The Author’s Acknowledgment of Help Rendered Him in the Writing of This Course

This course is the result of careful analysis of the
life-work of over one hundred men and women who
have achieved unusual success in their respective

The author of the course has been more than
twenty years in gathering, classifying, testing and
organizing the Fifteen Laws upon which the course is
based. In his labor he has received valuable assistance
either in person or by studying the life-work of the
following men:

Henry Ford Edward Bok
Thomas A. Edison Cyrus H. K. Curtis
Harvey S. Firestone George W. Perkins
John D. Rockefeller Henry L. Doherty
Charles M. Schwab George S. Parker
Woodrow Wilson Dr. C. O. Henry
Darwin P. Kingsley General Rufus A. Ayers
Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Judge Elbert H. Gary
A. D. Lasker William Howard Taft
E. A. Filene Dr. Elmer Gates
James J. Hill John W. Davis
Captain George M. Alex-
ander (To whom the
author was formerly
an assistant)
Hugh Chalmers
Dr. E. W. Strickler
Edwin C. Barnes
Robert L. Taylor
(Fiddling Bob)
George Eastman
E. M. Statler
Andrew Carnegie
John Wanamaker
Marshall Field
Samuel Insul
F.W. Woolworth
Judge Daniel T. Wright
(One of the author’s
law instructors)
Elbert Hubbard
Luther Burbank
O. H. Harriman
John Burroughs
E. H. Harriman
Charles P. Steinmetz
Frank Vanderlip
Theodore Roosevelt

Wm. H. French
Dr. Alexander Graham Bell
(To whom the author
owes credit for most of
Lesson One).
Of the men named, perhaps Henry Ford and
Andrew Carnegie should be acknowledged as having
contributed most toward the building of this course,
for the reason that it was Andrew Carnegie who first
suggested the writing of the course and Henry Ford
whose life-work supplied much of the material out of
which the course was developed.

Some of these men are now deceased, but to those
who are still living the author wishes to make here
grateful acknowledgment of the service they have
rendered, without which this course never could have
been written.

The author has studied the majority of these men
at close range, in person. With many of them he
enjoys, or did enjoy before their death, the privilege
of close personal friendship which enabled him to
gather from their philosophy facts that would not have
been available under other conditions.

The author is grateful for having enjoyed the
privilege of enlisting the services of the most
powerful men on earth, in the building of the Law of
Success course. That privilege has been remuneration
enough for the work done, if nothing more were ever
received for it.

These men have been the back-bone and the
foundation and the skeleton of American business,
finance, industry and statesmanship.

The Law of Success course epitomizes the
philosophy and the rules of procedure which made
each of these men a great power in his chosen field of
endeavor. It has been the author’s intention to present
the course in the plainest and most simple terms
available, so it could be mastered by very young men
and young women, of the high-school age.

With the exception of the psychological law
referred to in Lesson One as the “Master Mind,” the
author lays no claim to having created anything
basically new in this course. What he has done,
however, has been to organize old truths and known
laws into PRACTICAL, USABLE FORM, where they
may be properly interpreted and applied by the
workaday man whose needs call for a philosophy of

In passing upon the merits of the Law of Success
Judge Elbert H. Gary said: “Two outstanding features
connected with the philosophy impress me most. One
is the simplicity with which it has been presented, and
the other is the fact that its soundness is so obvious to
all that it will be immediately accepted.”

The student of this course is warned against
passing judgment upon it before having read the entire
sixteen lessons. This especially applies to this
Introduction, in which it has been necessary to include
brief reference to subjects of a more or less technical
and scientific nature. The reason for this will be
obvious after the student has read the entire sixteen

The student who takes up this course with an
open mind, and sees to it that his or her mind remains
“open” until the last lesson shall have been read, will
be richly rewarded with a broader and more accurate
view of life as a whole.