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    • Napoleon Hill If you want to be a success in life you can do a lot worse than to study other successful people, which is something Napoleon Hill did in the nineteen twenties and thirties. Working as a journalist at the time after a somewhat chequered childhood, education and early career, he got to interview Andrew Carnegie. Widely believed to be the second richest man ever to have lived, although it's hard to value his wealth against ancient kings and Roman generals, Andrew Carnegie's fortune at it's height was in the region of three hundred and fifty billion dollars in modern currency (around four hundred million at the time). It would dwarf that of today's richest man. Carnegie's story as an industrialist and philanthropist is fascinating in its own right, but he challenged Hill to study the most successful men in America and distil their secrets of success. Hill rose to the challenge and dedicated some twenty five years to studying five hundred of the most successful men of his era. That his study straddled the great depression makes it especially interesting since it tells us about men who succeeded and continued to succeed despite probably the greatest business upheaval ever in peace time. In the course of his researches Hill came across failure as well as success and discovered that some regard failure as merely a temporary setback and go on to great things despite any number of hard knocks, whilst others simply give up. Many men and women who seem to have been overnight sensations in fact worked exceptionally hard and unnoticed until the door burst open for them. Two books were published as a result of Napoleon Hill's endeavours, 'The Law Of Success' and probably the more famous, 'Think and Grow Rich'. The principles are essentially the same and although the latter is the more famous the former title may be more appropriate, for the books contain principles and philosophical ideas to help human beings achieve any goal they may aspire to, not merely wealth. Napoleon Hill studied great industrialists like Henry Ford, inventors like Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, he looked at bankers like JP Morgan and politicians like Wilson, Taft and Roosevelt. He found many common denominators in terms of desire, planning, action, persistence and other qualities, he also proposes ways to develop the necessary qualities in ourselves. Just one of these is the master mind concept. Ten years into the new millennium Napoleon Hill's work still has much to teach the entrepreneurial and ambitious amongst us today.