‘Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, its time to pause and reflect’- Mark Twain
Over 15 million people have supposedly read this book, me included. What I wonder is the impact it has had on these readers lives.
I do not say this lightly, but this book had fundamentally changed the way that I think about how to become successful and consequently, I think will have altered the future course of my life. Big claim right? For a book written in 1937 maybe you’d ask how can it still be so relevant and applicable in our modern capitalist, consumer society. The basics of success, it seems, are predictable and timeless and Napoleon Hill may well have been the single most knowledgeable person on this topic that has ever lived.
He was employed by Andrew Carnegie to spend 20 years interviewing the most successful people of his time (including Andrew Carnegie himself, Thomas Edison, Rockefeller, Henry Ford and dozens of others) and distilled all that he found into this one book.
It would be an a pale imitation of the real thing to try and summarise here. So I just request that you read this book. With an open mind and a slight allowance for the dated narrative. In that sense it completely reminds me of Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to win Friends and Influence People’ another classic. If you let it, if you want it to, this book will change you’re life.
If you have already read it, please let me know your thoughts and how/if it impacted you. I’m really curious to see what others thought!
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