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The Investment of Influence A Study of Social Sympathy and Service   By: (1858-1929)

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The Investment of Influence by Newell Dwight Hillis is a thought-provoking and insightful analysis of the power and significance of social sympathy and service in our lives. Hillis, through his masterful storytelling and extensive research, paints a compelling picture of how the ability to influence others positively can shape our personal and professional successes.

One of the standout features of this book is Hillis's ability to connect with readers on a deeply emotional level. He skillfully weaves together personal anecdotes, historical references, and real-life examples to illustrate his points, allowing readers to relate to and understand the concepts he presents. This book is not merely a theoretical exploration of influence; instead, it becomes an intimate conversation that challenges readers to reflect on their own interactions with others.

The author's extensive research is also evident throughout the book. Hillis draws on a wide array of sources, ranging from classic literature to contemporary studies, to support his arguments. By incorporating diverse perspectives, he expands the scope of his exploration and makes it accessible to a broad range of readers.

The structure of the book is well organized, with each chapter building upon the previous ones. This systematic approach ensures a coherent and logical progression of ideas, making it easy for readers to follow along and grasp the central concepts. Additionally, Hillis's writing style is clear, concise, and engaging. He presents complex ideas in a way that is both accessible and intellectually stimulating.

One of the book's most compelling aspects is its focus on the impact of social sympathy and service in various realms of life, including personal relationships, professional environments, and societal dynamics. Hillis asserts that by investing in positive influence, individuals can create a ripple effect of change that extends beyond themselves. This idea not only inspires readers to harness their own influence but also provides a blueprint for creating a more empathetic and compassionate society.

While The Investment of Influence offers valuable insights and guidance on cultivating social sympathy and service, some readers may find the text overly idealistic or lacking in concrete strategies. The book emphasizes the importance of influence without diving deeply into practical steps for achieving it. However, this minor shortcoming does not diminish the overall impact and thought-provoking nature of Hillis's work.

In conclusion, The Investment of Influence is a thought-provoking and enlightening exploration of the power of social sympathy and service. Newell Dwight Hillis invites readers on a journey to reflect on their own interactions with others, challenging them to become more intentional and impactful in their daily lives. With its engaging narrative, extensive research, and profound insights, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding and harnessing the transformative potential of influence.

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The Investment of Influence

A Study of Social Sympathy and Service

Newell Dwight Hillis

Author of "A Man's Value to Society," "Foretokens of Immortality," Etc.


Fleming H. Revell Company



Copyright 1897

By Fleming H. Revell Company.

New York: 158 Fifth Avenue Chicago: 125 North Wabash Ave. Toronto: 25 Richmond Street, W. London: 21 Paternoster Square Edinburgh: 100 Princes Street


Many years have now passed since we first met. During all this time you have been an unfailing guide and helper. Your friendship has doubled life's joys and halved its sorrows. You have strengthened me where I was weak and weakened me where I was too strong. You have borne my burdens and lent me strength to bear my own.

Because I have learned from you in example, what I here teach in precept, I dedicate this book


whether toiling in field or forum, in home or market place,



The glory of our fathers was their emphasis of the principle of self care and self culture. Finding that he who first made the most of himself was best fitted to make something of others, the teachers of yesterday unceasingly plied men with motives of personal responsibility... Continue reading book >>

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