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Outwitting the Devil: The Secrets to Freedom and Success (Official Publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation) Paperback – April 14, 2020
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The Secret to Freedom and Success
Secrets from the Vault, Written in 1938, Revealed Today
An Official Publication of The Napoleon Hill Foundation
“Napoleon Hill was one of America’s great, influential thinkers who continues to have an enormous impact today.” —Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine
Bestselling author Napoleon Hill reveals the seven principles of good that allow us to triumph over obstacles . . . and find success.
Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy prevent us from realizing our personal goals. This long-suppressed parable, once considered too controversial to publish, was written by Hill in 1938 following the publication of his classic bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. Annotated and edited for a contemporary audience by Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Three Feet from Gold coauthor Sharon Lechter, this book--now available in paper--is profound, powerful, resonant, and rich with insight.
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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.
- Publisher : Sound Wisdom; Annotated edition (April 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1640951830
- ISBN-13 : 978-1640951839
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.65 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Does anyone know, is there an actual full manuscript of Outwitting the Devil in it's original format without Sharon Lechter's word pollution?
I loved what he said about the educational system:
"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."
"Most real failures are due to limitations which men set up in their own minds. If they had the courage to go one step further, they would discover their error."
So many powerful, thought-provoking passages in this book, I could go on for days.
I highly recommend it to anyone who may be struggling with the whole "Who am I and why am I here? What is my purpose?" dilemma.
As for the book itself, it is quite a fascinating conversation Hill has with the Devil. A lot of the content is blunt and to the point. He gives very good definitions of and contrasts between drifters and non-drifters. I especially liked the explanation of the natural law of hypnotic rhythm and the importance of breaking bad habits and setting good habits before it is too late. I listen to a lot of motivational speakers and podcasts and was pleased to see some of the principles Hill championed back in the 1930's being reiterated by my favorite speakers today, even if they do not mention him directly. The one disappointing thing, for me personally, about the book was that 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.
It blew my mind completely and I feel it has changed the way I see things. Many of you will wonder why he choses to interview the devil rather than God and there is a brilliant reason behind it (the which many of you will see as "controversial"). You see, the devil is the one that everyone fears through life and in the prospect of death and I will assure you after you read this book and take a good look around your life and surroundings, you will not only find that "the devil" (in the sense of corruption withing humanity) is so minuscule and easy to defeat but you will also find a great sense of empowerment that will draw you closer to God, if you are a believer like me.
The amazing facts Hill talks about in this book are so deep in tune with our modern science and society that it really makes you question how in the world he came to the knowledge of such information in his time period. I recommend this book 1000 times and I will surely embrace his principles and apply them to my daily life.
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Don't be a spectator of life, be a participant!
The book focuses on Hill's imagined conversation with the devil. Written whilst the author was alive, it was not published at the time for fear it would cause too much offence!
Get the book, read it!
Keep in mind, Hill was commissioned by Andrew Carnegie to interview 500 of America's most successful and wrote his other and now very famous and renowned book based on those interviews.
Also, I recommend the Conversations With God series by Neale Donald Walsch. They are the same format as this book, but the imagined conversations are between the author and his idea of what a god is and how that god would respond to the author's questions. Beware, the Conversations With God series are in general critical of religious theologies!
My other recommend reading -
TNT: The Power Within
Grow Rich While You Sleep
The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind
This book raises those detriments and how we can become slaves to the habits which it imposes. The delivery however of the 'conversation' is made playful to the point where it's silly - enough to repel. What's more, the sillyness is repeated over and over and over, arguably to drive the message home. There's a lot of filler with him and The Devil having silly exchanges before they get down to the actual question. A large part of the book featured these. it's as annoying as Holden in Catcher in the Rye repeating 'That killed me'.
To anyone versed in theology or psychology, this book presents nothing new. Ultimately, it details the habits of the destructive ego and explains the best course of practice to break free from indoctrination and bad paradigms brought about by them.
Since this will be a revelation to some, I'm giving this a 3 star since the knowledge of the 'The Devil' in us is very valuable.
The style is quite easy to read, and is intriguing. It's broken up well, so you can read little parts here and there when you have time, without disrupting the flow too much.
It's perhaps slightly repetitive, and could have been made a little more concise, but it's well worth a read. Hill covers some topics in this book, such as Hypnotic Rhythm, that I haven't seen him cover elsewhere, at least not using the same language.
The main message of the book is that drifting, without definiteness of purpose, will have you claimed by the devil!
Written in the style of a conversation between a man and the devil the story unfolds in intricate detail about how “the devil” stops us all from achieving our wants and desires. The book goes into great detail to explain how we get derailed and as well as that how to get back on track.
I’d recommend buying two copies and a notebook. One copy to make margin notes in and a spare to give to a friend. The notebook for all the additional notes you’ll want to take from it.
Has it changed my life? Absolutely. Few books have had an impact on me like this has. I’ve developed a “definiteness of purpose” mindset thanks to this book.
To get a taste of tbe book check out the YouTube version which has it narrated by two people. You’ll get a good feel for the book and its style from that.
I’d rate this ten out of ten. One of the best books I’ve read.