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Who is W. Clement Stone

[Editr’s note: This is what the Encyclopedia Britannica says about Mr. Stone. You can read the complete article here.

(begin quote) W. Clement Stone, American businessman, and philanthropist (born May 4, 1902, Chicago, Ill.—died Sept. 3, 2002, Evanston, Ill.), made a fortune in insurance but became better known for promoting his philosophy of success and for his support of political and social causes. He espoused what he called P.M.A. (positive mental attitude) as the key to achievement and wealth.

Stone’s father died when he was three years old, leaving the family impoverished, and at the age of six, the boy began selling newspapers. By age 13 he had his own newsstand, and three years later he moved to Detroit to help his mother in an insurance agency. He dropped out of school, although he later received a diploma from a YMCA high school. In 1922 he opened his own agency in Chicago, the Combined Insurance Company of America, selling accident and life insurance, and by 1930 he had employed some 1,000 agents across the U.S. Over the years he bought additional companies, merging them with Combined, and in 1982 he merged his company with the Ryan Insurance Group, renaming the new firm Aon Corp. in 1987. With Napoleon Hill, he developed a lecture series and the magazine Success Unlimited, and the two also wrote the book Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960). Among Stone’s other books was The Success System That Never Fails (1962). He expected his employees to join with him in beginning each day with “I feel happy! I feel healthy! I feel ter-r-r-ific!” (end quote)

Books written by W. Clement Stone

Mr. Stone authored and co-authored many books.

Here is a list of his books that I am aware of.



W. Clement Stone’s 17 Principles of Success BELIEVE and ACHIEVE

THE OTHER SIDE OF YOUR MIND W. Clement Stone and Norma Lee Browning

A TREASURE OF SUCCESS UNLIMITED more than 60 articles that appeared in Success Unlimited magazine


YOUR RIGHT TO BE RICH: What Your Mind can Conceive and Believe, Your Mind can Achieve co-authored with Napoleon Hill


W.Clement Stone – Philanthropy

[According to Wikipedia – read the full article here.]

(begin quote)  Stone gave over $275 million to charity including civic groups, mental health and Christian organizations.[1][8] Stone was once quoted as saying, “All I want to do is change the world”.[1]

Among his philanthropic activities were his long-time support of the Boys Clubs of America (now Boys and Girls Clubs of America), and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. The Stone Student Center was dedicated on June 24, 1967 on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Stone donated one million dollars to Rev. Dr. Robert H. Schuller to begin construction on the Crystal Cathedral. The W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation was established by Stone and his wife to support humanitarian, mental health, religious and community causes. In 2009 the Foundation gave $3,805,625 to worthwhile causes.[15] The foundation also gives college scholarships; one of the beneficiaries is the demographerpollster, and political pundit Elliott Stonecipher of ShreveportLouisiana, who entered the “Boy of the Year” competition in the late 1960s at the national Boys Clubs competition.

Stone was a supporter of The Napoleon Hill Foundation, which he directed for forty years, and to which his estate contributes funding.[8][6] Stone celebrated his 100th birthday with a gift of $100,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago.[7]

W. Clement Stone once stated, “Regardless of what you are or what you have been, you can still become what you may want to be.”[8]    (end quote)

W. Clement Stone quotes

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order, and prepare to try again.”

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”

“Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman – not the attitude of the prospect.”

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity,”

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share,”

“All I want to do is change the world.”

Mr. Stone, you have indeed changed the world in your own small way! Rest in Peace.


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