In the early 20th century, several authors began writing about a topic they called “new thought.” Among these, this author is familiar with Wallace Wattles, William Atkinson and Charles Haanel.
New thought was an early label for a quasi-humanist methodology of personal development, and it was later popularized by Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone and others. New thought plays a very large role in Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
New thought is a significant part of the foundation of the personal development industry as we know it in the early 21st century. Note, for example, The Secret, popularized in the late 1980s and 1990s.
One of the icons of early 20th century new thought writings is Charles Haanel’s Master Key System.
This blog is about the author’s study and application of Haanel’s Master Key System. Comments and interaction are encouraged. At a minimum, it is the author’s hope that publishing his experience might give hope and information to anyone seeking personal development.
While new thought is quasi-humanist, its foundations seem to lie in Eastern religion of the pre-Christian era. Interestingly, at least to this author, the Master Key System does not seem at odds with Christianity. Any impression to the contrary herein is unintentional.