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The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
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323 of 333 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2003
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Charles F. Haanel was a successful business man who discovered that spiritual life is a key to success in everything you do. He proved that what is happening outside is in a direct relation to what is taking place in your consciousness.
When the Master Key was published, it was one of those books that successful business men wanted out of the market. They didn't want people to read this book as its truths would help anyone to overcome limitations.
The rumor is that when Bill Gates was just a student, he read this book and utilized its truths. Rest is history.
I have read this book - it is divided in chapters that have introductions and numbered paragraphs to study. It starts from understanding the principles of your conscious mind and its power and advances to utilizing these principles.
As you put in use what the author explains in this volume, you will start seeing substantial changes in your reality. In many ways, Charles was so much ahead of his time. Even today most profilic business coaches such as Antohony Robbins etc. do not admit the fact that your life is in your control 100%. We are taught that we are at the mercy of externals, but it ain't so.
In many ways, Charles F. Haanel is the most outstanding business coach there has ever been. Way before current business coaches who incorporate spiritual life and business, he did it. If you are an owner of major company -- have every employee of your company to read this book and utilize it in their daily routines. Your company will become the new success story. That is for sure.
Why am I giving just 4 stars for such an outstanding book? Well that is because the volume is rather long. I think the central message of this book could have been condensed into 60 pages -- but instead the author goes on and on for several hundred pages. On the other hand -- this does ensure that everyone grasps the principles involved in creating success.
Does it work? Yes it does. Why do some people fail? Well, they just read this book but don't put in use its truths. For some it is difficult to understand or believe that your life is just a mirror that is telling you what you are in your consciousness. Think you have a problem, and one will surface. Think you have a solution and it is as well yours. Fair game.
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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2000
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Ever wanted the 'answer' to really understanding how to bring success into your life? The Master Key System is the nearest thing you'll find to one. In this masterly and insightfull piece written over 90 years ago, Charles Haanel reveals the secrets to realising our greatness by providing the keys to total success in life - physically, mentally and spiritually. Before reading the Master Key I had read many of the well known classics of personal growth like: Think and Grow Rich (Napoloen Hill), The Power of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale) and The Magic of Thinking Big (David J. Schwartz). However I found none so fundamentally to the point and enlightening as the Master Key. I immediately liked the Master Key over all the others because it was so factual and practical, with a total absence of hyperbole. There is no 'the secret speaks to those who listen' treatment here, just the plain facts - and the fundamental methods to make it work for you. It did for me! The profound yet succinct treatment of such a complex subject leaves you in no doubt that you are reading the truth. Whats more, the structure of the book is very much geared around a working manual. Each chapter is a short weekly lesson with a practical exercise, successivly building upon the previous one, to take you logically through the total growth process. I found this structured pace very easy to work into my normal life. By the end you WILL understand how to use your power within to improve your life permenantly. Those looking for the one book to provide the key to making their life a success... this is it! This re-edited publication of The Master Key System (by Anthony R. Michalski) has been meticulously produced to be totally authentic to Charles Haanel's now extremely rare original.
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133 of 138 people found the following review helpful
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I know this book since I was a primary school learner. My father had a signed copy. I suppose that I started to delve into this rather formidable book - for a youngster - during my high school days. I struggled, but instinctively knew that it was a great book - so I persevered. I can truly say that I have used this volume throughout my live since then, and have inherited my father's copy! As the title states, this is not a book, it is really a system. It is a system that will change your view on life and then will consequently change your life too. Although a spiritual book, I have found it to be the most practical spiritual book I have ever read!

The Master Key System is simply one of the finest studies in personal power, metaphysics, and prosperity consciousness ever written. Covering everything from how to create abundance and wealth to how to get healthy, Charles F Haanel leaves no stone unturned. With precision, he elucidates on each topic with logic and rigor that not only leaves you feeling good, but also thinking good. The book was banned by the Catholic Church in 1933 and has been hidden away for decades.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2002
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I finished reading this gem of a book a couple weeks ago and I began practicing the meditations scrupulously. I am now experiencing several positive changes in my life. The changes are too personal for me to write about. However, all I can say is I'm indeed blessed to have found the "one" good self help book that I had been looking for, all my life.
It is just not good enough just thinking positively, you have to think positively with FEELING. And, the only way to do that is by disciplined everyday meditation for atleast fifteen to twenty minutes without fail. The more you practice the more magnetic you become, to attract whatever you want in life.
Buy and read this gem, it will tell you how!
Also read "The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price"
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2005
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more excited than that kid I was in that intellectual candy store called the HollyPark library in Hawthorne, CA. ,Though that library is now defunct and closed, this is a book I remember so well at that library that when I heard that Kallisti Publishing had printed a new edition of it, I just had to revisit it. So my head was spinning when I heard it was annonated with a short biography of Charles F. Haanel, I felt young again soon as I heard. I just turned 30, so it took 15 years off my life, to hear that this great book is back on the market, this masterpiece that influenced Napoleon Hill, Frank R. Wallace, Claude M. Bristol and Tony Robbins and flavored their great works with the time tested power of "the science of thought" and 'yes', "mind stuff". Anyhow, the excitment I felt at buying this book was so great that I tracked it all the way from ordering to delivery and if I could give this book six stars, my, MY, I would... I would. So, I suggest you buy a copy while they are around from Kallisti, because the power and majesty of this book even if it was old and dog-eared when I read it was incredible. It was like the ultimate mind-vitamin and when I had my troubles I wondered what happened to it, but the memory was still there of it all though it was a glittering yet thin trail of time that I had left behind of this all-time great book. Like I said in other reviews, I only review 5-starworthy books or better, this is better. If you get this book and GET IT. You'll know what I mean. Thank you for reading this review and I hope you're inspired by it. Because I mean every word of it sincerely.

Captain Josh.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2002
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Charles Haanel was brilliant, not only for his time, but all of his principles apply today and will continue to be a masterpiece in the future.The Master Key worked so well for the people who really applied the principles in his book, that it was banned by the Church in the 1930's.He originally wrote his 24 lessons for a group of business associates that requested he teach them what he was doing to be so successful in his business. When they found how well it worked for them, they requested he not let the general public in on their little "secret", and so, Charles only taught his methods to a select group for several years until he finally decided he should publish these principles of abundant living to anyone that would listen to the message. It didn't take long for the church to catch wind of what was going on, thereafter banning his book.That is why Haanel was not one of better known "New Thought" writers. Only after the 50th anniversary of his death, were the copyrights available to be published again. Don't miss out on a wonderful lesson for living! This is a terrific book! It can change your life.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2006
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This book is well written and to the point. The author does not attempt to cloud any of the processes with dogma or rituals. He in fact explains in very plain language how to create your own world according to your own desires in accordance with your level of discipline in attaining your goals. I for one find this book invaluable in that it is always there to remind that my mind can and does control my actions and my outcomes. I would recommend that everyone read this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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This book by Charles F. Haanel is clearly a masterpiece of thought provoking work by a true master of 'thinking'. Mr Haanel delivers an excellent read on the art or science of thinking and mastering the keys to self awareness for anything you can imagine.

I would recommend this book to anyone in any walk of life at any age. It is intended for a more mature audience and looks at the very seeds of our thoughts and how we can achieve our lifes goals through the seeds of our very own self maintained thinking.

Get it. Your money will be very well spent.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2000
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I have been using and studying the principals of thought for many years. This book is something of a classic in the world of mind-stuff and I would consider it a "must read" for any student of self improvement. I particularly like the simple system Mr Haanel uses to break down each "chapter/lesson" into small steps that only comprise a few pages of extremely well thought out material. It is very easy to read and follow although one might find that if its their first introduction to the mind-stuff that they are going to most likely need to read it more than once. However, I have found myself reading the Haanel book for the third time and like Think and Grow Rich and You Were Born Rich, its the kind of material that one can read every year and still get a refreshing new viewpoint along with a great lesson to take control of your life!
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2004
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Well, one reviewer tossed his copy in the trash. This is quite unfortunate.

I can only hope the garbage man found it and is now living a new life of purpose and power. Perhaps the poor soul who tossed the book away will become his employee some day...

This book has that sort of power, if it is actually read and *acted upon*. The author has proof of concept in the accomplishments of his own life.

The validation for this system is found with the practice suggestions contained in each module. I humbly suggest that each reader do these practices after reading the associated section. This action will make the difference between genuine personal development and stale philosophical musing.

Then join us in a better life. No more need be said. Try it.
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