Napoleon Hill was born in 1883, was an American author with his most successful book, Think And Grow Rich, and was also a businessman. Hill started his early life in poverty, work part time as a reporter at age 15 and work for a lawyer when he was in business school.
Hill’s life changed in 1908 when he got a job at the Bob Taylor’s Magazine and has a chance to interview the wealthiest man at that time, Andrew Carnegie. It was said that Carnegie challenged Hill to search for the formula of success from other successful people and Hill quickly accepted the challenge.
In the following two decades, Hill dedicated his time into interviewing and studying successful people and how they made it. He interviewed Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, Elmer Gates, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles M. Schwab and Woodrow Wilson.
In 1920, Hill launched his magazine called Hill’s Golden Rule and became an instant hit. Hill then moved to many places and started a few businesses, but in 1929, The Great Depression affected his finances. He published a book entitled The Magic Ladder to Success in 1930 and worked as an advisor to President Roosevelt and joined National Recovery Administration to inspire the public.
Hill has written and published numerous books on the principle of success, out of all the books; his most groundbreaking work is Think And Grow Rich which was published in 1937. In his lifetime, the book sold more than 20 million copies, and by 2015, more than 100 million copies have been sold worldwide. BusinessWeek magazine ranked the book as the #6 best-selling paperback business book and was also listed in John C. Maxwell’s A Lifetime “Must Read” Books List. Pacific International University awarded Hill an honorary Doctor of Literature degree because he coined the phrase “Master Mind”.