of this nature you inherited; consequently, much of your physical makeup is a result of causes beyond your control.
Those qualities which were “wished” upon you, through your physical heredity, are, for the most part, qualities which you cannot change very materially.
However, it is another matter when you come to those qualities which you have developed out of your environment, or through what is called social heredity. You can change these qualities at will. Those which you developed before the age of ten years will, of course, be much harder to modify or change because they are deeply set, and you will find it hard to exercise sufficient willpower to change them.
Every sense impression which reaches your mind, from the moment of your birth, through any of the five senses, constitutes a part of your social heredity. The songs you sing or hear sung, the poems you read, the books you study, the sermons you listen to, the sights you see, all constitute a part of your social heredity.
Probably the most influential sources from which you absorb the tendencies which constitute your personality are these: first, the teachings which you receive at home, by your parents; secondly, your teachings at church or Sunday school; thirdly, your teachings in public or private schools; fourthly, the daily newspapers and monthly magazines and your other reading.
You believe as you do, regarding every subject, as a result of the sense impressions which have reached your mind. Your belief may be false or correct, according to the soundness or unsoundness, truth or falsity, of those sense impressions.
If, in the process of your schooling, you have been taught how to think accurately; how to overcome prejudices which attach to race, creed, politics, and the like; how to see that nothing but facts impress themselves on your mind; how to keep away all sense impressions which do not arise out of truth, you are very fortunate, because you will be able to extract from your environment that which you can use to best advantage in developing your personality into exactly that which you want it to be.
Physical heredity is something that cannot be altered to any very great extent, but social heredity can be changed, and the new ideas can be made to take the place of the old, the truth to take the place of falsehood.
A small, weak body may be made to house a great mind by properly directing that mind through social heredity. On the other hand, a strong physical body may house a weak, inactive mind through the same cause. The mind is the sum total of all sense impressions which have reached the brain; therefore, you can see how important it is that these sense impressions arise out of truth, how important it is that they be kept free from prejudice, hatred, and the like.
The mind resembles a fertile field. It will produce a crop according to the nature of the seed that is sown in it, through the sense impressions which reach it.
By controlling four sources, the ideal of a nation or a people can be completely changed, or even supplanted by a new ideal, in one generation. These four sources are: (1) the home teachings, (2) the church teachings, (3) the public school teachings, and (4) the newspapers, magazines, and books.
Through these four sources, any ideal, thought, or idea can be forced upon the child so indelibly that the results would be hard, if not impossible, to erase or change in afterlife.
Summarizing, we believe it worthwhile to repeat, in a few words, the two chief points made, namely:
First—Any ideal or habit which is intended to become a permanent fixture in a human being must be planted in his or her mind in early childhood, through the principle of social heredity. An idea so planted becomes a permanent part of that person and remains with him or her throughout life, excepting in very rare instances, where stronger influences than those which planted the idea tend to counteract or erase it. This principle is called social heredity, because it constitutes the medium through which the dominating qualities of a person are planted and developed out of all those sense impressions which reach the mind out of one’s environment, through the five senses, as separate and distinct from those physical qualities which are inherited from the parents.
Second—One of the most important fundamental principles of psychology, through which the human mind functions, is the tendency of the mind to want that which is withheld, prohibited, or hard to acquire. The moment you remove an object out of reach of a person, that moment you set up in that person’s mind a desire for that object. The moment you forbid a person to do a thing, that moment that person strongly desires to do the very thing it has been forbidden to do. The human mind resents being forced to do anything. Therefore, to plant an idea in a person’s mind in such a way that it will remain there permanently, it must be so presented that the person welcomes it and readily accepts it. All competent salesmen are familiar with this principle, and practice the habit of so presenting the merits of their services, goods, or wares, that the prospective buyer is scarcely aware that the ideas he is forming are not originating in his own mind.
These two principles are worthy of consideration by all who would become leaders in any worthwhile undertaking, because all successful leadership depends upon their use. Whether you are selling goods, practicing medicine or law, preaching sermons, writing books, teaching school, or managing commerce and industry, you will find your ability greatly augmented by studying, understanding, and using these two principles through which the human mind may be reached.
You are the sum total of just two factors, heredity and environment. You can’t help how you were born, but you can build up your strong traits and overcome your weak ones. And you CAN change your environment, your thoughts, your purpose, your life aim. It’s up to YOU; do you WANT to? Then you CAN.
The term auto-suggestion simply means self-suggestion, suggestion which one deliberately makes to oneself.
James Allen, in his excellent little magazine, As a Man Thinketh, has given the world a fine lesson in auto-suggestion by having shown that a man may literally make himself over through this process of self-suggestion.
This lesson, like James Allen’s magazine, is intended mainly as a means of stimulating men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that “they themselves are makers of themselves,” by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance; and that as they have hitherto woven in ignorance, pain, and grief, they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness.
This lesson is not a preachment, nor is it a treatise on morality or ethics. It is a scientific treatise through which the student may understand the reason why the first rung in the magic ladder to success was placed there, and how to make the principle back of that rung a part of his or her own working equipment with which to master life’s most important economic problems.
This lesson is based upon the following facts:
1. Every movement of the human body is controlled and directed by thought, that is, by orders sent out from the brain, where the mind has its seat of government.
2. The mind is divided into two sections, one being called the conscious section (which directs our bodily activities while we are awake), and the other being called the subconscious section, which controls our bodily activity while we are asleep.
3. The presence of any thought or idea in one’s conscious mind (and probably the same is true of thoughts and ideas in the subconscious division of the mind) tends to produce an “associated feeling” and to urge one to appropriate bodily activity in transforming the thought so held into physical reality. For example, one can develop courage and self-confidence by the use of the following, or some similar positive statement, or by holding the thought of this statement in one’s mind constantly: “I believe in myself. I am courageous. I can accomplish whatever I undertake.” This is called auto-suggestion.

We shall now proceed to give you the modus operandi through which the first step in the magic ladder to success can be appropriated and used. To begin with, search diligently until you find the particular work to which you wish to devote your life, taking care to see that you select that which will profit all who are affected by your activities. After you have decided what your life work is to be, write out a clear statement of it and then commit it to memory.
Several times a day, and especially just before going to sleep at night, repeat the words of this written description of your life work, and affirm to yourself that you are attracting to you the necessary forces, people, and material things with which to attain the object of your life work, or your definite aim in life.
Bear in mind that your brain is literally a magnet, and that it will attract to you other people who harmonize, in thought and in ideals, with those thoughts which dominate your mind and those ideals which are most deeply seated in you.
There is a law, which we may properly call the law of attraction, through the operation of which water seeks its level, and everything throughout the universe of like nature seeks its kind. If it were not for this law, which is as immutable as the law of gravitation which keeps the planets in their proper places, the cells out of which an oak tree grows might scamper away and become mixed with the cells out of which the poplar grows, thereby producing a tree that would be part poplar and part oak. But, such a phenomenon has never been heard of.
Following this law of attraction a little further, we can see how it works out among men and women. We know that successful, prosperous men of affairs seek the companionship of their own kind, while the down-and-outer seeks his kind, and this happens just as naturally as water flows downhill.
Like attracts like, a fact which is indisputable.
Then, if it is true that men are constantly seeking the companionship of those whose ideals and thoughts harmonize with their own, can you not see the importance of so controlling and directing your thoughts and ideals that you will eventually develop exactly the kind of “magnet” in your brain that you wish to serve as an attraction in drawing others to you?
If it is true that the very presence of any thought in your conscious mind has a tendency to arouse you to bodily, muscular activity that will correspond with the nature of the thought, can you not see the advantage of selecting, with care, the thoughts which you allow your mind to dwell upon?
Read these lines carefully, and think over and digest the meaning which they convey, because we are now laying the foundation for a scientific truth which constitutes the very foundation upon which all worthwhile human accomplishment is based. We are beginning, now, to build the roadway over which you will travel out of the wilderness of doubt, discouragement, uncertainty, and failure, and we want you to familiarize yourself with every inch of this road.
No one knows what thought is, but every philosopher and every man of scientific ability who has given any study to the subject is in accord with the statement that thought is a powerful form of energy which directs the activities of the human body, that every idea held in the mind through prolonged, concentrated thought takes on permanent form and continues to affect the bodily activities according to its nature, either consciously or unconsciously.
Auto-suggestion, which is nothing more or less than an idea held in the mind, through thought, is the only known principle through which one may literally make oneself over, after any pattern he or she may choose.

How to Develop Character through Auto-Suggestion

This brings us to an appropriate place at which to explain the method through which your author has literally made himself over during a period of approximately five years.
Before we go into these details, let us remind you of the common tendency of human beings to doubt that which they do not understand, and all that they cannot prove to their own satisfaction, either by similar experiences of their own or by observation.
Let us also remind you that this is no age for a Doubting Thomas. Your author, while a comparatively young man, has nevertheless seen the birth of some of the world’s greatest inventions, the uncovering, as it were, of some of the so-called “hidden secrets” of nature. And he is well within the bounds of accuracy when he reminds you that during the last sixty years, science has lifted the curtains that separated us from the light of truth, and brought into use more tools of culture, development, and progress than had been discovered in all the previous history of the human race.
Within comparatively recent years, we have seen the birth of the incandescent electric light, the typesetting machine, the printing press, the x-ray, the telephone, the automobile, the airplane, the submarine, the wireless telegraphy, and myriad other organized forces which serve mankind and tend to separate him from the animal instincts of the dark ages out of which he has risen.
As these lines are being written, we are informed that Thomas A. Edison is at work on a contrivance which he believes will enable the departed spirits of men to communicate with us here on earth, if such a thing is possible. And if the announcement should come from East Orange, New Jersey, tomorrow morning, that Edison has completed his machine and communicated with the spirits of departed men, this writer, for one, would not scoff at the statement. If we did not accept it as true until we had seen proof, we would at least hold an open mind on the subject, because we have witnessed enough of the “impossible” during the past thirty years to convince us that there is but little that is strictly impossible when the human mind sets itself to a task with that grim determination that knows no defeat.
If modern history informs us correctly, the best railroad men in the country scoffed at the idea that Westinghouse could stop a train by jamming air on the brakes, but those same men lived to see a law passed in the New York legislature compelling railroad companies to use this “foolish contrivance,” and if it had not been for that law, the present speed of railroad trains and the safety with which we may travel would not be possible.
We are reminded to state, also, that had the illustrious Napoleon Bonaparte not scoffed at Robert Fulton’s request for an interview, the French capital might be sitting on English soil today, and France might be the mistress over all of the British empire. Fulton sent word to Napoleon that he had invented a steam engine that would carry a boat against the wind, but Napoleon, never having seen such a contrivance, sent back word that he had no time to fool with cranks, and, furthermore, ships could not sail against the wind because ships never had been sailed that way.
Well within the memory of your author, a bill was introduced in Congress asking for an ...

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