The next entry isn’t necessarily as exciting as some of the last, and not nearly so thought-provoking [yet]. And I almost considered skipping these few seemingly minor paragraphs, except that Hill included these introductions to the next chapter, the people in it, and the impact he had upon others in the interest of backing up what he says, and in clearing away any preconceived notions that perhaps he colored the story a little.
Take No Liberties
“Understand also that the relationship between these two men and the author is such that he would never have prostituted their stories for effect; Hill took no liberties with the facts of either story, out of loyalty and respect, if nothing else. One of the men was Hill’s closest personal friend for more than twenty-five years, and the other was his own son. The unusual success of these two men, success which they generously accredit to the principle described in the next chapter, more than justifies Hill’s personal reference as a means of emphasizing the far-flung power of this principle.”
Impression On Youth
In 1922, Napoleon Hill delivered the Commencement Address at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia. In it, Hill emphasized the principle described in the next chapter, so intensely that at least one of the members of the graduating class definitely embraced it, and made it a part of his own life-philosophy. The young man went on to become a member of Congress, and an important factor in the government. Just before this book went to the publisher, he wrote a letter to Hill. In the letter the Congressman very clearly states his opinion of the principle outlined in the next chapter; so much so that the author decided to publish his letter as an introduction to the chapter.
In the next installment, I’ll run you through what the original letter reads…
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