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Pushing to the Front

Orison Swett Marden

Book Overview: 

Pushing to the Front is the product of many years of hard work, and marks a turning point in the life of Dr. Marden. He rewrote it following an accidental fire that brought the five-thousand-plus page manuscript to flames. It went on to become the most popular personal-development book of its time, and is a timeless classic in its genre. Filled with stories of success, triumph and the surmounting of difficulties, it is especially well-targeted at the adolescent or young adult. It is a book to inspire the reader towards a noble sense of integrity, a strong moral foundation, and solid, enduring self-discipline to let the reader put each foot forward as the leader they are meant to be.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I have mixed much in politics, and in the various business of life; and in addition to all this, I have published somewhere about sixty volumes, some upon subjects requiring much special research. And what time do you think, as a general rule, I have devoted to study, to reading and writing? Not more than three hours a day; and, when Parliament is sitting, not always that. But then, during these three hours, I have given my whole attention to what I was about.'"

S. T. Coleridge possessed marvelous powers of mind, but he had no definite purpose; he lived in an atmosphere of mental dissipation which consumed his energy, exhausted his stamina, and his life was in many respects a miserable failure. He lived in dreams and died in reverie. He was continually forming plans and resolutions, but to the day of his death they remained simply resolutions and plans.

He was always just going to do something, but never did it. "Coleridge is dead," wrote Ch. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A good book full of advice to young people about how to get on in life, but suitable for people at any stage in life. It contains numerous examples of people who fought through difficulties to achieve success.

Mr Marden was an advocate of the Higher Thought/Positive Thinking quasi-religion of the ni

Pushing to the Front is a really old book published by the man who would eventually go on to found Success Magazine. I was amazed at how a book that's almost 120 years old was still so relevant. It was written during the 1890's depression as a guide to help people become more successful (maybe it's


Some books are meant to be read and kept by your side - for life! This is one such book. Very powerfully written. Fills you with enthusiasm when you read. Gives you advice when you are down.

The best thing is its written as small chapters. Each independent and yet equally powerfully. Even if you rand

One of best books I have ever read. Top 5 in my library.

Update 2021-07-28: this came very highly recommended and one of the best value for money. A book to reread every year.

“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings.” 7

I read that the author had to rewrite the whole book after a fire had consumed it; mind blown. (Brian Tracy

Good Book

Very practical book about succeeding at life. It is a little longer than I like but I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Magnificent read

Every 14 year old and older should not only read this book they should make a study of it. It is like an operational manual for the human spirit that lays out a very clear path to success in life. A truly great book!

copyright date: 1911
chapters: 66
pages: 824
content: a crash course in living abundantly.

I made so many notes that I would have to photocopy half the book. I obtained a copy through inter-library loan but fear the volume would not survive the handling that such a feat would require.

Happily it is avai

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