Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today June 10 2011

This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today newsletter focuses on the Principle of Maintenance of Sound Health and The Fear of Ill Health.

Judy Williamson, Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation's World Learning Center, reminds us that we are the MVP in our game of life. I always love the insights Judy gives us and I also think she is an amazing woman.

The article featuring Napoleon Hill's writing is about The Fear of Ill Health, which is the third basic outlined by Napoleon Hill.

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Dear Readers,

Ask anyone and they will tell you that they want to be healthy. Conduct an on the spot man-on-the-street interview, and regardless of who you ask, nearly 100% of the people surveyed will tell you that it is their desire to be healthy, to be happy, and to be terrific! Probe a little further and either ask or observe how most people approach working toward the healthy lifestyle that they claim to want. Examine some of the findings below as you observe and "measure" the results.

1. What time do they rise in the morning? What time do they go to bed at night? 2. What do they consume for their daily diet? 3. What type of exercise do they practice? Does any of it extend beyond normal movement? Do they push themselves to do a little more than they feel capable of doing at the time? 4. What do they claim to have as a passion in life? In other words, what is their definite major purpose? Can you see any passion in their lives? 5. What manner do they have for expressing daily gratitude? Do the have a positive mental attitude, do they pray, do they extend acts of kindness towards others and themselves? Do they give without the expectation of return? 6. Do they consider themselves part of the solution or just part of the problem? In other words, do they attempt to correct wrongs they encounter, or do they just accept what is and move on?

Now, reverse your role, and ask yourself the above questions noticing yourself "from a distance." If you are healthy, happy, and terrific, you will find that these questions and your responses contribute to your overall well-being. Why? Because you choose to be involved in the life you live. Your purpose is not to be a space holder on the sidelines sitting on the bench.

The reality is each one of us is the MVP in our game of live. Recognize this and treat your health and well-being as the most valuable asset that you possess. Because it is!

Be Your Very Best Always, Judy Williamson

Third Basic Fear - The Fear of Ill Health By Napoleon Hill

The third basic fear, the fear of ill health, is related to another fear which comes later in the series: the fear of death. Ill health brings one near death sometimes, so the social and physical heredities of a person tend to develop this fear.

The habits of acting and thinking in accordance with the custom or social patterns of behavior to which a person falls heir, by reason of his membership in a particular culture, are his social heredity.

The actual physical body one receives at birth, with whatever inherent weaknesses and tendencies toward disease it may have, comprise physical heredity.

There is overwhelming evidence that a disease can originate from a negative thought which the person continues to sell himself through autosuggestion, until the physical symptoms of that disease actually occur within him. Many medical doctors agree that there is a definite relationship between the patient's mental attitude and his physical condition. If this be so, then it follows that you can guarantee yourself sound physical health consciousness whereby you expect, demand and receive health-sustaining elements from your food, the fresh air and sunshine!

Source: PMA Science of Success Course: Educational Edition. Pgs. 97 & 98

Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today for June 10 2011

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“Tom Cunningham is simply one of the most thoughtful, supportive and considerate individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. His quest to add value to others is uncanny, always seeking to go the ‘extra mile ‘in everything he does. His positive mental attitude, spirit of team play and commitment to excellence is exemplary and inspires others to do the same. I have only utmost respect and admiration for Tom and I am glad to provide him with the highest of recommendations”

Phil R. Taylor, author of Set Yourself on Fire

“Tom was an inspiration to everyone on the trip. He is truly an AMAZING person who doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit". He is a delight to be around, and his positive attitude rubs off on people around him. I am blessed to have met Tom and consider him now a friend. He became a Napoleon Hill instructor on this trip, and we are all so proud of his accomplishments, and how he lives his life.”

Pat Andreatta, Owner of Escape Cruises & Travel, the official travel agency of The Napoleon Hill Foundation

“Wow!!! Tom Cunningham is truly inspirational, what an incredible life story of how the power of positive mental attitude can help you overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom Cunningham through our involvement with Goal Achievers International. Despite having Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) since age 5 and having had 4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced and being in hospital more than 40 times, Tom still finds a way to remain positive and grateful for the blessings he has received in life. As a Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor Tom has used the philosophies shared in the Law of Success to create opportunities out of obstacles. His story is incredibly powerful as it shows what can truly be accomplished when one has definiteness of purpose and a passion for doing more to enrich the lives of others. Tom continues to speak for the Napoleon Hill Foundation and is the spokes person for the Arthritis Society. His message of courage in the face of obstacles has inspired others to believe that anything is possible if one maintains a positive mental attitude. Tom Cunningham makes no excuses for the obstacles he encounters on a daily basis. He is resilient and committed to self improvement and service to others.

Courtney Carroll, Speaker, High School Principal, Real Estate Investor and martial arts instructor

Tom is one of the most amazing and inspiring people I have ever met. It’s funny how we (unfortunately) end up taking people or things for granted, and that’s what I thought about going to work this morning. The amount of physical pain that Tom goes through would probably be enough to make the army of grown men cry at once. But, he never talks about it. He channels the pain into the positive energy, and that is one of the reasons why he succeeds at every level. The amount of goodness in his heart allows him to help a lot of people on his way to the top. I am truly blessed to have him as a personal friend and a colleague. Keep shining and keep inspiring others, Mr. Amazing Tom Cunningham!

Milos Bulatovic Senior Research Director, The Canadian Business Journal (CBJ)

I have had the pleasure of knowing Tom for almost a decade now. I can sincerely say that I have never met anyone with such a positive mental attitude and towards life in general. Given the adversity this man has endured, one would expect to see a much more jaded human. The proverbial cherry on top is how good Tom is at his job and in influencing others. To put it simply, I challenge you to ever get a response to “How are you today Tom?” and hear anything other than “AMAZING!”.

Jacques Gauthier Director Marketing Carpedia International


I have known Tom Cunningham for 25 years and he has always been a high spirited, very positive, very genuine person. I met Tom at the business level when I was in the real estate and property management field in the mid 80’s. I had the pleasure in selling Tom some real estate property and that business experience developed further in me getting to know him personally as well as meeting some of his other many good friends and many business acquaintances. He has always conducted himself very professionally and has always been at the forefront in helping other people.

Marcello Bentivoglio FM Windows Ottawa, ON

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Tom's been a personal friend for over 20 years. A friendship this long can only come from mutual respect and admiration. What I admire most about Tom is his constant positive attitude considering his uphill battle he faces everyday with his health! Many would succumb to his trials but Tom stays true. Challenges to Tom are welcome in his world - they are not obstacles or obstructions - they are a chance to learn from experience; a chance to grow in wisdom. Anyone who would like to be inspired by a passionate, humorous speaker would be wise to put their trust in Tom. I fully recommend him and would be glad to stand by as a reference if you decide to contact me.

Hal Price Manager of Production iSi Global Webcasting

iSi Global Webcasting

Having grown up with Tom I'm in the unique position of knowing ALL of his history. I can say that life has never been easy for him due to physical challenges. I don't remember a single occasion where he used that as an excuse. He has taught me never to give up and always give 200%. Tom can certainly provide inspiration to others through anecdotal stories of how his attitude gets him through what could be considered the worst of times.

Sarah Galler Pishku Baby LLC, Owner (Also my sister)


I met Tom a little over 15 years ago and I don't think I've ever been more impressed with anyone in my life than with Tom "too-tall" Cunningham and his attitude toward life! Dispite his physical disability I can't ever remember hearing him complaining about, or blaming anyone, especially his God, whom he believes in with all his heart, for it! I had the privilege of spending early morning meetings with him over a period of five years, and got to know him pretty well. He has a deep sense of accomplishment, a great work ethic, and the greatest up-beat attitude that would put most people to shame! I was president of a well known national safety equipment company, ISECO, for over 16 years, so I know what I looked for in people for sales ability, and as encouragers, and Tom has all those qualities, plus more.

Garry Munnings President of ISECO Safety (retired) Current Chair person of the CSA Technical Committee on Safety Footwear