Within the pages of “Self-Help” is a treasury of inspiration. Samuel Smiles gives the reader many examples of historical figures that regardless of their paltry starts were able to make huge success of their lives by the application of diligence and perseverance. “Where there is a will, there is a way,” is a sentiment illustrated again and again throughout the stories and examples in this classic work of personal-development literature.
The real-life success stories documented and used to illustrate the qualities required for success, evolved from a series of lectures that Samuel Smiles popularly gave to the aspiring workmen and businessmen of his day. After many years dedicated to the cause of political reform, Smiles finally realized that it is the individual that must make a change. In being the best and most successful individual one can be, the individual contributes to the betterment of society. The achievements against all odds and all circumstances as proved by the widely varied and famous subjects within “Self-Help” will infect your attitude and motivate you onward in your endeavors. And in securing your own success, you will have improved society as a whole.
This very book has inspired many successful people across contents and cultures. Translated into many languages, it was one of the few English publications shared among hopeful businessmen in Japan following the Meiji restoration. Lord Leverhume — a millionaire industrialist — and Orison Swett Marsden — an American writer and founder of Success magazine — are just a couple of the successful businessmen this book has inspired.
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