By now, I’m sure many of you have heard about the The Law of Success 1925 Edition by Napoleon Hill. For those that are unfamiliar with this edition, this is the one that was never released to the public. The mass market Law of Success, the one readily available in stores, was published in 1928. This is NOT the one from Orne Publishing (the one from the infomercial). This is a new and improved edition. For the record, I used to sell the Law of Success from Orne Publishing. Despite that, I’m gonna offer no bias statements. I’m simply gonna tell it like it is.
Here’s the story behind The Law of Success. In 1908, Napoleon Hill was given an assignment by a magazine for which he was then working, to compile profile the most successful men of that period. His first interview was Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in the world at that time. During the interview, Mr. Carnegie was so impressed by Hill that he extended the amount of time which he’d originally granted Hill to conduct the interview and even allowed Hill to sleep at his home. After the second interview, Carnegie offered Hill the task of devoting 20 years to interviewing, living with and studying the richest people in the world, and compiling all of their “secrets” into a success philosophy. Carnegie went on to explain that Hill would have to pay his own way for that 20 years with no financial assistance from him. Carnegie’s reasoning was that: If Hill is going to write a book on success, then he should be able to prove through real world experience those he’s applied those principles successfully himself. Which, in my opinion, was a very wise point of view by Mr. Carnegie.
After accepting Mr. Carnegie’s assignment, Hill then spent the next 20+ years interviewing business magnates such as John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Marshall Field, Harvey Firestone, J.P. Morgan, W.M. Wrigley, Jr., John Wanamaker, and so on. In other words, Napoleon Hill interviewed the Billionaires of the early 1900′s. After gathering the knowledge from these powerful, successful men, Hill then created The Law of Success philosophy. In 1925, Mr. Hill created 118 manuscripts (which came in 15 booklets, pictured left), and issued them to some of the people whom he interviewed for review. Here’s where the story gets tricky. It’s a well known fact that this version of The Law of Success never hit the market. There are two stories floating as to why this never came to be.
Story #1: This story has been made popular by Kevin Trudeau. The story goes: the super wealthy men whom Napoleon Hill studied and interviewed, who were all supposedly members of a secret society called “The Brotherhood,” read the manuscripts and concluded that they didn’t want this book released to the general public. The reason being that they didn’t want their secrets revealed to the masses. So, the group got together (led by Henry Ford), stopped the original edition from reaching the market, had it edited and re-released in 1928. This story doesn’t make sense, in my opinion, but I’m including it because a lot of people have heard this version of events. I say that because — if the interviewees didn’t want their secrets revealed to the masses, why reveal their secrets to Hill in the first place? Secondly, why would Henry Ford spearhead a censorship of Hill’s work when he contributed to the creation of it’s content more than anyone? According to Trudeau, the only reason those men freely shared their secrets with Hill is because they were under the impression that Hill was an apprentice of Andrew Carnegie and had no idea that Hill was compiling the information they were giving him for the purpose of writing a book.
Story #2: Napoleon Hill edited The Law of Success to remove religious references and to keep a promise to Andre Carnegie. If you were to read the 1925 Edition, you’d see that he explains how the Law of Success philosophy (including Universal Laws) are related to biblical teachings. He even goes on to mention Jesus’ name a few times. Mr. Carnegie had originally asked Hill not to include any form of religion, due to the fact that it might offend some people. Carnegie understand that some people would be so focused on the religious references that they’d miss the entire point. So it’s been said that Mr. Hill went back and removed most religious references before publishing the mass market edition in 1928. Hill also held out til 1928 in order to keep his promise to Mr. Carnegie — that of devoting 20 years (1908-1928) to the building of The Law of Success philosophy.
To put it in plain and simple language my overall opinion on The Law of Success is this: If you want to achieve success in any undertaking, this is the most important book you’ll ever read in your life.
The difference between this (the 1925 Edition) and the 1928 Edition is only slight. There’s no night and day difference between the two editions, to be honest. In my opinion, the 1928 Edition is a great book, but one may easily get frustrated with the run-on content. It may seem as if Hill is rambling but Hill said many times that his goal was to explain The Law of Success philosophy in a way that virtually anyone could understand it. The 1925 Edition, however, is more concise and to the point. For someone who has a basic understanding of Hill’s principles and don’t need the lengthy explanations, the 1925 Edition is the better book. Here are other changes that were made: Lesson five in the 1925 Edition is a lesson on ACTION, but that lesson wasn’t included in the 1928 Edition. The Mastermind introduction, which was in the 1928 Edition isn’t in the 1925 edition. Instead, the concept of the Mastermind alliance was is discussed in every chapter to illustrate how that concept tied into every lesson. And also, the lesson titled “The Habit of Saving” from the 1928 edition was not included in the 1925 edition, which in my opinion, is a very important lesson. Those are really about the only differences.
After reading this book and understanding it, you’ll understand why people are rich and why people are poor. You’ll be able to analyze those that are wealthy and tie their methods to The Law of Success principles. It really amazes me how differently I view the world after understanding this philosophy. If you’re looking for a blueprint or a road map (not a shortcut) to success, this is it. The knowledge contained in this book isn’t something Napoleon Hill just conjured up and put into a book. These are the words of the richest people who ever lived. These people gave Mr. Hill intimate details and access to how they created their fortunes. Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying, about the principles he was taught by the people he interviewed, “When these techniques were applied, the money came so fast and in such large quantities that it frightened me.”
Here’s another interesting note. There’s a section in this book which explains techniques that the government around the world use to control the minds of their citizens. Even today, those same techniques are still being used. So, as you can see, this book isn’t just about making money, it’s about opening your eyes to the truth.
One last thing. If you’ve ordered the 1925 Law of Success by Orne Publishing, then you’ll definitely love this one even more. The one by Orne Publishing was edited (which I didn’t know at the time). It omitted the names of some people that Napoleon Hill referred to and omitted other key elements. This book is also made of a higher quality material than the Orne book. So, not only are you getting Napoleon Hill’s words in their original form, you’re getting a book made with high quality material. Included with your order also will be an essay written by Napoleon Hill in 1915 which was also never released to the public. I’ll throw that in as a bonus.
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