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Bill Sands - My Shadow Ran Fast


Bill Sands book My Shadow Ran Fast is the most fascinating book I have read in a very long time. I felt a wide range of emotions while reading it and even cried a few times.

Sands' life was filled with more excitement and accomplishments than most people can even dream of. It also featured a prison sentence in San Quentin. He learned from his adversity and defeat and went on to impact hundreds of thousands of people in a very positive and life changing way.

Bill was the opening act for Bob Hope and worked with Milton Berle. He played in the Bob Hope Classic. He earned a place on the U.S. Olympic swimming team. He won a State oratorial contest. He owned and raced cars. He owned and flew airplanes. He owned a few very successful businesses and worked for companies around the world where he earned great money and enjoyed great successes.

Bill used Napoleon Hill's books, including Think and Grow Rich, along with other personal development books, to change his thinking and his life.

The warden of the prison, Clinton Duffy, took an interest in him and gave him the book Think and Grow Rich. 

Don Green, Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, purchased the rights to Bill Sands book and I can truly see why he did that. Bill's life was a great example of the use of the 17 Principles of Success identified in Think and Grow Rich and Law of Success and taught today by The Napoleon Hill Foundation.

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AMAZON description of My Shadow Ran Fast

Who was Bill Sands? By his nineteenth birthday he was doing three consecutive life terms in San Quentin. He admitted that he was on his way to committing murder if he hadn’t been stopped.

Thirty years later he was a successful businessman, a famous speaker and the author of a bestselling book. Along the way he had been a pilot, a boxer, a comedian and a diamond miner. Bill Sands died in 1969, but he left behind as his legacy this exciting story of his life so that others may benefit from his incredible experiences.

Who was Napoleon Hill? As a lecturer, author and advisor to two Presidents, he devoted his life to creating a formula for success, consisting of 17 principles anyone can learn. His success system unleashes your power to control your life just as Bill Sands did.

Why read this book? Bill Sand’s bestselling life story demonstrates the power of applying Napoleon Hill’s formula for success. So that you can see exactly how this happened, this new edition contains a special introduction and chapter notes explaining exactly which of Hill’s principles Sands used – or abused.

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve! The Napoleon Hill Foundation is a non-profit charitable educational organization dedicated to disseminating the works of Napoleon Hill in an effort to make a better world for this and future generations.

Below is a review of the book taken from Amazon:

This book was given to me to read just prior to my release from prison where I had served 19 month for possession of marijuana in 1969 and 1970. Reading about Bill Sands experiences and his incredible turnaround had a tremendous impact on me at that time and was definitely a factor in avoiding a return trip to the prison.

It is now 1999 and I just finished reading the book again. The messages in the book were more numerous than I had remembered and much more clear with 30 years of life experience and freedom under my belt.

This true story is a book of ethics and how to apply them in your life. It has an especially important message to those who have rebelled against the system and have lost their freedom because of their actions. It will be enjoyed by inmates, criminals, and by anyone who is curious about what it is like to live inside a prison. It is motivational reading at its finest

Mr. Sands lived a very interesting life as he searched for a career that brought satisfaction as well as income. He established many programs to help those who had stumbled find a place in society.

My thanks to Mr. Sands! The world needs more people like you who sincerely care about others and are willing to step up to the plate to help them.