The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill
Published on September 27, 2016
published on September 27, 2016

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: book review – The Law of Success


The Law of Success is Napoleon Hill’s complete and original formula to achievement and the book for everyone who wants to grasp the full range of Hill’s ideas and tap their transformative power.

“The Law of Success” is a success manual course with 16 fundamental lessons, examining the power of personal beliefs and the role they play in personal success, the precursor, as well as the hidden secret in Think and Grow Rich.
The introductory chapter, “The Master Mind,” serves as a primer to Hill’s overall philosophy. As Hill saw it, these lessons work as a “mind stimulant” that “will cause the student to organise and direct to a DEFINITE end the forces of his or her mind, thus harnessing the stupendous power which most people waste.”

The 16 principles of success :

1: The Master Mind – Telepathy, ether, vibration, and how it all is the basis for how the world functions. A mastermind is the alliance of two minds joining harmoniously. The power formed from two or more minds coming together is more powerful than one alone. This is strictly for minds who trust each other and are interested in the excellent success of all parties involved.

2: Your Definite Chief Aim – You have to know what you want so that you can start receiving it.

3: Self Confidence – Believe that you are worthy of success and that you can attain it. Without this simple understanding, you will probably get nowhere with most of your goals.

4: The Habit of Saving – Stop trying to get a Porsche if you feel more comfortable paying for a Panda. You are on the path to easily afford a Porsche.

5: Initiative and Leadership – Leadership skills can be habituated, and you don’t have to be a born leader.  Hill acknowledges the penalties of leadership. Leaders are not always spoken of sweetly. However, this should not deter you from becoming a leader. Nobody bothers slandering a person who isn’t somewhere near the upper rings of the ladder of success.



6: Imagination – Dream, and use your imagination to help lead you to attain your goals. Although making good decisions comes with use, dreams and actions are closely related.

7: Enthusiasm – Mix enthusiasm with your work – do something you are enthusiastic about- and you will not get tired nearly as quickly. Hill explains the things that can contribute to enthusiasm: wearing nice clothes. The opposite is also true, and this is to be avoided. Feel good about your appearance because it also affects the first impression on others who can be instrumental in your path to success.

8  Self Control – Auto-suggestion is like reprogramming your subconscious mind to believe what you want it to believe – to replace your old beliefs with new ones that will serve you better. This takes self-control. When you take control of your thoughts, you can take control of your success. Make these thoughts the ones you want to believe, and see yourself the way you want others to see yourself.




9  Habit of Doing More than Paid For – If you are going to complain about your work, you are not going anywhere. Do the work you have before you, then ask what else you may do. Doing this makes you valuable, and you will surely reach a point where you are being paid very well. Valuable employees are… valuable. This is also and especially true when you are working for yourself.

10  Pleasing Personality – “Have one. Don’t point things out on people, don’t hang your head and say “I’m tired”. Mediocrity does not care if you are pleasant or not. Success does”.

11  Accurate Thought – Sort “facts” from “information” and use auto-suggestion in conjunction with focused thoughts.

12  Concentration – “Concentration is the act of focusing the mind on a given desire until ways and means for its realisation have been worked out and successfully put into operation”.



13  Cooperation – The implementation of cooperation between you and others who will help you get to your goal. Cooperation must also exist between your conscious and subconscious mind so that they may work harmoniously in your favour.

14  Failure – Failure is inevitable, and be happy to bring you one step closer to success. Replace “failure” with “temporary defeat”.

15  Tolerance – Don’t practice prejudice or racism. It is ignorance, and it is a barrier to success. Just see the best in people and situations, and focus only on your goal and the good for all.

16  The Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you.” Also, “Think of others as you wish them to think of you.” This is the beginning of applying the Quantum Physics theory brought to the masses. Hill formulated the self-help “auto-suggestion” theory in bites that everyone could assimilate to get people to better themselves no matter what their background was. Don’t be put off that Napoleon Hill wrote it in 1928 (85 years ago!) as it teaches many lessons. At times some statements might no longer apply because of the lapse of time since written, but the basis on which this book lies is still relevant today.
I cannot imagine how revolutionary this must have been at the time. Now it is up to you to read it and, most importantly, apply the principles.


Laura Mariani

Laura Mariani

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Change & Transformation Expert


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