What do you want most?
THIS book conveys the experience of more than 500 men of great wealth,
who began at scratch, with nothing to give in return for riches except
THOUGHTS, IDEAS and ORGANIZED PLANS.
Here you have the entire philosophy of moneymaking, just as it was
organized from the actual achievements of the most successful men known
to the American people during the past fifty years. It describes WHAT TO
DO, also, HOW TO DO IT!
The Thirteen Steps to Riches described in this book offer the shortest
dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the
benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in
It presents complete instructions on HOW TO SELL YOUR PERSONAL SERVICES.
Before beginning the book you will profit greatly if you recognize the
fact that the book was not written to entertain. You cannot digest the
contents properly in a week or a month.
It provides you with a perfect system of self-analysis that will readily
disclose what has been standing between you and “the big money” in the
After reading the book thoroughly, Dr. Miller Reese Hutchison,
nationally known Consulting Engineer and long-time associate of Thomas
A. Edison, said— “This is not a novel. It is a textbook on individual
achievement that came directly from the experiences of hundreds of
America’s most successful men. It should be studied, digested, and
meditated upon. No more than one chapter should be read in a single
night. The reader should underline the sentences which impress him most.
Later, he should go back to these marked lines and read them again. A
real student will not merely read this book, he will absorb its contents
and make them his own. This book should be adopted by all high schools
and no boy or girl should be permitted to graduate without having
satisfactorily passed an examination on it. This philosophy will not
take the place of the subjects taught in schools, but it will enable one
to organize and apply the knowledge acquired, and convert it into useful
service and adequate compensation without waste of time.
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It describes the famous Andrew Carnegie formula of personal achievement
by which he accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars for himself and
made no fewer than a score of millionaires of men to whom he taught his
Dr. John R. Turner, Dean of the College of The City of New York, after
having read the book, said— “The very best example of the soundness of
this philosophy is your own son, Blair, whose dramatic story you have
outlined in the chapter on Desire.”
Perhaps you do not need all that is to be found in the book— no one of
the 500 men from whose experiences it was written did— but you may need
ONE IDEA, PLAN OR SUGGESTION to start you toward your goal. Somewhere in
the book you will find this needed stimulus.
Dr. Turner had reference to the author’s son, who, born without normal
hearing capacity, not only avoided becoming a deaf mute, but actually
converted his handicap into a priceless asset by applying the philosophy
here described. After reading the story (starting on page 52), you will
realize that you are about to come into possession of a philosophy which
can be transmuted into material wealth, or serve as readily to bring you
peace of mind, understanding, spiritual harmony, and in some instances,
as in the case of the author’s son, it can. help you master physical
The book was inspired by Andrew Carnegie, after he had made his millions
and retired. It was written by the man to whom Carnegie disclosed the
astounding secret of his riches—the same man to whom the 500 wealthy men
revealed the source of their riches.
The author discovered, through personally analyzing hundreds of
successful men, that all of them followed the habit of exchanging ideas,
through what is commonly called conferences. When they had problems to
be solved they sat down together and talked freely until they
discovered, from their joint contribution of ideas, a plan that would
serve their purpose.
In this volume will be found the thirteen principles of money- making
essential to every person who accumulates sufficient money to guarantee
financial independence. It is estimated that the research which went
into the preparation, before the book was written, or could be
written—research covering more than twenty- five years of continuous
effort—could not be duplicated at a cost of less than $100,000.00.
You, who read this book, will get most out of it by putting into
practice the Master Mind principle described in the book. This you can
do (as others are doing so successfully) by forming a study club,
consisting of any desired number of people who are friendly and
harmonious. The club should have a meeting at regular periods, as often
as once each week. The procedure should consist of reading one chapter
of the book at each meeting, after which the contents of the chapter
should be freely discussed by all members. Each member should make
notes, putting down ALL IDEAS OF HIS OWN inspired by the discussion.
Each member should carefully read and analyze each chapter several days
prior to its open reading and joint discussion in the club. The reading
at the club should be done by someone who reads well and understands how
to put color and feeling into the lines.
Moreover, the knowledge contained in the book never can be duplicated,
at any cost, for the reason that more than half of the 500 men who
supplied the information it brings have passed on.
By following this plan every reader will get from its pages, not only
the sum total of the best knowledge organized from the experiences of
hundreds of successful men, but more important by far, he will tap new
sources of knowledge in his own mind as well as acquire knowledge of
priceless value FROM EVERY OTHER PERSON PRESENT.
*Riches cannot always be measured in money! *
If you follow this plan persistently you will be almost certain to
uncover and appropriate the secret formula by which Andrew Carnegie
acquired his huge fortune, as referred to in the author’s introduction.
Money and material things are essential for freedom of body and mind,
but there are some who will feel that the greatest of all riches can be
evaluated only in terms of lasting friendships, harmonious family
relationships, sympathy and understanding between business associates,
and introspective harmony which brings one peace of mind measurable only
in spiritual values!
All who read, understand and apply this philosophy will be better
prepared to attract and enjoy these higher estates which always have
been and always will be denied to all except those who
are ready for them.
Be prepared, therefore, when you expose yourself to the influence of
this philosophy, to experience a CHANGED LIFE which may help you not
only to negotiate your way through life with harmony and understanding,
but also to prepare you for the accumulation of material riches in