Napoleon Hill’s Formula for Success for Achieving Your Goals and Dreams

Napoleon Hill, Author of Think & Grow Rich

Is there a formula for success that anyone can follow to be successful in their life and work, and achieve their goals and dreams?

That’s the question Napoleon Hill famously decided to answer.  In the early 1900’s, acting on the suggestion of Andrew Carnegie, Hill interviewed 500 wealthy and successful people, many of them millionaires, to see if he could determine what, if anything, they had in common.

You might recognize the names of some of the people he interviewed. Many were the most famous people of his time, including Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Alexander Graham Bell, Elmer Gates, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Charles M. Schwab, William Wrigley Jr., F. W. Woolworth, William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson and Jennings Randolph.

After years of interviews, research and learning from the most wealthy and successful people of America and the world, Napoleon Hill boiled down their experiences, and the reason for their success, to a simple Formula for Success.  Here it is:

Napoleon Hill’s Formula for Success

  1. You must have a specific goal.
  2. You must have a specific time to achieve your goal.
  3. You must write it down.
  4. You must develop a plan to achieve your goal.
  5. You must decide what kind of price you’re willing to pay.
  6. You must think about reaching your goal every day.

Have you ever observed this formula at work in your own life, whether you really understood it at the time or not?  I know I have.  Whenever I’ve followed these principles, I’ve had greater success in achieving my goals.  And when I didn’t follow them, I lost sight of my goal and got frustrated.

Somehow, there’s great power in clarifying exactly what you want, when you want it, and knowing what price you’re willing to pay to get it.  And there’s power in writing it down and developing a plan to achieve it.

When I’m muddy about what I want, when I don’t write it down or make a plan to achieve it, and when I don’t think about it every day, the goal gets forgotten.  When I don’t decide what price I’m willing to pay, I get stressed-out, and life gets out of balance.

Are you struggling to achieve a goal or make change in an area of your life?  Then be clear, be specific, write it down, make a plan, agree upon the cost, and think about it every day.

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