How They Succeeded: Life Stories of Successful Men Told by Themselves


Orison Swett Marden (Editor)

Series: Historical Figures

BISAC: BIO000000

How They Succeeded compiles the life stories of successful men and women. Each story contains the elements that make men and women successful, and they are intended to show that character, energy, and an indomitable ambition will succeed in the world, and that in this land, where all men are born equal and have an equal chance in life, there is no reason for despair.

Table of Contents


Introductory Note

Chapter 1. Marshall Field

Chapter 2. Bell Telephone Talk: Hints on Success by Alexander G. Bell

Chapter 3. Why the American People Like Helen Gould

Chapter 4. Philip D. Armour’s Business Career

Chapter 5. What Miss Mary E. Proctor Did to Popularize Astronomy

Chapter 6. The Boyhood Experience of President Schurman of Cornell University

Chapter 7. The Story of John Wanamaker

Chapter 8. Giving up Five Thousand Dollars a Year to Become a Sculptor

Chapter 9. Questions and Answers: Business Pointers by Darius Ogden Mills

Chapter 10. Nordica: What it Costs to Become a Queen of Song

Chapter 11. How William Dean Howells Worked to Secure a Foothold

Chapter 12. John D. Rockefeller

Chapter 13. The Author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic—Her Views of Education for Young Women

Chapter 14. A Talk with Edison: Dramatic Incidents in His Early Life

Chapter 15. A Fascinating Story by General Lew Wallace

Chapter 16. Carnegie as a Metal Worker

Chapter 17. John B. Herreshoff, the Yacht Builder

Chapter 18. A Successful Novelist: Fame After Fifty

Chapter 19. How Theodore Thomas Brought the People Nearer to Music

Chapter 20. John Burroughs at Home: The Hut on the Hill Top

Chapter 21. Vreeland’s Romantic Story: How He Came to Transport a Million Passengers a Day

Chapter 22. How James Whitcomb Riley Came to be Master of the Hoosier Dialect


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