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The Law of Success: In Sixteen Lessons Kindle Edition
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Hill was well known for researching what made millionaires different from the common man. The sixteen lessons in this book perfectly crystallize everything you will need to know to succeed during these hard economic times. Many of today's best known self-help books take their core concepts form this book. 'The Secret', 'The Power of Positive Thinking', 'The Millionaire Next Door', and 'The Law of Attraction' all take their basic premises from this landmark work. Once you've read this book you will understand what gives certain people an edge over everyone else. By following the advice laid out clearly herein you'll be the one with an edge. It's time to stop wondering what it's like to be rich and start knowing. This book has changed countless lives and it can change yours! Unlike many of the other editions on the market today, this edition is complete and unabridged!
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Napoleon Hills's classic teaching reveals a secret formula that has created more millionaires than any other book or success system combined. With these proven success principles, you will begin to think outside the box and make your dreams a reality.
Hill's timeless masterpiece will open your mind up to new ideas and visions that will allow you to experience a lifestyle of complete success. This in-depth study of personal achievement will guide you to a life of peace and opulence.
Narrated by the legendary Russ Ossenbach, This CD set was digitally recorded using pro-tools technology. This is the ONLY true unabridged audio edition of this book available in the world. While other versions have used an abridged 280-page book- this ten (10) CD set utilizes the original, unabridged 381 page text, thus capturing the entire essence of this all time motivational Classic.
Listen to the sweet sound of success and let today be the first day that you THINK AND GROW RICH!--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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THE MASTER MIND
“You Can Do It If You Believe You Can!”
This is a course on the fundamentals of Success.
Success is verylargely a matter of adjusting one’s self to the ever-varying and changingenvironments of life, in a spirit of harmony and poise. Harmony is based uponunderstanding of the forces constituting one’s environment; therefore, thiscourse is in reality a blueprint that may be followed straight to success,because it helps the student to interpret, understand and make the most ofthese environmental forces of life.
Before you beginreading the Law of Success lessons you should know something of the history ofthe course. You should know exactly what the course promises to those whofollow it until they have assimilated the laws and principles upon which it isbased. You should know its limitations as well as its possibilities as an aidin your fight for a place in the world.
From theviewpoint of entertainment the Law of Success course would be a poor second formost any of the monthly periodicals of the “Snappy Story” variety which may befound upon the news stands of today.
The course hasbeen created for the serious-minded person who devotes at least a portion ofhis or her time to the business of succeeding in life. The author of the Law ofSuccess course has not intended to compete with those who write purely for thepurpose of entertaining.
The author’s aim,in preparing this course, has been of a two-fold nature, namely, first—to helpthe earnest student find out what are his or her weaknesses, and, secondly—tohelp create a DEFINITE PLAN for bridging those weaknesses.
The mostsuccessful men and women on earth have had to correct certain weak spots intheir personalities before they began to succeed. The most outstanding of theseweaknesses which stand between men and women and success are INTOLERANCE,CUPIDITY, GREED, JEALOUSY, SUSPICION, REVENGE, EGOTISM, CONCEIT, THE TENDENCYTO REAP WHERE THEY HAVE NOT SOWN, and the HABIT OF SPENDING MORE THAN THEYEARN.
All of thesecommon enemies of mankind, and many more not here mentioned, are covered by theLaw of Success course in such a manner that any person of reasonableintelligence may master them with but little effort or inconvenience.
You should know,at the very outset, that the Law of Success course has long since passedthrough the experimental state; that it already has to its credit a record ofachievement that is worthy of serious thought and analysis. You should know,also, that the Law of Success course has been examined and endorsed by some ofthe most practical minds of this generation.
The Law ofSuccess course was first used as a lecture, and was delivered by its author inpractically every city and in many of the smaller localities, throughout theUnited States, over a period of more than seven years. Perhaps you were one ofthe many hundreds of thousands of people who heard this lecture.
During theselectures the author had assistants located in the audiences for the purpose ofinterpreting the reaction of those who heard the lecture, and in this manner helearned exactly what effect it had upon people. As a result of this study andanalysis many changes were made.
The first bigvictory was gained for the Law of Success philosophy when it was used by theauthor as the basis of a course with which 3,000 men and women were trained asa sales army. The majority of these people were without previous experience, ofany sort, in the field of selling. Through this training they were enabled toearn more than One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) for themselves and paid theauthor $30,000.00 for his services, covering a period of approximately sixmonths.
The individualsand small groups of salespeople who have found success through the aid of thiscourse are too numerous to be mentioned in this Introduction, but the number islarge and the benefits they derived from the course were definite.
The Law ofSuccess philosophy was brought to the attention of the late Don R. Mellett,former publisher of the Canton (Ohio) Daily News, who formed a partnership withthe author of the course and was preparing to resign as publisher of the CantonDaily News and take up the business management of the author’s affairs when hewas assassinated on July 16, 1926.
Prior to hisdeath Mr. Mellett had made arrangements with Judge Elbert H. Gary, who was thenChairman of the Board of the United States Steel Corporation, to present theLaw of Success course to every employee of the Steel Corporation, at a totalcost of something like $150,000.00. This plan was halted because of JudgeGary’s death, but it proves that the author of the Law of Success has producedan educational plan of an enduring nature. Judge Gary was eminently prepared tojudge the value of such a course, and the fact that he analyzed the Law ofSuccess philosophy and was preparing to invest the huge sum of $150,000.00 init is proof of the soundness of all that is said in behalf of the course.
You will observe,in this General Introduction to the course, a few technical terms which may notbe plain to you. Do not allow this to bother you. Make no attempt at firstreading to understand these terms. They will be plain to you after you read theremainder of the course. This entire Introduction is intended only as abackground for the other fourteen lessons of the course, and you should read itas such. You will not be examined on this Introduction, but you should read itmany times, as you will get from it at each reading a thought or an idea whichyou did not get on previous readings.
In thisIntroduction you will find a description of a newly discovered law ofpsychology which is the very foundation stone of all outstanding personalachievements. This law has been referred to by the author as the “Master Mind,”meaning a mind that is developed through the harmonious co-operation of two ormore people who ally themselves for the purpose of accomplishing any giventask.
If you areengaged in the business of selling you may profitably experiment with this lawof the “Master Mind” in your daily work. It has been found that a group of sixor seven salespeople may use the law so effectively that their sales may beincreased to unbelievable proportions.
Life Insurance issupposed to be the hardest thing on earth to sell. This ought not to be true,with an established necessity such as life insurance, but it is. Despite thisfact, a small group of men working for the Prudential Life Insurance Company,whose sales are mostly small policies, formed a little friendly group for thepurpose of experimenting with the law of the “Master Mind,” with the resultthat every man in the group wrote more insurance during the first three monthsof the experiment than he had ever written in an entire year before.
What may beaccomplished through the aid of this principle, by any small group ofintelligent life-insurance salesmen who have learned how to apply the law ofthe “Master Mind” will stagger the imagination of the most highly optimisticand imaginative person.
The same may besaid of other groups of salespeople who are engaged in selling merchandise andother more tangible forms of service than life insurance. Bear this in mind asyou read this Introduction to the Law of Success course and it is notunreasonable to expect that this Introduction, alone, may give you sufficientunderstanding of the law to change the entire course of your life.
It is thepersonalities back of a business which determine the measure of success thebusiness will enjoy. Modify those personalities so they are more pleasing andmore attractive to the patrons of the business and the business will thrive. Inany of the great cities of the United States one may purchase merchandise ofsimilar nature and price in scores of stores, yet you will find there is alwaysone outstanding store which does more business than any of the others, and thereason for this is that back of that store is a man, or men, who has attendedto the personalities of those who come in contact with the public. People buypersonalities as much as merchandise, and it is a question if they are notinfluenced more by the personalities with which they come in contact than theyare by the merchandise.
Life insurancehas been reduced to such a scientific basis that the cost of insurance does notvary to any great extent, regardless of the company from which one purchasesit, yet out of the hundreds of life insurance companies doing business lessthan a dozen companies do the bulk of the business of the United States.
Why?Personalities! Ninety-nine people out of every hundred who purchase lifeinsurance policies do not know what is in their policies and, what seems morestartling, do not seem to care. What they really purchase is the pleasingpersonality of some man or woman who knows the value of cultivating such apersonality.
Your business inlife, or at least the most important part of it, is to achieve success.Success, within the meaning of that term as covered by this course on theFifteen Laws of Success, is “the attainment of your Definite Chief Aim withoutviolating the rights of other people.” Regardless of what your major aim inlife may be, you will attain it with much less difficulty after you learn howto cultivate a pleasing personality and after you have learned the delicate artof allying yourself with others in a given undertaking without friction orenvy.
One of thegreatest problems of life, if not, in fact, the greatest, is that of learningthe art of harmonious negotiation with others. This course was created for thepurpose of teaching people how to negotiate their way through life with harmonyand poise, free from the destructive effects of disagreement and friction whichbring millions of people to misery, want and failure every year.
With thisstatement of the purpose of the course you should be able to approach thelessons with the feeling that a complete transformation is about to take placein your personality.
You cannot enjoyoutstanding success in life without power, and you can never enjoy powerwithout sufficient personality to influence other people to co-operate with youin a spirit of harmony. This course shows you step by step how to develop sucha personality.
Lesson by lesson,the following is a statement of that which you may expect to receive from theFifteen Laws of Success:
I. A DEFINITECHIEF AIM will teach you how to save the wasted effort which the majority ofpeople expend in trying to find their life-work. This lesson will show you howto do away forever with aimlessness and fix your heart and hand upon somedefinite, well conceived purpose as a life-work.
II.SELF-CONFIDENCE will help you master the six basic fears with which everyperson is cursed—the fear of Poverty, the fear of Ill Health, the fear of OldAge, the fear of Criticism, the fear of Loss of Love of Someone and the fear ofDeath. It will teach you the difference between egotism and realself-confidence which is based upon definite, usable knowledge.
III. THE HABIT OFSAVING will teach you how to distribute your income systematically so that adefinite percentage of it will steadily accumulate, thus forming one of thegreatest known sources of personal power. No one may succeed in life withoutsaving money. There is no exception to this rule, and no one may escape it.
IV. INITIATIVEAND LEADERSHIP will show you how to become a leader instead of a follower inyour chosen field of endeavor. It will develop in you the instinct forleadership which will cause you gradually to gravitate to the top in allundertakings in which you participate.
V. IMAGINATIONwill stimulate your mind so that you will conceive new ideas and develop newplans which will help you in attaining the object of your Definite Chief Aim.This lesson will teach you how to “build new houses out of old stones,” so tospeak. It will show you how to create new ideas out of old, well knownconcepts, and how to put old ideas to new uses. This one lesson, alone, is theequivalent of a very practical course in salesmanship, and it is sure to provea veritable gold mine of knowledge to the person who is in earnest.
VI. ENTHUSIASMwill enable you to “saturate” all with whom you come in contact with interestin you and in your ideas. Enthusiasm is the foundation of a PleasingPersonality, and you must have such a personality in order to influence othersto co-operate with you.
VII. SELF-CONTROLis the “balance wheel” with which you control your enthusiasm and direct itwhere you wish it to carry you. This lesson will teach you, in a most practicalmanner, to become “the master of your fate, the Captain of your Soul.”
VIII. THE HABITOF DOING MORE THAN PAID FOR is one of the most important lessons of the Law ofSuccess course. It will teach you how to take advantage of the Law ofIncreasing Returns, which will eventually insure you a return in money far outof proportion to the service you render. No one may become a real leader in anywalk of life without practicing the habit of doing more work and better workthan that for which he is paid.
IX. PLEASINGPERSONALITY is the “fulcrum” on which you must place the “crow-bar” of yourefforts, and when so placed, with intelligence, it will enable you to removemountains of obstacles. This one lesson, alone, has made scores of MasterSalesmen. It has developed leaders over night. It will teach you how totransform your personality so that you may adapt yourself to any environment,or to any other personality, in such a manner that you may easily dominate.
X. ACCURATETHOUGHT is one of the important foundation stones of all enduring success. Thislesson teaches you how to separate “facts” from mere “information.” It teachesyou how to organize known facts into two classes: the “important” and the“unimportant.” It teaches you how to determine what is an “important” fact. Itteaches you how to build definite working plans, in the pursuit of any calling,out of FACTS.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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I am not here to argue the author's point.
Hill could have been a scam or he could have been as real as his books portray him, however after reading 1000s of books I have got to say that this is one of the best books on topic of success.
If you read the book and you really apply the strategies I would be damned if you don't get results you are expecting, the issue with people is that they expect overnight miracle rather than thinking of success as something that is on-going process where you evolve and improve day by day. Where you think about the process and not the outcome. Focus on the process and outcome will eventually come, it may not be exactly what you were hoping/expecting but I am 100% positive it will be by far and large better than what you have right now.
Once you read this book, make sure to focus on one strategy at a time for few weeks. Focus on one strategy and be religious about it for at least two weeks and only then move to the next one. When you are done going through all the 16 laws then I suggest you start incorporating each one in harmony with another.
Apply the laws not just for business but also for your personal life.
If you look at the strategies and put it into a process and give it time the results will be shocking.
I was doing pizza delivery for $500 a month, what I am today, and where I am heading has everything to do with this book.
Don't worry what people say about the author, the content is GOLD.
The ideas were gold, are gold and will remain gold until the dawn of humanity.
These laws are what governs and operates us human beings.
As Seneca said centuries ago, time is the ultimate test of everything, and the content in this book fits the exact criteria. Time and again the ideas have helped others excel and will help you excel.
But remember, ACTION = REACTION, INSANE ACTION = INSANE REACTION. If you understand this concept the rest will come with time.
I will post here what this book is all about:
This book can put as a excellent reading material for those who are searching Self-help, Self-development and Self-improvements books to help them gain more confidence boost.
In next part I will summarize what every chapter in this book talks about; but everything is much more in depth described in book. And I’ll add some good quotes (in my opinion) that I’ve came across in this book.
In first part you’ll learn about most outstanding weaknesses that stands between men and women, and those are:
The tendency to reap where they have not shown
Habit to spend more than they earn
“No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in the mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.“
In next chapter we will find 15 Laws of Success:
A definite chief aim
Habit of saving
Initiative and Leadership
The habit of doing more than paid for
Profiting by failure
Practicing the Golden Rule
“Render more service than that for which you are paid and you will soon be paid for more than you render. The law of ‘Increasing Returns‘ takes care of this.“
When it comes to Power (man power), that is organized knowledge, expressed through intelligent efforts. And we all have stubborn enemies that are constantly watching over us and wait for us to make a mistake. Our enemies are:
One important fact that author is teaching us that every man should have a woman with him that shares similar personalities – That is a great way to create a “Master Mind” group, than working on working on co-operating with other successful like-minded people. Same rule applies to women also, they can’t succeed in life the man with her is not similar to her.
When it comes to educating ourselves, one important part author has written; It’s not about learning as much as we can, it’s about taking that knowledge and putting it into use.
“If you cannot do great things yourself, remember that you may do small things in a great way.”
We all have fears that we need to work on overcoming those fears; and those fears are:
Fear of poverty
Fear of death
Fear of ill-health
Fear of the loos of love
Fear of old age
Fear of criticism
“Until a man selects a definite purpose in life he dissipates his energies and spread his thoughts over so many subjects and in so many different directions that they lead not to power, but to indecision and weakness.”
Author has added in book a simple Self-confidence formula that we can use:
Demand from yourself to be persistent, aggressive, and continuous action toward attainment.
Figure it out and visualize what kind of person you want to be. And then focus on how to become one.
Spend at least 10 minutes a day thinking about Law of Success and thinking on developing yourself.
Write in advance what you want to be in next 5 years, and how you plan on achieve that.
Fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure unless built upon truth and justice; There for everything you do need to be beneficial for everyone who is involved in your business and plans.
“The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. Do not be afraid of mistakes providing you do not make the same one twice.” – Roosevelt
When it comes getting into dept, there are two types of debt that are mentioned by author:
There are debt incurred for luxuries which becomes a dead loss.
There are debts incurred in the course of professional or business trading which represents service or merchandise that can be converted back into assets.
The first one it should be avoided at any cause, because we can get into serious trouble by spending money on things that we can afford, and become all materialistic.
The second on one may be indulged in, but clear judgement need to be used to avoid getting into debt more than we can afford. When we get into world of debt which we cannot afford, then we are entering into world of speculation, and most likely that we can loose everything rather than getting enrich.
When it comes to Money Saving Habit, there are two main reason to do that:
If you get opportunity to invest your saving and earn more money
You never know what kind of emergency can come up, so you always need to have money on side for that kind of situations
“Those who don’t have Saving Habit can be sure that they’ve never going to become financially independent.”
Three ways on how to become person of Initiative and Leadership:
You must eliminate habit of procrastination; which means stop delaying your plans
Only way to get happiness is by giving it away, to others
You must understand the meaning of term “Leadership”; because there are two explanation: the one is deadly and destructive, the other one is helpful and constructive.
Qualities that every great leader have to possess are:
Successful leaders also makes use of:
Laws of imagination
When it comes to Imagination Habit; it’s very important because it pushes you forward into creating way to achieve success. Also, Imagination is the only thing that we can control entirely.
Enthusiasm Habit is a state of where you are inspired to take action. It is most important factor entering into salesmanship. Enthusiasm is the vital force that can be harness and use with profit. It can also help you develop a dynamic personality.
Why should we render more service than that which we are paid for? This would give us advantage over ours competitors in the long run. And as author has stated, this will eventually get paid out.
Learning how to be a Pleasing Personality it’s very important in business; from smile, handshake and overall behaviour. When selling something everything needs to be focused on customer, every question asked and not to ourselves.
There are tips on how we can form an Attractive Personality:
Form habit of interesting yourself in other people
Develop the ability to speak with force and conviction
Clothe yourself in a style that is becoming to your physical build and the work you’r engaged in
Develop a positive character
Learn how to shake hands properly
Remember that your only limitation is the one you set up in your own mind
Accurate thinker deals with facts, regardless of they affect hi own interest, for he knows that ultimately this policy will bring him out on top, in full possession of the object of his definite chief aim in life.
To learn How to Think Accurately we must understand:
That the mind can be controlled, guided and directed to creative, constructive ends.
That the mind can be directed to destructive ends, unless we manage to control it into constructive ways.
That the mind can be used to control every cell in our bodies.
That all achievement of man is the results of his thoughts.
The majority of all thoughts conceived in the minds of men are not accurate, being more in the nature of “opinions” or “snap-judgement”
Concentration is the act of focusing the mind upon a given desire until ways and means for its realization have been worked out and successfully put into operation. That means ability to keep our mind on one subject until we are thoroughly familiarized with it and master that subject.
There are two forms of Co-operation:
Co-operation between people who group themselves together or form alliances for the purpose of attaining a given end, under the principles known as the Law of the Masted Mind.
Co-operation between conscious and the subconscious minds, which forms a reasonable hypothesis of a man ability to contact, communicate with a draw upon infinite intelligence.
There are three motivating forces to which man respond:
The motive of Self-preservation
The motive of Sexual contact
The motive of Financial and Social Power
When it comes to a Failure, in this case that doesn’t mean that we are complete failures in life; but we need to look at failure as a “temporary defeat“. For as long as we don’t give up in reaching our definite aim in life, we are just temporary defeated.
Intolerance – there are two significant features about it:
Intolerance is a form of ignorance which must be mastered before any form of enduring success may be attained. It causes wars, and you gain much enemies in life.
Intolerance is the chief disintegrating force in the organized religions of the world, where it plays havoc with the greatest power into small sects and denominations which spend as much effort opposing each other as they do in destroying the evils of the world.
The Golden Rule:
“The Golden Rule means, substantially, to do unto others as you would wish them to do unto you if your position where reversed.”
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2018
Took me longer than usual to read, not because its a 500+ page book but more so because its very repetitive, however the golden nuggets you can take away from reading are life changing.