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Napoleon Hill’s 17 Principles of Personal Achievement 
By Napoleon Hill 

Lesson 1: Definiteness of Purpose 
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. Without a purpose and a plan, people drift aimlessly through life.

Lesson 2: Mastermind Alliance 
 The Mastermind principle consists of 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.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 4: Going the Extra Mile
When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play. Going the extra mile is the action of rendering more and better service than that for which you are presently paid. When you go the extra mile, the Law of Compensation comes into play.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 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 he learns to do his own thinking and gains the courage to act on his own.

Lesson 7: Positive Mental Attitude   
Positive mental attitude is the right mental attitude in all circumstances. Success attracts more success while failure attracts more failure.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 9: Self-Discipline   
If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs.  

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.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 11: Controlled Attention.
Controlled attention leads to mastery in any type of human endeavor, because it enables one to focus the powers of his mind upon the attainment of a definite objective and to keep it so directed at will.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 13: Adversity & Defeat 
Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Individual success usually is in exact proportion of the scope of the defeat the individual has experienced and mastered. Many so-called failures represent only a temporary defeat that may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Lesson 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 or is not gifted at birth.

Lesson 15: Health 
Sound health begins with a sound health consciousness, just as financial success begins with a prosperity consciousness.

Lesson 16: Budgeting Time & Money 
  Time and money are precious resources, and few people striving for success ever believe they possess either one in excess.

Lesson 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 and thoughts and deeds.

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia.  He is the author of the motivational classics The Laws of Success and Think and Grow Rich.  Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. His lifework continues under the direction of the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Economic Stimulus Plan For Entrepreneurs and Inventors

The chance of an economic stimulus plan finding its way into the hands of entrepreneurs by way of the US Congress is about as slim as the chance that the leaders of the big three automakers will be turning in their corporate jets anytime soon.

But this is no surprise to the successful entrepreneur because we left the mainstream mindset at birth. We're used to forging our own destinies, and fighting the sheep herd mentality crowd as they run en masse past us in the other direction of true opportunity, especially now in these changing times when the proverbial men are rapidly being separated from the boys.

Nick Romer, founder of and author of the Bestselling book, "Make Millions on QVC," says, "I'm looking for fantastic inventions and product developers savvy enough to see that this is a time of amazing opportunity." He adds, "So many have run for cover that the ground is fertile to those that see it for what it is."

The economic stimulus plan for entrepreneurs remains the same blueprint as it always has. It consists of adapting to the times, believing in one's instincts and recognizing opportunity. This is a glorious time for true entrepreneurs and one needs look no further than the Great Depression to see that more millionaires were created during that time of economic collapse than in any other time in history. So what will you being doing with your savvy in the next year to capitalize on this chance of a lifetime?

Here are five tips to not only survive tough times but thrive in them:

1. Take a magnifying glass and inventory all your marketing strategies
"To control them means you have to track them," says the guru. If you haven't yet figured out the 80/20 rule on your successful marketing efforts, get in gear and find the profit makers. Fine tune them and exploit them to a greater degree and seek to uncover more opportunities that the sheep are running from.

 Remember, the recent statistics pointed to the holiday shopping revenues of 2008 to be only 3% less than in 2007. People are still spending money!

2. If you haven't already, now is the time to mine your existing customers for greater profits
It is much easier to sell to your existing customers than it is to find new ones. Your existing customers already know you and your products so devise a clever marketing plan geared toward selling them more of your products. This can be an outright sell, or you can implement an upsell strategy for your current product line.

3. Purchase competitive businesses. 
The sheep are quitting in all regards. Let them quit, but before they do, make an offer to buy their existing business if it can help you broaden your customer base. One of the best opportunities on the cheap exists online.

 The internet is flooded with hobbyists that have started businesses they don't know how to run and you can pick up high ranking websites in many industries that have high traffic or membership counts for dirt cheap that can help you market your products.

4. "Co-opetion". 
Cooperating with a competitor is a great way to leverage your marketing efforts at a low cost. Co-opetition can lead to building a strong relationship with a competitor while building your bottom line.

5. Leverage the Social Media. 
It's free to participate in the big social sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and many more, so develop a plan to increase your presence in these areas.

In the midst of the last dot com bust, two would-be billionaires started a little search engine called Google. Had Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the founders of Google, followed the sheep during that difficult time for online entrepreneurs, they surely would have missed out on a fantastic opportunity.

 Don't sit this one out, it's going to be a great ride for those with courage and commitment.

Economic Development Start Your Own Program For Economic Prosperity

Your town may be on the brink of strategic depression but you don't have to join in their recessive compulsive behaviors. Try something new and different... Economic Prosperity.

Recently when a friend called to alert me to a city council meeting where my town was instigating a costly, tax supported urban renewal project, I stepped up to the plate and organized a different sort of economic plan. The strategy is simple, bring more business to town, improve local businesses and increase revenues for the community.

The brilliant part of the plan is that anyone can do this. It doesn't require city hall, city council, the county commissioners, or Tax Increment Financing to get the job done. Whether you're an independent one owner business with your own office and a limited number of hours in the day or a maximum resource multi-functional, multi-employee company on main street with all the hours you want to cram in your day and the employees to suffice, you can impact your bottom line using these logical steps to start a program for your own economic prosperity.

1 - Diversify your income...
Any business can use a little help with the income, so increase the amount of business income by adding a feasible sideline to your current business. Make it related and relevant to your business but separate.

 Focus on residual income from your new sideline. Add increased structure to the precept by incorporating current standards into the new line with solid client backing.

2 - Increase your clientele...
Bring on the traffic. Online, you simply have to grab attention to bring more traffic. In a brick and mortar business the same concept applies. The more traffic you get the more your business benefits. Bring on the traffic and you'll see increased success in your business with increased and improved profits. Be visible and build it - they'll come.

3 - Maximize your marketing...
Devise marketing methods that bring an increasing number of people to your business and you'll increase your profits.

 Invite a friend coupons, bring a buddy discounts, and discounts for referrals are all great ways to maximize your marketing efforts. Consider what would happen if each of your current clients brought a buddy next time they shopped your store?

Impact your business with effective Brand Recognition that brings your readers back time after time to get MORE of your Quality and Value.
How to Make Money at Home - 7 Helpful Tips

These days everyone wants to make extra money during this rough economic period of time. Many people want to know how to make money at home and yet so many realize the absolute necessities you need to succeed at making money at home. Making money online is a lot different from going to a job and receiving a paycheck. The hard work you put in online determines how much money your paycheck is. Here are seven essential tips that you need to know in order to be successful at making money at home.
1. You need a comfortable place to do work and a solid block of time to do that work. Your spouse and kids must respect this area of work and should know not to disturb you during work hours. It is your responsibility to set the work hours. If you want to make money online you need to concentrate.

2. Learn the basics. There are many ways to make money online. You can do affiliate marketing, open your own eBay store, or do various freelance jobs at sites like elance or getafreelancer. Regardless of which path you take it is important to join forums in the respective niche to learn from those that have been there and done that. For example if you want to do affiliate marketing find the forums and read the posts Diof the most successful marketers. In forums use the search function as most every topic you have ever thought of has probably already been answered.

3. Find out what works and what doesn't work as inexpensively as possible. To learn how to make money online you sometimes need to spend a little bit. Make sure that you are investing your money in products that will actually make you money. Do research on the product and the developer of the product. There are many people that will sell you garbage because they assume you won't do research.

4. Find a money making tactic that works and repeat repeat repeat. Many people who are new at working for home try to make money using twenty different strategies at once. Instead find one strategy that is making money and scale up your effort in that strategy many times over. For example if you are making good money at article marketing write more articles!

5. It never hurts to have a mentor. If you can find a successful mentor who is willing to coach you for free or for very cheap don't pass it up especially if you have been struggling for a while. If you pick the right coach you are likely to learn all their money making secrets. Hit the forums if you need a coach.

6. If something isn't working for a long period of time change tactics. If you dive into an eBay shop for four or five months and still aren't making a cent you need to quit the eBay shop take the losses and pursue a make money from home strategy that lines your wallet with cash.

7. Sometimes working smart is more productive than working hard. If you have the money to have someone create a website for you then all you need to do is pick a great niche market and drive traffic to your web page. This will save you time and make you more money.
6 eCommerce Business Strategies 
to Learn from Leading 
eCommerce Tycoons