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Book Review: Keys to Success by Napoleon Hill

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Keys to Success is a short book in which Napoleon Hill teaches his success philosophy. Seventeen principles form the essence of this philosophy. Hill worked a whole lifetime on his success philosophy and has taught it in many forms. One of the more well-known is the "Think and Grow Rich" program, with its 13 steps to riches.

Hill continuously refined and improved on the success philosophy and Keys to Success is the latest form his thoughts have taken. The book was finished by the Napoleon Hill Foundation after Hill passed away and was first published in 1994.

The basis of Hill’s philosophy were the interviews he conducted with over 500 of the most successful business people in America in the early 1900s. He interviewed them to analyze why and what made them successful. Upon this analysis, Hill assembled his philosophy of success.

Many business people attribute their success to following Hill’s teachings. Keys to Success is written in a simple and understandable way and has short chapters dealing with each of the 17 principles.

The book is very practical and tells you what to do and how to do it, step by step. You do not have to be very philosophical to benefit from this book. It is actually much better if you are the practical type who likes to act on good advice instead of just thinking about how good the advice is.

If you are planning to start a business, or you would like to achieve success in your current business, get the book. It is a very small investment that can make a very big difference.

The book will give you great tools to examine yourself and see where you are at according to the different success principles. Even if you only adopt one idea into your life, it is well worth the short time it takes to read it.

Keys to Success is not only for people who are running their own business, but also for people who are employed buy others. The principles are universal and they are relevant to anyone who wants to achieve success.

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