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on 1 October 2010
I was profoundly surprised to find this book being a guide to personal success for those who wish to succeed ethically. It is not a "get-rich-at-the-expense-of-others" kind of guidebook. In fact, it mentions greed as being one of the negative emotions.

Unfortunately, the book's title, especially the spiel below it about the author having written "Think & Grow Rich", belies its high quality of content.

An unfortunate thing about the author's life work is his ignorance about his own Western world's capitalist nature and use of money (- which should be, but is not entirely a mechanism of exchange for goods and services only). He is not alone in this ignorance, as is evident by the booms & busts brought about by the private banks' fractional reserve system of producing money and trading therein: He, amongst many others, supported the government of his time (in the Great Depression last century) in supporting the banks as they have recently been supported this century.

However, the book is not just for people who want to get rich; it is for anyone who wants to do any thing successfully as well as ethically. The chapters in the book are -
- Develop Definiteness of Purpose
- Establish a Mastermind Alliance
- Assemble an Attractive Personality
- Use Applied Faith
- Go the Extra Mile
- Create Personal Initiative
- Build a Positive Mental Attitude
- Control Your Enthusiasm
- Enforce Self-Discipline
- Think Accurately
- Control Your Attention
- Inspire Teamwork
- Learn from Adversity & Defeat
- Cultivate Creative Vision
- Maintain Sound Health
- Budget Your Time & Money
- Use Cosmic Habitforce
- The 17 Principles of Success (Review)

Included on a 2-CD set (ISBN: 1905453221) titled "The Science of Personal Achievement" (claiming to explain the 17 keys to success, but including only parts of the book's content) is the author's prayer that is worth mentioning here, and which confirms his attitude as not being one of just getting rich:

"Oh, Infinite Intelligence,
I ask not for more riches,
But for more Wisdom
With which to make better use
Of the Blessings with which
I was endowed at birth,
Through the Privilege of embracing
My own mind and directing it
To ends of my own choice."

This is a book one can read many times over in one's life: Napoleon Hill's life work was an outcome of such infinite intelligence.
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