Civil War Heroine to New Age Lit: Napolean Hill

Napolean Hill, 1883 to 1970, born a mere couple of decades after the American Civil War, was all over the reaching your highest potential New Age theme.  Still today, he’s one of the most successful authors on the subject of the goodness of success and how to achieve it.  This is separate from Tubman and Blake (also an engraving artist) in that Hill’s literature is what defines him.

Hill’s history is also, in my mind, a reflection of the power of collaboration.  It was Hill’s teamwork with the ultra successful Andrew Carnegie that motivates Hill’s lifetime work. 

American democracy was not something Hill took for granted.  He knew to be able to attain success that you must first have universal humanitarian civil rights, like freedom.

Considering what I’ve read about Hill, this copy of his writing excerpted from “Think and Grow Rich” 1937, is his basic idea on the achieving money part of success:  “If you truly desire money so keenly that your desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to have it that you convince yourself that you will have it. . . You may as well know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.”

Excuse me while I go and work myself into a white heat.

Tomorrow, Jane Roberts, or Seth, 1929 – 1984, stay tuned.  It’s wild!

Sheila Cull
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