A system for success?

Oh, look … a book! So, it's not a “job search” book per se, but I decided while reading this that I'd be remiss if I didn't bring it to the attention of The Job Stalker readers. Napoleon Hill's The Master Key to Riches is an older book, coming out in 1945, and is less well known than his earlier “Think and Grow Rich”. This purports to present a system for personal achievement, based on the experiences of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and others.

Frankly, a great deal of the current “attraction” new age material is sourced from Hill's work, and others that were quite like it in the early years of the 20th Century. Of course, being as old as this is, it's dealing with a less tainted America, one where personal effort didn't have to fight against the government.

In America men and women have been free to follow the dictates of their own consciences; they have had freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of political convictions, freedom of the fullest exercise of their own personal initiative in any calling of their choice, and they have been protected by a form of government which assured them the fruits of their labors.

Of course, today, the last thing we can count on from the government is assuring us the fruits of our labors. There is a level of innocence in here, which I kept bumping up against, and wondering how, in the ever-increasing atmosphere of governmental intrusion, one might be able to put to work the 17 principles outlined here.

As antiquated as much of the prose in this sounds to the modern ear, the concepts within it still ring true, where focus, self-discipline, and going beyond what is required, can create opportunity. As usual, I go into more detail in my review, but if you are interested in seeing a system that supposedly worked to build the fortunes of the great names of the past, you might want to check out this one.

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