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New financial book updates Napoleon Hill’s groundbreaking research

KIMBERLY NICOLETTI
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“Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities!” is the kind of book you want to read, then keep for future inspiration.

The book is full of advice from some of the most powerful living entrepreneurs. And one of the handiest things about the way the story is laid out involves short, one-sentence lessons, set apart from the rest of the text in bold and italics. The style makes it easy to thumb through the book and find the exact words you need to keep you on track. If you’re looking for more than a pearl of wisdom, look no further than directly before or after the bolded italics, as the text expounds on one particular businessperson’s experience related to the sage advice.

For example, below “People give up too soon” unfolds the story of RE/MAX, the fastest-growing real estate franchise. Dave Liniger “made the mistake of starting in the recession of 1973” and “confessed that everything the company could do wrong it was already doing wrong.” But he wouldn’t quit, even though the company was $600,000 in debt (in the 1970s). He called his creditors and told them he was going to call them each week and tell them how much he could pay, which was about $50.

“Doing this continued to remind Liniger of the commitment he had with his most important adviser, himself,” the story reads. “Then the miracle happened. People started buying franchises.”

“Three Feet From Gold” uses the wisdom of people like James Amos (Mail Boxes, Etc.), Genevieve Bos (owner of Pink Magazine), Truett Cathy (Chick-fil-A Inc.), Debbie Fields (Mrs. Fields Cookies), Ruben Gonzalez (Olympic athlete), Tom Haggai (IGA), Mike Helton (president of NASCAR), Evander Holyfield (four-time world champion boxer), Jack Mates (Velcro) and many, many more.

The work extends and updates Napoleon Hill’s work in 1908. Hill, a reporter, had the good fortune to interview America’s richest man at the time, Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie then wrote a letter of recommendation, which allowed Hill access to 500 of the era’s most successful people, in order to discover the common denominators for success. The result: “Think and Grow Rich.”

“Three Feet from Gold” is told through a fictional account of a man who’s down, out and selfish. But when he meets fictional character Jonathan Buckland, an influential earner who, like Carnegie, grants access to today’s top producers, his life changes.

As the author’s note explains, “Some license has been taken to craft a compelling narrative; except for the characters of Mia, David and Jonathan Buckland, all of the people in this book are real and it was our privilege to speak with them firsthand.”

Though many people enjoy a fictional story to sweep them along, I would have preferred to hear either author’s story of how they came to success: Sharon Lechter co-authored the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” series, among other accomplishments, and Greg S. Reid is a motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur whose prior books include “The Millionaire Mentor.”

Oh, and about the title: A gold prospector discovered gold at a site in Colorado, but it soon dried up, and he became discouraged and sold his mine. Turns out the man who bought the rights did a little research and found millions of dollars worth of gold just three feet where the previous owner was digging. The obvious message: Don’t give up.


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