The Father of the Motivation Industry: Napoleon Hill – Episode 72

College professor, researcher and entrepreneur Dr. Lloyd Corder joins Tim to talk about the story of the father of the motivation industry, Napoleon Hill, and how his principles continue to provide the foundation for the self-help movement.



If you ever bought a self-help book, there’s a chance you read terms and concepts that originated with Napoleon Hill in the early 20th Century.

If you like to listen to podcasts, attend seminars or join webinars about how to be more successful, you may not realize that some of the core ideas behind many of them started with a man by the name of Napoleon Hill.

So, who was Napoleon Hill?

According to the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia.

He began to write as a “mountain reporter” at the age of 13, working for small town newspapers and went on to become one of the country’s pioneering motivational authors.

His most well-known book is called “Think and Grow Rich,” which is the all-time bestseller in the field.
That book and his many other activities and work pursue a mission to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement.

Millions have read his books, listened to his audio recordings and watched videos that his foundation has produced over the years.

Napoleon Hill passed away in November 1970 and has left a legacy and an operating model that nearly all other motivational speakers and authors have followed since.

Dr. Lloyd Corder, who serves as a professor in the business schools at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University says that he’s incorporated some of Napoleon Hill’s theories into some of his own teaching and says some of that material is popular among his own students.

Hill had 17 Laws of Success and 30 Causes of Failure. In this episode, the highlights of some of those laws and causes are covered, along with Hill’s concepts of the “Master Mind” and the “Chief Aim,” with is your own goal or mission.

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About this Episode’s Guest Dr. Lloyd Corder

Lloyd has over 25 years of research and consulting experience as the founder of CorCom, Inc., a market research and consulting firm based in Pittsburgh. He holds faculty appointments at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. BA, University of Kansas; MA, PhD, University of Pittsburgh.