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The richest man in the world lives in Happy Valley. He is
rich in values that endure; in things he cannot lose-things that provide him
with contentment, sound health, peace of mind and harmony within his soul. Here
is an inventory of his riches and how he acquired them:
‘I found happiness by helping others find it.
‘I found sound health by living temperately and eating only
the food my body requires to maintain itself.
‘I hate no man, no envy, but love and respect all mankind.
‘I am engaged in a labor of love with which I mix play
generously, therefore, I seldom grow tired.

‘I pray daily, not for more riches, but for more wisdom with
which to recognize, embrace and enjoy the great abundance of riches I already

‘I speak no name save only to honor it, and I slander no man
for any cause whatsoever.
‘I ask no favors of anyone except the privilege of sharing my
blessings with all who desire them.
‘I am on good terms with my conscience; therefore, it guides
me accurately in everything I do.
‘I have more material wealth than I need because I am free
from greed and covet only those things I can use constructively while I live.
My wealth comes from those whom I have benefited by sharing my blessings.
The estate of Happy Valley which I own is not taxable. It
exists mainly in my own mind, in intangible riches that cannot be assessed for
taxation or appropriated except by those who adopt my way of life. I created
this estate over a lifetime of effort by observing nature’s law and forming
habits to conform with them. There are no copyrights on the Happy Valley man’s
success creed. If you will adopt it, the creed can bring you wisdom, peace and

Written by
Napoleon Hill