Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill

I have read Napoleon Hill‘s Think and Grow Rich a few times and have listen to Napoleon Hill Laws of Success.

Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement are as valid today as they were back in 1928. Read through the list and see how you should be applying them to your business?Napoleon Hill

1. Definiteness of Purpose

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life.

2. Mastermind Alliance

The mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definitive objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.

3.  Applied Faith

Faith is a state of mind through which your aims, desires, plans and purposes may be translated into their physical or financial equivalent.

4,  Going the Extra Mile

Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than for which you are presently paid.

5,  Pleasing Personality

Personality is the sum total of one’s a mental, spiritual and physical traits and habits that establish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.

6,  Personal Initiative

Personal initiative is the power that inspires the completion of that which one begins. It is the power that starts all action. No person is free until he learns to do his own thinking and gained the courage to act on his own.

7,   Positive Mental Attitude

Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.

8,  Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is faith in action. It is the intense emotion known as burning desire. It comes from within, although it radiates outwardly in the expression of one’s voice and countenance.

9,  Self-Discipline

Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, and you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart and the resident faculty of your head.

10,  Accurate Thinkingachievement

The power of thought is the most dangerous  of the most beneficial  power available to man,depending on how it is used.

11,  Controlled Attention

Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the house of his mind upon the attainment of a different objective and to keep if so directed at will.

12,  Teamwork

Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing,voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success inevitable. Harmonious corporation is a priceless asset you can acquire in proportion to your giving.

13,  Adversity and defeat

Individual success usually is an exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual experience and mastered. Many so-called failures were represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

14,  Creative Vision

Creative vision is developed by the free and fearless use of one’s imagination. It is not a miraculous quality with which one is gifted or is not gifted at birth.

15,  Health

Sound health begins with the sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.

16,  Budgeting Time and Money

Time and Money are precious resources, and few people striving for success ever believe they possess either one in excess.

17,  Habits

Developing and establishing positive habits leads to peace of mind, health and financial security. You are where you are because of your established habits and thoughts and deeds.

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Speaking to Build Your Network


Being in front of the room speaking is better than being at the back of the room listening for building your network.

Why? When you are at the front of the room speaking everyone wants to know the speaker and this can lead to new clients and business.

See some tips on Good Speaking Skills from Toastmasters in the video below.

Build Speaking Partnerships

It is important to identify partners who can offer complimentary services to yours. This allows you to host workshops for you and your partners clients. When you do this you know you will be in front of people who want your services, what else do you need?

Find the Right Groups

Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once you have identified your ideal client, you need to understand where your clients gather. Find groups where your ideal clients meet and contact them and explain what you have to offer.

Provide the group  organizer with information on your speech, a biography and photograph. Once you are booked make sure you fully understand what is going on at the event so you can prepare.

Set Yourself up for Success

Speaking is more than turning up and talking.  A successful speech needs research and preparation.  You need to consider the following:

  • Who will be in the audience
  • SpeakingHow far will you need to travel
  • How much time do you have to speak
  • What else is happening ta the event

Prepare Prepare Prepare

Your speech needs to deliver value to your audience. Fill your speech with benefits, tell stories, give tips and advice. Weave in three compelling , memorable sound bites – short, catchy phrases that will catch your audiences attention.

Practice your speech so that you can give it without notes. Do not memorize it, memorized speeches sound robotic and cold.

Deliver Value

If you feel nervous go to the restroom and loosen up.  Use mouth exercises and physical movements.

Make sure you make eye contact with various parts of the room so everyone thinks you are talking to them.

Always take the microphone when offered, it adds authority and helps project your voice and keeps the audience engaged.

Speak clearly and with confidence.  Remember you are the expert. Be enthusiastic and create verbal pictures. Tell compelling stories that the audience can relate to and that show how you solved the problems that they are facing.

Follow Up after Speaking

After speaking, make sure you follow-up with anybody you met who wanted to follow up with you.  You should do this within 24 hours.  If you don’t speak to them, make sure you leave a voice mail saying you are following up with them after you met them at your speaking engagement, your message should be clear, enthusiastic and positive.

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The 7 Worst Speaking Mistakes You Can Make

Scott Murray speaking at PBN
Scott Murray speaking at PBN

Speaking is a must for anybody in business these days. Now, I am no professional speaker but I stand up at a lot of networking meeting and talk about social media and anti-aging.  Interesting mixture I know, but that is what I do!

Effective Speaking Skills are a must for any business person these days, regardless of if you are a CEO of a large company, a small business owner or a solopreneur.

I have also heard many others talk at events including, business people, up and coming public speakers and of course professional speakers and here are a few of the errors you hear.


Stuttered or repeated words and fillers

When you are in casual conversations with people you probably use a lot of the filler words “Like,” “um,” “er” and the such.

This is fine in casual conversations and often goes unnoticed. But they stick out like a sore thumb when used in professional settings.

Speaking too quickly

This is an obvious one and I have suffered this myself, some people when nervous seem to have the trait of talking too quickly.  Perhaps they hope it is over more quickly that way?

Take a breath when you start speaking it helps to slow you down and will also help you be clearer.

Speaking too quietly

I think this one is obvious, if you are to quiet people are not going to hear you clearly.  If it is hard to hear you will lose your audience

Regardless of the type of voice you have and therefore how well it carries it all comes down to projection.  Projection problems tend to occur when people tighten up, constricting their vocal chords and preventing a smooth flow of air.

Gravelly voice or vocal fry

Gravelly voice or vocal fry occurs when the flow of air in a person’s throat becomes interrupted, and sounds in their speech take on a creaky, gravelly quality.

Why is this a problem?

It becomes a problem as the sound becomes annoying, like a creaking door is annoying.  It all comes down to controlling your breathing as your speaking.

Trailing off at the end of phrases

A common speech pattern in our culture is to trail off toward the end of phrases, clauses, and sentences.  You want to keep your volume consistent even at the end of sentences.  Practice at home and record yourself, that way you can keep your voice strong to the end of sentences.

Uptalk, or phrasing statements as questions

What the hell is uptalk?

Up talk is ending a statement on an upward pitch so that it sounds like a question even when it’s not. Susan Finch, a New York based speech coach claims that a particularly common use of uptalk is when people say someone else’s name.

Speaking in a monotone voice

This is perhaps an obvious one but speaking in a monotone voice is boring and your audience will soon disengage. People want to hear enthusiasm and passion, it shows you love the subject you are speaking on.

Final thoughts on Speaking

Like everything in life it takes practice but you don’t need to be perfect.  There are coaches out their and can get training on Public Speaking.  The most important thing is take action and don’t be afraid of speaking.




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