Discover how to open your mind to success and wealth with this easy-to-read guide to personal achievement. Written by Napoleon Hill, author of the self-help classic Think and Grow Rich, the book is based on the principles behind the achievements of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and other prosperous thinkers and businessmen of the twentieth century. Millions of readers around the world have adopted its philosophy to attain career advancement, improve friendships and business relationships, build monetary wealth, and lead richer, fuller lives.
Hill shares the insider tips he learned from the top tycoons of his era, including The Law of Cosmic Habitforce, Andrew Carnegie’s “Master Mind” Method, The Magic of Going the “Extra Mile,” and The Twelve True Riches of Life. These principles — involving willpower, self-discipline, and positive thinking — can be applied by anyone of any age, regardless of occupation or economic circumstance.
About the Author
A protégé of Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) spent 20 years interviewing self-made millionaires and formulating his "Philosophy of Success." Hill was a pioneer of self-help writing, and his Think and Grow Rich is among the bestselling books of all time.
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The Master Key to Riches
By Napoleon Hill
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 2009 Dover Publications, Inc.
All rights reserved.
The Beginning of All Riches
As Revealed by the Masked Rich Man from Happy Valley
THE LARGEST AUDIENCE ever assembled in the history of mankind sat breathlessly awaiting the message of a mysterious man who was about to reveal to the world the secret of his riches.
In that audience were men who had tried and failed so often that they had all but lost hope!
And there were young men and young women—mere boys and girls—who were filled with hope and courage and eagerness to learn the way to riches.
There were doctors, lawyers, dentists, engineers and school teachers, waiting to hear what the speaker might have to say which would put them on the road to riches.
Clergymen of every religion on earth were there, with the hope that they might gather from the message of the speaker some inspirational ideas they could pass on to the members of their congregations.
Newspaper reporters were more numerous than bees; a great battery of cameras trained upon the speaker's platform, and the newsreel men were present with their moving picture cameras and sound equipment.
There were taxicab drivers, mechanics, bricklayers, merchants, barbers, and newsboys, representing every trade and every calling on earth, and many of them had come from distant places.
Slowly the curtain began to rise, the Chairman walking to the speaker's dais raised his hand for silence! The noise died down and a silent hush spread over the great audience.
The introduction of the speaker was brief. The Chairman simply said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the honor to introduce to you the richest man in all the world. He has come to tell you about the MASTER-KEY TO RICHES."
The speaker walked briskly to the speaker's dais.
He was dressed in a long black robe and wore a mask over his eyes.
His hair was of a grayish tint, and he appeared to be about sixty years of age.
He stood silently for a few moments, while the cameras flashed. Then, speaking slowly, in a voice soft and pleasing, like music, he began his message:
You have come here to seek the MASTER-KEY TO RICHES!
You have come because of that human urge for the better things in life, which is the common desire of all people.
You desire economic security which money alone can provide.
Some of you desire an outlet for your talents in order that you may have the joy of creating your own riches.
Some of you are seeking the easy way to riches, with the hope that you will find it without giving anything in return; that too is a common desire. But it is a desire I shall hope to modify for your benefit, as from experience I have learned that there is no such thing as something for nothing.
There is but one sure way to riches, and that may be attained only by those who have the MASTER-KEY TO RICHES!
This MASTER-KEY is an ingenious device with which those who possess it may unlock the door to the solution of all of their problems. Its powers of magic transcend those of the famous Aladdin's Lamp.
It opens the door to sound health.
It opens the door to love and romance.
It opens the door to friendship, by revealing the traits of personality and character which make enduring friends.
It reveals the method by which every adversity, every failure, every disappointment, every mistaken error of judgment, and every past defeat may be transmuted into riches of a priceless value.
It kindles anew the dead hopes of all who possess it, and it reveals the formula by which one may "tune in" and draw upon the great reservoir of Infinite Intelligence, through that state of mind known as Faith.
It lifts humble men to positions of power, fame and fortune.
It turns back the hands of the clock of Time and renews the spirit of youth for those who have grown old too soon.
It provides the method by which one may take full and complete possession of one's own mind, thus giving one unchallenge· able control over the emotions of the heart and the power of thinking.
It bridges the deficiencies of those who have inadequate education through formal schooling, and puts them substantially on the same plane of opportunity that is enjoyed by those who have a better education.
And lastly, it opens the doors, one by one, to the Twelve Great Riches of Life, which I shall presently describe for you in detail.
Listen carefully to what I have to say, for I shall not pass this way again. Listen not only with open ears, but with open minds and eager hearts, remembering that no man may hear that for which he has not the preparation for hearing.
The preparation consists of many things, among them sincerity of purpose, humility of heart, a full recognition of the truth that no man knows everything; that the combined knowledge of mankind has not been enough to save men from cutting one another to pieces through warfare, nor to restrain them from cheating and stealing the fruits of labor from their fellowmen.
I shall speak to you of facts and describe to you many principles of which many of you may never have heard, for they are known only to those who have prepared themselves to accept the MASTER-KEY—a small but ever-increasing number of people who have attained the Degree of Fellowship.
The Fellowship is made up of men and women from many walks of life, of all nationalities and creeds. Its purpose is to reveal to mankind the benefits which are available through the spirit of the Brotherhood of man.
The Fellowship was born of the necessity of rehabilitating a war-worn world into which civilization was brought to the very brink of destruction through World War II. The Fellowship is non-sectarian and non-commercial.
Its members work individually. It has no authorized leaders, but every one who qualifies for the Degree of Fellowship becomes a leader unto himself.
The only condition that is required for membership is that all who qualify for the degree shall share with others the benefits they receive through the MASTER-KEY TO RICHES—as many others as they may find who are willing to prepare themselves to receive the benefits.
The Fellowship prepares men and women to relate themselves to one another as brothers and sisters.
It recognizes the great abundance of material riches available for mankind and provides a rational plan by which every person may share in these riches in proportion to his talents, as they are expressed through useful service.
It frowns upon the idea of too much for the few and too little for the many, but it also discourages all who endeavor to get something for nothing. And it discourages the accumulation of riches by individuals whose greed inspires them to seek more than they can use for their own economic security and to provide opportunities through which others may attain such security.
The Fellowship has a stupendous task ahead of it.
Civilization must live and go forward, not backward, for that is the plan of the Creator of all things.
Men must learn to live together as brothers, so that they may walk arm in arm, do the world's work and reap their just reward without poverty, without hardship, without fear or trembling.
The members of the Fellowship have learned to do this without suffering the loss of any of the joys of living or sacrificing any of their rights as individuals. Nay, they have discovered that the Fellowship way is the only path to enduring happiness.
I have come to tell you about the Fellowship and to place in your hands the MASTER-KEY to all riches.
My identity will not be revealed, for it would be of no benefit to you. If you wish to speak of me you may call me the "Rich Man from Happy Valley."
Before I describe the Twelve Great Riches let me reveal to you some of the riches you already possess; riches of which most of you may not be conscious.
First, I would have you recognize that each of you is a plural personality, although you may regard yourself as a single personality. You and every other person consist of at least two distinct personalities, and many of you possess more.
There is that self which you recognize when you look into a mirror. That is your physical self. But it is only the house in which your other selves live. In that house there are two individuals at least who are eternally in conflict with each other.
One is a negative sort of person who thinks and moves and lives in an atmosphere of fear and doubt and poverty and ill health. This self expects failure, and seldom is disappointed. It thinks of the circumstances of life which you do not want but which you seem forced to accept—poverty, greed, superstition, fear, doubt, worry and physical sickness.
And one is your "other self," a positive sort of person who thinks in terms of opulence, sound health, love and friendship, personal achievement, creative vision, service to others, and who guides you unerringly to the attainment of all of these blessings. It is this self which alone is capable of recognizing and appropriating the Twelve Great Riches. It is the only self which is capable of receiving the Master-Key to Riches.
These are not imaginary personalities of which I speak. They are real, for they have been revealed through scientific investigation of irreproachable authenticity.
Then you have many other priceless assets of which you may not be aware; hidden riches you have neither recognized nor used. Among these is a modern radio broadcasting and receiving station so powerful that it may pick up and send out the vibrations of thought from or to any part of the world, including the potential capacity to reach out into the cosmos and tune in with the power of Infinite Intelligence.
Your radio station operates automatically and continuously, when you are asleep just as when you are awake.
And it is under the control at all times of one or the other of your two major personalities, the negative personality or the positive personality. When your negative personality is in control your radio station picks up only the negative thought vibrations which are being sent out by hundreds of millions of other negative personalities throughout the world. These are accepted, acted upon and translated into their physical equivalent in terms of the circumstances of life which you do not wish.
When your positive personality is in control it picks up only the positive thought vibrations being released by millions of other positive personalities throughout the world, and translates them into their physical equivalent in terms of prosperity, sound health, love, hope, faith, peace of mind and happiness; the values of life for which you and every other normal person are searching.
I have come to reveal to you the Master-Key by which you may attain these and many other riches. That mysterious key which unlocks the doors to the solution of all human problems, acquires all riches, and places every individual radio station under the control of one's "other self."
I am known as the Rich Man from Happy Valley because I have come into possession of the Master-Key to Riches. The nature of my riches I shall presently reveal to you. But first let me tell you that I was not born to riches.
I was born in poverty and illiteracy.
My formal education has been limited to the knowledge available through a country grade school.
And the entire universe, as far as I was concerned, extended no further than the boundary lines of the backwoods county into which I was born.
Then came a great awakening. Love came into my heart, and with it the influence of the greatest person I shall ever hope to know. She became my wife and guide, for she came from the outer world—that world I had not suspected to exist. She was a woman of culture and education. From her I learned some of the secrets of biology, and chemistry, and astronomy, and physics. She reached deeply into my soul and uncovered that "other self" of which I had no knowledge.
Step by step, patiently and with love, she lifted me into a higher and yet higher plane of understanding, until at long last I was prepared to receive the great Master-Key to Riches—the gift which I shall share with you in the hope that you may become as rich as I.
With that blessing came also a responsibility consisting of an obligation to reveal the secrets of the great Master-Key to as many of you as may prepare yourselves to receive it. But let me here warn you that the Master-Key may be retained only by those who accept the obligation to share it with others. No man may use it selfishly, for his personal aggrandizement alone.
I shall reveal to you the means by which you may share the blessings of the Master-Key, but the responsibility of sharing must become your own.
The founders of the Rotary Club movement must have recognized the benefits of sharing, for they adopted as their motto: "He profits most who serves best."
And every close observer must have recognized that all individual successes which endure have had their beginning through the beneficent influence of some other individual, through some form of sharing.
My great opportunity consisted in the willingness of my wife to share with me the knowledge which she had acquired, plus the knowledge I gained from the principles which placed the Master-Key within my reach.
Your opportunity may well consist in my willingness to share this knowledge with you. But I have not come to give you material riches alone. I have come to share with you the knowledge by which you may acquire riches—all riches—through the expression of your own personal initiative!
That is the greatest of all gifts!
And it is the only kind of gift that anyone who is blessed with the advantages of a great nation like ours should expect. For here we have every potential form of riches available to mankind. We have them in great abundance.
So I assume that you too wish to become rich.
Let us become partners in the attainment of your desire, for I have found the way to all riches. Therefore I am prepared to serve as your guide.
I sought the path to riches the hard way before I learned that there is a short and dependable path I could have followed had I been guided as I hope to guide you.
Before we begin our journey to the land of riches let us take inventory so that we may know the true nature of riches. Yes, let us be prepared to recognize riches when we come within their reach.
Some believe that riches consist in money alone!
But enduring riches, in the broader sense, consist in many other values than those of material things, and may I add that without these other intangible values the possession of money will not bring the happiness which some believe it will provide.
When I speak of "riches" I have in mind the greater riches whose possessors have made life pay off on their own terms—the terms of full and complete happiness. I call these the "Twelve Riches of Life." And I sincerely wish to share them with all of you who are prepared to receive them, in whole or in part.
You may wonder about my willingness to share, so I shall tell you that the MASTER-KEY TO RICHES enables its possessors to add to their own store of riches everything of value which they share with others.
This is one of the strangest facts of life, but it is a fact which each of you must recognize and respect if you hope to become as rich as I.
Now let us pass on to the description of the Twelve Riches.CHAPTER 2
The Twelve Riches of Life
The greatest of all riches is ...
1. A Positive Mental Attitude:
All riches, of whatsoever nature, begin as a state of mind; and let us remember that a state of mind is the one and only thing over which any person has complete, unchallenged right of control.
It is highly significant that the Creator provided man with control over nothing except the power to shape his own thoughts and the privilege of fitting them to any pattern of his choice.
Mental attitude is important because it converts the brain into the equivalent of an electro-magnet which attracts the counterpart of one's dominating thoughts, aims and purposes. It also attracts the counterpart of one's fears, worries and doubts.
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Table of Contents
I. THE BEGINNING OF ALL RICHES
II. THE TWELVE RICHES OF LIFE
III. THE EIGHT PRINCES
IV. DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE
V. THE HABIT OF GOING THE EXTRA MILE
VI. LOVE, THE TRUE EMANCIPATOR OF MANKIND
VII. THE MASTER MIND
VIII. ANDREW CARNEGIE'S ANALYSIS OF THE MASTER MIND PRINCIPLE
IX. APPLIED FAITH
X. THE LAW OF COSMIC HABITFORCE
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