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Who was W. Clement Stone?

Let’s get acquainted with W. Clement Stone!

William Clement Stone was a businessman, philanthropist and New Thought self-help book author.

Quoting our source of information, Wikipedia:

He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 4, 1902. His father died in 1905 leaving his family in debt. In 1908 he hawked newspapers on the south side of Chicago while his mother worked as a dressmaker. By 1915 he owned his newsstand. In 1918 he moved to Detroit to sell casualty insurance for his mother.

Mr. Stone dropped out of high school to sell insurance full-time. He received a diploma from the YMCA Central High School in Chicago. He took courses at Detroit College of Law (now, Michigan State University College of Law) and Northwestern University.

Much of what is known about Mr. Stone comes from his auto biography THE SUCCESS SYSTEM THAT NEVER FAILS. In that book, he tells of his early business life, which started with selling newspapers in restaurants. At the time, this was a novel thing to do, a departure from the typical practice of boys hawking newspapers on street corners.

At first, restaurant managers tried to discourage him, but he gradually won them over by his politeness, charm, persistence and the fact that most restaurant patrons had no objection to this new way of selling papers.

From there, he graduated to selling insurance policies in downtown business offices. His mother managed his new career and together they were very successful.

Clement Stone was a living example of the proverbial rags-to-riches protagonist in the Horatio Alger’s stories he loved. Eventually he became an ‘angel’ to others, lifting some from the gutter to the heights of success. One of his great success stories was Og Mandino, an alcoholic whom Stone took under his wing. The relationship led to a new life for Mandino, who became the publisher of SUCCESS MAGAZINE.

Mr. Stone associated with Napoleon Hill to teach the PHILOSOPHY OF PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT “SCIENCE OF SUCCESS” course. Stone wrote: “One of the most important days in my life was the day I began to read THINK AND GROW RICH in 1937. Stone said that the Bible was the “world’s greatest self-help book”.

In the last interview before his death, Mr. Stone explained the importance of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude): “A positive mental attitude is necessary for achieving worthwhile success. We in America know what it is for us, for we have inherited the tenets of the Judeo-Christian faiths on which our Constitution, laws and customs have been based …. Strive to understand and apply the Golden Rule …. Believe that any goal that doesn’t violate the laws of God or the rights of your fellow men can be achieved …” Recalled M. L. Harris: “I attended one of the PMA rallies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1976. I’ll never forget Stone, the MC of the event; and how he leapt on the stage, grabbed the microphone and shouted: “I feel healthy! I feel happy! I feel terrific! It gave me goosebumps. At the time he was 74 years old; and possessed the energy of a man in his thirties.” -- M. L. Harris, Author.


Mr. Stone emphasized using a “positive mental attitude to succeed. He adopted the motto of his mentor, Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve (with PMA).” In 1960, Mr. Stone teamed up with Napoleon Hill to author SUCCESS THROUGH A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE. The book includes the following testimonial from the Rev. Robert H. Schuller on the inside front cover page: “SUCCESS THROUGH A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE is one of the ten books that has most impacted my faith and my philosophy … no person’s education is complete without the concepts articulated in it so wisely and so well.” Norman Vincent Peale said that Stone and Hill “have the rare gift of inspiring and helping people … In fact, I owe them both a debt of gratitude for the helpful guidance I have received from their writings. Stone and Hill also founded a monthly digest magazine, entitled SUCCESS UNLIMITED.

Over his lifetime, Mr. Stone gave over $275 million dollars to charity including civic groups, mental health and Christian organizations. He was quoted once as saying, “All I want to do is to change the world”.

W. Clement Stone once stated, “Regardless of what you are or what you have been, you can still become what you may want to be.”

In 1973, Mr. Stone was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws (L.L.D.) degree from Whittier College

Mr. Stone died on September 3, 2002 in Evanston, Illinois at the age of 100.

This information was retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=W._Clement_Stone&oldid=942802016

As I have stated before, I have been a believer in all personal development principles and have tried to practice them in my business activities and personal endeavors. I remember some seemingly unbelievable times that seemed so impossible at the time and by some reason they, for the most part, have all worked out. Even the times I have brought on my own misfortunes, all seems to work out for the best. As some of our authors have said: “Faith, both in yourself and in a divine power, prayer, sheer determination and a desire to succeed with a positive mental attitude gets a person through some very difficult times. I also agree that the Bible is the greatest self-help book.

We can learn so much from what these authors have written! As we have expressed before, reading is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with so much to learn! Or even to be entertained!

We hope you have enjoyed reading about this great author. I was especially impressed with the story of the influence of these writings on the life of Og Mandino, and how it saved his life and gave him new direction and purpose.


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Michael Inman

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