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. Don Green, Executive Director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, purchased the rights to the book for the Foundation.
"A lot of people in our business read the success principles, apply them, and gain wealth. The cycle is not complete until they learn to do for others. When we leave this world, if someone remembers us, it will be not for what we got, but for what we gave."
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.
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. He 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? 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.
The 7th Step program originated in Kansas State Prison in 1963 organized by ex-convict, Bill Sands and Reverend James Post. Bill Sands was inspired by a Warden at San Quentin by the name of Clinton Duffy. It was designed to reach the hard core convict population, the men and women who are often the leaders within the institutions, with an end goal of reducing recidivism. Bill Sands and Reverend Post used the basics of the 12 Step Program and applied them, in principle, to getting out of prison and staying out. They re-formatted the 12 steps to make seven steps and ensured that the first letter of each step spelled FREEDOM. The 7th Step self-help program is not a faith program but it is based on faith. Faith on the belief that freedom can be attained and maintained if one followed and practiced the seven steps and if one would “Think Realistically”. The 7th Step Program uses a triad approach in the delivery. It is vital that ex-offenders are involved and giving back to the serving offender, whether it is in an institution or in the community. The non-offender plays a very important role in that they bring a perspective that may offer another way for the offender to think and act.