W. Clement Stone
William Clement Stone was a businessman, philanthropist and New Thought
New Thought
New Thought promotes the ideas that "Infinite Intelligence" or "God" is ubiquitous, spirit is the totality of real things, true human selfhood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.Although New Thought is neither...

 self-help book author.
W. Clement Stone's father died when he was 3, leaving the family impoverished because of his gambling losses. At the age of 6, Stone began hawking
Hawker (trade)
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 newspapers on Chicago's
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 South Side
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, while his mother worked as a dressmaker. At 13, he owned his own newsstand.

At the age of 16, Stone went to Detroit to help his mother in the insurance agency she had opened there.

I feel healthy! I feel happy! I feel terrific!

Daily mantra for positive self-suggestion which he recommended in Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude (1960) and his teachings.

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

As quoted in How to Be the Employee Your Company Can't Live Without : 18 Ways to Become Indispensable (2006) by Glenn Shepard

Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

As quoted in The Power of Choice (2007) by Joyce Guccione, p. 199

Be generous! Give to those whom you love; give to those who love you; give to the fortunate; give to the unfortunate; yes — give especially to those to whom you don’t want to give.

Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give — the more you will have!

Give a smile to everyone you meet (smile with your eyes) — and you’ll smile and receive smiles...

Give a kind word (with a kindly thought behind the word) — you will be kind and receive kind words.

Give time for a worthy cause (with eagerness) — you will be worthy and richly rewarded.

Give hope (the magic ingredient for success) — you will have hope and be made hopeful.