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Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

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The bestselling self-help classic that has helped millions—promoting positive mental attitude as a key to personal success.

Your mind has a secret invisible talisman. On one side is emblazoned the letters PMA (positive mental attitude) and on the other the letters NMA (negative mental attitude). A positive attitude will naturally attract the good and the beautiful. The nega
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Gallery Books (first published 1960)
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Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'Suceess through a positive mental attitude' is not the kind of book where you find lot of inspirational quotes(which may or may not be true)to inspire you for a flash.It's the kind of book which raises your butt off to work,and lets you work with positve attitude until you secceed.YES,it's completely truth.

It deals with reality.This book consists of numerous world's greatest persons journey towards their goal,towards success,what kind of up's and downs they faced during their journey and how th
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
By the man who needs no introduction. One of his timeless, priceless books.
That is all.

Notes :

“Motivation is like a fire; unless you continue to add fuel, it will go out.”

“Andrew Carnegie had an obsession: anything in life that was worth having was worth working for.”

“Results are what count.”

“Listen to this book as if we the authors were your personal friends, and were speaking to you, and you alone.”

“Memorize self-motivators.”

“It’s impossible for you to conceive how far up is except f
Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Success through A Positive Mental Attitude was the life changing book I needed to read.Basically Napoleon Hill has compiled 17 Success Principles that if read and applied will help you achieve Success in all aspects of your life.The importance of having a positive mental attitude is overly emphasized as one of the greatest tools for achievement,together with having a definite purpose of life so that as you embark on the journey of life you are set with principles that have worked for many succes ...more
Antonio Rodríguez
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kind of antiquated book, talks much about God and the Holy Bible.
The majority of stories being told are way too short and strange.
They name a lot of books, specially his book Think and grow rich, being way too odd.
Also, they talk a lot about positive mental attitude, but they dont offer you a practical solution in order to get it.
In my opinion those are the worst things about the book, it could've been much better.
Barbara Ab
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Out of date. Full of religious references , a merchandise product to sell books and courses, some good tips if you have not read or listened other self-help books ….
Daniel Taylor
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want to improve themselves
What do you do when you get a great idea: do you act on it immediately or do you find all the reason why your idea is doomed?

This book builds on Napoleon Hill's two earlier works, "Think & Grow Rich" and its predecessor "The 17 Laws of Success", and focuses on how developing a positive mental attitude combined with the other principles will bring you closer to success. The coauthor of this book, W Clement Stone, was one of Jack Canfield's mentors (of "Chicken Soup For the Soul" fame).

The thing I
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
One of the last (if not the last) books that Napoleon Hill wrote and more modern than some of his other writing. Includes very powerful list of 17 Rules of success with tons of examples on how they are applied. Also includes epic bibliography of other personal development and success books. Must read for anyone who is into self actualization, being their best and/or helping others.
Mike Madden
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
My Positive Mental Attitude (Spoiler: PMA) prevents me from giving this a low rating!
Tony Dollars
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much that, as I was the director of an after school community tutoring and arts performance program, I bought copies and gave one to each of the volunteers, students and family members that answered yes when I asked if they would accept it.
Tony Dollars 2/29/2012Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude
Feb 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
full of anecdotes, very little substance. this book is a really, really, really long pep talk about never giving up. but, I was under the impression that this book would help change the way one thinks to be more positive. reading stories about other's success isn't really changing how or the way I think. ...more
Paul Mamani
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Positive Mental Attitude leads to success sooner or later
Success can be attributed to a single characteristic, a positive way of thinking.Take Henry Ford as an example, he didn’t give up on his visionary V8 engine even though his engineers told him it was impossible to achieve. People with a positive mental attitude (PMA) aren’t afraid of failure, they try as long as necessary until they achieve their goal. They are constantly learning, adapting and self-improving despite giant setbacks on the w
Stephanie Weisgerber
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I will have to read this book several times to fully grasp all of the 17 success principles. Fantastic book! He likens success to a talisman with PMA on one side and the flip side NMA. (positive mental attitude vs negative mental attitude). It’s imperative that we learn the power of the subconscious mind to help us in our endeavors toward success when given the seeds of positive thoughts. Let us never forget the power of God or “Infinite Intelligence” in all of our success as we partner wit ...more
Adelaide Miranda
Truly Inspiring and motivating

This book holds the secret to discipline... Follow the Pilots and change your life. Amazing. A life lesson. One of the best books on success philosophy
Nancy McConnell
This is a book anyone could usem=, it really brings thing into perspective, and makes you take a good look at youreslf.
Mike Rabasco
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I still have a lot to learn from this book I will be re reading this book. I continue to grow and learn from those who lived before us. This book hits the nail on the head.
Farhan Safi
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
it would have been a great book if the ideas were summarised in 150-200 pages. Hills being Hills repeated every idea atleast 20 times.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very dated but still full of plenty of useful content.
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Book for the ones who want to develop their mind and their soul, to learn from others that positivity is the best choice.
Stephen Bungay
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timeless advice

You are the most important person in the world, the book says, which means you are at once the source of your problems and solutions. Learn to see the positive in the negative by using PMA.The paperback of this book was given to me by W. Clement Stone when I joined The Combined Insurance Company as an agent back in the early eighties. I didn't read it then (and should have). Packed with good advice and techniques, it is written using phraseology from a different era, which doesn't
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Concepts to Change Your Thinking

This book is SO inspirational. Although I am generally annoyed by typos and errors in a published work, the many mistakes littered throughout this book were nothing compared to the knowledge I gained. Will be reading again.
Stephen Bungay
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received the paperback version from W. Cĺement Stone's Combined Insurance organization when I became an agent waaaay back in the early 1980s. I didn't read it then and I should have. Some to years later I purchased the e-book (much easier to make notations and not destroy the book). Written in another era, the language is a little archaic at times, but the message is timeless. ...more
Henrik Haapala
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help-2020
Old school success principles and stories written by two great, successful, authors!

PMA = a positive mental attitude

Four takeaways:
• You have a problem - that’s good. Reframing into how this will benefit you. There are two sides: PMA and NMA. Always choose PMA when you can. But try to prevent negative consequences also.
• Your magnificent obsession. Creating a focus on the one most important thing. Definiteness of purpose.
• Success quotient based on the 17 success principles.
• Copy from succe
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not remember where I heard about this book, but when I did, it certainly made me want to listen through this right away, because of the title and the description was something I felt I was craving for.

Book certainly delivered on my high expectations, not only vocalizing the title so well, but other content as well. Here are some highlights from my notes:
+ Motivation is like fire, keep adding to it or it will go out.
+ Those who believe they can, they can!
+ Identify yourself with successful i
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of all time. W. Clement Stone was brilliant in getting Napoleon Hill to come out of retirement to do this book with him. I enjoyed it more than I did "Think and Grow Rich". I think I liked it more because the verbatim used is a little more up to date and the terms seem to be more relevant to today. This type of success is attainable to anyone. It all starts with a positive attitude. You will not have any sort of success with a negative attitude. It also doesn't come with only ha ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of motivational/self help books this year and this one was certainly among the top influential ones. Success through PMA is very informative and gives great examples from successful people. There are good examples to help the reader progress in life. Maybe it's a coincidence, but I am doing better now than I have ever done previously in my life. If only I had have read this book when I was a teenager! ...more
Sep 03, 2013 added it
This book has enlightened my thoughts about the road, challenges, spirituality, and diligence it takes to become successful. There are a few reassuring principals and beliefs that are found in this book. I highly recommend this one to any persons pursuing a career. It works! Give it a shot. :)
Ahmad Nazeri
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a huge believer in the power of our mind and this book illustrates the amazing things we can achieve when we combine a positive mental attitude with the right strategies. The strategies are taught through many inspirational stories. Highly recommended for everyone!
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic self-development book. I wish I had read this when I was a young teenager and I wish I had read it again when I was an older teenager. While examples and language are a little dated the principles are still true as ever. Really a good book to be evangelized more.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the first books I read that made a difference for the better in my life.
I love the message this book brings. The title says it all.

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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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