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Your opinion on Napoleon Hill's Law Of Success?

Asked by killertofu (115points) May 14th, 2009

what is your opinion on Napoleon Hill’s work, more in particular his Law Of Success?

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YARNLADY's avatar

I agree with them.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

It pretty much comes down to knowing what you want. Hill contended that people who are not satisfied with what they get in life don’t know what they wanted to begin with. I think he’s dead on in that respect. Once you know what you want to achieve, the rest is in the details.

A problem with Hill’s philosophy is not giving enough thought to the overwhelming influence of society on the power of the individual. We live in a society that wants to regulate and enforce conformity, and this begins at an early age. Institutions – schools, churches, communities – all want to turn out cookie-cutter people, ostensibly for the common good. Those who don’t conform are castigated or worse. Those who manage to adapt with their individuality intact are in the minority.

You would probably enjoy the works of Ayn Rand. Her philosophy of Objectivism would mesh nicely with Hill’s premises. She was more keenly aware of the struggle between the individual and the institution, and her philosophy of success can be summed up rather succinctly in this quote:

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

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