15 05 2014 

The Law of Success , Law 1 Introduction, by Napoleon Hill

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General Introduction to the LAW OF SUCCESS COURSE By Napoleon Hill

In the back pages of this Introduction you will observe a Personal Analysis Chart in which ten well known men have been analyzed for your study and comparison. Observe this chart carefully and note the "danger points" which mean failure to those who do not observe these signals.

 Of the ten men analyzed eight are known to be successful, while two may be considered failures. Study, carefully, the reason why these two men failed. Then, study yourself. In the two columns which have been left blank for that purpose, give yourself a rating on each of the Fifteen Laws of Success at the beginning of this course; at the end of the course rate 8 yourself again and observe the improvements you have made.

 The purpose of the Law of Success course is to enable you to find out how you may become more capable in your chosen field of work. To this end you will be analyzed and all of your qualities classified so you may organize them and make the best possible use of them. You may not like the work in which you are now engaged.

 There are two ways of getting out of that work. One way is to take but little interest in what you are doing, aiming merely to do enough with which to "get by." Very soon you will find a way out, because the demand for your services will cease.

The other and better way is by making yourself so useful and efficient in what you are now doing that you will attract the favourable attention of those who have the power to promote you into more responsible work that is more to your liking.

It is your privilege to take your choice as to which way you will proceed. Again you are reminded of the importance of Lesson Nine of this course, through the aid of which you may avail yourself of this "better way" of promoting yourself.

Thousands of people walked over the great Calumet Copper Mine without discovering it. Just one lone man used his imagination dug down into the earth a few feet, investigated, and discovered the richest copper deposit on earth. You and every other person walk, at one time or another, over your "Calumet Mine."

Discovery is a matter of investigation and use of "imagination." This 9 course on the Fifteen Laws of Success may lead the way to your "Calumet," and you may be surprised when you discover that you were standing right over this rich mine, in the work in which you are now engaged. In his lecture on "Acres of Diamonds," Russell Conwell tells us that we need not seek opportunity in the distance; that we may find it right where we stand!

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 NAPOLEON HILL, Author of the Law of Success.

The Author's Acknowledgment of Help Rendered Him in the Writing of This Course

This course is the result of careful analysis of the life-work of over one hundred men and women who have achieved unusual success in their respective callings. The author of the course has been more than twenty years in gathering, classifying, testing and organizing the Fifteen Laws upon which the course is based. In his labour he has received valuable assistance either in person or by studying the life-work of the following men:

  • Henry Ford                      Edward Bok                    Thomas A. Edison          
  • Cyrus H. K. Curtis           Harvey S. Firestone         George W. Perkins
  • John D. Rockefeller         Henry L. Doherty             Charles M. Schwab         
  • George S. Parker             Woodrow Wilson             Dr. C. O. Henry
  • Darwin P. Kingsley          General Rufus                 Ayers
  • Wm. Wrigley, Jr.              Judge Elbert H. Gary       D. Lasker
  • William Howard Taft        E. A. Filene                     Dr. Elmer Gates
  • James J. Hill                    John W. Davis 11            Captain George M. Alexander .
  • Samuel Insul         Judge Daniel T. Wright (One of the authors law instructors).
  • Hugh Chalmers               Dr. E. W. Strickler           Elbert Hubbard     
  • Edwin C. Barnes              Luther Burbank               RobertL.Taylor (Fiddling Bob)
  • O. H. Harriman                John Burroughs              George Eastman
  • E. H. Harriman                E. M. Statler                    Charles
  • P. Steinmetz                    Andrew Carnegie            Frank Vanderlip
  • John Wanamaker            Theodore                        Roosevelt
  • Marshall Field                  Wm. H. French
  • Dr. Alexander Graham Bell (To whom the author owes credit for most of Lesson One).

 Of the men named, perhaps Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie should be acknowledged as having contributed most toward the building of this course, for the reason that it was Andrew Carnegie who first suggested the writing of the course and Henry Ford whose life-work supplied much of the material out of which the course was developed.

 Some of these men are now deceased, but to those who are still living the author wishes to make here grateful acknowledgment of the service they have rendered, without which this course never could have been written.

 The author has studied the majority of these men at close range, in person. With many of them he enjoys, or did enjoy before their death, 12 the privilege of close personal friendship which enabled him to gather from their philosophy facts that would not have been available under other conditions.