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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich (1937)

by Napoleon Hill

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A contemporary of Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill book 'Think and Grow Rich' is well-loved and world-renowned ... the essential guide to joining the ranks of the world's most successful people ... the philosophies are as valid today as when they are first written.
  PaulineGoodman | Jul 23, 2015 |
უნიჭოდ ნათარგმნია ქართულად და ბევრი ფაქტი გამოგოვე​ბული. რუსულად სჯობდა​ ( )
  buqu | Feb 15, 2015 |
Think and Grow Rich is one of the books I have seen most often on the recommended reading list of people in the present day who have achieved great things. The book was written at the commission of Andrew Carnegie and based on interviews of 500 of those who history now remembers as the greatest men of the early 20th century, including Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilbur Wright, and W. Howard Taft. First published in 1937, it has now sold more than 70 million copies, giving it the distinction of being the all-time bestseller in the personal success category.

I’m going to warn you: this is one of the weirder books that I’ve read. However, given the pedigree of those on whose advice this book was based, as well as those in today’s age who have recommended the book, I was careful not to dismiss anything out of hand. I certainly don’t agree with everything, but it stands to reason that uncommon success must come from uncommon thoughts and actions. If some of this advice seems a little “out there,” or too intangible, nebulous, and ephemeral to be useful, remember who it’s coming from, and suspend judgment until you’ve tested it for yourself.

1. Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement

It may be stating the obvious, but growing rich starts with the desire to do so. The desire discussed here is not simply wishing, but is an intense, burning obsession, which must be coupled with both a plan and persistence in sticking to the plan. The author presents a six-part method to ensure that this is the type of desire you are starting with:

1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire.
2. Determine exactly what you intend to give for this money.
3. Establish a definite date by which you intend to acquire this money.
4. Create a definite plan to acquire the money, and take the first step immediately.
5. Put the four items above into a clear, concise sentence describing each part.
6. Read the statement aloud twice daily, in the morning and at night.

The principle here is that desire has ways to “transmute” (transform) into its physical equivalent. This is the beginning of the key principle of the book: that the subconscious mind acts beneath the surface to accomplish what it is directed to accomplish.


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  DE_Blog | Feb 11, 2015 |
Timeless advice...even where he went wrong, he was still pretty much right on

Think & Grow Rich was Napoleon Hill's attempt to put his entire "philosophy of success" into a single volume, and he succeeded spectacularly, as is attested by the work's enduring popularity to this day.

Some of his ideas are now outdated, for instance his belief in psychic phenomena, which he picked up from many of his business leader friends like Henry Ford for whose generation this was not an uncommon view. But given that Harry Houdini had largely debunked such ideas (much to Arthur Conan Doyle's chagrin) by then, perhaps Hill should have known better.

At any rate, most of Hill's ideas have stood the test of time, and indeed have formed the basis for most self-help and success coaches since. For instance, Hill begins with the idea that you need a "definite chief aim" in life, akin to what Ayn Rand would later call a central purpose, and this thread is recognizable on down through Tim Ferriss's "dreamlining" exercises in The 4-Hour Work Week. Hill's own definite chief aim, for example, was to define and promote his "philosophy of success," and all his productive activities, his career, and his life were organized around this purpose, which did ultimately lead him to success.

Building on this foundation, Hill sets down a sequence of principles and steps necessary to turn your definite chief aim into reality, from developing a positive mental attitude to acquiring specialized knowledge. Even some of his more scientifically dubious ideas can be interpreted in a way that makes a lot of sense. For instance, he thinks that a lot of creative thinking involves tapping into some sort of "collective subconscious", but most of the examples he gives are explained perfectly well by the fact that the person has already stocked their own subconscious with lots of specialized knowledge. And the phenomena he discusses in what he calls a "mastermind group" need not involve literal mind-reading, but may be instances of "group flow" (see Steven Kotler's The Rise of Superman).

My personal favorite part of the book, though, is when Hill works up the courage to admit to an unusual practice of his, which he had actually mentioned in previous works (such as The Law of Success) but had attributed to "a friend". For many years, every night in bed Hill would hold an imaginary round-table council in his mind, a sort of mastermind group of advisers composed of his personal heroes, including historical figures ranging from Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln to Charles Darwin. I found this idea absolutely charming, and have been working to implement it myself as I believe it could have even greater benefits than those Hill claimed for it. But then, that's as it relates to my own definite chief aim, so I won't claim that this would work or be particularly helpful or effective for everyone.

If you want to get Think & Grow Rich on audio, this "21st-Century Edition" (narrated by Michael McConnohie) is quite good, and far, far better than the other recent (though unrevised) audio edition narrated by Anthony Rogers, which I recommend avoiding like the plague. Rogers's British accent combined with his odd intonations and frequent mispronunciations makes it like listening to Think & Grow Rich as narrated by Nigel Tufnel, which isn't nearly as entertaining as it might sound!

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2C860D6KZJ7EW ( )
  AshRyan | Dec 19, 2014 |
Definitely useful. ( )
  waelrammo | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Here are money-making secets that can change your life. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie's magic formula for success, this book will teach you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success. And you may have whatever you want in life.

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An updated edition of the best-selling guide features anecdotes about such modern figures as Bill Gates, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, explaining how their examples can enable modern readers to pursue wealth and overcome personal stumbling blocks.… (more)

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