Charles F. Haanel was a noted American author
and businessman who belonged to the American Scientific League, The Authorís
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 ninety 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
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 93 years after they were first
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
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Key System Parts 1 and 2
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