Who suggested the writing of the course, and to
Whose astounding achievements form the foundation for practically all of the Sixteen Lessons of the course, and to
EDWIN C. BARNES
A business associate of Thomas A. Edison, whose close personal friendship over a period of more than fifteen years served to help the author “carry on” in the face of a great variety of adversities and much temporary defeat met with in organizing the course.
WHO said it
could not be done?
And what great
victories has he to
his credit which
qualify him to judge
– Napoleon Hill.
Some thirty years ago a young clergyman by the
name of Gunsaulus announced in the newspapers of
Chicago that he would preach a sermon the
following Sunday morning entitled:
“WHAT I WOULD DO IF I HAD A MILLION
The announcement caught the eye of Philip D.
Armour, the wealthy packing-house king, who
decided to hear the sermon.
In his sermon Dr. Gunsaulus pictured a great
school of technology where young men and young
women could be taught how to succeed in life by
developing the ability to THINK in practical rather
than in theoretical terms; where they would be
taught to “learn by doing.” “If I had a million
dollars,” said the young preacher, “I would start
such a school.”
After the sermon was over Mr. Armour walked
down the aisle to the pulpit, introduced himself, and
said, “Young man, I believe you could do all you
said you could, and if you will come down to my
office tomorrow morning I will give you the million
dollars you need.”
There is always plenty of capital for those who
can create practical plans for using it.
That was the beginning of the Armour Institute of
Technology, one of the very practical schools of the
country. The school was born in the “imagination”
of a young man who never would have been heard of
outside of the community in which he preached had
it not been for the “imagination,” plus the capital, of
Philip D. Armour.
Every great railroad, and every outstanding
financial institution and every mammoth business
enterprise, and every great invention, began in the
imagination of some one person.
F. W. Woolworth created the Five and Ten Cent
Store Plan in his “imagination” before it became a
reality and made him a multimillionaire.
Thomas A. Edison created the talking machine
and the moving picture machine and the
incandescent electric light bulb and scores of other
useful inventions, in his own “imagination,” before
they became a reality.
During the Chicago fire scores of merchants
whose stores went up in smoke stood near the
smoldering embers of their former places of
business, grieving over their loss. Many of them
decided to go away into other cities and start over
again. In the group was Marshall Field, who saw, in
his own “imagination,” the world’s greatest retail
store, standing on the selfsame spot where his
former store had stood, which was then but a ruined
mass of smoking timbers. That store became a
Fortunate is the young man or young woman who
learns, early in life, to use imagination, and doubly
so in this age of greater opportunity.
Imagination is a faculty of the mind which can be
cultivated, developed, extended and broadened by
use. If this were not true, this course on the Fifteen
Laws of Success never would have been created,
because it was first conceived in the author’s
“imagination,” from the mere seed of an idea which
was sown by a chance remark of the late Andrew
Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you
may be following as an occupation, there is room
for you to make yourself more useful, and in that
manner more productive, by developing and using
Success in this world is always a matter of
individual effort, yet you will only be deceiving
yourself if you believe that you can succeed without
the co-operation of other people. Success is a matter
of individual effort only to the extent that each
person must decide, in his or her own mind, what is
wanted. This involves the use of “imagination.”
From this point on, achieving success is a matter of
skillfully and tactfully inducing others to co-
Before you can secure co-operation from others;
nay, before you have the right to ask for or expect
co-operation from other people, you must first show
a willingness to co-operate with them. For this
reason the eighth lesson of this course, THE HABIT
OF DOING MORE THAN PAID FOR, is one which
should have your serious and thoughtful attention.
The law upon which this lesson is based, would,
of itself, practically insure success to all who
practice it in all they do.
In the back pages of this Introduction you will
observe a Personal Analysis Chart in which ten well
known men have been analyzed for your study and
comparison. Observe this chart carefully and note
the “danger points” which mean failure to those who
do not observe these signals. Of the ten men
analyzed eight are known to be successful, while
two may be considered failures. Study, carefully,
the reason why these two men failed.
Then, study yourself. In the two columns which
have been left blank for that purpose, give yourself
a rating on each of the Fifteen Laws of Success at
the beginning of this course; at the end of the course
rate yourself again and observe the improvements
you have made.
The purpose of the Law of Success course is to
enable you to find out how you may become more
capable in your chosen field of work. To this end
you will be analyzed and all of your qualities
classified so you may organize them and make the
best possible use of them.
You may not like the work in which you are now
There are two ways of getting out of that work.
One way is to take but little interest in what you are
doing, aiming merely to do enough with which to
“get by.” Very soon you will find a way out,
because the demand for your services will cease.
The other and better way is by making yourself so
useful and efficient in what you are now doing that
you will attract the favorable attention of those who
have the power to promote you into more
responsible work that is more to your liking.
It is your privilege to take your choice as to
which way you will proceed.
Again you are reminded of the importance of
Lesson Nine of this course, through the aid of which
you may avail yourself of this “better way” of
Thousands of people walked over the great
Calumet Copper Mine without discovering it. Just
one lone man used his “imagination,” dug down into
the earth a few feet, investigated, and discovered
the richest copper deposit on earth.
You and every other person walk, at one time or
another, over your “Calumet Mine.” Discovery is a
matter of investigation and use of “imagination.”
This course on the Fifteen Laws of Success may
lead the way to your “Calumet,” and you may be
surprised when you discover that you were standing
right over this rich mine, in the work in which you
are now engaged. In his lecture on “Acres of
Diamonds,” Russell Conwell tells us that we need
not seek opportunity in the distance; that we may
find it right where we stand! THIS IS A TRUTH
WELL WORTH REMEMBERING!
Author of the Law of Success.