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Allen was born in Leicester, England in 1864. After leaving school at the age of fifteen to support his family, Allen worked, read, and carefully observed the world around him. It was not until he was thirty-eight that he wrote "From Poverty to Power," one of his first motivational books. His next book, "As a Man Thinketh," established his reputation as an inspirational writer. Other books on spirituality included "The Eight Pillars of Wisdom" and "From Passion to Peace." Although his writing career lasted for only ten years, until his death in 1912, Allen produced twenty titles that influenced millions in the same manners as the words of Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale.
PAUL J. MEYER, a celebrated leader of the multibillion-dollar self-improvement industry that he founded nearly forty years ago, has devoted his career to helping others develop and use their potential for achievement. Today, his worldwide enterprises include Success Motivation Institute, Inc., Success Motivation International, Inc., Leadership Management, Inc., and Leadership Management International, Inc. Over the past three decades, he has created more than twenty full-length programs on topics ranging from goal setting to leadership to time management, and much more. He is the author of Bridging the Leadership Gap and I Inherited a Fortune! and the subject of two biographies, The Story of Paul J. Meyer and Paul J. Meyer and the Art of Giving.