As you now know Napoleon Hill was no stranger to the world of publishing by the time 1931 rolled around. Here he lamented over being forced to “change” his writings…
”For as long as I can remember I have wanted to publish something in which I might feel privileged to say whatever I pleased, without considering what some advertiser might say”
This was from a book he was writing in 1931 while he was working for the president of the United States in Washington, DC.
“In this book I will send forth some thoughts which I hope will be helpful to others. This is the first time in my life that I have felt privileged to write what I believe without having to consider what ‘they will say’ who read my writing”
“Freedom of expression is the greatest of all privileges!”
Even though he worked from the White House, he published this work himself due to past experiences he endured with the Law of Success. Sadly, because the storm of the great depression was raging on, only a few copies made it to some friends and family in the form of 3 booklets. Another lost piece we have in our museum collection.
Directly from this lost book in 1931, we find some great passages where Hill gives us some very intimate thoughts. He had never shared this much about his experience in writing the Law of Success before. As we read, it’s like we are right there in his office.
“Here in my study I am sitting alone with silence, waiting for thoughts to come through so I may capture them for these pages. With one turn of the dial of my radio I discover that I have not been alone in silence. The room has been filled with the strains of beautiful music all the while. This reminds me to ask what other silent forces are available to me if I had the means of interpreting them? Sometimes thoughts—most profound thoughts which I am sure I am not capable of thinking—come flashing into my mind so rapidly that I can hardly record them on my typewriter. From whence do these thoughts come? Who sent them? Why do they not come regularly, on demand? I am happy here in this Great Silence, for I am sure that I am not entirely alone.”
“While I was working on the Manuscripts of the Law of Success, and all through my investigations, while building The Law of Success, I have caught more than one fleeting glimpse of God. For my own satisfaction I have named Him ‘Infinite Intelligence’. I saw evidence of God in my hurried study of astronomy. I saw still other evidence of God in my studies of biology and chemistry and also psychology. I saw the most direct and convincing evidence of God in my studies of that strange phenomenon known as the human mind. For I am sure there have been times when thoughts came to me from the Great Within which were not my own. These thoughts, I am sure, were not superinduced by my studies of other men.”
“A retrospective inventory of my 25 years of labor in the building of The Law of Success persuades me to say that there is a Guiding Intelligence which prompted me when I faltered, heartened me when I was tired, drove me when I would otherwise have stood still. It opened the gate to further knowledge when I came to a stone wall in any branch of my research, and handed over to me a finished product. It was in the form of this philosophy, in words and illustrations and similes so simple that all who wish may understand. I do not tell people that Infinite Intelligence handed over to me the material which went into the building of The Law of Success philosophy, for truthfully I do not know; but I do say that everything I have needed for this work has been provided, and often times through incidents which seemed not to be associated with the ordinary processes of reason.”
“It was out of the world of Silence that the better part of the Law of Success philosophy came. One of the strange things about this source of knowledge called ‘Silence’ is the fact that the more it is drawn upon and used the more fertile it becomes”
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With that said, we will visit with Napoleon Hill from a lost writing in our museum collection; one we hope to make available to you in the future!
“Today I reach out over the distance which separates me from those who believe in me; those who have profited because of my influence, and extend to them the hand of friendship. To them do I offer eternal gratefulness for the courage which has kept me at my labor when my heart was weakened and my head wanted me to quit, during the long years of labor which I put into building The Law of Success. My best work has not yet been done!”
And TRUE he was; six years later he wrote “Think and Grow Rich,” which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide!
“The passing years have brought me much experience and, I trust, a little wisdom. I have seen the death of an old age and the birth of a new one. I have come into personal contact with practically every problem which disturbs the minds and the hearts of men. I know what failure is because I have tasted of it. I know what poverty is because I have experienced it. I know what ignorance and superstition are because I was born in a community which suffered by both. And, because I have walked through the ‘valley of the shadow’ of life, and have tasted of both the bitter and the sweet, I feel that I have been seasoned for useful service to those who have not yet reached the valley.”