Rising in the world, or, Architects of fate (1897) PDF book by Orison Swett Marden (success)
Inspiration to character-building and worthy achievement is the keynote of the present volume; its object, to arouse to honorable exertion youth who are drifting without aim, to awaken dormant ambitions in those who have grown discouraged in the struggle for success, to encourage and stimulate to higher resolve those who are setting out to make their own way, with perhaps neither friendship nor capital other than a determination to get on in the world. Nothing is so fascinating to youth with high purpose, life, and energy throbbing in his young blood as stories of men and women who have brought great things to pass.
Though these themes are as old as the human race, yet they are ever new, and more interesting to the young than any fiction. The cry of youth is for life ! more life! No didactic or dogmatic teaching, however brilliant, will capture a twentieth-century boy, keyed up to the highest pitch by the pressure of an intense civilization.
The romance of achievement under difficulties, of obscure beginnings and triumphant ends; the story of how great men started, their struggles, their long waitings, amid want and woe, the obstacles overcome, the final triumphs; examples, which explode excuses, of men who have seized common situations and made them great; of those of average capacity who have succeeded by the use of ordinary means, by dint of indomitable will and inflexible purpose: these will most inspire ambitious youth, at there are bread and success for every youth under the American flag who has tlie grit to seize his chance and work his way to his own loaf