Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today for July 22 2011

This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today newsletter focuses on the success principle of Accurate Thinking.

You will also find details about The Napoleon Hill International Convention 2012 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

There is also an article about the amazing Mark Ferguson. I met Mark at the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center Open House Workshops held in May this year. Mark appraises rare coins and is a world renowned expert. He is also a great guy. I had no knowledge of the industry before I met him and he fascinated me with the ins and outs of the business.

Dear Readers,

Accurate thinking means recognizing the difference between opinions and facts. Napoleon Hill states, "Opinions are the cheapest commodity on earth. Everybody has them." Facts, on the other hand, withstand scrutiny. Facts are researchable and time-tested. Opinions are capricious and resemble the chameleon that changes colors to blend in with its environment. By asking someone the simple question, "How do you know," anyone can begin to discern fact from fiction.

Everyone is not credible although many people would like us to believe that they are. If you feel that you are being cheated, swindled, hoodwinked, misled, "taken for a ride," overwhelmed with information, or just plain bamboozled, you can fight back. You do not have to go along with what someone proposes unless you want to. If you are skeptical of the offer, stop in your tracks and say that you will do your own homework and get back to them. Next, begin to check things out for credibility and see if you can find support for anything that was said. Usually, when a charlatan realizes that you are not falling for the hype, they prey on another victim and leave you alone.

Knowing how to handle situations in the real world can save you precious time and money. If something appears too good to be true, it usually is. The test is simple. If you are promised something for nothing, it is almost certain that nothing of value is what you will receive. Hard work and effort are what produce positive outcomes and anything else is just a hook used to catch you unawares.

Do what works. Create success through the application of the 17 Success Principles. These time-tested and honored traits of those who have succeeded can serve you better than any hand out or promise ever could. Reach for success, but remember to invest in your own ladder before you begin the climb. You are only as strong as you condition yourself to be. Success requires your best effort, and ultimately you will benefit the most from your training.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet.

Fact versus Fiction By Napoleon Hill

Accurate thinkers do not form opinions based upon newspaper reports, for they cannot be sure that such information is always the result of accurate reporting. When someone says to them, "I see by the papers . . . " they immediately understand that the speaker has an opinion which may or may not be based upon fact, and they do not allow themselves to be influenced solely by what such a person says.

Gossips and scandalmongers are unreliable sources from whom to procure facts on any subject, although it is well known that they inspire much of the daily thinking of many people.

Wishes are often fathers to facts, as most people assume facts to harmonize with their wishes. Information based upon opinions and hearsay evidence is plentiful and most of it is free, but facts have an elusive habit, and generally there is a definite price attached to them - the price of painstaking labor in examining them for accuracy.

The favorite question of the accurate thinker is how do you know? He demands evidence of the soundness of information furnished him. He knows that many opinions are mere hopeful wishing, and not the result of careful analysis of facts.

The accurate thinker prays with faith because he has examined the evidence of the existence of a Creator as it is provided by the system and order of the universe, the harmony of all natural laws, and the relationship of time, energy and matter as revealed, not by opinions of men, but by known facts uncovered by scientists. Thus we see that faith is a state of mind that can best be attained by the principles of accurate thinking based upon established facts. Understanding this, we can see the importance of adopting the habits of accurate thinking. The accurate thinker knows the fallacy of endeavoring to deceive others with loosely gathered opinions and makes it his business never to deceive himself with such opinions.

Source: PMA Science of Success Course. Educational Edition., Pgs. 300 & 301.

Visit the Napoleon Hill Foundation website below for more details about the International Convention and the Leader Certification course in Ireland in November 2011.

Contact Pat Andreatta at to book both.

Be sure to purchase Michael Telepary's Success Collage as the Napoleon Hill Foundation is the beneficiary of the proceeds.

Yesterday and Today July 22 2011

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