Always the blurb says something that makes people buy the book. "The international Bestseller", "Over 4 million copies sold". That is recommendation enough, and presumably there are people who's lives have become enriched reading the book and applying some of the principles. But somewhere in the book, Napoleon Hill says that he expressly wrote the book for people who wanted to make money, and big time... I first picked up a copy of this inspiring book in 1988, impressed by the story of Asa Candler and the formula for Coca Cola, and how the pharmacy assistant paid his life's savings of $500 to buy the concoction that made him a fortune and even today makes billions for the publicly-quoted company.
I quite often wonder if Lakshmi Mittal has read the book. He is in the steel business, like Andrew Carnegie. Did Bill Gates read this book? It is said he read The Master Key by Charles Haanel and found a clue in one line and deserted Harvard to press on with his company called Microsoft. That one line must be something worth discovering. Bill Gates has been very good at deciphering codes. Powerful line.
I recently purchased a copy of the reprint of the original 1937 version, and I read it before I fall asleep,
and highlight what seems important. I use an orange highlight, easy on the eyes.
Hey! It says read the chapter on Auto-Suggestion every night, till the message is ingrained in one's memory. Read it aloud, so you can hear it in your own voice, with faith, emotion and belief, so that the subconscious mind will accept the formula.... Press on, towards riches of the heart and the mind and dreams. On Desire, it says define your desire. Unless you know what you are looking for, you cannot find it. Now I have a clue. I know what I want, but I don't always say it. But as I read aloud what I want to achieve, my neighbour can no doubt hear me. Perhaps the message will be conveyed to the ether and to Infinite Intelligence, and God in His mercy will grant me only that which is good for me.