Two weeks ago, the original 1925 edition of Napoleon Hills book, The Law of Success showed up at my house. This is not the same as the 1928 version of the Law of Success, the version you can get at any book seller today. And it's not, Think and Grow Rich, which Napoleon would later publish in 1937.
The book that showed up at my house is the original 1925 version of Napoleon Hills never published and never released version of the Law of Success that has been lost to the world until now.
In 1908, 25 year old Napoleon Hill was working his way through college as a part time reporter and accepted the assignment to interview Andrew Carnegie, who at that time, was the riches man in the world. Carnegie agreed to the interview, invited Napoleon into his home and, what was supposed to be a brief visit, lasted 3 days.
During this interview Carnegie cavalierly tossed out his secret formula for success to see if the young Napoleon had the brains to understand the significance of what was just shared with him. Napoleon “got it” immediately, but was not prepared for what happened next.
Carnegie was 73, and knowing his years were numbered, wanted to pass on his knowledge to another. He decided Napoleon Hill was the person he had long searched for to be the vessel of his secret and the messenger to take it to the world.
“Now, I've been talking to you for three days about this new philosophy. I've told you all that I know about it, about its possibilities and its potentials. I wish to ask you a question which you will please answer with a simple yes or no.
“If I commission you to become the author of this philosophy, give you letters of introduction to people who's help you'll need, are you willing to devote 20 years to research, because that's about how long it will take, earning your own way as you go along without any subsidy from me … yes or no?”
“I didn't know it at that time, but I later learned that Mr. Carnegie made up his mind that when he put the question to me, he would allow me only 60 seconds in which to say yes or no.
“60 seconds, that's all. I didn't see it, but he was sitting there with a stop watch behind his desk timing me, and it took me exactly 29 seconds to make up my mind that I would accept.”
For more than 20 years, Napoleon conducted more than 3,000 interviews of the worlds most powerful men, though he would use only 500 of them to help him compile his book, the world would come to know as, Think and Grow Rich, one of the best selling and most impactgful personal development books of all time.
Think and Grow Rich was not Napoleon's first book. Nor was it his second. It was his third.
In 1925, 17 years after Carnegie's commission, Napolen Hill produced 118 hand made copy's of his 1925 manuscript, The Law of Success. Each of the editions were comprised of 15 booklets and given to many of the men who had contributed to the books content; men like John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford and others. 118 men were the recipients of this book, and no more would ever be made.
In 1928, Hill published an altered version of The Law of Success. And in 1937, he published Think and Grow Rich, but it appeared that his original and very potent 1925 edition of Laws of Success would be lost forever.
Remarkably, a man recently found one of these original handmade manuscripts in an Arkansas book store. Stunned, but knowing what this book would be worth to him and millions of others, he paid $20,000 for the manuscripts.
He quickly had this manuscript published, and has made it available in a beautiful hardbound collector's edition. The lost 1925 edition of the Law of Success is, for the first time ever, available to the world.
Even though I already owned Napoleon's mass published, 1928 version of Law of Success, as soon as I learned that the formerly lost original version was available, I bought it. And I love it. (Thank you Andrew.)
I encourage all serious students of success to pick up your own elegant hardbound collector's edition of this life altering book. I was surprised to learn that the book was only $49, (I expected it to be much more) and it even comes with the free audio program, Continued Success.
I've really been enjoying studying the differences between the 1925 and the 1928 editions of this book, and wonder why so many parts of the original book were altered or removed all together.
I've done quite a bit of research about this book to make sure that it was legitimate, before I recommended it. In my research, some indicate that some of Mr. Hill's billionaire friends may have suggested that his book was not “palatable for the masses.” In other words, perhaps it was too powerful? I don't know. But what I do know, is I'm so glad I found it. It's definitely a conversation peace and a cool book to have in your library. Physically, it's one of the most beautiful books in my library.
If you're as excited as I was when I learned about this book, I'm sure you'll want to buy a copy right away. And, if you're looking for great personal or business gift ideas, you can even get up to 5 additional copies for half price.
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