A book that is intended to provide answers during today’s uncertain economic and spiritual times, that offers powerful and sometimes chilling lessons that hold the secrets to achieving personal success. You would think it was written for these hard times that we are all sharing these days?
But no, it was actually written by the great American author and entrepreneur Napoleon Hill back in 1938.
My guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat” is Sharon Lechter, founder of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization. In addition to annotating and editing “Outwitting the Devil,” she is the coauthor of the international bestseller (over 27 million sold to date) “Rich Dad Poor Dad” and 14 books in the Rich Dad series. She is now focused on expanding the knowledge of Napoleon Hill’s principles and teachings in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Her bestseller, “Three Feet from Gold,” was released on October 2009.
Napoleon Hill best known for “Think and Grow Rich,” published in 1937, which has become one of the bestselling books of all time. His teachings have gone on to influence entire generations of success seekers, setting the standard for the foundations of today’s motivational thinking. Hill passed away in 1970. Hill’s work lives on in the Napoleon Hill Foundation, an educational nonprofit dedicated to promoting his principles.
Locked away for due to fears of his family and friends that it was too controversial, his follow up book “Outwitting the Devil” which was sequel to “Think and Grow Rich,” has now been released.
Sharon has taken the original writing and added annotations help modernize the original writings, keeping them separate so as not to take away from the original teachings, which as she shows apply to these modern times, asking thought-provoking questions to help readers execute Hill’s lessons and concludes that it is never too late for a new beginning.
About “Outwitting the Devil”
The book begins with Hill’s personal anecdote of what led him to write “Outwitting the Devil,” including his famous meeting with Andrew Carnegie in 1908, which launched his lifelong mission of helping others achieve personal achievement. Hill also describes one of his lowest moments in the 1920s where he feared for his life, causing him to retreat into a hypnotic state of self contempt. It was this experience that later led to an epiphany where he discovers his other self and confronts the devil, leaving it up to readers to decide for themselves if he’s speaking to the actual devil or a metaphorical one. In a courtroom-style interrogation, Hill’s interview with the devil reveals how negative thoughts like fear can paralyze a person from reaching full potential. Seven principles are revealed– including learning from adversity and having definiteness of purpose in life – which can help the reader successfully outwit their own devil.
What people say about “Outwitting the Devil”
“I have just finished reading "Outwitting the Devil" and it is truly inspirational. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to take their careers to the next level or anyone who is on a personal mission to better themselves. It's a book that's different from any other and you won't be disappointed!"~Jamsler
"At its core, Outwitting the Devil is a cleverly wrapped anecdote for the inner and external conflicts, influences and temptations each person will face throughout their life. Whether you find Hill's interview with the Devil fact or mere fiction, the lessons learned within, skillfully illustrated to illuminate and inspire, hold real value in outwitting your own devils and creating a successful life."
"I loved the book. In fact I'm buying more to give to my clients. Outwitting the Devil really makes you think about the positive and negative ways we see ourselves. I recommend it for everyone."
~S. McMahon "Duffy"
“Outwitting the Devil” identifies and confronts life’s greatest obstacles – fear, procrastination, anger and jealously – which stand in the way of success. The book recognizes these obstacles as tools of the devil that can lead to personal demise, but Hill reveals seven principles to triumph over them and succeed. Confronting in nature, “Outwitting the Devil” challenges politics, religion, public education and other society influences with revelations and solutions that still hold true today. One of those books that each time you read it you learn something different.
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