Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement
Article by Napoleon Hill
Principle 1: Definiteness of Purpose
Principle 2: Mastermind Alliance
The mastermind principle refers to an alliance of two or more minds working in perfect harmony for the attainment of a common definite objective. Success does not come without the cooperation of others.
Principle 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.
Principle 4: Going the Extra Mile
Principle 5: Pleasing Personality
Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual, and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others.
Principle 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 they learn to do their own thinking and gain the courage to act on their own.
Principle 7: Positive Mental Attitude
Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success, while failure attracts more failure.
Principle 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.
Principle 9: Self-Discipline
Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.
Principle 10: Accurate Thinking
The power of thought is the most dangerous or the most beneficial power available to man, depending on how it is used.
Principle 11: Controlled Attention
Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the powers of their mind upon the attainment of a definite objective and to keep it so directed at will.
Principle 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 is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.
Principle 13: Adversity and Defeat
Individual success usually is in exact proportion to the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat, which may prove to be a blessing in disguise.
Principle 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 at birth.
Principle 15: Health
Sound health begins with a sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.
Principle 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.
Principle 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, thoughts, and deeds.
A version of this article originally appeared on SUCCESS.com.