Outwitting the devil – the secret to freedom and success

By: napoleon hill

Recommendation Scale: 9 (nose in book)

  • 1-2 = Painful
  • 3-4 = Snoozer
  • 5-6 = Decent content, hard to stay engaged
  • 7-8 = Pretty darn good
  • 9-10 = Nose in book


This book had me hooked from the 1st page which highlights a quote from the author Napoleon Hill (shared below). The history of this book starts with the suggestion that the manuscript was hidden for over 70 years because of its controversial material…which challenges conventional religious doctrine, institutionalized education and the confines of marriage – no wonder I ranked this book as a 9 – nose in book. 🙂

Written in a question and answer style, making for an easy read, the author forces The Devil to confess how he uses fear to control mass populace. In the second half of the book, Hill suggests the utilization of 7 principles to attain spiritual, mental and physical freedom all of which are in my humble option almost impossible to argue against.

  1. Definiteness of purpose
  2. Mastery over self
  3. Learning from adversity
  4. Controlling environmental influences
  5. Time
  6. Harmony
  7. Caution

Despite the manuscript being written in 1938, the information is ‘stop you in your tracks’ and forces you to think powerful. Though a bit on the longer side, the book flows and is easy to pick up, put down and pick up again. For those of you who are seeking self-mastery, have big goals or things to overcome I CAN NOT recommend this book enough.

Favorite Quote:

“FEAR is the tool of a man-made devil. Self-confident faith in one’s self is both the mad-made weapon which defeats this devil and the man-made tool which builds a triumphant life. And it is more than that. It is a link to the irresistible forces of the universe which stand behind a man who does not believe in failure and defeat as being anything but temporary experiences.”

Check the book out for yourself here.