Top of the Hill

Over 40 times in the last quarter century, I’ve had the great privilege of having one of my books released into the marketplace around the world. I am particularly honored as my new book becomes available this month because my latest novel, Top of the Hill, was written in conjunction with The Napoleon Hill Foundation and contains all of Dr. Hill’s 17 Success Principles.

Whether you know the name Napoleon Hill or not, he has probably had a great influence on your life. Napoleon Hill was born in the 1880s, and as a young newspaper reporter, he was granted an interview with Andrew Carnegie the founder of U.S. Steel. Carnegie was one of the richest men of the day so Napoleon Hill asked him the secret of becoming rich. Little did young Napoleon Hill realize at that moment that the answer to that question would change his life and the lives of countless people into the future.

The great industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, explained that no one had ever documented the science of success or the way to become rich, but if young Napoleon Hill was willing to dedicate 20 years of his life to chronicling the answer to that question, Carnegie would open the doors for him. Napoleon Hill took the challenge, and Andrew Carnegie introduced Hill to Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and 500 of the most successful people of that era. The accumulated knowledge from those 500 interviews became the basis for Napoleon Hill’s transformational book Think and Grow Rich. Everyone who has written or read a personal development or success book since that time owes a debt of gratitude to both Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie.

A fictitious Napoleon Hill High School is the setting for my latest Homecoming Historical book and movie. The students who attend Napoleon High and everyone in their community are facing a crisis. A handful of students learn Napoleon Hill’s 17 Success Principles and put them to the test in the real world to discover whether a man born in the 19th century could write a book in the 20th century that remains relevant in the 21st century. I am particularly excited that my friend and colleague Don Green, head of The Napoleon Hill Foundation, wrote the foreword for Top of the Hill.

Other notables in the Homecoming Historical Series include President Harry Truman, Will Rogers, and future titles to include Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Alexander Graham Bell, and others.

If you are looking for a great gift for friends, family, loved ones, or even yourself, I hope you will think of Top of the Hill. Napoleon Hill’s words will be powerful when you read them and impactful for the rest of your life.

As you go through your day today, read, apply what you learn, think, and grow rich.

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; on Facebook at; or follow Jim on Twitter @StovallAuthor.

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