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Think and Grow Rich is a book by a renowned American writer, Napoleon Hill. First published in 1937, it went on to become one of the best-selling books in the world selling well over twenty million copies within 50yrs of its release.
The book is a self-help book, one of the first to do with personal development and success. The book has become a must-read according to the many reviews it has gotten over time.
Napoleon Hill wrote this book in a quest to instil a success mentality in the readers. He gave a number of principles in the book which he believed were essential to one’s success. Below we take a look at the fourteen principles Napoleon Hill listed in his book Think and Grow Rich.
The original publisher of Think and Grow Rich was The Ralston Society. The book has two hundred and thirty-eight pages and is relatively shorter than most self-help books that have been published after it.
Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement
Napoleon gave a basic concept of desire; how bad do you want it? He gave examples of individuals who had a burning idea to achieve a certain go; like Barnes who had the desire to work with Thomas Edison. Barnes was heavily set on doing this that it became an obsession. He set it up in such a way that he had no possible way of retreat.
Napoleon Hill can be quoted as writing this statement in his book saying,” A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off. Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition”
Faith: Visualisation of, and Belief in the Attainment of Desire
Napoleon Hill describes faith as one of the most powerful of all positive emotions together with sex and love. He emphasised faith as being something that can either be induced or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind.
Hill’s view of faith was that is psychic i.e. connected to the spiritual side of man. He was of the view that a combination of faith love and sex has the power to open a direct line of communication between the finite, thinking mind of man and infinite intelligence.
Hill did not merely stop at describing what faith is and is not but went on to educate the reader on how to develop faith. He gave the story of Charles M Swab as an example, citing how his faith led him into achieving a profit of Six hundred million dollars from his business.
Auto-suggestion: The Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind
Napoleon Hill believed that man has total control over what enters his subconscious mind. Autosuggestion, or simply put as self-suggestion, is the third step toward riches according to Hill.
Hill was of the belief that the development of your faith is highly dependent on the principle of Autosuggestion. So much so that at the end of the chapter describing this, he was confident enough to state that following his written advice will surely change your skepticism into belief.
Specialised Knowledge: Personal Experiences or Observations
Napoleon Hill described two kinds of knowledge in his book; Generalised knowledge and Specialised knowledge. He stated that Generalised knowledge was not the key to the accumulation of money giving an example of professors who specialise in teaching knowledge instead of specialising in the organisation and use of the knowledge.
Hill stated that it is important for one to learn how to purchase knowledge. He also stated the importance of having accurate information concerning dependable sources of knowledge listing the most important of these as
(a) One’s own experience and education
(b) Experience and education available through the cooperation of others
(c) Colleges and Universities
(d) Public Libraries
(e) Special Training Courses.
Imagination: The Workshop of the Mind
Napoleon Hill quoted a statement in his book saying “man can create anything in his imagination”. He gave examples as to how imagination has helped in many technological developments around the world. He gave examples of airplanes and motor vehicles which improved transportation.
Napoleon also stated that man’s only limitation lies in his development and use of his imagination. He went on to describe two kinds of imagination; Synthetic imagination and Creative imagination. He wrote saying both these only become more alert with continual use.
Organised Planning: The Crystallisation of Desire into Action
Napoleon Hill in the chapter on organised planning started by giving us four instructions that are essential in planning. These were:
(a) Forming allies with all the people required to achieve your goal.
(b)Deciding what advantages and benefits you may offer the individual members of your group, in return for their cooperation.
(c) Regular meetings with the people you are going to be working with.
(d) Maintaining perfect harmony between yourself and every member.
In as much as he gave out these instructions and principles he also stated that following them does not guarantee immunity from temporary defeat expressing it as an inevitable encounter.
Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination
Napoleon Hill described decision as the key to avoiding failure in your planning and execution. He spoke of Twenty Five thousand people who testified that lack of decision was one of the reasons for their failure.
Hill further went back into history giving examples as to how decision has helped shape the freedom many Americans in the USA now enjoy. He gave a story of one of the most emphatic moments in history when Adams once locked the door in a meeting and said “No one will leave this room until a decision has been made.” This all emphasises the importance of being decisive. He described procrastination as an enemy that has to be dealt with promptly
Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
Napoleon hill in this chapter expanded on the importance of persistence. He brought to light the misconception that most rich people are known to be ruthless stating that they are merely misunderstood. He said it should rather be said of them that they are persistent.
He described the chapter as being one to do with willpower. He brought up the fact that over time man grows weary and gave an example of how few singers excelled Kate Smith in her craft as they were unable to keep on keeping on.
Power of the Master Mind: The Driving Force
Hill describes power as a necessity in accumulating money and sustaining it once accumulated. he defines it as organised and intelligently directed knowledge.
Hill describes three sources of power in his book; Infinite intelligence, Accumulated Experience, and Experiment and Research. He further describes power as being key to the harmony of a business or organisation.
The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
Napoleon described sex as a powerful emotion. He described the importance of finding an outlet for this emotion. Hill highlighted its benefits by two scientific facts
- The men of greatest achievement are men with highly developed sex natures.
- The men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding
recognition in literature, art, industry, architecture, and the professions, were
motivated by the influence of a woman.
He described sex also as being so strong that it drives a man into running the risk of losing life and reputation just to indulge in it.
The Subconscious Mind: The Connecting Link
Napoleon Hill stated how one can voluntarily choose what enters his subconscious mind and manifests into physical and monetary value. He described it saying it works tirelessly day and night first on dominating desires which have been mixed with emotions such as faith.
Hill also described the importance of training this inner audience in preparation for what you have planned. He said speaking its language is key to it heeding to your call.
The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought
Napoleon Hill describes the importance of the three principles of the Subconscious mind, Autosuggestion, and Creative imagination as the key to putting this mental broadcasting station to work. He went back to describe the importance of having a desire as being key to stimulating this process.
Hill describes the greatest forces in the world as being intangible. He describes our age as an age that is mostly influenced by the intangibles stating the importance of knowing that the “other self” is more powerful than the physical self. He gave examples of some of the most powerful forces that are intangible such as gravity to drive home his point.
The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom
Napoleon Hill stated that the understanding of what is called the sixth sense comes only by meditation through mind development from within. He emphasised that no one who has not grasped the previous principles may be able to understand the sixth sense.
Hill described the sixth sense as being in line with the previously described Creative imagination. He described it as a necessity for the full understanding of the philosophy he sought to portray in his book.
How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear
Napoleon hill described six major fears and how to overcome them in this chapter. He described all other fears as falling under these major six which included the fear of poverty, criticism, ill health, loss of someone, old age, and the fear of death
In his book, Napoleon broke down each of the fears, giving solutions to each of them after first explaining how you can know you have such a fear.
The Secret of Think and Grow Rich
Napoleon Hill stated in his book that the secret has been laid in plain sight and is written in the book. He did not directly say it, but only gave a hint of where it is. In the author’s preface of the original version, we see written this statement:
“The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times, throughout this book. It has not been directly named, for it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where those who are ready and searching for it, may pick it up.”
Being a self-help book, Napoleon Hill ensured not to just tell people directly risking them not finishing the book, but allowed them to carefully go through the pages and grasp the entire philosophy he presented.
Does Think and Grow Rich actually work?
Multiple reviews of the book from readers around the world show proof that the ideas pitched by Napoleon Hill’s book do work. A lot of readers, after applying the principles, testify that they are very effective.
The knowledge and philosophy gained from reading this book have been a direction for many who have been able to achieve success. It is certain that reading alone makes the book practically useless as the main aim of the book is merely to instil a philosophy of achievement into the reader.
How much is the book Think and Grow Rich?
The original version of the book can be found on Amazon and you can purchase it for just five dollars. Other editions of the book are also available in the store and are all available in paperback and hardcover.
The revised edition (2005) is also sold in the store for eight dollars. You can also find the women’s edition for Think and grow big on amazon. Both these and the other books are available in paperback and hardcover.
Bob Proctor authored a collector’s edition of the book which is also available on amazon and kindle. Bob Proctor is a well known
Think and Grow Rich Review
Napoleon Hill’s book has received a 5 stars rating over the years. It was even noted to have been the sixth best-selling book in the world after 70years from the day it was published.
Where Can I Listen To The Think and grow rich audiobook?
Various sites host the audio version for Think and Grow Rich. Among them is Amazon. Here you can listen to the book for free or you can purchase it for just two dollars.
Think and grow rich quotes
Let us now take a look at some of the notable quotes of Napoleon Hill from his book Think Big and Grow rich.
- “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
- “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
- “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
These are just among many written in the pages of Hill’s book. These should give you an idea as to why a lot of people say this is a must-read book.
Where Can I Get Think and grow rich pdf?
Napoleon Hill’s book is also available as an e-book. This was published in 2007 and is available on Kindle for just two dollars.