THE IMAGINATION OF DREAM GLIDING
“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination. Imagination is the workshop
of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.” ~
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) was one of history’s most influential thinkers. His powerful
and insightful words have been repeated and validated by countless others following in
The incredible knowledge in Think and Grow Rich, among the top 10 self-help books of all
time, was researched and compiled by Hill, who determined that imagination was key.
Hill interviewed “40 millionaires” to discover the common thought processes, strategies
and behaviors that led to their success. His work pre-dated Stephen R. Covey’s (1932-
2012) The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Hill’s study of these “best practices” was
revolutionary in a world where it was largely assumed that great wealth resulted from a
combination of avarice and chance.
Hill disagreed. Intelligence, perseverance and good timing were essential elements of
success, but as Hill declared in his bestselling book, a primary step towards that goal was
imagination. The goal must be celebrated and savored, envisioned and designed. Hill
believed that, “You will never have a definite purpose in life; you will never have self-
confidence; you will never have initiative and leadership unless you first create these
qualities in your imagination.” Hill dramatically concluded, “Imagination is the most
marvelous, miraculous, inconceivably powerful force the world has ever known.”
That profound statement, written long ago and in a different time, is still valid today.
Others, including Albert Einstein (1879-1955), were in agreement with Hill’s observation.
Einstein won the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his paper, submitted in 1905, explaining the
photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics. His first paper on the Special Relativity
Theory, also published in 1905, radically altered the world. “