A Journey of a Thousand Columns

As you read these words in a newspaper, magazine, or online publication somewhere around the world, you are helping me celebrate a momentous milestone. Most great things come from humble beginnings, and this Winners’ Wisdom column certainly did. Twenty years ago, I had just written my first book, and the editor of my hometown business journal asked if I would write a column one week. I asked him the most basic question of all, “What’s a column?” He told me to write approximately 500 words on anything I thought his readers needed to know.

I sat down with my valued colleague, Dorothy Thompson, to whom I have dictated over 40 books and all my columns including the one you’re reading right now. I dictated a Winners’ Wisdom column I entitled Activity vs Productivity and sent it off to the business journal editor. A few minutes later, he called and told me to write a column every Thursday and send it to him. At that time, I couldn’t imagine having something to write that would be worthy of my readers’ attention every week, but we proceeded.

Over the ensuing months and years, many other print and electronic publications around the world began carrying Winners’ Wisdom each week. I began dropping off notes for Dorothy of future column ideas, and here we are 20 years later writing our 1,000th column, and the file of future Winners’ Wisdom column ideas has ballooned to several hundred.

Winners’ Wisdom columns have been compiled into four books published in conjunction with The Napoleon Hill Foundation entitled Wisdom for Winners volumes one through four. Having written over half a million words in these weekly messages, it has been my privilege to hear from literally thousands of people from all parts of the globe. People have shared their hopes, dreams, challenges, and ambitions. I’ve enjoyed the process of staying in touch with many of these people who have grown in numerous ways and are now successful in every area of their lives.

As in all my columns, you will find my contact information below should you wish to reach out to me. As I tell the countless people I speak to in arena events, I don’t simply want to be some guy sharing a few ideas or a theory, but instead, I want to be an integral part of your journey toward your own definition of success. You may be struggling with your own humble beginnings as you read these words just as I struggled to write that first column 20 years ago, but I can assure you if you will simply put one foot in front of the other, before you realize it, you will be celebrating your own milestones, and I hope you will stay in touch with me so I can celebrate your success.

As you go through your day today, take the first step and get ready to celebrate your victory.

Today’s the day!



Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached by email at Jim@JimStovall.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimstovallauthor; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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