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Sir John Templeton (1912–2008), the Wall Street legend who has been described as “arguably the greatest global stock picker of the twentieth century,” clearly knew what it took to be successful. The most important thing, he observed, was to have strong convictions that guided your life—this was the common denominator he saw in all successful people and enterprises. Fortunately for us, he was eager to share his own blueprint for personal success and happiness with the rest of the world. In The Templeton Plan, he laid out the twenty-one guiding principles by which he governed both his professional and personal life.

These principles were grounded in virtues that he considered important enough to be considered the “laws of life”—they include honesty, perseverance, thrift, enthusiasm, humility, and altruism. From this moral foundation, Templeton formulated a step-by-step plan to help improve anyone’s personal and professional life. Among the steps he enumerates, readers will find:

Four exercises that will help anyone find the positive in every negative
How to be the one person in ten that will productively use more time than they waste
The secret trait that separates great workers from good workers
How to control your thoughts for effective action
The practical applications of a sense of humility
How successful people approach risks differently from most people

Taken as a whole, the lessons contained within his twenty-one steps will help readers make lasting friendships, reap significant financial rewards, and find personal satisfaction.

Ever a believer in the future’s vast potential, Templeton hoped that sharing his principles would inspire others to seek their own laws of life, formulate their own plans, and find success and happiness on a scale exponentially greater than his own. He freely admitted that he didn’t know everything and that there was yet much to be discovered about prosperity and joy. The Templeton Plan not only offers his recipe for success, but also shows us the way to formulate our own plans.

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Foreword by Sir John Templeton / ix

Introduction by James Ellison / xi

Step 1—Learning the Laws of Life / 3

Step 2—Using What You Have / 11

Step 3—Helping Yourself by Helping Others / 20

Step 4—Putting First Things First / 25

Step 5—Achieving Happiness by What You Do / 29

Step 6—Finding the Positive in Every Negative / 41

Step 7—Investing Yourself in Your Work / 53

Step 8—Creating Your Own Luck / 67

Step 9—Utilizing Two Principles of Success / 75

Step 10—Making Time Your Servant / 83

Step 11—Giving the Extra Ounce / 88

Step 12—Conserving Your Resources to Best Advantage / 96

Step 13—Progressing Onwards and Upwards / 109

Step 14—Controlling Your Thoughts for Effective Action / 118

Step 15—Loving as the Essential Ingredient / 127

Step 16—Maximizing the Power of Your Faith / 133

Step 17—Receiving Strength Through Prayer / 139

Step 18—Giving as a Way of Life / 145

Step 19—Winning Through Humility / 155

Step 20—Discovering New Frontiers / 161

Step 21—Seeking Solutions / 170

Summing Up the Templeton Plan / 179

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