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The Authors Acknowledgment of Help Rendered Him in the Writing of This Course

This course is the result of careful analysis of the life-work of over one hundred men and women who have achieved unusual success in their respective callings.

The author of the course has been more than twenty years in gathering, classifying, testing and organizing the Fifteen Laws upon which the course is based. In his labor he has received valuable assistance either in person or by studying the life-work of the following men:

Henry Ford Thomas A. Edison Harvey S. Firestone John D. Rockefeller Charles M. Schwab Woodrow Wilson Darwin P. Kingsley Wm. Wrigley, Jr. A. D. Lasker E. A. Filene James J. Hill

Edward Bok Cyrus H. K. Curtis George W. Perkins Henry L. Doherty George S. Parker Dr. C. O. Henry General Rufus A. Ayers Judge Elbert H. Gary William Howard Taft Dr. Elmer Gates John W. Davis

Captain George M. Alex- Samuel Insul ander (To whom the F.W. Woolworth author was formerly Judge Daniel T. Wright an assistant) (One of the author’s

Hugh Chalmers law instructors)

Dr. E. W. Strickler Elbert Hubbard

Edwin C. Barnes Luther Burbank

Robert L. Taylor O. H. Harriman

(Fiddling Bob) John Burroughs

George Eastman E. H. Harriman

E. M. Statler Charles P. Steinmetz

Andrew Carnegie Frank Vanderlip

John Wanamaker Theodore Roosevelt

Marshall Field Wm. H. French

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell

(To whom the author

owes credit for most of

Lesson One).

Of the men named, perhaps Henry Ford and

Andrew Carnegie should be acknowledged as having

contributed most toward the building of this course,

for the reason that it was Andrew Carnegie who first

suggested the writing of the course and Henry Ford

whose life-work supplied much of the material out of

which the course was developed.

Some of these men are now deceased, but to those who are still living the author wishes to make here grateful acknowledgment of the service they have rendered, without which this course never could have been written.

The author has studied the majority of these men at close range, in person. With many of them he enjoys, or did enjoy before their death, the privilege of close personal friendship which enabled him to gather from their philosophy facts that would not have been available under other conditions.

The author is grateful for having enjoyed the privilege of enlisting the services of the most powerful men on earth, in the building of the Law of Success course. That privilege has been remuneration enough for the work done, if nothing more were ever received for it.

These men have been the back-bone and the foundation and the skeleton of American business, finance, industry and statesmanship.

The Law of Success course epitomizes the philosophy and the rules of procedure which made each of these men a great power in his chosen field of endeavor. It has been the author's intention to present the course in the plainest and most simple terms available, so it could be mastered by very young men and young women, of the high-school age.

With the exception of the psychological law referred to in Lesson One as the "Master Mind," the author lays no claim to having created anything basically new in this course. What he has done, however, has been to organize old truths and known laws into PRACTICAL, USABLE FORM, where they may be properly interpreted and applied by the workaday man whose needs call for a philosophy of simplicity.

In passing upon the merits of the Law of Success Judge Elbert H. Gary said: "Two outstanding features connected with the philosophy impress me most. One is the simplicity with which it has been presented, and the other is the fact that its soundness is so obvious to all that it will be immediately accepted."

The student of this course is warned against passing judgment upon it before having read the entire sixteen lessons. This especially applies to this Introduction, in which it has been necessary to include brief reference to subjects of a more or less technical and scientific nature. The reason for this will be obvious after the student has read the entire sixteen lessons.

The student who takes up this course with an open mind, and sees to it that his or her mind remains "open" until the last lesson shall have been read, will be richly rewarded with a broader and more accurate view of life as a whole.


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