Napoleon Hill quotes page 3
My search led me to the study of the spiritual forces with which all of us are blessed. And it was in this
field that I came upon a clue which has enabled me to help millions of people to find their earthly destinies. I
wanted to describe my discovery in the simplest terms possible, because it will reveal you why it is true that
whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Regardless of how many times you
may have failed in the past or how lofty your aims and hopes may be.
I got my first fleeting glimpse of the profound law which provides the means by which we may choose our own
purpose in life and attain it while I was being coached by Andrew Carnegie during the organization of the science of success
philosophy. I just finished telling Mr. Carnegie that I feared he had chosen the wrong person to give the world
the first practical philosophy of personal success, because of my youth, my lack of education and my lack of
Well, at this point Mr. Carnegie delivered a lecture that I shall never forget because it changed my entire life
and paved the way for my helping to change the life of millions of people; some of them not yet born. Let me call
your attention to a great power "which is under your control," said Mr. Carnegie. A power which is greater
than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all of your fears and superstitions
combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you
may desire. "This profound power," Mr. Carnegie continued, "is the gift of the Creator and it must have
been considered the greatest of all of his gifts to man, because it is the only thing over which man has the
complete and unchallengeable right of control and direction." When you speak of your poverty and lack of
education," Mr. Carnegie explained, "you are simply directing your mind power to attract these undesirable
circumstances, because it is true that whatever your mind feeds upon, your mind attracts to
Now you see why it is important that you recognize that all success begins with definiteness of purpose, with a
clear picture in your mind of precisely what you want from life. Then Mr. Carnegie continued his speech with a
description of a great universal truth which made such an impact upon my mind that I began, then and there, to give
myself a new outlook on life and set up for myself a goal so far above my previous achievements that it shocked my
friends and relatives when they heard about it.
"Everyone," said Mr. Carnegie, "comes to the earth plane blessed with the privilege of controlling his mind
power and directing it to whatever ends he may choose. But," he continued, "everyone brings over with him at birth
the equivalent of two sealed envelopes. One of which is clearly labelled: The Riches you may enjoy if you
take possession of your won mind and direct it to ends of your choice. And the other is labelled:
The Penalties you must pay if you neglect to take possession of your own mind and direct it."
"And now, let me reveal you," said Mr. Carnegie, "the contents of those two sealed envelopes. In the one
labelled Riches is this list of blessings:
1. Sound health.
2. Peace of mind.
3. A labour of love of your own choice.
4. Freedom from fear and worry.
5. A positive mental attitude.
6. Material riches of your own choice and quantity.
In the sealed envelope labelled "Penalties," Mr. Carnegie continued, "is this list of the prices one must pay
for neglecting to take possession of his own mind:
1. Ill health.
2. Fear and worry.
3. Indecision and doubt.
4. Frustration and discouragement throughout life.
5. Poverty and want.
6. And a whole flock of evils consisting of envy, greed, jealousy, anger, hatred and superstition."
Now my mission in life is to help you and everyone who needs my help to open up and use the contents of the
sealed envelope labelled "Riches." And the starting point from which you must take off if you wish to write your
own ticket from here on out, for the remainder of your life, I will describe for you in these simple
1. Procure a neat pocket-sized notebook, or something on the order of this one here, loose leaf affair. And on
the page one write down a clear description of your major desire in life. The one circumstance, or position or
thing which you will be willing to accept as your idea of success. And remember before you begin writing, that your
only limitations are those which you set up in your own mind or permit others to set up for you. And,
2. On page two of your notebook write down a clear statement of precisely what you intend to give in return for
that which you desire from life. And then start in right where you stand now to begin giving. And,
3. Memorize both of your statements, what you desire and what you intend to give in return for it. And repeat
them at least a dozen times daily.
And always end your statements with this expression of gratitude for the blessings with which you were gifted at
I ask not, oh Divine Providence, for more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely
the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to whatever ends I
If you are not too successful or self-satisfied to accept and express this profound prayer; if you accept it and
express it in the same spirit of humble sincerity in which I pass it on to you, a new and a better world will
reveal itself to you. A world in which you will see reflected the circumstances and the things which you yourself