Napoleon Hill Australia Rights Are Public Domain

As I write this, there is a dispute going on between Australian companies Think And Grow Rich Pty Ltd and Napoleon Hill Australia Pty Ltd, respectively owned and controlled by Stuart Zadel and Jamie McIntyre.

It is my intention to carry on the message of a gentleman who sacrificed decades of his life to spread the abundant message of Think And Grow Rich. That gentleman was Napoleon Hill who authored and released his book in 1937, when the world was going through the longest and most widespread depression known to man. During this time Napoleon Hill managed to develop and author the most prolific book (Think And Grow Rich) about abundant thoughts and prosperous thinking.

The Napoleon Hill Legacy: Abundance

It was Napoleon Hill’s legacy to live a life, not of abundant finances, but abundant sharing. He shared with the world a message so strong, that Millionaires were created from this message. Wealth mentors such as Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, and most of the mentors on TV series: The Secret, have Napoleon Hill to thank for putting this message out on a commercial basis.

They (the mentors) all should bow down and pay homage to Napoleon Hill and pay the due respects that he deserves! Many have done this and some carry themselves with disempowering and non-abundant attitudes – which is a disgrace to associate with such a great man as Napoleon Hill.

I do this now, I have done it in the past, and I will keep doing it into the future. Napoleon Hill wanted a strong and abundant message put out to the world. Anything else is an insult to this great mans memory. Culprits of breaching this abundance need to hang their head in shame or be put over their mothers knee for a decent spanking. It would be about time…

Honoring The Man And Legend: Napoleon Hill

I will keep honoring the man and legend of Napoleon Hill. I have been asked to remove all references to Napoleon Hill And Think And Grow Rich from my websites by a company that was founded in Australia in October 2009. I have run this blog and payed respect and honor to Napoleon Hill for years before the inception of this $600 Australian company and will not stop honoring the name of such an abundant person as Napoleon Hill. It is a disregard to his work and I will acknowledge it at all time – and give credit where credit is due!

Napoleon Hill’s work is Public Domain. Australia is not a Fascist state. We are allowed to mention another persons name, especially when it is in a good way.

Free MP3 Of Think And Grow Rich

Over the next 2 – 3 weeks, I will release an MP3 version of Think And Grow Rich. Stay tuned to share in the abundance of Napoleon Hill and his original message to give more that you receive. I have funded the narration myself and will make this available to you for Free.

Please join in the FaceBook FanPage for this project and share the abundance with your friends. Spread Napoleon Hill’s legacy of giving without greed and receiving with gratitude!

In a few days, I will get to part 188 of Mindset Mastery. In Honor & Respect of the great man: Napoleon Hill

Until then: Think Abundant

Sean Rasmussen
Success Communicator
Aussie Internet Marketer © 2004 – 2010

About Sean Rasmussen

Sean Rasmussen is a passionate blogger and has been a full time internet marketer since 2005. When he's not with his family, or dog Buddy, Sean is usually blogging or doing something related to the internet.


  1. I must endorce your words, I read “think and grow rich” back the later eighties when things were starting to get tough and found some profound stuff that has always helped me through. I will always think of this man as the forunner what we have today in mentoring motivation and self help.
    .-= GuruGeoffrey´s last blog ..Thought for the Day =-.

  2. Daniel Carmichael says:

    Too right Sean.
    It’s against what Mr Hill was all about in the first place.
    Work with a creative mind, not a competitive one.

  3. Michael Garside says:

    Well done Sean, the greed train is knocking down more doors it seems. Keep up the abundance and have a most outstanding Easter!

    I believe we should respect Napoleon Hill Foundation and not cross the line.

  5. Sad to see, but not surprising. The downfall of man is always due to greed and/or ego.

    Thousands of people die every day from starvation, lack of water and so on, and instead of being grateful for what they have these two are fighting over who can use a name… (although I believe Jamie is the main culprit here)

  6. It sounds like somebody has “More Front the Myers”.
    I think you made a valid point that these people who a fighting over the right to represent & spread the Napoleon Hill ways are not practicing what they preach.
    Keep spreading the word my friend, and have a great Easter.
    .-= Cade Arnel´s last blog ..Traders Daily Routine Checklist – Are you Ticking the boxes – Part 1 =-.

  7. Sean,
    Some “people” (and I use that word loosely in this case) are motivated by greed and the feeling that they themselves are more important than anybody else. It is extremely sad that there are people in this world spreading lies and deceit to make a buck.

    One last note to any readers of this post – ensure you perform a thorough check on anybody you will either be getting into business with and/or giving any money to.
    .-= Cemil´s last blog ..Finding Topics To Write About =-.

  8. Good on you for speaking out Sean. Good luck.

    Some people need to examine the full title of the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ and not just the last two words.
    .-= David Moloney´s last blog ..What’s a Unique Selling Point/Proposition? =-.

  9. Hello Sean,

    What ever happened to freedom of speech? This is Australia, and last time I looked I thought we could say (write) what we thought about?
    I have to agree with Dinus point of view – isn’t there more important things in this world to be fighting for instead of fighting over a name.
    There are so many other causes that need our attention and our time, why waste it by being so petty? Surly Think and Grow Rich should be about “Thinking And Growing Rich” from all aspects of life? I shake my head and wonder How Both parties can say that they are creating wealth?

    Its time to stop being so childish about who has use of the name. What is wrong with our world that we now have to be concerned about copy writing commonly used words to promote wealth creation? Isn’t meant to be a mindset of abundance?

    Come on guys, let Australia be the way we are meant to be 🙂

    Thanks Sean for sharing, and so looking forward to the MP3 version of TGR.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Too Much Sun =-.

  10. Our good friend Mr. Napoleon Hill , would turn in his grave to think that unethical parties were using his brilliant works, to take advantage of unsuspecting patrons.
    We often discuss the problems of society and where it is headed, this is where I feel one major problem lies. Far too many individuals & companies in the world are putting money above the value of people, they run themselves & their companies on pure GREED ,and have no ethics or compassion what so ever .
    The world will not progress towards a better society, While ever GREED is allowed to run rampit , and only the principle based & ethical businesses can turn this around.

    I am so proud of Sean Rasmussen for his ethical efforts to bring some light onto this, so as to avoid more people being taken advantage of !!
    .-= Allen Sentance Fisherman´s last blog ..Five Positive Steps Towards An Open Mind =-.

  11. Here, here, Sean,

    Napoleon Hill spoke to schools, dinners, banquets, various gatherings and on public radio to spread the word of his works to benefit, in his words, “the world”. And that is just the tip of the iceberg, for I don’t know about all his activities.

    As a comparison, today is Good Friday. How would we know what this represents if there hasn’t been two millenia of discussion, sharing, thoughts and actions etc??

    I look forward to your continuing to honour his life and his work, and to support you as you do!
    .-= Jo Carey-Bradshaw´s last blog ..Empowering Mindset – Mastering Self =-.

    • Indeed, I will carry on as normal, Jo. Too many people depend upon this information being readily available without being charged for mentioning Napoleon Hill’s name.

  12. G’day Sean,
    Thanks for laying it on the line like you have. It shows what respect you have for Mr Hill. It’s a pity there is a certain lack of respect floating around !!!!! We forum members should ask ourselves who is it that Sean works with these days ? Mr Z of course
    I am really looking forward to the MP3 version as I learn better by listening rather than reading. Funny about that !
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..A Rare Gift – Film of History in Action =-.

    • Hi Harry
      As always, thanks for your support. As much as I know my members will get behind me if I needed it, this is simply a case of looking at the pure facts. The facts look very much like the Schoolyard bully that wants the other kids lunch and decides to take it.
      Never mind who I work with. When I speak on stage, I am not in business with that company. It is a business transaction. Many speakers speak on 5 or 6 different stages on the circuit.

  13. Keep up the good work, don´t let the Copyright-talibans take control.
    .-= Sirkka´s last blog ..TAT2 =-.

  14. I cant see why any one thinks they own “rights” over something that is not even “theirs” it is in the Public domain. come on share that is the Napoleon Hill way.
    Dinus is so right and I can only see that these 2 “companies” are doing themselves more harm than good.
    ” Practice what You Preach fellers”

  15. What a fantastic opportunity from the universe to heal your inner Jamie McIntyre!
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  16. I am glad you have pointed this out Sean. The squabble between Stuart Zadel and Jamie McIntyre seems to be getting quite nasty, with both trying to claim the moral high ground and having written accusatory web pages about the other.

    I have also seen various ads by both sides in this argument popping up on Google adsense which purport to ‘expose the truth’. I reckon the truth is as you outlined here in your post and others have noted in their comments.
    .-= Tom McEwin´s last blog ..Explaining the Clickbank Affiliate Program Terms of Use – Part 2 – Regulators =-.

  17. I might add, at this stage, I will not comment in favor of any parties. I think the case is so obvious, a child could work out what is going on here. So please excuse me for not replying to comments that mention names of the involved parties.
    Carry on your discussion and please put your opinions across. The truth is the strongest weapon against evil.

  18. Hi Sean,

    I agree. The truth will prevail, even if it might be uncomfortable for some. It’s amazing how such a fight can start over a person that preached abundance and doing your thing, not hitting on others to succeed. I agree with Rita “practice what you preach”. I wonder how some people imagine that they are still taken for serious after such actions. What they are currently doing says more about their character and driving forces than anything else. Sadly for some involved …
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..The Best Way To Get Motivated =-.

  19. Andrew Sinclair says:

    Watching this unfold, with nothing unexpected by myself so far, I have to say that I am not ecstatic being right about this.

    In my own professional affairs, slander has become just as commonplace as I thought it would be; I saw this coming even when I was just a school student. For this reason, I have no regret whatsoever, about using school time to study my own profession, in my own way. This method of study has delivered to me character that no one can take away. No one who does their due-diligence disputes the value I contribute to other peoples business, both paid and unpaid, in my capacity as an Information Technology professional.

    The only thing that suprises me about stories like this, as in my own personal/professional lives, is that these academics do not use their accured potential to legitimately surpass me. My profession _is_ applied science, and therefore, there is nothing illegitimate or mysterious about it.

    I have a simple litmus test for character. The person who respects my privacy has an unalienable right to speech; such a right permits low cost identification of a reckless risk. The person who questions my character, this character I had to develop myself on my own income, had better be prepared to instruct a computer to perform a mathematical prime sieve, in any second or third generation programming language.

    When this person is able to do this, then they are qualified to question my character.

  20. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This is crazy. These people have definitely lost sight of what they’re doing. How can they possibly think people will pay to hear them speak or take their courses in areas they clearly know nothing about?

    Napoleon Hill’s message is one of abundance. There are no lessons on how to win petty squabbles. There is enough for all of us. We really don’t have to compete with each other for scraps.

    Also, it’s a bit rich that these men are fighting over Napoleon Hill’s work. They didn’t even create this masterpiece themselves, yet they are willing to fight over who has the right to do what.

    As far as I’m concerned, neither one should have any rights to Napoleon Hill’s work. They are clearly not doing justice to the lessons and values that are taught in ‘Think and Grow Rich’.

    Thank-you Sean for sharing Napoleon Hill’s work, ‘Think and Grow Rich’. I am very glad that you are willing to make this knowledge available for free for anyone who wants it. I think this is how Napoleon Hill would have wanted his work to be used.

  21. Hi Sean
    You may have noticed by your help with my blog that I have started advertising UCLC’s

    I believe Stuart can benefit by learning the tools of Common Law to deal with this problem. He needs to know his Common Law Rights in this matter. He needs to write a notice to JM. That is a “Notice To Show Cause” there are other options as well. Notices are powerful tools and is taught by Mr McClure at the UPMART Common Law Courses. We will hold one in Sydney in May (if we have the numbers).

    Common Law rights are not recognized by the lower courts. Their jurisdiction is statute law only. If this matter goes to court then it needs to be the High Court of Australia. Firstly though a well written common law notice is in order and one that can not be ignored by the offending party. It’s an UPMART specialty shown how to write and apply in our upmart common law course. UPMART has around 7,000 members Australia wide and we have a couple members overseas as well.

    Thanks for this post Sean. Wonderful work!

  22. Well done Sean it is good to read about a person who strongly believes as you do. with people like you Napoleon Hill will never die. Well done and keep up the writing.
    .-= Richard Colum´s last blog ..Property: An Excellent Financial Investment =-.

  23. I don’t understand this issue at all. Napoleon Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich” is in public domain, isn’t it? So everybody should have the right to use this book as he pleases.
    May be there is different law in australia, but the internet does not care for borders of nations. So Sean, keep on spreading Napoleon Hill’s words and philosophy. It’s very good work that you are doing. Napoleon Hill, his books and videos have made my life so much richer, not only in concerns of money but it helped me to find my definite major purpose in life and reduced a lot of my procrastination habits. Thanks Napoleon Hill, thanks Sean.
    .-= Rick´s last blog ..Napoleon Hill’s Master Key to Success Video Series =-.

  24. Cathy Howitt says:

    Interesting to read people’s views on this matter.

    I for one, love the fact that Napoleon Hill is in Public Domain, and as such is free to be spread and shared with anyone and everyone. Thank you Sean, for doing just that!

    May “abundance” be with you.


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