The Secret Behind the Source of the World’s Greatest Book on Personal Development

 Every now and then a book is written that contains such powerful ideas that it can reset the trajectory of the reader’s life. One such book is “How to Raise Your Own Salary” published by Napoleon Hill in 1953.

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Mr. Hill is widely recognized as the father of the personal development movement. He’s a contemporary of elite authors such as Dale Carnegie, Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar.

The secret that this book reveals is the source of all of Mr. Hill’s writings: a 1908 interview with steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. It’s hard to believe that the multi-zillionaire Mr. Carnegie is The Godfather of the self help movement. But it’s true.

Read the following excerpt from chapter six entitled “Individual Endeavor” and decide for yourself. It contains the first ten laws of success that Carnegie transmitted to Hill.

Warning: After reading a small sampling of this ground-breaking book, your outlook on life may never be the same.

CARNEGIE: I have never known of anyone achieving outstanding success without acting on his own initiative. Under our form of government and our industrial system every man is rewarded according to the service he renders through his own initiative. No one is forced to do anything against his will. But the American way of life is such that it encourages everyone to promote himself through his own efforts into whatever station in life he wishes. Those who organize their efforts naturally get ahead faster than those who drift, without definite aim or purpose.

HILL: There must be certain definite characteristics of leadership which the more successful leaders develop and apply. Will you give me a catalogue of such traits as you believe to be essential for leadership and individual achievement?

CARNEGIE: From my own experience with men I have observed that successful leaders in all walks of life exemplify one or more of thirty or more traits of leadership and individual achievement, and in some instances they possess all of these traits:

1. The adoption of a Definite Major Purpose and a definite plan for attaining it.

2. The choice of a motive adequate to inspire continuous action in pursuit of the object of one’s major purpose. Nothing great is ever achieved without a definite motive.

3. A Master Mind alliance through which to acquire the necessary power for noteworthy achievement. That which one man can accomplish by his own efforts is negligible, confined in the main to the acquisition of the bare necessities of life. Great achievement always is the result of coordination of minds working toward a definite end.

4. Self-reliance in proportion to the nature and scope of one’s major purpose. No one can go very far without relying largely upon his own efforts, his own initiative, his own judgment.

5. Self-discipline sufficient to give one mastery over both the head and the heart. The man who cannot or will not control himself never can control others. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is so important that it should probably have headed the entire list of the essentials of leadership.

6. Persistence, based on a will to win. Most men are good starters but poor finishers. The man who gives up at the first signs of opposition never goes very far in any undertaking.

7. A well-developed faculty of imagination. Able leaders must be eternally seeking new and better ways of doing things. They must be on the lookout for new ideas and new opportunities to attain the object of their labors. The man who trails along in the old path, doing things merely because others have done them, without looking for methods of improvements, never becomes a great leader.

8. The habit of makingdefinite and prompt decisions at all times. The man who cannot or will not make up his own mind has little opportunity to induce others to follow him.

9. The habit of basing opinions on known facts instead of relying upon guesswork or hearsay evidence. Able leaders take nothing for granted without a sound reason. They make it their business to get at the facts before forming judgments, but they move promptly and definitely.

10. The capacity to generate enthusiasm at will and direct it to a definite end. Uncontrolled enthusiasm may be as detrimental as no enthusiasm. Moreover, enthusiasm is contagious, as is also lack of enthusiasm. Followers and subordinates take on the enthusiasm of their leader.


Incredible, right?! And that’s just the first ten principles of success. There are twenty more included that chapter alone. And then 300+ pages of wisdom from the master himself, Andrew Carnegie. So if you’re into self help, personal growth or achieving success in whatever you do, this is the book you want to read first. And lucky for us, it’s available for a few bucks on Amazon Kindle.

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