How to Succeed by Orison Swett Marden

When I first started reading this book I could not get by the first couple of pages when I had to check as to when it was written because Marden once again describes America as it is today or at least almost as it is today but it WAS WRITTEN IN 1896. This just proves that HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITSELF and more importantly, we as a country have learned nothing from history – NOTHING! Just this one excerpt from the book ought to make everyone want to read it: “Although millions are out of employment in the United States (1896), how difficult it is to find a thorough, reliable, self-dependent, industrious man or woman, young or old, for any position, whether as a domestic servant, an office boy, a teacher, a brakeman, a conductor, an engineer, a clerk, a bookkeeper, or whatever we may want. It is almost impossible.”

Marden talks about individual traits and why they are so important for each of us and what happens when we violate them. Each chapter is a stand alone chapter and each has great stories to be told, quotes to be read. Marden refers to a lot of people in his day and history that some who I unfortunately did not recognize but you don’t have to know them to appreciate their stories of success, overcoming poverty and ridicule to reach their wildest goals.

This is truly a great study of mankind and it is a Stepping Stones for Fame and Fortune as the title suggests.

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