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The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times,
throughout this book. It has not been directly named, for it seems to work more
successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where THOSE WHO
ARE READY, and SEARCHING FOR IT, may pick it up. That is why Mr. Carnegie
tossed it to me so quietly, without giving me its speciﬁc name. 4 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH If you are READY to put it to use, you will recognize this secret at least once in
every chapter. I wish I might feel privileged to tell you how you will know if you
are ready, but that would deprive you of much of the beneﬁt you will receive when
you make the discovery in your own way.
While this book was being written, my own son, who was then ﬁnishing the last
year of his college work, picked up the manuscript of chapter two, read it, and discovered the secret for himself. He used the information so effectively that he went
directly into a responsible position at a beginning salary greater than the average
man ever earns. His story has been brieﬂy described in chapter two.
When you read it, perhaps you will dismiss any feeling you may have had, at the
beginning of the book, that it promised too much. And, too, if you have ever been
discouraged, if you have had difﬁculties to surmount which took the very soul
out of you, if you have tried and failed, if you were ever handicapped by illness
or physical afﬂiction, this story of my son’s discovery and use of the Carnegie
formula may prove to be the oasis in the Desert of Lost Hope, for which you have
This secret was extensively used by President Woodrow Wilson, during the World
War. It was passed on to every soldier who fought in the war, carefully wrapped
in the training received before going to the front. President Wilson told me it was
a strong factor in raising the funds needed for the war.
More than twenty years ago, Hon. Manuel L. Quezon (then Resident Commissioner of the Philippine Islands), was inspired by the secret to gain freedom for
his people. He has gained freedom for the Philippines, and is the ﬁrst President
of the free state. A peculiar thing about this secret is that those who once acquire
it and use it, ﬁnd themselves literally swept on to success, with but little effort,
and they never again submit to failure! If you doubt this, study the names of those
who have used it, wherever they have been mentioned, check their records for
yourself, and be convinced.
There is no such thing as SOMETHING FOR NOTHING!
The secret to which I refer cannot be had without a price, although the price is far
less than its value. It cannot be had at any price by those who are not intentionally
searching for it. It cannot be given away, it cannot be purchased for money, for
the reason that it comes in two parts. One part is already in possession of those
who are ready for it. The secret serves equally well, all who...
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