Outwitting the Devil by Napolean Hill
Todays blog is about the book Outwitting the Devil by Napolean Hill. I recently finished listening to the audiobook of this title. I find audiobooks much easier to consume with my busy schedule. I can listen to the books while my hands are busy driving or what have you. But I digress.
The book was written by Napoleon Hill and edited by Sharon Lechter. The audiobook is narrated by Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante.
In 1938, shortly after the publication of his best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing the Prince of Lies to confess his all of his secrets. The Devil, Hill asserted, was compelled to answer all of his questions and to do so honestly. This was the premise of the book, the meat of which is written as though it were a transcript of an actual interview of the Devil himself by Napolean Hill.
Napolean Hill uses the faux interview to identify for the reader the greatest obstacles human beings face in reaching our full potential and personal goals: fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy. Hill identifies these obstacles as tools utilized by the Devil himself to keep us from reaching our full potential, to lead us to ruin. Finally, Hill reveals for us “the seven principles of good that will allow us to finally triumph over them and succeed.”
The book is amazingly accurate for being nearly 100 years old. I found it was full of thought-provoking dialogue between Hill and the Devil. I don’t believe it was a transcript of an actual interview (as some supposedly did many years ago) but the “insights” given by the antagonist and the rationale given by Hill for the Devil’s various schemes and machinations are presented in such a way that one feels empowered to not only resist the common obstacles we face but to actually overcome them.
I put this book on my list of must reads for anyone serious about their own personal development.
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