Napoleon Hill is known as "America’s most beloved motivational author." He was born in 1838 in Virginia and began his writing career as a reporter for a small newspapers in the area. In addition to writing, Hill spent his life teaching and giving lectures about the basic principles of success. He also served as an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-1936
Hill spent his life talking about individual achievement, and his most successful book, entitled Think and Grow Rich, is the best seller of all time in the field of motivational writing. Before he died in 1970, Hill created The Napoleon Hill Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and perpetuating his "philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement." He wanted everyone to experience all the riches of life, including financial wealth, and he believed in the power of positive thinking to make one's goals come to fruition.
One of his most often-quoted lines is:
"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Oliver Napoleon Hill was born the 26th of October in the year 1883 in Virginia. His mother died at the age of ten, 2 years later his father remarried to a woman named Martha, it was mainly because of her encouragement and suggestion that he became a writer.
At the age of 15 he started freelancing for rural newspapers, than landed a job at Bob Taylor’s Magazine. The interview that had a major impact on his life was with the richest man in America Pittsburgh steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1908. He was the one that issued him a challenge to commit the next 20 years to documenting the philosophy of success, and as a result he would introduce Hill to the most successful men of the time.
In 1928 the book Laws of Success was published which was a success, during the writing of this book he met the most influential people of the time, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and others.
Early 1929, Hill was earning $2500 per month, but before the end of that year the Great Depression hit and Hill's glory days came to an end after which he became penniless.
After that he joined the staff of National Recovery Administration, and worked as an advisor for President Franklin Roosevelt.
In 1937 his manuscript was published and became known as his most famous work "Think and Grow Rich.
He was a person whose life contained ups and downs, he never accumulated that much wealth as compared to Andrew Carnegie but his real wealth lay in the effects he had on people who helped find themselves.
Think and Grow Rich remains the top seller of Napoleon Hill's books (Business Week Magazine's Best-Seller List ranked Think and Grow Rich as the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was first published). Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List.