As this book is an interview between Napoleon Hill and the Devil where the devil(Our inner dark self) is interviewed by Hill.
Background of this book:
Outwitting the Devil is a work of fiction that was written in 1938 by Napoleon Hill, which was considered too controversial to be published in its era.
The book is written as an interview between Hill (Mr. Earthbound) and the devil (our inner dark self), wherein Hill attempts to uncover the secrets to freedom and success by evaluating the greatest obstacles that humans face in order to attain their personal goals in life.
Outwitting the Devil was released by Sterling Publishing in June, 2011, with annotations by Sharon
-May we all make an inventory of our blessings in life. And give thanks for every gift that we have been given. I know that when I am at a low point in my life, I force myself to think of my family and friends and the blessings they have brought to my life. It is the quickest path up and puts my temporary setbacks into perspective.
-Every individual has the power to change his or her material or financial status by first changing the nature o fhis or her beliefs. "
Q I have uncovered the secret code by which I can pick up your thoughts. I have come to ask you some very plain ques- tions. I demand that you give me direct and truthful answers. Are you ready for the interview, Mr. Devil?
A Yes, I am ready, but you must address me with more respect. During this interview you will address me as "Your Majesty."
A You should know I control 98 percent ofthe people of your
world. Do you not think that entides me to rate as royalty?
Q That is a fine idea, Your Majesty. Start by telling me where you live. Then describe your physical appearance.
A My physical appearance? Why, my dear Mr. Earthbound, I have no physical body. I would be handicapped by such an encumbrance as those in which you earthbound creatures live. I consist of negative energy, and I live in the minds of people who fear me. I also occupy one-half of every atom of physical matter and every unit of mental and physical energy. Perhaps you will better understand my nature if! tell you I am the nega- tive portion ofthe atom.
Q You must have many tricks and devices by which you gain and hold control ofthe human mind.
A To be sure, I employ tricks and devices to control human thought. My devices are clever ones too.
Q Go ahead and describe your clever tricks, Your Majesty.
A One of my cleverest devices for mind control is fear. I plant the seed offear in the minds ofpeople, and as these seeds ger- minate and grow, through use, I control the space they occupy. The six most effective fears are the fear ofpoverty, criticism, ill health, loss oflove, old age, and death.
Q. Will you tell me how you go about your job of preparing human minds so you can control them?
A I have countless ways of gaining control of human minds while they are still on the earth plane. My greatest weapon is poverty. I deliberately discourage people from accumu- lating material wealth because poverty discourages men from thinking and makes them easy prey for me. My next best friend is ill health. An unhealthy body discourages thinking. Then I have countless thousands ofworkers on earth who aid me in gaining control of human minds. I have these agents placed in every calling.
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