Napoleon Hill started his career teaching courses on selling and advertising, basing his classes on the premise that a positive attitude, relentless personal development, and consistent hard work were the keys to success -- and getting rich.

For the next 40-plus years, Hill wrote ten books that have sold over 100 million copies. (Eighty years later Think and Grow Rich still ranks high on Amazon sales charts.)

And in the process, he became a relentless producer of motivational quotes.

Here are some of Napoleon Hill's best inspirational quotes on purpose, mastery, self-discipline, imagination, initiative... basically everything you need to achieve success (in whatever way you choose to define success):

  1. "Tell me how you use your spare time, and how you spend your money, and I will tell you where and what you will be in ten years from now."
  2. "A goal is a dream with a deadline."
  3. "The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does."
  4. "Don't wait. The time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along."
  5. "Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it."
  6. "Most great people have achieved their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."
  7. "Success comes to those who become success conscious." 
  8. "Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought." 
  9. "When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve."
  10. "The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat." 
  11. "Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and never the result of selfishness."
  12. "Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat." 
  13. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
  14. "It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others succeed."
  15. "Success is good at any age, but the sooner you find it, the longer you will enjoy it." 
  16. "It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project." 
  17. "Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting."
  18. "When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal."
  19. "A positive mind finds a way it can be done; A negative mind looks for all the ways it can't be done."
  20. "The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge."
  21. "Deliberately seek the company of people who influence you to think and act on building the life you desire."
  22. "You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be."
  23. "You give before you get."
  24. "Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle."
  25. "The ladder of success is never crowded at the top." 
  26. "The more you give, the more comes back to you."
  27. "Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another." 
  28. "Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action."
  29. "When you have talked yourself into what you want, right there is the place to stop talking and begin saying it with deeds."
  30. "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
  31. "Plan your work and work your plan."
  32. "You can think your way into or out of almost any circumstance, good or bad."
  33. "Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done yesterday."
  34. "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."
  35. "No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it."
  36. "Keep you mind fixed on what you want in life: not on what you don't want." 
  37. "Everyone faces defeat. It may be a stepping-stone or a stumbling block, depending on the mental attitude with which it is faced."
  38. "Life reflects your own thoughts back to you." 
  39. "If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance."
  40. "Action is the real measure of intelligence."
  41. "You become what you think about."
  42. "To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest." 
  43. "Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Published on: Jul 18, 2018
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