Outwitting The Devil



Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. He began his writing career at age 13 as a mountain reporter for small-town newspapers and went on to become America s most beloved motivational author. Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long and successful career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success. Dr. Hill s work stands as a monument to individual achievement and is the cornerstone of modern motivation. His book, Think and Grow Rich, is the all-time bestseller in the field. Hill established the Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution whose mission is to perpetuate his philosophy of leadership, self-motivation, and individual achievement. His books, audio cassettes, videotapes, and other motivational products are made available to you as a service of the Foundation so that you may build your own library of personal achievement materials…and help you acquire financial wealth and the true riches of life.

“The schools and colleges teach practically everything except the principles of individual achievement. They require young men and women to spend from four to eight years acquiring abstract knowledge, but do not teach them what to do with this knowledge after they get it.”

As well as his thoughts on entrepreneurship and self-employment:

“As inconsistent as it may seem, you will learn more about how to succeed from the failures than you will from the so-called successes. They will teach you what not to do.”

Outwitting The Devil is quite a fascinating conversation. A lot of the content is blunt and to the point. He gives very good definitions of and contrasts between drifters and non-drifters. Hill gives brilliant insight and explanation of the natural law of hypnotic rhythm and the importance of breaking bad habits and setting good habits before it is too late.

Back in 1938 Hill indicated in the book that the fear of causing controversy over its content might prevent it from being published….and that is indeed exactly what happened for 70 years. How sad that so many lost out on the opportunity to learn more from the great mind of Hill.

Throughout the story, “Mr. Earthbound” interrogates “Your Majesty”, to find out how people limit their success and how Satan achieves his manipulation.

Here are 3 lessons from a fascinating book by one of the world’s first self-improvement pioneers:

  1. There are only two bases from which we build our entire lives: faith and fear.
  2. The devil’s goal is to make all humans aimless drifters and if we’re not careful, he quickly succeeds.
  3. To attain mental, spiritual, and physical freedom, we must follow seven principles and escape the devil’s grasp.

Topics discussed in Outwitting the Devil include:

  • The difference between drifters and non-drifters
  • Maintaining a definiteness of purpose
  • Finding one’s other self
  • Hill’s seven principles
  • The law of hypnotic rhythm


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