I love this site's choice for best books of all time because it certainly encompasses the classics and the timeless wisdom of the ages. From The Richest Man in Babylon
, to The Wealthy Barber
this is a tried and true compendium of cannot-go-wrong wisdom.
However, with that being said, if I may humbly suggest one more book to add to this list of all time classics it would be "The Master Key System
" by Charles F. Haanel.
Although this is almost more of a study course (the author and publisher strongly suggest reading and digesting one chapter per week for twenty-four weeks) than a book, it is a masterpiece that has, and will, withstand the test of time.
I should say that this book is what The Secret
was almost entirely based upon so if the concept of the "Law of Attraction" turns you off then steer clear, but if not, there is an absolute wealth of wisdom to be considered and reflected upon.
This is one of my all-time favorite books, and to give you a taste of what to expect, here is a quote from the introduction.
Accumulation is the power to reserve and preserve a part of the supply which we are constantly receiving, so as to be in position to take advantage of the larger opportunities which will come as soon as we are ready for them. Has it not been said, “To him that hath shall be given.” All successful business men have this quality well developed. James J. Hill, who recently died leaving an estate of over fifty-two million dollars, said: “If you want to know whether you are destined to be a success or a failure in life, you can easily find out. The test is simple and it is infallible: Are you able to save money? If not, drop out. You will lose. You may think not, but you will lose as sure as you live. The seed of success is not in you.” This is very good so far as it goes, but any one who knows the biography of James J. Hill, knows that he acquired his fifty million dollars by following the exact methods we have given. In the first place, he started with nothing; he had to use his imagination to idealize the vast railroad which he projected across the western prairies. He then had to come into a recognition of the law of abundance in order to provide the ways and means for materializing it; unless he had followed out this programme he would never have had anything to save.
This book is now in the public domain, and if anyone would like to download a free PDF copy you can find it at this web address.http://29daysto.com/en/free/
I would love to hear anyone's thoughts on this comparatively little known yet powerful work.
Richard Fast is the author of 29 DAYS ... to a habit you want!