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Book Review: The Master Key System by Charles Haanel

Updated on February 9, 2012

The Master Key System

My personal reading edition
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Introduction

The Master Key System was written by Charles F. Haanel and published in 1916. This book is the power house of all success books. Napoleon Hill was so inspired by this book that he based his entire career on its principles. In April 1919 Napoleon Hill wrote the following letter to Charles Haanel:

My dear Mr. Haanel:

I believe in giving credit where credit is due; therefore, I believe I ought to inform you that my present success and the success which has followed my work as President of the Napoleon Hill Institute is due largely to the principles laid down in The Master Key System. I shall cooperate with you in getting your course into the hands of the many who so greatly need your message.

Cordially and sincerely,

Napoleon Hill

The Master Key System was originally published as a correspondence course with twenty- four lessons, delivered one each week for twenty-four weeks. The introduction informs the reader to spend one week reading and studying one part of the book. The reader is not to advance to the following part, or chapter until one weeks time for maximum learning. Let's learn a little more about the man, Charles F. Haanel.


Who Was Charles Hannel?

Charles Haanel was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 22, 1866, to Hugo and Emeline Haanel. His father, Hugo, was born in Europe and arrived first in New York City. Hugo married Emeline in 1865 and a year later Charles was born. When Charles was four years old the family moved to St. Louis Missouri. Charles started his business career as a clerk for the St. Louis Stamping Company. By the time he was nineteen he was the president of his own publishing company. He married Esther Smith when he was twenty two. Esther bore him four children before she passed away in 1904. He then married Margaret Nicholson in 1908. At the age of thirty nine he was appointed president of the Continental Commercial Company. Charles passed away in 1949. He was 83. Throughout his life he maintained an interest in Eastern philosophies and esoteric subjects. Charles was obsessed with learning and sharing information with others. He went on to write many books, some of them related to his interest in meditation and Eastern religions.

The Master Key System at a glance

The Master Key System is a hardbound book that contains the original text and an updated version as it relates to our day and age. This 437 page book contains twenty-four chapters, or lessons as they are referred to in the book. These twenty-four lessons are titled accordingly:

  1. The World Within
  2. Thought is Energy
  3. Radiating Attraction
  4. Energy is Power
  5. Thought is Creative
  6. Thought, Action, And Effect
  7. Idealization, Visualization, Realization
  8. The Power of Imagination
  9. Health, Wealth, And Love
  10. Cause and Effect
  11. Answers From Nature
  12. The Law of Attraction
  13. The Process
  14. Manifestation
  15. Metamorphosis
  16. The Cycle of Seven
  17. Concentration and Desire
  18. The Value of Belief
  19. Matter is Changing
  20. Balance in The Universe
  21. Prepare For Success
  22. Planting The Seeds
  23. Success In Service
  24. The Master Key

Pages 433-438 contain a useful and informative glossary.



Creative Thought

Charles Haanel has an eloquent and graceful way of explaining his ideas to the audience. Two areas of his teaching, which he spends some quality time on are the subjects of creative thought and thought energy. Haanel explains that every thing and institution we see around us, because it was created by human beings, existed first as a thought in some human mind. He goes on to say that thought, therefore, is constructive; it's creative. Haanel states with enthusiasm that, "human thought is the spiritual power of the cosmos operating through humanity, so studying the creative process of thought and how to apply them is one of the most important things we can do." Regarding thought energy, Haanel simply stated that thought is energy. Active thought is active energy; concentrated thought is concentrated energy. Thought that is concentrated on a definite purpose becomes power. Haanel goes on to explain how creative thought and thought energy interacts with nature and the laws of the universe.

Final Note

The Master Key System is a great book that is both intellectually stimulating and rich in content. If you are interested in the law of attraction and other key universal laws, I highly recommend this book. You will not be disappointed. Below, I have listed this book and two of my favorites from Amazon, The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill, and Goals by Brian Tracy.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I have never heard of this book! Thank you for sharing it; success strategies are ageless, and if this book is what inspired Napoleon Hill, its words must be gold, indeed. Voted up and interesting. And bookmarked.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Marcy. I thought I had read all the success books until I came across this one by accident. It is truly one of the best books on success, in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago

      WOW! THANK YOU! I looked up the book on Amazon, and I am going to order it within the next couple days. I have Brian Tracy's "Goals" and I highly recommend his book, "Eat That Frog." Look it up, one of the best books I have read, I even gave a speech about it at Toastmasters. We need to keep constantly reading motivational books to keep our daily energy going...my opinion. Voting up and Blessings always Sparklea :)

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for the comment Sparklea. I have read "Goals" by Brian Tracy several times. I absolutely love that book. I have not read "Eat That Frog" but now that I know it's out there I will go get it tomorrow.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment Finance Hub. I actually met Steven Covey at a booksellers convention a number of years back. He gave a great presentation. I have not read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, although it is on my list of books to read. I have read some of his other books. Thank you for the advice about the pictures. I always like when people offer advice and share what works for them, especially from a pro such as yourself. Have a great day.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I actually saw one of Covey's presentations years ago - he had a major hotel packed, from top to bottom, with every possible inch covered in tables and seating for the attendees. He's a very compelling speaker - kept the group glued to his talk even if you were in a lower-level banquent hall viewing it on closed-circuit TV (which is where my group sat). Amazing!

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Yes that is how it was with the presentation I saw. He captivates his audience. I remember being glued to my seat and hanging on every word he said. He also has a commanding presence. Thanks for commenting.

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      Phaedra 4 years ago

      This book and Ask and It Is Given are (in my mind) the ONLY self help books that will get you somewhere in life. in-fact MOST if not ALL multi-millionaires and billionaires have read The Master Key System! After doing a lot of research I have now downloaded the book on my kindle and have read part 1 I am now in the process of mastering part 1.

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      JamesPoppell 4 years ago

      Phaedra, thank you so much for your comment. May you find success and happiness. Have a wonderful day.

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      Tushar 4 years ago

      Seriously amazing to realize that "What you Imagine is What you Get!" slowly life modifies its people, events and circumstances. Gives you the conditions that are essential to realize your imaginations BUT patiently waits for your actions to take. You have to cook your imagined Food, everything will be arranged...

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      JamesPoppell 4 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Tushar. Yes, it truly is amazing.

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