I had never heard of this book until Dr. Ben Hardy mentioned it in a podcast. I’m glad he did. Originally published over a hundred years ago, this feels like the original ‘Self-Help’ book. I have read dozens, from Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie and others. It is now a billion dollar industry, but this book felt like the precursor to all of them.
It is a short book, only 47 pages in my edition, but packed with great advice. The ‘Thought and Purpose’ chapter spoke to me. ‘Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction.
This book can be read in just over an hour, so I highly recommend all readers take a look. And writers, I think this book may help focus and inspire you to get to work. It did me. Five Stars.
Review of As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
May 6, 2022
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