3 Quotes by Napoleon Hill to Change Your Perspective on Motivation and Life

If applied, they can change how you live sustainably.

Thomas Hahn
Jun 9 · 7 min read
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Napoleon Hill is considered the forefather of the modern personal development movement and wrote several books on motivation and finances.

He’s best known for his timeless classic “Think and Grow Rich.” He became closely connected to the richest and wealthiest individuals of his time throughout his lifespan and interviewed them on their success.

When you read one of his books, you genuinely feel that Hill’s life mission was to educate people on becoming financially independent. Considering that he lived during the great recession of the 1930s and built a fortune at that time is remarkable.

Below are some of his most impacting quotes that only a few people know.

Each one is powerful and worth remembering while you are making your way in life. They have the potential to help you out when you’re at critical phases in your life and think you don’t know how to get along.

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

If the greatest men and women of history had “waited” until they thought the timing for their intentions was perfect, they’d have never become as great.

No memorial was ever built for someone who waited all their life.

The greatest inventors, writers, and painters of all time didn’t wait until their creative streak hit them or until the time was right for the masses to be ready for their art.

They created without aiming for money and published their works when they felt after it.

Today everyone agrees that Salvador Dalí was one of the greatest artists of all time. Yet, during his lifetime, most of his paintings have been rejected and didn’t find great recognition at all.

Leonardo Da Vinci was considered a madman for his inventions, but they have brought humanity tremendously ahead. He didn’t listen to what was said about him and kept going.

One of the best examples that the statement by Napoleon Hill is valid is garage billionaires.

Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Marc Zuckerberg started their global operating, billion dollar companies from scratch, with the tools and connections they had available when they started.

The more successful they became, the more they scaled what was at their command and in their possession.

But it’s not that their success has only been possible because of the rise of technology and the internet.

Think of John D. Rockefeller and his legacy. This man built an empire from scratch when there was no internet, and electricity was also not considered self-evident.

By making full use of what was possible for him in those days, he became the richest man in history. Inflation-adjusted, he’s been the richest man of all time.

I can’t think of a single self-made millionaire who hadn’t done everything they could and whatever tool they had available when their budget was small to produce two dollars out of one.

A friend of mine, for example, founded a successful rhetorical coaching business. It started with him inviting a few people to do freestyle speeches in his living room.

From that, he built a community that soon exceeded his expectations. His business is now making 5-figures every month, three years after he started.

If you wait for the perfect time to come for your invention, product or service, or until the market is ready for what you offer, you’ll lose.

Use whatever tools you have available right now and start.

There will never be the perfect time to start.

The Dalai Lama once stated:

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow.

Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do, and mostly Live.”

It counts for any area of your life:

  • If you want a partner, you mustn’t wait until the time is right and you get approached at a party.
    You need to pro-actively get into many social interactions to increase the probability of finding a person that fits you for a romantic relationship.
  • If you want to become an entrepreneur, leave the hamster wheel and get rich, you mustn’t wait until you find the perfect business idea.
    It would be best to start by increasing your income, maybe work a second job at first, make intelligent investments, test many opportunities and ideas parallel until something works. At the same time, you keep the big picture in mind.
  • If you genuinely want to get a gorgeous, muscular body, you can’t sit at home and tell yourself that once you have less work to do or when motivation is higher, you’ll sign up at the gym.
    That mindset will lead to failure. You need to sign up at a nearby gym immediately, get a great coach, and take action.
    If you don’t do it NOW, you’ll never do it.

“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”

Often, we let our surroundings or belief system decide what we can do and what we can’t.

We view what’s around us as god-given and as our destiny. Most people stay in the same region that they grew up in for their whole life.

That’s not a bad thing, and if everyone moved somewhere else, there wouldn’t be nationalities anymore.

But you have to keep in mind that this is everyone’s comfort zone.

It gets unhealthy when someone feels that they could do more, be more, reach more, but let the inner self-doubt win and never make a move.

If Arnold Schwarzenegger had listened to what his surroundings told him about his dreams, he’d have never made it from Austria to America and gotten so far.

He is an example of someone who completely felt the need to live somewhere else, and so he made that a reality at all costs.

If the dentists of the past hundred years would’ve seen what was already there as god-given, they’d still knock out our teeth with a stake today.

Yet, some professionals were not satisfied with the status quo and committed their lives to change that situation. Nowadays, we go to our dentists, barely being afraid that the procedure might hurt.

Progress, positive development, and change can only come if there are people who believe they can change something.

You need to be convinced that you can become whatever you want to become in this life and reach the goal you want to achieve.

Only then will you bring up the energy and have the endurance to make it a reality. It will be a lot easier to deal with headwinds once it comes.

“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”

Isn’t it fascinating how the simplest pieces of advice can be of tremendous value?

Think of situations where you wanted something very badly.

Did you get it in the end?

Did you achieve your desired result?

— Chances are, you did.

If we want something very badly, we find a way to get it.

In my life, I’ve experienced this with my body. From 17 to 24, I worked out but didn’t see a noticeable transformation of my muscles. My desire was too weak, and I wasn’t willing to put in the necessary hard work at the gym.

Since 24, when I changed my mindset and set a significant objective for myself (competing at a Men’s Physique contest), I’ve had a whole different motivation and a burning desire for every single training. My shape is better than ever, and I’m on an excellent way to reach my goal.

Yet, wanting things for the wrong reason can be toxic.

I remember chasing status symbols because I was too young and naive. Not that it’s not worth the effort or that luxury was terrible per se.

I didn’t know myself well at the time and subconsciously thought they’d make me a better person and enrich my life.

Today I know that I don’t necessarily want a luxury car. I mean, driving one would be incredibly awesome. But if I bought one, I know for sure that after three weeks, the initial excitement will be gone and that I would be as happy with a car that looks okay.

Vice versa, the status symbols I chase now are different: Today, it’s a healthy and muscular body, a healthy relationship, and freedom (being my own boss and not having to work full-time at a job I hate).

Looking back today, I almost feel ashamed for the way I approached it.

Today I know, that I didn’t genuinely want all these status symbols I thought were cool.

It was the WRONG motivation, and I had a weak desire for them. I didn’t notice it at the time.

For anything to be achieved, we need a strong desire to do what’s necessary to achieve it. If you keep this in mind you won’t need much discipline for what needs to be done.

  • If you don’t desire a gorgeous, muscular body, you can talk about it as much as you want: You won’t be willing to go to the gym 4 to 5 times a week and eat clean.
  • I can talk for hours about how much I want to buy a motorcycle.
    Yet, unless I don’t truly desire one and love riding motorbikes, I will never make an effort to save for it. It will remain an imagination.
  • The same principle counts for a relationship, a sports car, becoming a millionaire, et cetera.

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Nutrition Coach & Student writing about Dieting, Health, Fitness and Clothing; Living in Vienna 🇦🇹 I My IG: @tommystransformation

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Nutrition Coach & Student writing about Dieting, Health, Fitness and Clothing; Living in Vienna 🇦🇹 I My IG: @tommystransformation

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