For well over 100 years, a body of literature in America has developed that has been described as “self-help” or “Success literature”. It focuses on methods of self-improvement, such as goal setting, development of a better self-image, visualization and positive thinking among other techniques. Beginning with writers like Horatio Alger and Orison Swett Marden in the late 1800s, Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill in the early 20th century and Tony Robbins and Wayne Dyer in the later part of the 20th century, this literature and body of thought has sought to help the individual rise to whatever heights are aspired to reach. This class will survey the major ideas and writings of this group of thinkers. If you are looking for some inspiring ideas then this is the class for you!
Roger Gumley has been a fan of success literature ever since he read “How to Win Friends and influence People” when he was 14.”