I love how Hill humbles himself and makes this material approachable by sharing his moment of darkness with the audience and how he was paralyzed by fear which is something a lot of us have experienced.
Outwitting the Devil is a different angle on Hills famous "Think and Grow Rich." The difference is that "Think and Grow Rich" was from a stand point of science and authority. The narration flowed as if you are sitting in a class room receiving instruction from the leading expert on success. It really puts you in the mindset of a student and Hill as the master/teacher. On a subconscious level it works wonders since subconsciously most of us have been in the setting and are trained to learn this way whether we like to admit it or not.
I myself have been on a journey which is the bases of a novel on its own but to hone in on one of the most important and underlying lessons I've learn on my journey and through Hills writings is that fear is the biggest cause of failure. If you can overcome your fear whether it be something life changing such as pursuing a certain career or something as simple as initiating a conversation with a person, you must first take action and not fear the outcome. A solid foundation for incorporating a non-fear based lifestyle is to remember that you have two voices in your head and you must first learn to identify which voice will serve you and which voice will lead you down a dark and destructive path. Even the word fear is so delicate and skewed in its meaning that it can mislead people down the wrong path. The best way I can describe the correct meaning of the word fear here is to use it in my famous "manly man" example. You are a manly man and you are sitting at a coffee shop sipping on your favorite caffeinated morning beverage and you notice another man staring at you. Now since you are a manly man you begin to feel uncomfortable so you think to yourself, "This is uncomfortable, if I merely ignore this other man staring at me I am being fearful of this other man, so naturally I should confront this other man and if he gives me a negative response I'll punch him in the face." So you go up to him with all this negative energy that you generated and confront him. Now since you are exuding all this fear based negative energy this other man subconsciously picks up on it and responds accordingly. Fists are thrown, maybe a couple knees and if you have learned anything from Bruce Lee then maybe a foot or two make their presence known. Now I understand that this example is extreme but it sets the stage for us to examine this approach to fear which stems from the ego and is rooted in fear resulting in a negative outcome. Another approach to the same situation is letting go of the ego based fear and coming from a place of love or goodness or as Hill would call it a positive vibration. This other approach would sound something like this: "Hello, please pardon the interruption but I noticed you from my seat over there and I couldn't help but to approach you and ask if we know each other?" Now as you can see just to arrive to this moment of saying hello is so full of life and opportunity but we miss it over and over again by living in a fear based mind. This "other man" could be your next best friend, employer, business partner, associate, teacher, coach, etc, the list goes on but you would never find out unless you operate on a non-fear based mindset.
My final thoughts about this audio book is this. I LOVE Hills point of view and style and believe Sharon Lechter is coming from a good place when she decided to include her commentary however I believe that it takes away from Hill intelligence and almost condescends his point of view. I think it would better serve this material if Sharon Lechters views were included on a special edition volume like when you watch a dvd and there is a special feature where you can watch the film with director commentary and have the voice included from actors, directors and producers. But definitely don't have the commentary of Lechter in the original book/audio book. Definitely takes away from the message. I hope Hills foundation makes these changes and updates the book. I wish you all an amazing journey in this thing called life.
The best part of 'Outwitting the Devil' was the anti-protagonist's weapon of 'DRIFT'. The concept of 'drift' was definitely the diamond in the dust heap of this book.In fact, 'drift' is now in my personal lexicon. There were other good ideas thrown out by Hill, but they were hard to find in an overly long-winded, weirdly narrated and strangely constructed dialog between him and the Devil. If you have read Napoleon Hill before and are acquainted with new-thought-theory, definitely give this odd version a go. It is interesting, if not quite successful. I wouldn't gift it to a newbie, though.
I almost returned this book after listening to the first few minutes. There was quite a bit of talk about religion and an imaginary talk with the Devil, plus my bad memory of "Think and Grow Rich" where Mr. Hill says that he won't tell the secret. Let me say that the conversation with the Devil gives me a completely different opinion of Mr. Hill. The major point is to have a major definite purpose and that will lead to health, happiness and prosperity. It is lack of a major definite purpose that causes failure in these areas.
No. While I value Napoleon's information I could do without Sharon's additions.
If I wanted a Sharon Lector book I would have bought one. She's like Puffy Combs adding his own voice to his artist's music tracks. Booo!
Say something about yourself!
The content of this book by Napoleon Hill is timeless and relevant and I highly recommend it to anyone.
I would love to hear this book without the annotated comments of Sharon Lechter. It would've been enough with the original author, Napoleon Hill. I couldn't believe that she even included plugs for other books that she's authored. I've recommended this book to others and they've all responded the same about Sharon without any prompting from me.
Yes... but begrudgingly so do to the constant interruptions of inane garbage by the editor.
Actual Narrator was great... Editors retarded comments were... well.... retarded!
Evil... he's playin' for keeps.
Yes... They need to redo this entire audio and remove the idiot comments by the Editor! I certainly hope that someone has the good sense to publish the original manuscript in its entirety ... because If this gal was so dumb to record this audio book with her incessant yammering... I have my doubts as to her skills as an editor to have really given us the best of the original writings.
I am certainly going to listen to Outwitting the Devil again, possibly several times. There is too much material here to digest or even remember in one session. It isn't all that long, but it is very condensed and the ideas deserve to be pondered upon.
For anyone who is familiar with Hill's previous work, Think and Grow Rich or any of the Positive Thinking self help books that have come after it, many of the ideas presented in this book are familiar. However, the dialog with the Devil format is unique and extremely compelling, making it far different from the touchy feelie books that the self help industry has spawned in the last thirty years. It is less The Secret and more The Screwtape Letters or Twain's Letters from the Earth. It presents positive thinking as a moral dilemma and puts failure or success in a social and spiritual context rather than a material context. Of course, the Devil in Outwitting the Devil is a literary device and bears little resemblance to the Christian devil. Still, His Majesty comes to life and presents himself as a being to be taken seriously rather than dismissed as a mere superstition.
I really liked the dramatic performance aspect of having the narrator and the Devil be two different voices. The narrator who read the part of the Devil was excellent, full of personality, gravitas and a touch of wry humor. He was truly the highlight of the experience. However, I didn't care for the frequent intrusion of the editor. Her often patronizing repetition of what Hill had just said and questions along the lines of "what do YOU think of X? Can you find X in your life? not only broke up the flow of the narration but was irritating as well. This kind of interjection might work in a written format, but in an audio format, I often lost track of what Hill was saying and sometimes had to go so far as to back up and start over. If the editor really needed to put in her two cents worth, she could have just as easily consolidated her remarks at the end of the book, which would have worked better.
Hill's seven principles are the sort of concise wisdom that could very easily be printed out and posted on a wall over my desk as constant reminders of how not to fall into the habit of drifting.
There will probably be those who will object to the often 'politically incorrect' comments that Hill makes throughout the book. It was written in a different time with different assumptions about gender and social class. However, the people and institutions that the devil criticizes so vehemently are just as worthy of criticism today if not more. I have a feeling that the people who would have objected to this book in 1938 are still the people who would object to it now, and for the same reasons.
I am assuming that the woman's voice on this recording is Sharon Lechter's. I really didn't pay much attention to the introduction of the book. I am assuming this because it can't be a professional reader. Her voice is a very harsh interruption of the narrative. The things she says are as bad as her voice. She is really talking down to the listener, like a bad kindergarden teacher. I would love to see this reissued without this editor putting in her two cents worth, because it really isn't worth two cents.
Their voices are okay.
Please do a reissue, or offer it in print were I can skip over her comments.
Free thinkers unite!! I was born a free thinker. Questioning ANYTHING that an adult said or did resulted in me being in called a trouble maker, a sass and a smart mouth. I'd say, am I supposed to be a dumb mouth??
Though often times I was right, I can honestly say that I did not have to rub it in. I then learned humility. It is as important as wisdom and knowledge, even more so. With all that said, this audio book will bring the listeners through every human emotion possible, it will also ring truer than any book ever written by Napoleon Hill.
Strength in Meekness!
Thanks Audible! and Thank You Napoleon Hill
Wow, damn-it, WOW
I liked that this storry is the story of all of us and that we are capable of winning, even in our darkest hours.
They brought a nice adversarial exchange that made teh story come alive!!!
I laughed, cried, and then did push-ups and body-weight squats to relieve frustration!!!
I have, and will continue, to give this book/audiobook as a gift to people.