He stresses the importance of proper planning and goal Wealth Activation Blueprint setting, how it takes less effort to succeed than to fail, finding and maintaining the right course to success, the importance of energy and motivation and the importance of the right team.Stone was a devout man and he includes discussions of the importance of personal faith and prayer. He also touches on what later became known as the power of attraction. He discusses the importance of developing success oriented skills such as becoming an effective public speaker, how to use your mind to achieve more, how to relate and assimilate useful information and many small steps that lead to success.
Stone's formulae for success are the traditional list of having a purpose, planning, using goals, working hard, working smart, and constant learning and improvement. While you will not find anything new or revolutionary in this classic work you will find the solid success tools that have worked for millions of people for centuries and remain just as valid today as they were in 1962 when the book was written.The examples and mentors he lists are dated a bit but they accurately illustrate his points well. To truly understand where success literature and theory is today it is useful to study its history. Stone was not a pioneer in this work but he worked with at least one such pioneer and studied others.By mastering the process of creating, clarifying and using goals to guide your activity you have the potential to use the one resource that is most limited, your time, to achieve the most possible. This is the thesis of Brian Tracy's book on Goals.