Napoleon Hill's First Editions
ebook ∣ From The Napoleon Hill Archives A rare collection of articles first published in Hill's Golden Rule Magazine & Napoleon Hill's Magazine
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NAPOLEON HILL'S FIRST EDITIONS NOT EVEN A PENNY FROM HILL’S BILLIONAIRE BENEFACTOR When steel baron Andrew Carnegie convinced Napoleon Hill to take on the task of researching and writing the world’s first philosophy of success, he warned Hill that it would take twenty years to complete and he would have to do it on his own. Carnegie explained that his contribution would be to introduce Hill to the most successful and influential men in the world so Hill could learn their secrets of success, but Carnegie made it clear that he would not pay Hill a salary and, in fact, it would be up to Hill to finance the costs of the research. Hill accepted the challenge, and to support himself, his family, and the research, Hill launched several businesses. He turned himself into a sales trainer, an advertising and marketing consultant, an educator, a lecturer, a writer, and perhaps most important, he became a magazine publisher. HILL’S MAGAZINES WERE A SENSATION Between 1918 and 1924, Napoleon Hill launched and published two monthly magazines: Hill’s Golden Rule and Napoleon Hill’s Magazine. As he set out to put together the first issue, Hill very quickly found himself faced with a lot of blank pages and little money to pay writers, so he wrote every word of the first issues himself. In fact, it was the need to fill the pages that prompted Hill to begin committing to paper the secrets he learned from Carnegie’s famous friends, and to turn his own personal triumphs and failures into lessons. It was a winning combination and the magazine sold out. The public was anxious to read what Hill had to say, and Napoleon Hill was never at a loss for words! HE WROTE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF WORDS EVERY MONTH The success of the first issues opened the floodgates, and from Hill’s typewriter there flowed a monthly torrent of feature stories, philosophical essays, self-help and how-to articles, and inspirational tales offering advice and hope for those struggling to overcome their life’s circumstances. It was in these magazine articles that Hill honed his theories, refined his arguments, and polished his presentation of the success philosophy for the common man that Carnegie had envisioned. The material that filled the pages of Hill’s Golden Rule and Napoleon Hill’s Magazine are the original versions of the lessons that five years later would become the basis of Hill’s masterwork Law of Success, and tens years after that, his international bestseller Think and Grow Rich. NOW AVAILABLE IN A COLLECTOR’S EDITION Now, for the first time, Napoleon Hill’s First Editions presents the best of Napoleon Hill’s early works compiled in a beautiful collector’s edition, each article introduced by a reproduction of the original magazine cover from which the story or essay is reprinted.