The Secret to Freedom & Success

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New Napoleon Hill Manuscript Released

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” Napoleon Hill in 1937

Before there was Anthony Robbins and Zig Ziglar, there was a man named Napoleon Hill who many historians credit with inspiring the first-ever personal, motivational and self-empowerment path. His most famous work of self-empowerment, Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling books of all time no matter where you live.

Hill was such a revolutionary thinker for his time that he was admired throughout the political and business world. Powerful visionaries like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnagie, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and John D. Rockefeller all sat down with Hill so he could learn how these revolutionary thinkers thought and achieved success.

Now, 70 years after his initial work was first published, the family of Napoleon Hill is releasing a never before published manuscript that Hill wrote while he was alive.

Hill’s latest book, Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, is being published with modern annotations by Sharon Lechter, co-author of another best-seller Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

“This book, even though written in 1938, was actually meant to be published today,” Lechter wrote in a note to readers.

In Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, Hill has a conversation with “the Devil” throughout most of the book. Whether or not this devil is real or imagined is up to the readers to decide, but based on these conversations, Hill discovers seven principals that lead to freedom and success.

In an interview with 212Access, Lechter gives personal insight into how New Yorkers can apply Hill’s seven principals in a modern era.


The 7-Principles from Napoleon Hill


1) Definiteness of Purpose – In the first principle, the devil tells Hill anyone who understands the power of purpose can get whatever he or she wants out of life. “The privilege of definiteness can be maintained only by adopting it as a policy by which one if guided in all the affairs of life,” Hill writes. “Any human being who can be definite in his aims and plans can make life hand over whatever is wanted.”

2) Mastery over Self – Most people don’t take control over their emotional appetites, but Hill says anyone who wants to achieve freedom and success must master himself. Hill writes the three most destructive “appetites” people must conquer are: 1) the desire for food, 2) the desire for expression of sex, 3) the desire to express loosely organized opinions. Hill writes that “when a man becomes master of these three appetites, he has developed enough self-discipline to conquer easily those of lesser importance.

3) Learning from Adversity – The third principle is self-explanatory. Hill writes that “few people know that every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage…If they know the difference between temporary defeat and failure, they would not quit when they meet with opposition from life.” In simple words, live your life without regrets and learn from every mistake.

4) Controlling Environmental Influences – Everyone should surround themselves with positive people or else they risk picking up negative habits. With this principle, Hill writes that the “environment consists of all the mental, spiritual and physical forces which affect and influence human beings. As part of a conversation with the devil, Hill learns that “the most important part of one’s environment is that created by his association with others. All people absorb and take over, either consciously or unconsciously, the thought-habits of those with whom they associate closely.”

5) Time – Hill says time divides all thought-habits into two classes – negative and positive thoughts. Time penalizes the individual for all negative thoughts and rewards him for all positive thoughts. Hill cites this as a according to the nature and purpose of the thoughts. So focus your time on positive thoughts.

6) Harmony – Realize that the world has order and if you accept it and move within its harmony, you can achieve success. But if you reject harmony, you will fall out of the world’s order, making it harder to succeed. Hill is more profound in the book: “Throughout nature one may find evidences that all natural law moves in an orderly manner, through the law of harmony. Through the operation of this law nature forces everything within the range of a given environment to become harmoniously related. Understand this truth and you will catch a new and a more intriguing vision of the power of environment. You will understand why association with negative minds is fatal to those seeking self-determination.”

7) Caution – This principle is very important to remember. Hill writes that in his conversation with the devil, “next to the habit of drifting, the most dangerous human trait is the lack of caution.” Hill continues that people drift into dangerous situations because they act without thinking. So use your mind before you act on any irrational thoughts.


Other Advice from Napoleon Hill 

These principles of harmony, time and caution might seem impossible to achieve in the city that never sleeps. No one has time for anything in New York, right?

Lechter advises, take it “one day at a time…. (it’s) hard to change your life abruptly, but it’s not hard to do something different today.”

There’s a mundane list of duties that we all feel we must complete day-in and day-out but Lechter proposes we start thinking of our What-You-Can-STOP-Doing list, as well.

“Being in a rush isn’t a problem if you’re rushing to the right place,” Lechter said.

Don’t Define Yourself by Status

It’s difficult to enjoy everything New York has to offer when you’re caught up in a status game.People can’t worry about labelslike “Where do you work?” or “What do you do?”

If you define yourself by status then you might have a never-ending quest for happiness, Lechter says. But if you define yourself by value then you can achieve happiness every day.

Lechter cites examples of value by participating in events like volunteering and experiencing the culture and art in the city. Just do something that makes you happy and don’t get bogged down by your job title.

Surround yourself with positive energy—people, events, attitudes. Slow down unless you’re running so fast because you’re racing toward your dream. Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success is now available at bookstores and online.