We continue our Be Successful recommendations for audio books that can inspire you to reach your dreams. Educate yourself further in the world of business and life while cycling, jogging on a treadmill or settling into bed at night.
As a Man Thinketh: Help you to help yourself
As a Man Thinketh is a literary essay and book by James Allen, published in 1903. He was a British philosophical writer known for his inspirational books and poetry and as a pioneer of the self-help movement. From a working class family, his mother could neither read nor write.
Allen described it Allen as dealing with “the power of thought, and particularly with the use and application of thought to happy and beautiful issues. I have tried to make the book simple, so that all can easily grasp and follow its teaching, and put into practice the methods which it advises. He describes how we all have what he called “our own thought-world, each man holds the key to every condition, good or bad, that enters into his life.
His thinking has stood the test of time. When it first came out the book cost just one shilling, Allen was keen that everyone could have access to it and “it can be carried in the pocket.” He could hardly have imagined that it would sell millions of copies over a century later. He intended to offer advice on three main pillars: “A book that will help you to help yourself”; “A pocket companion for thoughtful people”; and “A book on the power and right application of thought.”
He firmly believed that “by working patiently and intelligently upon his thoughts, man may remake his life, and transform his circumstances. You cannot travel within and stand still without.” For him circumstances do not make the man, but rather it reveals him to himself. These are thoughts that have been a source of inspiration to motivational and self-help authors throughout the world.
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