Book Review: The Law of Success: The Master Wealth-Builder’s Complete and Original Lesson Plan for Achieving Your Dreams

Those who work for money alone, and who receive for their pay nothing but money, are always underpaid, no matter how much they receive. Money is necessary, but the big prizes of life cannot be measured in dollars and cents. —N. Hill

Alright, there’s greatness hidden in this gem if you can survive a dance with 19th century social norms and mores of imperialism, misogyny, racism, and metaphysics. I try and be forgiving on these points and remember an author is also a victim of his time and upbringing, but there is racism and sexism here that can be quite painful at times. Yet, I still tend to think of the author as my very weird, and absolutely crazy, Aged Uncle Hill who is always giving me his “as I see it” advice on how he sees success in the twentieth century.

Unfortunately, those jewels are always attached to a 45 minute lecture on the truly “out there.” One moment I can believe in the viability of a Positive Law of Effect or Attraction, but then he says something so strange I catch myself making a face of incredulity. Nevertheless, I still want you to read this, and decide for yourself if you can make these Laws of Success work. I am not going to discredit the principle-based “golden rule” living Hill is advocating here.

I do worry that too much influence may be attributed to thought versus consciously willed action at times. In other words, if you take the time to read this one you will in essence be looking back in time and seeing how the “greatest generation” defined success and really started the self-help genre.

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