How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach for the average person, were the promise of Hill's books. Hill considered freedom, democracy, capitalism, and harmony to be important contributing elements. For without these, Hill demonstrated throughout his writings, personal beliefs are not possible. He contrasted his philosophy with others, and thought Achievement was superior and responsible for the success Americans enjoyed for the better part of two centuries. Fear and selfishness had no part to play in his philosophy, and Hill considered them to be the source of failure for unsuccessful people. The secret of Achievement was tantalizingly offered to readers of Think and Grow Rich, and was never named directly as Hill felt discovering it for themselves would provide readers with the most benefit.
For according to Hill, 98% of people had no firm beliefs, putting true success firmly out of reach. Hill's numerous books have sold millions of copies, proving that the secret of Achievement is still highly sought-after by modern Americans. Hill dealt with many controversial subjects through his writings including racism, slavery, oppression, failure, revolution, war and poverty. Persevering and then succeeding in spite of these obstacles using the philosophy of Achievement, Hill stated, was the responsibility of every American. Bibliography * Think and Grow Rich (ISBN 1-59330-200-2) * How to Sell Your Way through Life (ISBN 0-910882-11-8) * The Law of Success (ISBN 0-87980-447-5) * Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (ISBN 1-55525-270-2) * You Can Work Your Own Miracles (ISBN 0-449-91177-2) * Napoleon Hill's keys to success (ISBN 0-452-27281-5) * Grow Rich!: With Peace of Mind (ISBN 0449911578) * The Master-Key to Riches (ISBN 0449001113) * Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion (ISBN 0-451-17412-7) Read more on Last.fm.
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