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Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success | [Napoleon Hill, Sharon Lechter (editor)]

Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals....
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In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript - Outwitting the Devil - proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals - including fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy - as tools orchestrated by the Devil himself. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin, and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to finally triumph over them and succeed.

Fascinating, provocative, and empowering, Outwitting the Devil shows how to create your own path to success, harmony, and fulfillment in an age of uncertainty and fear.

©2011 Napoleon Hill (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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"My simple faith is this: If we are created in God’s image, then we were born to create, and to create is to prosper. [This] previously unpublished Napoleon Hill manuscript.... I’ve read it and recommend it." (Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes magazine)

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    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 11-29-13
    david Winston Salem, NC, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Dramatization of Hill's work"

    Sharon Lechter tries to ruin the dramatization of Hill's work. But, the story is too good.

    If you like Think and Grow Rich you will enjoy this story which is a conversation between Hill and the Devil. The story gives life to his philosophy. Hill takes some VERY controversial positions. I can understand why it was unpublished for 70 years. The voices of Hill and the devil are very good.

    Sharon Lechter is the editor. She also adds 'clarification' to parts of the book. She is TERRIBLE. She brings nothing to the story. Only retells what we already heard and promotes her own material. That said, I would still recommend the audio. Just be prepared.

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    Jeff Chaska, MN, United States 10-23-13
    Jeff Chaska, MN, United States 10-23-13
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    "Great Book...Horrible Audiobook"
    What did you like best about Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil? What did you like least?

    Best: The stuff written by Napoleon Hill.
    Worst: The annoying editor constantly chiming in. Extremely frustrating.


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    Robert Pruitt Fort Worth, TX 10-08-13
    Robert Pruitt Fort Worth, TX 10-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Rob Pruitt

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    "Great Book if not for Ms. Lechter"

    Timeless advice and truly genius insights of Napoleon hill are regularly and even frequently interrupted by Mrs. Lechter. It's a lot like coming to a conference to hear Albert Einstein speak and having a high school student on stage frequently interrupt and give their knee-jerk insights.....and this happens every 5 minutes. Each time this woman speaks I am ripped out of my zone of concentration and utterly annoyed. I quit listening to this audiobook twice because of this woman, finally just powering through it because of the wisdom of Napoleon Hill. The book is ahead of its time to say the least but I would pay 3 credits to NOT have Mrs. Lechter's comments involved.
    I bought the physical book in order to avoid this womans comments and THEY ARE THERE TOO! At least in the book they are in italics and therefore easy to skip.
    Let me please quote my audible rantings while driving to Mrs. Lechter. SHUT UP! SHUT UP!!!! SHHHHUUUTT UPPPPP!!!!!

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    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 10-04-13
    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!"
    If you could sum up Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil in three words, what would they be?

    LIFE CHANGING!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil?

    Written in 1938 but easily apply to the times today. WONDERFUL


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone 21 and older who needs guidance to get their life on track.

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    Damien Greenwell Springs, LA, United States 07-27-13
    Damien Greenwell Springs, LA, United States 07-27-13
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    "This Book Changed My Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil the most enjoyable?

    This book has completely changed my way of thinking and approaching life. I find it interesting how great the information in this book must be for it to be held for 73 years before it made its way into publication. The Devil has certainly tried to with hold this information from people in the attempt to prevent them from becoming all that they can become. If you are looking for a life change, this is your book and if you do not act on the principles found in this book, you will most certainly be classified as a mindless "drifter" that will produce or mean nothing to the world in which we live. WAKE UP AMERICA. THIS WAS WRITTEN 73 YEARS AGO AND WE ARE WATCHING THESE TRUTHS UNFOLD TODAY IN OUR COUNTRY. What are you going to do about it?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The earthbound man was my favorite character because he did not back down from what the devil threatened him with and would not allow him to escape answering the questions.


    What does Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The interview comes to life in the audiobook much like in would not be able to in print media.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a life changing book...but only if you act upon it. If you let it flow in one ear and out the other all you are is a drifter.

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    Gary Tucson, AZ, United States 07-04-13
    Gary Tucson, AZ, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Have to Agree--Editor is total distraction"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes--for the most part. As usual, Hill is insightful and inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Napoleon Hill


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan John Miller and Phil Gigante ?

    The narrators are fine. I would have completely eliminated the editor's comments. They are repetitive, self centered, and add little value.


    Did Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, to look at failure in a new way--as a precursor to additional success and not as an end point in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a revised edition minus the editor's comments.

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    Kaleem Rockville, MD United States 06-28-13
    Kaleem Rockville, MD United States 06-28-13
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    "Would be better without Editors Side Comments"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    xtina seattle, WA, United States 06-27-13
    xtina seattle, WA, United States 06-27-13
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    "The Devil Tells His Secrets"

    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.

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    Steve Hubbard Beijing, China 03-25-13
    Steve Hubbard Beijing, China 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected great read from Napoleon Hill"

    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.

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    Brian East Meadow, NY, United States 03-17-13
    Brian East Meadow, NY, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Book. Bad Editing."
    Would you listen to Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil again? Why?

    No. While I value Napoleon's information I could do without Sharon's additions.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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!


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