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Self Help was published in 1859 by Samuel Smiles. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism". Self Help sold 20,000 copies within one year of its publication. By the time of Smiles' death in 1904, it had sold over a quarter of a million. Self-Help elevated Smiles to celebrity status; almost overnight, he became a leading pundit and much-consulted guru.

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 29-08-2021

Self Help

I found this original self-help book done in 1858 very intriguing. I found this the original version for self-help with many examples back in the 1850s that apply to today.

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  • David
  • 15-07-2021

Book that inspired Sakichi Toyoda

I looked up this book because I learned that it inspired Sakichi Toyoda.

Listening to this book, you can't but notice stark difference from people that lived and were working to improve their world and living conditions 150 years ago and today's generations which was sold lie that everyone of them is special and that they can change the world just by being special.

This book showcases some excellent examples how hard work, dedication, perseverance and humbleness can improve life and conditions of individuals, nations and ultimately whole world. We are missing such messages today in our education system. Parents need to take charge and remedies where schools are failing today.

Book message can be summed up in quote: "when boats were made of wood, men were made of steel".... with additional realization that today, men are increasingly made of wood, if not clay.

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  • Jason Farmer
  • 11-02-2019

Outstanding- if you’re on the fence just get it, it’s a no brainer.

This started out slow which had me concerned. To my surprise it became an unusually potent and sophisticated self help book. There is quite a bit of wisdom to extract from this.

The author discusses notable men, as well as men of outstanding character. It reads very similar to Ben Franklin’s writings.

This book is hilariously underrated and should be as popular as Napoleon hill and Tony Robbins.

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  • 27-11-2017

Brilliant book, terrible narration!

An almost unbelievably brilliant book that seems to have been forgotten despite the fact that it remains as relevant today as it ever was.

The writing is excellent, inspirational, incredibly well researched and empowering. No wonder Samuel Smiles was a celebrity in his era.

Now, about the narration.

Whilst it is a good thing that this book is available on Audible, why the hell was a book written by a Scottish gentleman narrated by an American????!!!!

Not only does the American reading style (ignoring commas and semi colons) damage the flow and grace of the writing, but the fact that the narrator cannot pronounce most of the English town and village names (and that nobody corrected him) makes listening to this quite cringe-inducing.

Reading House of Leaves with a British voice does not work. Reading Victorian British prose in an American accent similarly does not work.

Anyway, love the book, everyone should read / listen to it. Ignore the title - no self-hugging, mediocrity-aspiring nonsense here!

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