Napoleon Hill Died Broke?
“How is that even possible??” is what I asked when I heard on the phone today that Napoleon Hill died broke.
The author of Think and Grow Rich? One of the best selling books of all time? The guy who learned the secret straight from the richest men in the world? The man whose personal achievement formula is still used by success teachers today?
How is that even possible?
First you may wonder whether it’s even true. Let’s find out.
Short version seems to be that while Hill had lots of financial ups and downs (romantic and professional), in the end W. Clement Stone stepped in to save the day and funded Hill’s Foundation near the end of his life.
So technically, maybe he didn’t really die broke.
But still, it’s not the success story I’d expect from someone who knows that
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Well, I have no idea.
And unless we’re talking to Hill himself I don’t think anyone could definitively say.
But as I walked into the kitchen, somewhat perplexed in hearing this, I spied my refrigerator quote from Morpheus in The Matrix:
“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
Listening to every single Abraham workshop CD and reading every Law of Attraction book published and watching The Secret every night for a year straight won’t make a bit of difference if we don’t implement what we learn.
Here’s to walking the talk, fellow creators.
PS – I will add this: while Abraham says the best way to teach and inspire another is to be a living breathing example of it, I think it’s safe to say Napoleon Hill taught and inspired many people through his written work. That is success, too, in my book.