Outwitting the Devil

Outwitting the Devil

The Secret to Freedom and Success

Pre-loaded Audiobook - 2011
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Originally written in 1938 but never published due to its controversial nature, an insightful guide reveals the seven principles of good that will allow anyone to triumph over the obstacles that must be faced in reaching personal goals.
Publisher: [Solon, Ohio] : Playaway Digital Audio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, p2011
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 1 sound media player (6 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in
ISBN: 9781455813919
Branch Call Number: SWPL 158.1 Hil


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Jan 30, 2018

I happened upon this audiobook while searching for inspirational and motivational material through my library website. I read Think and Grow Rich last year and knew Napoleon Hill wrote other works, but had not heard of this book. I was unaware that it was hidden away in a vault for over 70 years preventing generations of people from learning from its truths. This book spoke to me even more than Think and Grow Rich and will go into my small list of books that I will return for additional inspiration.

One thing you discover in the beginning of the book is that although this book was written in 1938, it was kept from being published until 2011. Napoleon Hill's wife, Annie Lou, feared it would damage Napoleon Hill's reputation with the potential controversy it could generate. After she passed away in 1984 the manuscript was turned over to her nephew, Dr. Charles Johnson, president of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Dr. Johnson's wife, Frankie Johnson, did not want the manuscript published while she was alive for similar reasons. After she passed away, it passed to Don Green, the CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Don reached out to Sharon Lechter, co-author of 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad', who edited the manuscript and released it in 2011. Could it be that we were not meant to hear this interview until the time was right? You should listen and decide for yourself.

The book is written as an account of an interview where Napoleon Hill coerces The Devil (negative energy) into revealing how he snares the minds of those without definiteness of purpose and definiteness of plan. The Devil's confession lays out how anyone can escape the clutches of negative energy and generate a positive and definite purpose in their life. The narrator, Phil Gigante, does a spectacular job voicing The Devil and keeps the interview engaging and entertaining throughout. Sharon Lechter interrupts the interview providing additional insight into the people and events when the book was originally written. She also reiterates the most important points to ensure they are not missed. This may be distracting for some, but I found the additional information valuable as I listened. For repeated listenings, I would skip Sharon's comments.

As I listened, I thought about what The Devil says about people that he snares. I thought about those times in my life where I was caught in his web. I also thought about how making changes involving definiteness of purpose helped me escape his web every time. I see others in my life caught up in negative thoughts which prevent them from achieving their potential and want them to see that there is a way out and this book explains it. Open your mind, listen to these words, and the truth will be revealed to you.

Dec 28, 2015

After about five hours of this junk I decided not to continue it further. A bit of religious ideas, and bit of conspiracy theory, a bit of pop-psych, all wrapped together in autobiography and a dialogue with the devil.

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