Born in 1891 this American author of The Magic Of Believing, was also a journalist, police reporter, lawyer, investment banker, and he served overseas in WW1.

Like me, Bristol was an avid reader who was intrigued by the powers of the mind. After reading thousands of books on philosophy, psychiatry, science, metaphysics, new thought, and self-help, Bristol came to the conclusion that very few people realized the power of belief.

Therefore, since most people went through their lives totally unaware of this power, they settled for lives of mediocrity.

Bristol believed that if people knew that they could direct their thoughts upon whatever it is that they truly desired, that they would make their dreams come true.

He also understood that by specifically defining a goal in writing, the powers of the subconscious mind went to work in obtaining that very thing.

So, in 1948 Bristol published his classic The Magic Of Believing because he wanted to help ex service people adjust to civilian life and have a better chance at prosperity.

During the war, Bristol went through a period of several weeks without pay or cigarettes. And that was the moment that turned his life around.

Vowing to himself that he would become wealthy, when he returned home after the war, Bristol took a low paying job at a bank, but he focused his mind’s eye continuously upon becoming wealthy.

He believed that it was this visualizing wealth and abundance that helped him more than anything else to achieve wealth and success as an investment banker, lecturer, and writer.

He understood clearly that people get whatever they regularly focus their thoughts on. And so in essence, he developed what I refer to as a money consciousness – which is the first step to riches.

Bristol had written another book prior to The Magic Of Believing. In 1932 he wrote T.N.T. – It Rocks The Earth. And he published his third and final book T.N.T. – The Power Within You, which he co-wrote with Harold Sherman in 1957.

Personally, I often like to use the term “mind stuff”, and the mirror technique both of which I learned from The Magic Of Believing.

Claude Bristol died in 1951, but he left his mark upon the world. The Magic Of Believing is an outstanding and powerful self-help book, and the audiobook is professionally read by the actor William Cain.

It takes no more than an hour to instill a bit of the magic within you, so I highly recommend it.

Claude M. Bristol Self-Help Books include:

Claude M. Bristol Self-Help Audios include:

My Top 10 Claude M. Bristol Quotes include:

  1. “Thought attracts that upon which it is directed.”
  2. “Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing.”
  3. “Have no doubt about it, there’s genuine magic in believing.”
  4. “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.”
  5. “What you exhibit outwardly, you are inwardly. You are the product of your own thought. What you believe yourself to be, you are.”
  6. “By using the dynamic force of believing you can set all your inner forces in motion.”
  7. “The successful people through history have succeeded through their thinking.”
  8. “Something more than hard work is necessary. It is creative thinking and firm belief in your ability to execute your ideas.”
  9. “You must keep a fixed goal in your view. Only then will you get what you’re after.”
  10. “Take great care that you do not misuse the science of mind stuff.”

In closing I would like to share with you a poem that is appropriate. I found amongst my mother’s things after she died, and I like to believe that she is reading it to me…

Believe In Yourself by Larry S. Chengges

Believe in yourself – in the power you have

to control your own life, day by day…

Believe in the strength that you have deep inside,

and your faith will help show you the way…

Believe in tomorrow and what it will bring –

let a hopeful heart carry you through –

For things will work out if you trust and believe.

There’s no limit to what you can do!

Regards, – Herb.