Charles F. Haanel was a noted
American author and businessman who belonged to the American Scientific
League, The Authors League of America, The American Society of
Psychical Research, the St. Louis Humane Society and the St. Louis
Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
Charles F. Haanel began his business career in St. Louis. He resigned
his position in order to start his own company and eventually founded
one of the largest conglomerates of his time.
He wrote several books which
were published in St. Louis by Psychology Publishing and by his Master
Key Institute in New York. Mr. Haanel put into books the ideas and
methods he used to gain his success. Besides the "Master Key
System," which he wrote in 1912, he also wrote "Mental
Chemistry" and "The New Psychology"
By 1933 The Master Key System
had sold over 200,000 copies and then seemingly disappeared. The Master
Key System is one of the finest studies in self-improvement, mind-stuff,
and higher consciousness ever written. Covering everything from how to
get wealthy to how to get healthy, Mr. 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 Church in 1933 and has been hidden away for seventy years!
Rumor has it that while he
was attending Harvard University, Bill Gates discovered and read The
Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel. It was this book that inspired
Bill Gates to drop out of the University and pursue his dream of "a
computer on every desktop." You probably know the results. . .
It is Silicon Valley's secret
that almost every entrepreneur who made a fortune in recent years did so
by studying the words Mr. Haanel penned over eighty years ago! Almost
every millionaire and billionaire in the Valley read The Master Key
System by Charles F. Haanel. Since this book was no longer in print
until recently, copies of The Master Key System became a hot commodity
in the Valley.
The Master Key System is a
system that teaches the ultimate principles, causes, effects, and laws
that underlie all attainment and success. When you want to attain
something, The Master Key System will show you how to get it. The
results you will attain from using this system are so startling as to
appear incredible. For this reason, more and more people are becoming
students of The Master Key System than ever before
In 24 parts, The Master Key
sets out the fundamental principles of life and creative living, as
Haanel came to understand and apply them. Basic to his teaching is the
correct development and use of mental power -- the key to truly creative
power and action, harmony and health, love and happiness, and abundant
possibilities. Each part is meant to be studied like a correspondence
course lesson, but this is also a book that can be opened at random for
whatever gem of advice your eyes happen to fall upon.
This age-old wisdom was
written by someone who could perceive and tap into Universal Mind but
who seems to have no particular allegiance to any specific system of
knowledge. Haanel's numbered common-sense messages still have a
freshness nearly 100 years after they were first assembled.
Mr. Haanel died in 1949 and
is buried in Bellafontaine Cemetery, St. Louis. Walter B. Stevens
described Mr. Haanel as "a man of mature judgement, capable of
taking a calm survey of life and correctly valuing its opportunities,
its possibilities, its demands and obligations."
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More Charles F. Haanel
I have recently discovered the titles of several other
books by Charles F. Haanel and fortunately for all of us, they are still in
print. All of these may be purchased directly from, or ordered through
your normal book retailer.
The Master Key
Master Key Arcana
The Amazing Secrets
of the Yogi