While most would not think of Jame Allen as a Legendary Influencer; he was certainly one of the early authors to have written on the topics of success, pre-dating Napoleon Hill. James Allen was born in Leicester, England, in 1864. He took his first job at age 15 to support his family, after his father was murdered while looking for work in America. Allen was employed as a factory knitter and a private secretary until the early twentieth century, when he became increasingly known for his motivational writing. His 1903 work As a Man Thinketh earned him worldwide fame as a prophet of inspirational thinking and influenced a who’s-who of self-help writers.