The Law of Attraction Masters
W. Clement Stone started out with nothing and built an insurance empire He founded a multibillion-dollar insurance empire with $100 and sought to buck up the world with the idea that anyone might do the same-all they need is "positive mental attitude."
"All I want to do is change the world," he said.
He was the founder of the Combined Insurance Co., who through his private foundation passed along $275 million-especially for education and childhood development.
Mr. Stone’s notion was that any man can become wealthy "no matter how poor his start in life."
He wrote books-most famously, with Napoleon Hill, Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, published in 1960.
Famous for his pencil-thin black mustache, his polka-dot bow ties and a
solid fix on motivation as the engine of success, Mr. Stone identified
so strongly with PMA-positive mental attitude-that it was the ticker
symbol for his holding company, Combined International Corp., when
shareholders formed it in 1980.
His own rags-to-riches tale started when he was born on May 4, 1902 in Chicago. His father, a clothing manufacturer, died when he was three years old; his mother found work as a dressmaker. Stone, age six, was on the streets, hawking the Examiner newspaper to help pay the rent; at thirteen, he had his own newsstand. At the age of sixteen he joined his mother in Detroit, where she ran an insurance agency.
By 20, he had his own agency in Chicago and by 1930 had rounded up 1,000 agents.
Even the Depression didn’t get Stone down. He was quoted in the New York Times saying it forced good work habits.
He read and then embodied the Horatio Alger books, many of which were shelved at Combined’s office. He called his books "inspirational self-help action books" but it was the Bible, he said, that was "the world’s greatest self-help book."
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his philosophy and his philanthropy, including the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation.
As a testimonial to the greatness of W. Clement Stone printed below is a copy of his own advice for a fulfilling life as published in Success Unlimited.
By W. Clement Stone
Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes—give especially to those to whom you don't want to give.
Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give—the more you will have!
Give a smile to everyone you meet (smile with your eyes)—and you'll smile and receive smiles . . .
Give a kind word (with a kindly thought behind the word)—you will be kind and receive kind words . . .
Give honor, credit and applause (the victor's wreath)—you will be honorable and receive credit and applause . . .
Give time for a worthy cause (with eagerness)—you will be worthy and richly rewarded . . .
Give hope (the magic ingredient for success)—you will have hope and be made hopeful . . .
Give happiness (a most treasured state of mind)—you will be happy and be made happy . . .
Give encouragement (the incentive to action)—you will have courage and be encouraged . . .
Give cheer (the verbal sunshine)—you'll be cheerful and cheered . . .
Give a pleasant response (the neutralizer of irritants)—you will be pleasant and receive pleasant responses . . .
Give good thoughts (nature's character builder)—you will be good and the world will have good thoughts for you . . .
Give prayers (the instrument of miracles) for the godless and the godly—you will be reverent and receive blessings, more than you deserve!
Be generous! Give!