Napoleon Hill Foundation Ezine for December 2 2011

This week's Napoleon Hill Foundation Yesterday and Today ezine features the Ten Commandments of Success and an article by Judy Williamson about gaining perspective on our lives.

Dear Readers,

Have you ever felt that you have reached the end of your wits? Like giving up? Ready to throw in the towel? Unsure of where your next path will lead? Depressed because even though you have tried your hardest, you still are fighting an uphill battle? If you have answered "yes" to any of the above questions, welcome to the world.

Knowing that there is a pit in every cherry, bones in the Lake Perch, and husks on the sweet corn doesn't stop us from making a delicious dinner from the ingredients. Likewise, the sidebars, detours, and hassles in life should not deter us from becoming the success we were born to be. Sidestepping the potholes, and enduring the turbulence will bring us to our destination more quickly if we accept the fact that all going is not smooth. Sailing through life problem free does not enhance the journey. Think of those who are fortunate and can supposedly cast their cares aside. Although from the outside looking in, their lives seem rich beyond compare usually the veneer falls away when they are truly tested. The old saying that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence is nothing more than a matter of perspective.

By gaining perspective on our life, we can focus on what truly matters and ignore the rest. All battles need not be fought, nor every concern of the day addressed. By focusing on our passion in life, the sidebars can be intentionally overlooked and more progress made.

In Dr. Hill's Philosophy of Personal Achievement, he authored the Ten Commandments of Success. Read through the commandments daily and this will ensure that you are acquainting yourself with the basic success principles. If you use this list as a guide you will begin to rise to any height of success to which you aspire as long as you do not violate the rights of another human being.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson

Director of The Napoleon Hill Foundation's World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet

Napoleon Hill's Ten Commandments of Success


1. Set your head and heart upon a DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE and go to work, right where you stand, to attain it; and begin NOW.

2. Adopt and follow the habit of GOING THE EXTRA MILE by rendering more service and better service than you are paid for, thus enlarging the space you may occupy in the world.

3. Control your MENTAL ATTITUDE and keep it always positive and free from the spirit of defeatism.

4. Apply the GOLDEN RULE in all your human-relationships, no matter what others may do.

5. Learn all that others have discovered in connection with your occupation, job or business, and profit by their experience, thus saving yourself both grief and loss of time.

6. Eat sparingly, of the right combination of foods, and make sure that your "system" is always free from toxic poisoning.

7. Keep your dominating thoughts upon the things you desire and demand of life, and off the things you do not desire.

8. Learn to transmute your sex emotion into the attainment of your DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE, at will, remembering that this is a creative force of unknown, unlimited possibilities.

9. If you work for another person, do your work HIS WAY, not yours, and do it in a gracious, pleasing manner.

10. Instead of criticizing others (no matter how much they may deserve it) devote your time to the discovery of traits of your own which should be corrected lest they provide the basis of just criticism against you.

If followed, in a spirit of sincerity, these ten rules will help you to occupy all the space in the world which your talents, education and experience entitle you to enjoy, and they will bring you that sort of peace of mind which surpasseth understanding.

Enjoy this video discussion with Ray Stendall, a Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor, and Judy Williamson

Dependable People by Jim Stovall

The world could be divided very simply into two distinct groups of people. There are people who you can trust to get things done, and there are people you can't.

All of us have a myriad of things to do each day in our personal and professional lives. How we prioritize these items and get them done on a regular basis will determine how successful we will become. Even if you work or live by yourself, you are dependent upon other people for each of the tasks you want to accomplish on your daily list. In some cases, you are waiting on other people to bring you the tools or information you need to move ahead. In other cases, you are delegating responsibilities to others so that you can oversee a project or work on other aspects of it at the same time.

Recently, I went through several weeks of my daily list of tasks and realized that about 80 percent of the items I work on each day are dependent upon others. If the people whom I had delegated items to or venders I had depended upon were totally reliable, my days would be much freer and clear than they are.

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a business professional he was dealing with on a project. He had glowing recommendations for this individual. As he told me the story, it basically boiled down to the fact that he had arranged to have this person perform a job in a certain way, with a particular budget, with a definite deadline. The person he was praising had, indeed, done what he said he was going to do, within the allotted time, and within the prescribed budget.

It is sad to realize that in the world we live in today, if you do what you say you're going to do, in a reliable and dependable fashion, it becomes noteworthy, and you become legendary among your customers or circle of influence.

As you move toward your goals and objectives in life, seek to surround yourself with people whom you can depend on. This will help you avoid the redundancy of asking someone to do something and then being forced to follow up to see if it was actually completed and done properly.

As you go through your day today, strive to be a person who is dependable and reliable, and surround yourself with people who hold themselves to the same standard.

Today's the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082; by e-mail at; or on Facebook at

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