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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


by Richard Quek

Oliver Napoleon Hill was born to a poor family in 1883.
He fought his way out of his backwoods Virginia town
with a burning desire to be successful. He was always
searching for ways to improve himself and was involved
in numerous ventures, including managing a coal-mine,
practicing law, and becoming a business journalist. His
big break came when he had the opportunity of meeting
Andrew Carnegie, the “Steel King”. Andrew Carnegie
asked Napoleon Hill if he would take up the challenge
of devoting 20 years of his life in order to prepare a
formula of success for helping others to become
successful. Andrew Carnegie would provide him with
letters of reference to meet hundreds of successful
people in the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Henry Ford,
Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller,
to name a few. Napoleon Hill made his decision to take
up the challenge in less than 60 seconds. Later he came
to know that Andrew Carnegie had given him 60 seconds
to make up his mind, failing which he would have lost
his chance of undertaking the important assignment.
After 20 years of dedicated research in 1937 he came
out with his best seller, “Think And Grow Rich”, which
has helped countless of people around the world to
achieve success. One of his famous saying was,
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it
can achieve”.


Successful people make up their mind fast, but are slow
at changing their mind once they make their decision.
On the other hand those who are not too successful tend
to be slow at making up their mind and quick to change
after the decision is made. In actual fact most people
do not make their own decisions at all, because their
decisions are made for them or influenced by others. It
is also true that whatever your mind can conceive and
believe, it can achieve. The key word here is


"When you can do the common things of life in an
uncommon way you will command the attention of the