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366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

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“Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live. Not satisfied to merely keep good watch over their own days, they annex every age to their own. All the harvest of the past is added to their store. Only an ingrate would fail to see that these great architects of venerable thoughts were born for us and have designed a way of life for us.”
—SENECA

Introduction
The private diaries of one of Rome’s greatest emperors, the personal letters of one of Rome’s best
playwrights and wisest power brokers, the lectures of a former slave and exile, turned influential
teacher. Against all odds and the passing of some two millennia, these incredible documents survive.
What do they say? Could these ancient and obscure pages really contain anything relevant to modern
life? The answer, it turns out, is yes. They contain some of the greatest wisdom in the history of the  world.
Together these documents constitute the bedrock of what is known as Stoicism, an ancient philosophy
that was once one of the most popular civic disciplines in the West, practiced by the rich and the
impoverished, the powerful and the struggling alike in the pursuit of the Good Life. But over the centuries, knowledge of this way of thinking, once essential to so many, slowly faded from view.
Except to the most avid seekers of wisdom, Stoicism is either unknown or misunderstood. Indeed, it
would be hard to find a word dealt a greater injustice at the hands of the English language than “Stoic.”
To the average person, this vibrant, action-oriented, and paradigm-shifting way of living has become
shorthand for “emotionlessness.” Given the fact that the mere mention of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the surface sounds like the last thing anyone would want to learn about, let alone urgently need in the course of daily life.
What a sad fate for a philosophy that even one of its occasional critics, Arthur Schopenhauer, would
describe as “the highest point to which man can attain by the mere use of his faculty of reason.”
Our goal with this book is to restore Stoicism to its rightful place as a tool in the pursuit of selfmastery,
perseverance, and wisdom: something one uses to live a great life, rather than some esoteric
field of academic inquiry.
Certainly, many of history’s great minds not only understood Stoicism for what it truly is, they sought it
out: George Washington, Walt Whitman, Frederick the Great, Eugène Delacroix, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Jefferson, Matthew Arnold, Ambrose Bierce, Theodore Roosevelt, William Alexander Percy, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Each read, studied, quoted, or admired the Stoics.
The ancient Stoics themselves were no slouches. The names you encounter in this book—Marcus
Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca—belonged to, respectively, a Roman emperor, a former slave who triumphed to become an influential lecturer and friend of the emperor Hadrian, and a famous playwright and political adviser. There were Stoics like Cato the Younger, who was an admired politician; Zeno was a prosperous merchant (as several Stoics were); Cleanthes was a former boxer and worked as a water carrier to put himself through school; Chrysippus, whose writings are now completely lost but tallied more than seven hundred books, trained as a long-distance runner; Posidonius served as an ambassador;
Musonius Rufus was a teacher; and many others.
Today (especially since the recent publication of The Obstacle Is the Way), Stoicism has found a new
and diverse audience, ranging from the coaching staffs of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks to rapper LL Cool J and broadcaster Michele Tafoya as well as many professional athletes, CEOs, hedge fund managers, artists, executives, and public men and women.
What have all these great men and women found within Stoicism that others missed?
A great deal. While academics often see Stoicism as an antiquated methodology of minor interest, it
has been the doers of the world who found that it provides much needed strength and stamina for their
challenging lives. When journalist and Civil War veteran Ambrose Bierce advised a young writer that
studying the Stoics would teach him “how to be a worthy guest at the table of the gods,” or when the
painter Eugène Delacroix (famous for his painting Liberty Leading the People) called Stoicism his
“consoling religion,” they were speaking from experience. So was the brave abolitionist and colonel
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led the first all-black regiment in the U.S. Civil War and produced
one of the more memorable translations of Epictetus. The Southern planter and writer William Alexander Percy, who led the rescue efforts in the Great Flood of 1927, had a unique reference point when he said of Stoicism that “when all is lost, it stands fast.” As would the author and angel investor Tim Ferriss, when he referred to Stoicism as the ideal “personal operating system” (other high-powered executives like Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International, have agreed).
But it’s for the field of battle that Stoicism seems to have been particularly well designed. In 1965, as
Captain James Stockdale (future Medal of Honor recipient) parachuted from his shot-up plane over
Vietnam into what would ultimately be a half decade of torture and imprisonment, whose name was on his lips? Epictetus. Just as Frederick the Great reportedly rode into battle with the works of the Stoics in his saddlebags, so too did marine and NATO commander General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who carried the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius with him on deployments in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Again, these weren’t professors but practitioners, and as a practical philosophy they found Stoicism perfectly suited to their purposes.
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Table of Contents
ALSO BY RYAN HOLIDAY
TITLE PAGE
COPYRIGHT
DEDICATION
EPIGRAPH
INTRODUCTION
PART I: THE DISCIPLINE OF PERCEPTION
JANUARY: CLARITY
FEBRUARY: PASSIONS AND EMOTIONS
MARCH: AWARENESS
APRIL: UNBIASED THOUGHT
PART II: THE DISCIPLINE OF ACTION
MAY: RIGHT ACTION
JUNE: PROBLEM SOLVING
JULY: DUTY
AUGUST: PRAGMATISM
PART III: THE DISCIPLINE OF WILL
SEPTEMBER: FORTITUDE AND RESILIENCE
OCTOBER: VIRTUE AND KINDNESS
NOVEMBER: ACCEPTANCE / AMOR FATI
DECEMBER: MEDITATION ON MORTALITY
STAYING STOIC
A MODEL OF LATE STOIC PRACTICE AND GLOSSARY OF KEY TERMS AND PASSAGES
A WORD ON THE TRANSLATIONS, REFERENCES, AND SOURCES
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING


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the Japanese secret to a long and happy life

Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

translated by Heather Cleary

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About the Author
Héctor García is a citizen of Japan, where he has lived for over a decade, and of
Spain, where he was born. A former software engineer, he worked at CERN in
Switzerland before moving to Japan, where he developed voice recognition
software and the technology needed for Silicon Valley start-ups to enter the
Japanese market. He is the creator of the popular blog kirainet.com and the
author of A Geek in Japan, a #1 bestseller in Japan.

Francesc Miralles is an award-winning author who has written a number of
bestselling self-help and inspirational books. Born in Barcelona, he studied
journalism, English literature, and German, and has worked as an editor, a
translator, a ghostwriter, and a musician. His novel Love in Lowercase has been
translated into twenty languages.
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PROLOGUE
Ikigai: A mysterious word

THIS BOOK FIRST came into being on a rainy night in Tokyo, when its authors sat
down together for the first time in one of the city’s tiny bars.
We had read each other’s work but had never met, thanks to the thousands of
miles that separate Barcelona from the capital of Japan. Then a mutual
acquaintance put us in touch, launching a friendship that led to this project and
seems destined to last a lifetime.
The next time we got together, a year later, we strolled through a park in
downtown Tokyo and ended up talking about trends in Western psychology,
specifically logotherapy, which helps people find their purpose in life.
We remarked that Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy had gone out of fashion among
practicing therapists, who favored other schools of psychology, though people
still search for meaning in what they do and how they live. We ask ourselves
things like:
What is the meaning of my life?
Is the point just to live longer, or should I seek a higher purpose?
Why do some people know what they want and have a passion for life, while
others languish in confusion?

At some point in our conversation, the mysterious word ikigai came up.
This Japanese concept, which translates roughly as “the happiness of always
being busy,” is like logotherapy, but it goes a step beyond. It also seems to be one
way of explaining the extraordinary longevity of the Japanese, especially on the
island of Okinawa, where there are 24.55 people over the age of 100 for every
100,000 inhabitants—far more than the global average.
Those who study why the inhabitants of this island in the south of Japan live
longer than people anywhere else in the world believe that one of the keys—in
addition to a healthful diet, a simple life in the outdoors, green tea, and the
subtropical climate (its average temperature is like that of Hawaii)—is the ikigai
that shapes their lives.
While researching this concept, we discovered that not a single book in the
fields of psychology or personal development is dedicated to bringing this
philosophy to the West.
Is ikigai the reason there are more centenarians in Okinawa than anywhere
else? How does it inspire people to stay active until the very end? What is the
secret to a long and happy life?
As we explored the matter further, we discovered that one place in particular,
Ogimi, a rural town on the north end of the island with a population of three
thousand, boasts the highest life expectancy in the world—a fact that has earned
it the nickname the Village of Longevity.

Okinawa is where most of Japan’s shikuwasa—a limelike fruit that packs an
extraordinary antioxidant punch—comes from. Could that be Ogimi’s secret to
long life? Or is it the purity of the water used to brew its Moringa tea?
We decided to go study the secrets of the Japanese centenarians in person.
After a year of preliminary research we arrived in the village—where residents
speak an ancient dialect and practice an animist religion that features long-haired
forest sprites called bunagaya—with our cameras and recording devices in hand.
As soon as we arrived we could sense the incredible friendliness of its residents,
who laughed and joked incessantly amid lush green hills fed by crystalline waters.
As we conducted our interviews with the eldest residents of the town, we
realized that something far more powerful than just these natural resources was at
work: an uncommon joy flows from its inhabitants and guides them through the
long and pleasurable journey of their lives.
Again, the mysterious ikigai.

But what is it, exactly? How do you get it?
It never ceased to surprise us that this haven of nearly eternal life was located
precisely in Okinawa, where two hundred thousand innocent lives were lost at the
end of World War II. Rather than harbor animosity toward outsiders, however,
Okinawans live by the principle of ichariba chode, a local expression that means
“treat everyone like a brother, even if you’ve never met them before.”
It turns out that one of the secrets to happiness of Ogimi’s residents is feeling
like part of a community. From an early age they practice yuimaaru, or
teamwork, and so are used to helping one another.
Nurturing friendships, eating light, getting enough rest, and doing regular,
moderate exercise are all part of the equation of good health, but at the heart of
the joie de vivre that inspires these centenarians to keep celebrating birthdays and
cherishing each new day is their ikigai.
The purpose of this book is to bring the secrets of Japan’s centenarians to you
and give you the tools to find your own ikigai.
Because those who discover their ikigai have everything they need for a long
and joyful journey through life.
Happy travels!
HÉCTOR GARCÍA AND FRANCESC MIRALLES
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Table of Contents
Title Page
Copyright
Dedication
Epigraph
Prologue
Ikigai: A mysterious word
I. Ikigai
The art of staying young while growing old
II. Antiaging Secrets
Little things that add up to a long and happy life
III. From Logotherapy to Ikigai
How to live longer and better by finding your purpose
IV. Find Flow in Everything You Do
How to turn work and free time into spaces for growth
V. Masters of Longevity
Words of wisdom from the longest-living people in the world
VI. Lessons from Japan’s Centenarians
Traditions and proverbs for happiness and longevity
VII. The Ikigai Diet
What the world’s longest-living people eat and drink
VIII. Gentle Movements, Longer Life
Exercises from the East that promote health and longevity
IX. Resilience and Wabi-sabi
How to face life’s challenges without letting stress and worry age you
Epilogue
Ikigai: The art of living
Notes
Suggestions for further reading
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BRYAN STEVENSON is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery,
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dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won
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million people on probation or parole and an estimated sixty-eight million Americans with
criminal records, there are endless opportunities for you to do something about criminal
justice policy or help the incarcerated or formerly incarcerated. If you have interest in
working with or supporting volunteer programs that serve incarcerated people, organizations
that provide re-entry assistance to the formerly incarcerated or organizations around the
globe that seek reform of criminal justice policy, please contact us at the Equal Justice
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Table of Contents
Cover
Title Page
Copyright
Epigraph
Introduction: Higher Ground
Chapter One: Mockingbird Players
Chapter Two: Stand
Chapter Three: Trials and Tribulation
Chapter Four: The Old Rugged Cross
Chapter Five: Of the Coming of John
Chapter Six: Surely Doomed
Chapter Seven: Justice Denied
Chapter Eight: All God’s Children
Chapter Nine: I’m Here
Chapter Ten: Mitigation
Chapter Eleven: I’ll Fly Away
Chapter Twelve: Mother, Mother
Chapter Thirteen: Recovery
Chapter Fourteen: Cruel and Unusual
Chapter Fifteen: Broken
Chapter Sixteen: The Stonecatchers’ Song of Sorrow
Epilogue
Dedication
Acknowledgments
Author’s Note
Notes
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ELIPHAS LEVI

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ABOUT THE TRANSLATORS
JOHN MICHAEL GREER is a widely respected author, translator, and
blogger in the occult field. He is most recently the editor of the new,
substantially revised seventh edition of Israel Regardie’s occult landmark
The Golden Dawn (Llewellyn 2016).

MARK MIKITUK, currently a resident of France, has extensive
experience as a translator and has also taught English to Francophone
students. This is his first book project.

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE
Mark Anthony Mikituk
and therefore, although it is unusual to do so, I would like to take a few
moments of the reader’s time to expound upon my qualifications for, and
my method of, translating it.

John Michael Greer and I met through the magic of the Internet: in one
of his blogs he mentioned his dissatisfaction with A. E. Waite’s
translation, and I had the temerity to offer my services as a professional
translator, in the production of a new, annotated version.
I believe that in John Michael Greer’s mind my main qualifications for
the job, aside from the fact that I am a professional translator, was that I
lacked virtually any other basis upon which to recommend myself: I
belonged to no occult organization; I had very little experience with the
occult beyond an expressed interest in it; I had not, and never did
throughout this translation, read A. E. Waite’s version of the work; and, as
I said to Greer myself, I had “no skin in the game.”
Thus I embarked upon this translation, as the fool would, naively, with
just a bit of courage at hand.

But no fool is entirely naive, even at birth, and from the start I chose a
particular method with regard to my translation, which was then confirmed
by experience: I believed that any great work of the occult—as The
Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic most certainly is—might have some
ulterior, initially indefinable, motive, and that I should stick as closely as I
possibly could to the original form of the work, in order not to make the
mistake of failing to transmit some unknown quantity.
That intuition was quickly, and positively confirmed, by the effect the
translation of Levi’s work had upon me. This was not some vulgar book,
on magic or otherwise; it was written with the intention to act upon the
reader’s mind exactly like an initiatory experience, if that reader is of the
right frame of mind. That is to say, although written as prose, this book is
in fact poetry for the mind and acts as a key that can be used to open it.
In practice, as is the case when one translates poetry, this meant
keeping as close as possible, not only to the sense, but also to the sound,
the form and the rhythm, of the work. And so I have endeavored to keep
the structure and rhythm of Lévi’s work intact. As much as possible, I
have stayed close to Lévi’s words and tone, even if, perhaps, in English
they at times seem a bit highfalutin. This is originally a French work, after all.

Thus to the best of my ability I have attempted to intuit and reproduce
The Doctrine and Ritual of High Magic, as Éliphas Lévi might have
written it, had he done so in English.
Any errors are of course mine, but I would like to thank John Michael
Greer for numerous pieces of advice and wisdom, and my wife, Géraldine,
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Title Page 2
Copyright 3
Contents 4
General Introduction by John Michael Greer 8
Translator’s Note by Mark Anthony Mikituk 24

PART ONE: THE DOCTRINE OF HIGH MAGIC 26
Introduction to the Doctrine of High Magic 27
Chapter One: The Initiate 46
Chapter Two: The Columns of the Temple 56
Chapter Three: The Triangle of Solomon 64
Chapter Four: The Tetragrammaton 71
Chapter Five: The Pentagram 80
Chapter Six: Magical Equilibrium 88
Chapter Seven: The Flaming Sword 95
Chapter Eight: Realization 100
Chapter Nine: Initiation 107
Chapter Ten: The Cabala 110
Chapter Eleven: The Magical Chain 119
Chapter Twelve: The Great Work 127
Chapter Thirteen: Necromancy 132
Chapter Fourteen: Transmutations 140
Chapter Fifteen: Black Magic 146
Chapter Sixteen: Enchantments 149
Chapter Seventeen: Astrology 157
Chapter Eighteen: Potions and Spells 164
Chapter Nineteen: The Stone of the Philosophers, Elagabalus 173
Chapter Twenty: The Universal Medicine 177
Chapter Twenty-One: Divination 181
Chapter Twenty-Two: Summary and General Key to the Four
Occult Sciences 186

PART TWO: THE RITUAL OF HIGH MAGIC 190
Introduction to the Ritual of High Magic 191
Chapter One: Preparations 206
Chapter Two: Magical Equilibrium 214
Chapter Three: The Triangle of the Pentacles 220
Chapter Four: The Conjuration of the Four 228
Chapter Five: The Flaming Pentagram 240
Chapter Six: The Medium and the Mediator 245
Chapter Seven: The Septenary of Talismans 250
Chapter Eight: A Warning to the Imprudent 263
Chapter Nine: The Ceremony of the Initiates 267
Chapter Ten: The Key of Occultism 272
Chapter Eleven: The Triple Chain 276
Chapter Twelve: The Great Work 280
Chapter Thirteen: Necromancy 286
Chapter Fourteen: Transmutations 297
Chapter Fifteen: The Sabbath of the Sorcerers 303
Chapter Sixteen: Enchantments and Spells 319
Chapter Seventeen: The Writing of the Stars 326
Chapter Eighteen: Potions and Magnetism 338
Chapter Nineteen: The Magistery of the Sun 346
Chapter Twenty: Thaumaturgy 350
Chapter Twenty-One: The Science of the Prophets 357
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Book of Hermes 365

SUPPLEMENT TO THE RITUAL 396
THE NUCTEMERON of Apollonius of Tyana 396
THE NUCTEMERON 409
Of Country Magic and the Sorcery of Shepherds 415
Responses to Some Questions and Criticisms 430
The Religious, Philosophical, and Moral Tendencies of Our Books
on Magic 431
Index 443
About the Translators 465


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Names: Lévi, Eliphas, 1810–1875, author.
Title: The doctrine and ritual of high magic / Eliphas Lévi; translated by Mark Anthony Mikituk;
introduction and notes by John Michael Greer.
Other titles: Dogme et rituel de la haute magie. English
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Identifiers: LCCN 2016040845 (print) | LCCN 2017002427 (ebook) | 
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INTRODUCTION to the LECTURE SERIES,
from the Publisher

Your Right to Be Rich by Napoleon Hill was originally presented as a
lecture series to a Chicago audience in spring 1954. Courtesy of The
Napoleon Hill Foundation, this publication makes this series of lectures
available to you and grows the illustrious works of Napoleon Hill, an American
icon of successful living.
Your Right to Be Rich can truly help you achieve your every goal and dream.
It will inspire new goals and dreams whereby riches are not restricted to such
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attained only financial rewards from life, no matter how great those rewards may
have been, were the least happy and satisfied people in the world. To be truly
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While Dr. Hill refers to this philosophy as a science of personal achievement
—a science of success—you may wonder how success can follow science. Can
the steps to riches be synthesized, quantified, and made to work without fail, like
a trusted experiment in the laboratory? Dr. Hill defines science as the art of
organizing and classifying facts. Like all sciences, the science of success is only
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To more closely achieve the same experience as his students, consider
following these three points Dr. Hill strongly 
emphasized when he gave these lectures:
1. Take notes. Keep a notebook handy and take generous notes,
starting now. Writing down the information you learn will help
to imprint Dr. Hill’s philosophy more strongly on your
conscious and subconscious mind, putting it to work more
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THE SEVENTEEN PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS
1. Definiteness of Purpose. All achievement starts with setting
your major objective and making specific plans for obtaining it.
2. Mastermind. This process lets you reap the full benefits of the
experience, training, education, and specialized knowledge and influence of others.
3. Applied Faith. Turn faith into action so that the power of the
soul through which your aims, desires, plans, and purposes are
developed may be translated into reality.
4. Going the Extra Mile. Rewards multiply when you render more
service and better service than you are paid to render.
5. Pleasing Personality. Develop the mental, spiritual, and
physical traits that will help you make the most of yourself and lead you to success.
6. Personal Initiative. Taking action is the principle that is
necessary for leadership in any walk of life.
7. Positive Mental Attitude. The right attitude creates a path to
success and the means by which this philosophy can be implemented.
8. Self-Discipline. Emotions must be managed in order to balance
your head and your heart to achieve a coordination of reason and emotion.
9. Enthusiasm. This dynamo of all individual achievement helps
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10. Controlled Attention. Organize your mind. Focus on success.
Coordinate and control the powers of your mind. Use the powerful tool of autosuggestion.
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in order to make the right decision based on thought vs. opinion or emotion.
12. Learning from Adversity and Defeat. Understand and
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failures, and opposition into positive benefit.
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together to achieve a common goal. Use teamwork and tact to
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your mind reveal the ways to express the purpose of your brain and ideals of your soul.
15. Sound Health. Physical well-being is essential to cultivating the
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16. Budget Time and Money. Make and get the most out of your physical resources.
17. Law of Cosmic Habit Force. Understand and apply the
dynamics and power of the controlling force and the natural
laws that govern the universe (including human relationships).

THE INCREMENTAL POWER OF ALL 
PRINCIPLES WORKING TOGETHER
Each of these seventeen principles, in and of itself, is of tremendous value.
However, this is a synergistic philosophy in which all the elements working
together have an overall effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.
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shortening or flavoring; you need all the ingredients in the recipe.
You will notice one particular word Dr. Hill uses often. The word is
transmute. A dictionary defines it as changing one form, condition, nature, or
substance into another. To transform or convert, this thought is essential to your
understanding and application of this philosophy.
Transmutation means that you have the ultimate control over
your thoughts and feelings. If they are negative, you can make
them positive. If they are restrictive, you can make them
expansive. If you have held yourself back, you can set yourself
free. You have the capacity to transmute or change the habits
and patterns that have defeated you.
You will also notice Dr. Hill’s reference to the nine basic motives, also called
(in other works) the alphabet of success. They are important to understand
because emotions and desires inspire all voluntary actions that become
individual achievements. As the basic building blocks of human character,
motives are the foundation on which this philosophy rests. They are vital to your
understanding of other people and of yourself, for they are part of us all.


Table of Contents

Title Page
Copyright
Introduction to the Lecture Series, from the Publisher
PRINCIPLE #1:
Definiteness of Purpose
PRINCIPLE #2:
Mastermind
PRINCIPLE #3:
Applied Faith
PRINCIPLE #4:
Going the Extra Mile
PRINCIPLE #5:
Pleasing Personality
PRINCIPLE #6:
Personal Initiative
PRINCIPLE #7:
Positive Mental Attitude
PRINCIPLE #8:
Self-Discipline
PRINCIPLE #9:
Enthusiasm
PRINCIPLE #10:
Controlled Attention
PRINCIPLE #11:
Accurate Thinking
PRINCIPLE #12:
Learning from Adversity and Defeat
PRINCIPLE #13:
Cooperation
PRINCIPLE #14:
Creative Vision or Imagination
PRINCIPLE #15:
Sound Health
PRINCIPLE #16:
Budget Time and Money
PRINCIPLE #17:
Law of Cosmic Habit Force
Conclusion
Index

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THE NINE BASIC MOTIVES
1. The emotion of love.
2. The emotion of sex.
3. The desire for material gain.
4. The desire for self-preservation.
5. The desire for freedom of body and mind.
6. The desire for self-expression and recognition.
7. The desire for life after death.
8. The desire for revenge.
9. The emotion of fear.
As you can see, this list truly mirrors human nature, with motives that are
positive and motives that are negative. To achieve the riches we want, we must
understand these forces and how to work with them.
The principles of this philosophy and the basic dynamic forces of humanity
hint at the exciting and inspiring journey that awaits you. In the following pages,
you will learn from the man who developed this philosophy, and who has
motivated more men and women to achieve success than anyone else in history.
Napoleon Hill, America’s greatest millionaire-maker, will share his secrets of
success with you in this never-before-published series of powerful lectures. Take
a front-row seat as one of his students. Welcome the wisdom that will change
your life. Prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Accept your right to be rich.
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