“An old Hindu legend states that when the gods were making the world, they said: ‘Where can we hide the most valuable of treasures so that they will not be lost? How can we hide them so that the lust and greed of men will not steal or destroy them? What can we do to be assured that these riches will be carried on from generation to generation for the benefit of all mankind?
So in their wisdom they selected a hiding place that was so obvious it would not be seen. And there they placed the true riches of life, endowed with the magic power of perpetual self-replenishment. In this hiding place these treasures can be found by every living person in every land who follows the success system that never fails.
And as you read this book, read it as if I were your personal friend writing to you, and you alone. For this book is dedicated to you, and all who seek the true riches of life.”
~ W. Clement Stone from The Success System That Never Fails
W. Clement Stone is an old school, early 20th century businessman, philanthropist, and self-help author. (He built a huge insurance company and gave away over $275 million to charities over the course of his lifetime.)
He was inspired by and then wrote a book with Napoleon Hill. (We’ll be covering the book they wrote together called Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude soon.)
He’s also the guy who helped Og Mandino overcome his alcoholism and go on to run Success Magazine and become one of the best-selling author’s of his generation.
His style is reminiscent of others of his era—like Hill and Mandino, Earl Nightingale and some other, earlier old-school guys like Orison Swett Marden and Samuel Smiles. I love the classic, super-fired up, “Let’s do this!!” energy. :)
The book was originally published in 1962. Stone lived through the Great Depression and tells stories about when you could get by on a dime in your pocket. (Get a copy of the book here.)
It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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