Week 21
“Live in Harmony with Others”

Throughout this study on BIG SUCCESS and PERSONAL PROFITS Napoleon Hill shares many principles on personal development related to the individual and their own actions.

In the next couple weeks we’ll get a bit of instruction on INTERPERSONAL principles or dealing with those around us.

When Hill discusses FAILURE he seems to relate to at least 2 different types. First our “if at first you don’t succeed” kind of failures along the way to success, and then the type of FAILURE that many individuals succumb to as an end result of not trying again.

“I have found at least thirty major causes of FAILURE. The granddaddy of them all is the lack of ability to get along HARMONIOUSLY WITH OTHERS.”
—Napoleon Hill, A Year of Growing Rich

Hill speaks about one of the wealthiest men of his day using a FIVE-POINT MEASURING STICK in choosing people for advancement to high executive jobs.

The 5 points are:


Then noting that JOB ABILITY came last on the list…Why?
Interesting that he felt the more ABILITY one has for a task, the more OBJECTIONABLE they might be if LACKING IN THE OTHER 4 TRAITS!

A story is told of one of Andrew Carnegie’s protégés that many people would recognize by name today, Charles Schwab. Carnegie promoted the young Schwab from a day laborer to a position that paid $75,000 a year, which in those days was a fortune. But Schwab also received a bonus each year that might range as high as ONE MILLION DOLLARS in a single year. Carnegie was fond of saying that the salary was for the actual service (WORK ABILITY) rendered, but the bonus was for what Schwab INSPIRED OTHERS TO DO.

What’s the VALUE of that inspiration?
Can you think of SOMEONE who inspired you on your way to your BIG SUCCESS?

Hill goes on to write that “Your ability to INSPIRE OTHERS is a BLANK CHECK on the bank of life that you can fill in for whatever you desire.”

“How far you go in life depends on your being
tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the
weak and the strong…Because someday in life
you will have been all of these.”
—George Washington Carver


All these and more are Napoleon Hill’s steps to acquiring the ability to INSPIRE OTHERS and achieve whatever level of SUCCESS we desire as we
“Live in Harmony with Others”