It has been said before, in various ways, but with today's demand for patterns for living that fit today's challenge, perhaps this approach will provide a fillip. The emphasis is on habits, the breaking of bad ones, the forming of good ones, through controlling one's habits one controls oneself. He supplies exercises and techniques, until you find yourself playing games with yourself while reading the book. He indicates ways of self discipline, self punishment, self reward. He supplies his theories to practical problems such as improving work habits, physical and mental corporation, raising standards of efficiency. He points his morals with examples from the lives of eminent people. This for the self-help shelf.