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Law of Success

(The Law of Success)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  11,210 ratings  ·  356 reviews

Teaching, for the First Time in the History of the World, the True Philosophy upon which all Personal Success is Built.

“You Can Do It if You Believe You Can!”
THIS is a course on the fundamentals of Success.
Success is very largely a matter of adjusting one’s self to the ever-varying and changing environments of life, in a spirit of harmony and poise.

Paperback, The 21st-Century Edition, 1035 pages
Published June 26th 2004 by High Roads Media (first published 1925)
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Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
This or some form of this book should be a part of every child's curriculum, beginning at least freshman year in high school. Why?

As an educator with over ten years experience (K-12 two years, college / university eight years) I can tell you that if a student comes to class with all the talent in the world WITHOUT an understanding (a very specific understanding) of his / her definite purpose (Hill calls it "chief aim"), self-confidence, a habit of saving, imagination, self-control, accurate tho
Anton Klink
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having finished the short "Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success", the medium sized "Think and Grow Rich" and the massive "The Law of Success" all back to back, and having found them all fairly similar, I will discuss them all at once.

First of all, "Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success" is not by Napolen Hill at all. It is a fairly short book by modern authors outlining the main principles of success found in Hill's other books, especially "Law of Success" and "Think and Grow Rich". Although renamed and re
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very useful book for those who want to become successful in life. Highly recommended for all. Amazing write up by Napoleon Hill. I bought this book at special price from here:
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
15 Timeless Principles of Success:

1. Having a Definite Chief Aim
2. Self Confidence
3. The Habit of Saving
4. Initiative & Leadership
5. Imagination
6. Enthusiasm
7. Self-Control
8. The Habit of Doing More than Paid For
9. Pleasing Personality
10. Accurate Thought
11. Concentrate
12. Cooperation
13. Profiting by Failure
14. Tolerance
15. Practicing the Golden Rule
Peter Parrish

A friend of mine gave me this book "The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons" to read as a gift. We both were looking to take our businesses to greater height. We told each other that we would read this book through its entirety. The book shows how the wealthy create success.

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 and living his life in poverty. In 1908 Hill was hired by Andrew Carnegie. At that time Carnegie was one of the richest men in the world. Hill had studied over 500 of Americas most successful busi
Chris Ruby
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chris by: Robert Kiyosaki
Shelves: own, self-help, success
This is one of the best self-help books I've ever read! I have to admit, the book is quite verbose and boring at times (particularly in the beginning), but if you can get through the 1st quarter of the book, the remainder is well worth it. ...more
Lars Andersson
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All books of Napolion Hill is very good! I have read many of the and several times.
David Ellis
I've been studying Think and grow Rich since 1971 and have always seen reference made by Dr. Hill to the Law of Success, but never sought to find it. Last December it jumped off the shelf at Barnes and Noble in Seattle when I was looking for the Art of War. I devoured the book in about three weeks. It was truly the most transformational experience of my life and was the frosting on the cake for Think and Grow Rich. I really began to connect with the members of my master mind alliance and ultimat ...more
Lucas Carmo
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Read in moderation" would be my tip for this book. Much as it was written long ago, many previously absolute truths are no longer applied to the twenty-first century. In addition, the author often demonstrates an arrogant attitude, which is another position not applied to the present day. I believe that in an updated version, the book could contain 100 pages (instead 1035), summarizing the 16 lessons for success. ...more
Kelly Murray
Napoleon Hill was definitely ahead of his time. I learned so much from this. Just like there are indisputable laws of the Universe, there are also indisputable laws of success that any one must learn and accept if they wish to attain any sort of achievement.
Henrik Haapala
“Far from being a disadvantage, struggle is a decided advantage, because it develops those qualities which would forever lie dormant without it. Many a man has found his place in the world because of having been forced to struggle for existence early in life.” p.133

Mirror: “There stands the man to whom I promised to introduce you. There is the only man in this world who can put you back on your feet again, and unless you sit down and become acquainted with that man, as you never became acquainte
Emil Nygård
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book! If you can ignore his rants about the so called ether and telepathy, this book contains super useful and practical life advice to become successful. As the book says -One can not read The Law of Success without being better off on the way to success. Or something along those lines.
Jeff Stockett
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: success
This book is amazing. It is filled with timeless principles. This book is the culmination of Napoleon Hill's more than 20 years of studying and interviewing successful people.

This book contains an in-depth look at the habits that are required to bring about success. I really liked that this book acknowledges that material wealth is the primary focus of many of its readers. But it also emphasizes the other aspects of success.

Some of my favorite lessons include the lessons on imagination, pleasing
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about 600 pages. It is 15 laws of success while I have seen a photocopy version of the original printing at that has 16 laws. It seems that the introduction chapter in my version is actually the 1st law on forming a mastermind group. I have completed the book and this is a foundation book for everyone! This is a book you could study for quite some time. Some of the stories are a little dated especially when he talks about salaries but other than that it is loaded with great quotes, ...more
Mark Peacock
1. have defined aim
2. cooperate with others to obtain aim
3. have a pleasant personality
4. don't waste time with thoughts or people who can support you
5. focus on aim
6. master mind. gather from team of co-contributors
7. don't procrastinate... be disciplined
Martha Sweeney
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a different version than this one (cover and internal format/information). Though it's older, there are so many truths that exist today in life and business. This is the second time reading this book in just a few years. DEFINITELY a must-read! ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my top 5 favorite books. I have read it now, in its entirety, 7 times.
Steven Walle
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An othergreat book by Napolian Hill who is my favorite self help author. A full review is on it's way.
Be Blessed.
Ayo Mj
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this title highly informative and motivating. The lessons and supportive arguments constantly remind you of the author's primary message.

The presentation is easy to follow. Overall, it is a great book.

The major challenge with this title is the level of repetition you may observe. Probably for emphasis, major points are repeated time and again. This may cause you to quickly flip through some of the pages. The repetitions also had the effect of making the points communicated rather diffus
Chris Munson
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
This book was written over 80 years ago, but still holds up well. I will issue a warning that much of the content is considered New Age, even by todays standards. I imagine back in the 1920s they must have thought that Napoleon Hill was a lunatic. The book is far superior to its sequel, Think and Grow Rich. The book is divided into 15 easy to digest lessons. Hill tends to meander within the lessons (e.g. he sometimes does not get to the actual topic of each lesson until about half-way through) a ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I marvel at the simplicity of some of the principles and cringe a bit at the stretching in my character required to deliver on some of the other principles. Hill presents an arsenal of success tools that are pretty all-encompassing. These are methods by which one can govern her mind, mind, mood and attitudes. She who has the guts to cultivate all 17 principles will surely win the prize.
Kajal Dhamija
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
This is a no nonsense book. It is a commitment. A commitment that you make to yourself and insure yourself against failure in life. Just keep one thing in mind: do not pick this book if you are not ready to transform your life. You won't be able to sit lazily after reading this book. Also, if you don't want to actually try applying what is said in here, you better not pick up this book at all! ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books you will ever read!
Danessa Violette
Excellent Book!
Michael Fox
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book on two different levels. First, it's a classic in the self-improvement genre. Full of the wisdom of ages. Second, it's an old book (from early last century); therefore, it contains many dated cultural perspectives. For me it was an enjoyable read if taken just for the dated cultural perspectives. I'm fascinated by the 1920's era, so this book was an unexpected window into the thinking and perspectives of that time. I would warmly recommend this book to all who are seeking to ...more
Keith Flint
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book with workable principles. It is a little long so it will require a commitment, but if you make that commitment you'll be glad you did.
No matter what your current occupation or means of making money, simply reading this book will make you better at it.
Very highly recommended.

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Mario Tomic
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book twice and both times I found it very inspiring. It kept me on point when I was just starting out my business and "Think and Grow Rich" was one of those books that got me into personal development. The book has its flaws but its good success material to feed the mind. ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best success advice I've seen. I prefer it over Think and Grow Rich.

There is a bunch of dogma in it, but the success principles fundamentally are super solid. Don't discount a book like this, just because it has a few racist or other nonsense remarks.
Bonnie Juul
Loved listening to this. It is full of nuggets of wisdom.
Sina Jafarzadeh
The author seemed to put a real effort and work is well-thought and written but the book contains many unsubstantiated anecdotes with a "just accept it" theme to them. It might appeal to certain type of people but I didn't find it inspiring overall; just another self-help book. The book was written about 100 years ago so it might also be the effect of time and emulation of the next works that reduces its perceived originality. (2.5/5) ...more
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Napoleon Hill was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 m ...more

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The Law of Success (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Law of Success, Volume II: Principles of Personal Power
  • The Law of Success, Volume I: The Principles of Self-Mastery
  • The Law of Success, Volume III: The Principles of Self-Creation
  • The Law of Success, Volume IV: The Principles of Personal Integrity
  • The Law of Success, Volume XII & XIII: Concentration & Co-Operation by Napoleon Hill
  • The Law of Success, Volume IV & V: The Habit of  Saving & Initiative and Leadership
  • The Law of Success, Volume II & III: A Definite Chief Aim & Self Confidence
  • The Law of Success, Volume X & XI: Pleasing Personality & Accurate Thought
  • The Law of Success, Volume VI & VII: Imagination & Enthusiasm by Napoleon Hill
  • The Law Of Success In Sixteen Lessons, Lessons 14-16: Failure, Tolerance, Golden Rule

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