The Law of Success in Fifteen Lessons was written in 1925 by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hills “The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons” discussed 15 laws one must follow in order to gain and sustain success. The book was originally only distributed to 118 men, all very wealthy and successful already. Now these 15 laws are outlined here for you so that you may start on your path to success.
1. Definite Chief Aim
This lesson will teach you how you can save your wasted effort which the majority of people expend in trying to find their life work, this lesson will teach you how you can avoid aimless life and how you can fix your heart and hand upon some definite and conceived purpose as a life work.
This lesson will help you master the six basic fears with which every person is cursed: the fear of poverty, the fear of ill health, the fear of old age, the fear of criticism, the fear of losing someone, and the fear of death. This lesson will teach you the difference between egoism and real self-confidence.
3. Habit of Saving
This lesson will teach you how to distribute your income systematically so that a definite percentage of it will steadily be accumulated. The author says that no one can succeed in life without saving money; there is no exception to this rule, and no one may escape it.
4. Initiative & Leadership
In this lesson, the author will teach you how you can become a leader in your chosen field. This lesson will develop in you the instinct of leadership, which will gradually move you to the top of the understanding in which you participate.
This lesson will stimulate your mind so that you can get new ideas and develop new plans that will help you attain the object of your definite chief aim. This lesson will teach you how you can build new houses out of the same old stones.
This lesson will help you gel up with everyone with whom you come into contact who has an interest in you and your ideas. The author says that enthusiasm is a part of a pleasing personality, and this kind of personality is a must in order to influence others to cooperate with you.
In this lesson, you will learn that self-control is like a balance wheel in which you control your enthusiasm and move it in the direction where you wish it to carry you. This chapter will teach you how you can be the master of your fate and the captain of your soul.
8. Habit of Doing More Than Paid For
This is one of the most important lessons in the Law of Success course. This lesson will teach you how to take advantage of the law of increasing returns, which will eventually insure you a return in money far out of proportion to the service you render. The author says that no one can be the real leader of life unless they don’t practice the habit of doing more and better work than that for which they are paid.
9. Pleasing Personality
The author says that a pleasing personality is a fulcrum on which you must place the crowbar of your efforts, and when it is placed with intelligence, it will enable you to remove mountains of obstacles.
10. Accurate Thinking
The author says that this is one of the most important foundation stones of all enduring success. In this lesson, you will learn how to separate facts from information. This lesson will teach you how to organize known facts into two classes: important and unimportant.
This lesson will teach you how to focus on one subject at a time until you have worked out practical plans for mastering that subject.
This lesson will teach you the value of teamwork in everything you do; this lesson will teach you how to apply the law of mastermind; and this lesson will teach you how to coordinate your efforts with others.
13. Profting by Failure
This lesson will teach you how you can move ahead from all your past and future mistakes, how to make stepping stones out of all of your past and future mistakes and failures, and the difference between failure and temporary defeat.
This lesson will teach you how you can avoid the disastrous effects of racial and religious prejudices. it means people poison their minds with foolish arguments related to these subjects, which becomes the major reason for their setbacks. The author says that no one can become an accurate thinker without practicing tolerance.
15. Practicising Golden Rule
This lesson will teach you how to make use of this great universal law of human conduct in such a manner that you can easily get tuneful cooperation from any individual or group of people. The author says that a lack of understanding of the law upon which the golden rule of philosophy is based is the major reason for millions of people’s failure.