ORGANO™ enjoys a strong and unique relationship with the Napoleon Hill Foundation – a global organisation that teaches the philosophy of success. In 1883, Hill was born in the Appalachian town of Pound in Virginia. Becoming a well-known author and an early producer of personal success literature, up to his death in 1970 his most successful book, Think and Grow Rich, had sold 20 million copies since it was first published in 1937, and by 2015 had sold over 100 million copies. His legacy lives on through the Napoleon Hill Foundation.
Sharing the same beliefs as the Napoleon Hill Foundation, ORGANO Distributors are now benefiting from the 13 principles outlined in the Think and Grow Rich success story. Members of the foundation attend events, making Hill’s principles available through print and audio materials – with the proceeds from sales of the Think and Grow Rich Collector’s Edition going to the foundation.
Napoleon Hill carried out much research when writing his books, particularly into successful and inspirational people of the era – he credited 45 people in his best-selling publication.
Among the most prominent of his subjects, American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947) was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. He is credited with having transformed the automobile from an expensive curiosity into the practical, affordable mode of transport that changed lives in the 20th century.
His global vision of consumerism and commitment to lowering costs resulted in many business and technical innovations – including the franchise system, putting car dealerships throughout North America and expanding to many major cities across six continents.
Born in 1835 in Fife, Scotland, Carnegie is often referred to as being one of the most affluent citizens ever. Moving to the United States in 1848, he led the late 19th century expansion of the American steel industry. In 1889, his article entitled The Gospel of Wealth suggested the rich should use their wealth to improve society as a whole.
Investing in railroads, bridges, and oil, he accumulated more wealth by selling bonds, later building Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company. In the 18 years prior to his death in 1919, he gave away a staggering $350 million (around $370 billion by today’s standards) to charities, universities and foundations.
John D Rockefeller
Born in New York, Rockefeller (1839-1937) was considered one of the wealthiest Americans of all time. After starting out as an assistant bookkeeper at the age of 16, he forged a business partnership with his brothers and his associate, Maurice B Clark when he was 20.
In 1870, he founded Standard Oil Company Inc as an Ohio partnership with his brother William and other business partners, which he ran it until his retirement in 1897. As gasoline and kerosene became increasingly important, his wealth grew. He controlled 90% of the oil in the US at one point, making him the richest person in the country.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr (1858–1919) was the 26th president of the United States. He was also an author, historian, soldier, explorer, naturalist, and reformer who became a driving force of the US progressive era in the early 20th century. Originally home-schooled and suffering from health problems he went on to attend Harvard College. He became a popular author in 1882, when he published the first of his many books, The Naval War of 1812.
In September 1901, at the age of 42, Roosevelt became US president. The youngest president in history, he championed “Square Deal” domestic policies. He pledged to bring the average citizen fairness and regulated railroads and he promised pure food and pharmaceuticals. He also made conservation his top priority; establishing many new forests, national parks and monuments.
A US merchant, civic and political figure, John Wanamaker (1838-1922) was known as a pioneer in marketing. Born in Philadelphia to a family of modest means, his father was a brick-maker and his mother a farmer’s daughter. Wanamaker opened his Oak Hall store with his brother-in-law, Nathan Brown in 1861. The store offered the then revolutionary principle of one-price, returnable goods.
He opened a second store in 1869, renaming the company John Wanamaker & Co following the death of his brother-in-law. His third store, considered to be Philadelphia’s first department store, opened in 1875 on the site of an abandoned railroad depot. John Wanamaker & Co “The Grand Depot” was the flagship store – designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978 and later becoming Macy’s department store.
Napoleon Hill has had a huge impact on the growth and development of ORGANO Distributors all over the world. To purchase your copy of Think and Grow Rich, head to ORGANO Business Tools and commit yourself to success.