Most commonly known as the ‘Psychologist Of Success’, Oliver Napoleon Hill has dwelt a rather tendentious life. Born in the 1883s, on October 26th, Hill’s life has been a tough row to hoe. Despite all the challenges, he brought his name to the fame book. He was a writer of the self-help genre, journalist and also a lawyer. Writing worked out the best for him. He also worked as the advisor for then presidents, Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
He was born in a shanty cabin, merely of 4 walls. His grandfather migrated from the UK to Pound, his birthplace. He has been a non-quitter throughout his life and has always worked with dedication. He has written around eleven books. ‘The Law Of Success’and ‘Think And Grow Rich’, being the most popular.
Journey to the right path
Hill was just 10 when he lost his mother. It was a very young age, perhaps a time which is very crucial for a young mind’s development. Due to her absence and his father’s lack of knowledge and negligence, he went on the wrong track and got distracted. It was his stepmother Martha, who identified his talents and made him realize his inner strengths and abilities. She was educated and it showed in the way how Hill changed within such a short duration. He was living his life as a bandit, in a society where the fittest survive. As a kid, he was always on the streets, with his other rough peers. Martha, who had to take charge of him when he was 12, contributed a lot to his overall development, be it spiritual, or the whole outlook that he had towards life.
It has come across, that he always wanted to be rich, which considering his living conditions was understandable. Due to Martha’s teaching, he realized that robbery, violence, and power are not the only ways to become wealthy. She discovered that he can persuasively extract information from people and has a good hold over language and could perhaps become a journalist. So from being a thug, he switched to becoming a newsboy and she pursued him to discard his revolver and get a typewriter. He was working as a news reporter for the farmers when Robert Tylor, the then governor of Tennessee got his eyes on him and took him under.
After Hill started working for Governor Robert Taylor, who also owned Bob Taylor’s Magazines, he got a golden opportunity to interview Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie, a Scottish American, was the reason for the USA’s steel industry expansion during the 19th century, hence the name ‘steel magnet’. He was the richest man of the states back then. Interviewing him was pure luck for Hill. Carnegie wanted to give Hill a chance, as he saw potential in him. So he advised him to look for the foundations, on which business is built upon and the reasons that lie behind its success, basically some kind of a law which can be accepted worldwide, universally by anyone who wants to build a business and become successful. He also promised him to introduce Hill to successful and influential businessmen and entrepreneurs, which would help complete the book. It took Hill 20 years to finally come up with this book titled, ‘Think And Grow Rich’. It’s assumed, that he interviewed almost 500 people for this and the book was a huge success.