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open-mindedness, and remember as you read, they are the invention of no one
man. The principles were gathered from the life experiences of more than 500
men who actually accumulated riches in huge amounts; men who began in poverty, with but little education, without inﬂuence. The principles worked for these
men. You can put them to work for your own enduring beneﬁt.
You will ﬁnd it easy, not hard, to do.
Before you read the next chapter, I want you to know that it conveys factual information which might easily change your entire ﬁnancial destiny, as it has so
deﬁnitely brought changes of stupendous proportions to two people described.
I want you to know, also, that the relationship between these two men and myself,
is such that I could have taken no liberties with the facts, even if I had wished to
do so. One of them has been my closest personal friend for almost twenty-ﬁve
years, the other is my own son. The unusual success of these two men, success
which they generously accredit to the principle described in the next chapter,
more than justiﬁes this personal reference as a means of emphasizing the farﬂung power of this principle.
Almost ﬁfteen years ago, I delivered the Commencement Address at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. I emphasized the principle described in the next chapter, with so much intensity that one of the members of the graduating class deﬁnitely appropriated it, and made it a part of his own philosophy. The young man
is now a Member of Congress, and an important factor in the present administra- 19 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH tion. Just before this book went to the publisher, he wrote me a letter in which
he so clearly stated his opinion of the principle outlined in the next chapter, that
I have chosen to publish his letter as an introduction to that chapter. It gives you
an idea of the rewards to come.
“My dear Napoleon:
“My service as a Member of Congress having given me an insight into the problems of men and
women, I am writing to offer a suggestion which may become helpful to thousands of worthy
“With apologies, I must state that the suggestion, if acted upon, will mean several years of
labor and responsibility for you, but I am en-heartened to make the suggestion, because I know
your great love for rendering useful service.
“In 1922, you delivered the Commencement address at Salem College, when I was a member’
of the graduating class. In that address, you planted in my mind an idea which has been responsible for the opportunity I now have to serve the people of my State, and will be responsible, in
a very large measure, for whatever success I may have in the future.
“The suggestion I have in mind is, that you put into a book the sum and substance of the address
you delivered at Salem College, and in that way give the people of America an opportunity to
proﬁt by your many years of experience and association with the men who, by their greatness,
have made America the richest nation on earth.
“I recall, as though it were y...
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