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A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR In every chapter of this book,mention has been made of the money-making secret which has made fortunes for hundreds of exceedingly wealthy men whom I have carefully analyzed over a long period of years. 50 The secret was brought to my attention by Andrew Carnegie, more than half a century ago. The canny, lovable old Scotsman carelessly tossed it into my mind, when I was but a boy. Then be sat back in his chair, with a merry twinkle in his eyes, and watched carefully to see if I had brains enough to understand the full significance of what he had said to me. When he saw that I bad grasped the idea. he asked if I would be willing to spend twenty years or more p reparing myself to take it to the would, to men and women who, without the secret, might go through life as failures. I said I would, and with Mr. Carnegies cooperation, I have kept my promise. This book contains the secret, after having been put to a practical test by thousands of people, in almost every walk of life. It was Mr. Carnegies idea that the magic ula, which gave him a stupendous fortune, ought to be placed within reach of people who do not have time to investigate how men make money, and it was his hope that I might test and demonstrate the soundnes s of the ula through the experience of men and women in every calling. He believed the ula should be taught in all public schools and colleges, and expressed the opinion that if it were properly taught it would so revolutionize the entire educational system that the time spent in school could be reduced to less than half. “ ” 6 In the chapter on Faith, you will read the astounding story of the organization of the giant United States Steel Corporation, as it was conceived and carried out by one of the young men through whom Mr. Carnegie proved that his ula will work for all who are ready for it. This single application of the secret, by Charles M. Schwab, made him a huge fortune in both money and opportunity. Roughly speaking, this particular application of the ula was worth six hundred million dollars. “ ” These facts--and they are facts well known to almost everyone who knew Mr. Carnegie--give you a fair idea of what the reading of this book may bring to you, provided you know what it is that you want. 7 5 The secret was passed on to thousands of men and women who have used it for their personal benefit as Mr. Carnegie planned that they should. Some have made fortunes with it. Other have used it successfully in creating harmony in their homes. A clergyman used it so effectively that it brought him an income of upwards of 75,OOO a year. “ ” Arthur Nash, a Cincinnati tailor, used his near-bankrupt business as a “guinea pig“ on which to test the ula. The business came to life and made a fortune for its owners. It is still thriving, although Mr. Nash has gone. The experiment was so unique that newspapers and magazines gave it more than a million dollars worth of laudatory publicity. The secret was passed on to Stuart Austin Wier, of Dallas, Texas. He was ready for it--so ready that he gave up his profession and studied law. Did he succeed That story is told, too. While serving as advertising manager of the LaSalle Extension University, when it was little more than a name, I had the privilege of seeing J. G. Chapline, president of the university, use the ula so effectively that he made LaSalle one of the great extension schools of the country.The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times throughout this book. It has not been directly named, for it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where those who are ready, and searching for it, may pick it up. That is why Mr. Carnegie tossed it to me so quietly, without giving me its specific name. If you are ready to put it to use, you will recognize this secret at least once in every chapter. I wish I might feel privileged to tell you how you will know if you are ready, but that would deprive you of much of the benefit yon will receive when you make the discovery in your own way. If you have ever been discouraged. if you have had difficulties to surmount which took the very soul out of you, if you have tried and failed, if you were ever handicapped by illness or physical affection, the “story of my sons discovery and use of the Carnegie ula may prove to be ale oasis in the Desert of Lost Hope for which you have been searching. This “secret was extensively used by Resident Woodrow Wilson during World War I. It was passed on to every soldier who fought in the war, carefully wrapped in the training received before going to the front. President Wilson told me it was a strong factor in raising the funds needed for the war. A peculiar thing about this secret is that those who once acaerie it and use it, find themselves literally swept on to success. If you doubt this, study the names of those who have used it, wherever they have been mentioned; check their records for yourself, and be convinced. There is no such thing as something for nothing The secret to which I refer cannot be had without a price, although the price is far less than its value. It cannot be had at any price by those who are not intentionally searching for it.it cannot be given away, it cannot be purchased for money, for the reason that it comes in two parts. One part is already in possession of those who are ready for it. 3 The secret serves equally well all who are ready for it. Education has nothing to do with it. Long before I was born, the secret had found its way into the possession of Thomas A. Edison, and he used it so intelligently that he became the worlds leading inventor, although he had but three months of schooling. 1 2 The secret was passed on to Edwin C. Bames, a business associate of Mr. Edison. He used it so effectively that, although he was then making only 12,OOO a year, he accumulated a great fortune, and retired from active business while still a young man. You will find his story at the beginning of the first chapter. It should convince you that riches are not beyond your reach, that you can still be what yon wish to be, that money, fame, recognition and happiness can be had by all who are ready and determined to have these blessings. How do I know these things You should have the answer before you finish this book. You may find it in the very first chapter, or on the last page. 20 While I was pering the twenty-year task of research. chick I had undertaken at Mr.Carnegies request I analyzed hundreds of well-known men, many of whom admitted that they had accuntulated their vast fortunes through the aid of the Carnegie secret; among these men were HENRY FORD JAMES J. HILL GEORGE EASTMAN JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER THOMAS A. EDISON WOODROW WILSON 28 WILLIAM JENNIGS BRAYA DR.ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ’ These names represent but a small fraction of the hundreds of well-known Americans whose achievements, financial and otherwise, prove that those who understand and apply the Carnegie secret reach high stations in life. I have never known anyone who was inspired to use the secret who did not achieve noteworthy success in his chosen calling. I have never known any person to distinguish himself, or to accumulate riches of any consequence, without possession of the secret. From these two facts I draw the conclusion that the secret is more important as a part of the knowledge essential for self-determination, than any which one receives through what is popularly known as “education.“ What is education anyway This has been answered in full detail. Somewhere, as you read, the secret to which I refer will jump from the page and stand boldly before you, if you are ready for it When it appears, you win recognize it. Whether you receive the sign in the first or the last chapter, stop for a moment when it presents itself, and turn down a glass, for that occasion will mark the most important turning-point of your life. “ ” “ ” Remember, too, as you go through the book, that it deals with facts and not with fiction its purpose being to convey a great universal truth through which an who the ready may learn what to do and how to do it They will also receive the needed stimulus to make a start. “ ” As a final word of preparation, before you begin the first chapter, may I offer one brief suggestion which may provide a clue by which the Carnegie secret may be recognized It is this--all achievement, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea If you are ready for the secret you already possess one half of it;therefore,you will readily recognize the other half the moment reaches your mind NAPOLEON HILL