As A Man Thinketh has inspired millions around the world and is partly responsible for launching an entire self-improvement industry. However, very little is known about its author, James Allen. He was born in Leiscester, England in 1864 and worked as a personal secretary for an executive of a large English Corporation until 1902. At the age of 38 he “retired” to writing and moved with his wife to a small cottage at Ilfracombe, England. He penned more than 20 works before suddenly passing away at the age of 48.
As A Man Thinketh has influenced many contemporary writers including Norman Vincent Peale, Earl Nightingale, Dennis Waitley and Tony Robbins, among others.
His “little volume”, as he called it, has been translated into five major languages, inspiring millions of readers to recognize that man’s visions can become reality, simply through the power of thought.
As James Allen wrote:
A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will _fall _therein, and will continue to produce their kind.
Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.