“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” is one of Hill’s hallmark expressions. How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill’s books.
Napoleon Hill was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, it had sold 20 million copies).
We recommend that if you don’t have it, you read this unabridged version and check out his Personal Analysis Test for your greater success in life.
So Where did this Personal Analysis Come From?
James Randolph was best known for sponsoring eleven times an amendment to the Constitution that would grant citizens aged between 18 and 21 the right to vote. He first introduced the amendment in 1942, arguing that young soldiers fighting in World War II should be able to vote. He was among the Senators who reintroduced the amendment and it was finally ratified in 1971.
A 20 year old Jennings Randolph was in the college graduating class to which Hill gave an address discussing his personal success attribute philosophy and that address impacted the boy who was to become an American politician from West Virginia, and a member of the Democratic Party. The attributes required for success included dealing with your weaknesses, and the other obstacles to your success, while capitalizing on your strengths. Not exactly new news you might think, but do you know how you stand in this analysis?
Knowing what a difference this information had made to him over his life, Randolph wrote to Hill as Hill was completing his writing of Think And Grow Rich “If there is any possible way that you can afford to render so great a service, may I offer the suggestion that you include with every book, one of your Personal Analysis Charts, in order that the purchaser of the book may have the benefit of a complete self-inventory, indicating, as you indicated to me in 1922, exactly what is standing in the way of success.”
For that reason, I thought it a good idea to include that Personal Analysis here, for you to download, copy and review, so you too can achieve your greatness. If it was powerful enough to impact a 20 year old, and have Randolph write to Hill years later making such a request, it may prove useful to you, in your success journey. So here it is: Your Personal Analysis Test, directly from Napoleon Hill, the creator of thousands of multi-millionaires.
All of Hill’s works examine the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. A protegee of Andrew Carnegie, Hill became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-36. In the last chapter of Think and Grow Rich, Hill wrote: “Take Inventory of Yourself, As You Read This Closing Chapter, and Find Out How Many of the “Ghosts” Are Standing in Your Way.” We also suggest you read, study and internalize the whole of Chapter 15 as Hill suggests.
As a heads up, here is a brief look at the things that stop most people, as an extract from Chapter 15:
“BEFORE you can put any portion of the Think and Grow Rich philosophy into successful use, your mind must be prepared to receive it. The preparation is not difficult. It begins with study, analysis, and understanding of three enemies which you shall have to clear out. These are INDECISION, DOUBT, and FEAR!
Your very important and necessary Sixth Sense will never function while these three negatives, or any of them remain in your mind. The members of this unholy trio are closely related; where one is found, the other two are close at hand.
INDECISION is the seedling of FEAR! Remember this, as you read. Indecision crystalizes into DOUBT, the two blend and become FEAR! The “blending” process often is slow. This is one reason why these three enemies are so dangerous. They germinate and grow without their presence being observed.
Analyze yourself carefully, and determine which, if any, of the six common fears have attached themselves to you. Do not be deceived by the habits of these subtle enemies. Sometimes they remain hidden in the subconscious mind, where they are difficult to locate, and still more difficult to eliminate.”
Hardly a synopsis of the thirty odd pages in Chapter 15 of Think And Grow Rich, but here are the six basic fears, with some combination of which Hill says every human suffers at one tune or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the entire six. All other fears are of minor importance he says, and they can be grouped under the six headings below.
Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:—
- The fear of POVERTY
- The fear of CRITICISM
- The fear of ILL HEALTH
These top three are at the bottom of most of one’s worries … and
- The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
- The fear of OLD AGE
- The fear of DEATH
HAVE YOU TAKEN THE TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR PERSONAL ANALYSIS?
Do not feel bad if any of the above apply to you, it means you are human!
Just complete the Analysis and get in touch with us if you want to move forward quickly. We can point you in the right direction once you have assessed where you are.
There are lots of resources for you to improve your weakness, while you capitilise on your strengths. Remember, no one is perfect, but we can all work on ‘constant and never ending improvement’!