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Napoleon Hill (1883–1970)

Author of Think and Grow Rich

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About the Author

Napoleon Hill was born in 1 883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. He is the author of the motivational classic Think and Grow Rich. Hill passed away in November 1970 after a long career writing, teaching, and lecturing about the principles of success.

Works by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich (1937) 4,509 copies
The Law of Success (1979) 586 copies
The Master-Key To Riches (1750) 243 copies
The Magic Ladder to Success (2009) 27 copies
Your Right To Be Rich (2001) 23 copies
365 Days of Inspiration (2008) 4 copies
Do It Now! (2012) 3 copies
The Law of Attraction (2007) 2 copies
PMA, science of success (1983) 2 copies
THANK & GROW RICH (2018) 1 copy
La Clave De La Riqueza (1985) 1 copy

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I really enjoyed this book a lot because it is written by Napoleon Hill when he was in his later years after the huge success of Think and Grow Rich and contains the wisdom that he acquired after all his teachings based on his extensive research into how to help any person to attain personal achievement and success. In contains valuable information and insights for the eager student who is seeking answers on how to increase their personal success. Some ideas that really appealed to me were, the importance of: 1. Using autosuggestion/affirmations to embed them into our subconscious mind which will impact our behaviour. 2. Transmutation of certain energies into productive projects. 3. positive beliefs leading to positive outcomes. 4. Being in alignment and in good terms with our inner conscience. 5. Taking control of our thoughts and mind. 6. Being very busy and focused on achieving. 7. Try to be decluttered. 8. Having harmony at home and in work environment. 9. Openly sharing our blessings. 10. Helping others to connect to their own powers for self-development. 11. Helping others to learn the importance of earning their rewards which increases their own self-respect. 12. Golden rule of keeping in mind that how would I like this person to treat me if our positions were reversed 13. Trying to turn ideas into reality. 14. knowledge and the desire to serve and benefit others.… (more)
yadt | 1 other review | Apr 2, 2024 |
Even as someone who’s not Black, I find this to be a very inspiring book. If many people get to the top with the handicap of foolish ideas, and many others get to the top with the handicap of unearned racial and sometimes gender barriers, and yet they succeed in gaining what they desire, then I too, with whatever I think holds me back, can lead an extraordinary life. It’s permission to want things, basically, to want more life, and not always to “accept” that “there’s nothing you can do”. It’s permission to dream again. Whatever you desire, act on, and persevere in, you can have—a beautiful life, wonderful things to own or see, anything. It’s the emergence of hope.

…. I’m not going to tell you what to take away from the book because if I read a chapter and get one thing (eg set goals, —and be specific—), you might need some other thing he said. But I will say it’s just as good as the ‘original’ book, you know.

…. And the theme of faith/persistence, you know. It’s not that you start to believe and then right there your goals are fulfilled; there’s always a gap in time. Like I’m also reading The Attractor Factor and he has I think a whole chapter of the people talking about the changes or results that happened for them after they read the book; it’s a matter of getting that belief, to persist, that is almost the most valuable thing, because I’ve heard affirmations before you know; it’s not like it’s new. It’s just easy to think ‘Well it doesn’t do this or that’, or ‘But here I am still’, you know. I once was on an hour webinar about a romance books publishing opportunity, and I think the first twenty minutes were all belief; this one made it; that one made it—and looking back, that was the most valuable part for me, really, because I didn’t have a nice dollop of cash to invest, but I know that when the investor is ready, the opportunity appears, you know.

…. “There’s a gestation period for your dreams….” Jen Mazer

…. To see failure as a teacher, rather than as defeat….

Really anybody could benefit from this book, although it is fun to hear about the famous Black people, you know. I do know some of them.

…. “I thought (wealth) was only true in fairy tales/Meant for someone else, but not for me….”

They were kinda an intentionally stupid band, but music is music, you know. You think the good people are so bad; you think the good people are so good; but who thinks that they can become ‘better and better’, so to speak?

…. The Carnegie Secret/Nappy Hill books are kinda alternative prosperity, but just by virtue of being ~just~ on the other side of the fence, right: not that either side has to be bad, or anything….

But yeah: I hate to compare a paleface to a child whose face is like dark, rich, loamy soil that gives us life, you know: but I do kinda get what Joe Vitale means, now, when he says that that setting goals can be…. I mean, can you imagine setting ~exact~ goals for income and position, in like ten million exactly mechanical steps, for years and years, and for years and years into the future? I mean, goals ARE good: but it’s just as much about changing goals and the whole not-knowing of the ~journey~ right. Consider the direction you’re traveling in, but don’t set an upper limit to your success…. It is true that the average person has no goals in the negative sense: crippled by depression or antagonism; working and flailing about while secretly, subconsciously determined to get nothing: or else perhaps trying to get something for nothing, of course…. But I don’t know: am I supposed to be impressed by some Jeff Bezos type of business leader, with his rigid, albeit “successful” ideas of what the workplace should be? And again: it’s always inspiring to hear of people whose family line has taken them from the cargo hold to the C-suite, right…. But I mean, in one sense there certainly are people who have a great deal of wealth, having created enough value that they don’t realistically need to have the same fears that some of us might have in nervous moments. But really, the more I learn about money, and the more I get of sense of just how much I have NOT learned, and do NOT know—oh, and the rigid ideas and “knowledge” about finances that broke people have, right!—the more I start to wonder if our ~wonderful “business leaders” and all the rest of them have scarcely gone much farther than me, you know: it could be that there is far more that they do not know, than what they do know….

(shrugs) You know. To get weird on you.

…. But yeah, it’s not a bad book; I like being reminded of the good things—you learn more each time—even stated in the most basic, prosaic way…. Most people never get this far; most people are miserable. Although of course, the day you start to picture it in your mind, is not when it gets pictured outside in the world…. It’s funny, though, because some people even when they picture something and they get it, if they don’t have the information, they don’t REALLY GET that they can free: it’s just a half-understood or instinctual custom, or something….

And yeah: it would have been cool if there had been like the Lord of the Rings, only Black people got to be the Dwarves, and they did a Philadelphia soul number about hustling gold out of the Misty Mountains cold, which segued into Gandalf musing, You are surrounded by dangers, Gimli son of Gangster. You yourself are dangerous….

…. But yeah: I feel like the difference between a rich person who is happy and free and someone who has the knack for manifesting this high-rent lifestyle that drives them nuts—or at least leaves them bored—is not at all unlike the difference between religion and superstition, if we properly understand that latter term, instead of using it as a vague catch-all put-down for everything we don’t like, right. “A serviceable villain…. Sit you down, father! Rest you!”

And yes: you can also spend basically your entire productive life, thirty years or even more, picturing something in your mind, before you reach the utmost success, right…. You don’t want to assume: but you don’t want to be surprised….

There are many paradoxes about money, far more than we know, even aside from when people are actively crooked, which does of course happen sometimes….

…. I think that focusing on what you can control, rather than over which you have no power, isn’t really a call for capitulation to malign political forces, as the majority of journalists probably assume. It might very well be that your political activities are one of the things in your life you have a good amount of influence in, whereas perhaps at that same point, your personal relationships are outside your control—after all, you can never really force anybody to do anything, ever, really. But to just bash your head against the wall of steel resistance—to try to shame those who hate you and have no regard for you, and who will only hate you more for it: I mean, that’s journalism, maybe, if also perhaps a little repetitive, but it’s not even responsible, really, let alone fucking effective, you know?

…. And you know, I used to feel so annoyed by people who criticize capitalism in the sense that we should all just get used to being poor and hairy and anything else is raping the children, right: because the best businesses and the magazine stories are so great, and the socialist economic tomes and the living chess brain people are such bullshit…. But yeah, I kinda get it now, because the average manager at the average store has poverty consciousness, just in a slightly attenuated form: so everything is usually like: poverty consciousness (undiluted, pure form) being guided by poverty consciousness (diluted, attenuated form): and that’s why people are like: remember that time when Zombie Lenin and T-Rex teamed up and ate the rich people? Man, that was a great movie!…. It got terrible reviews, but you know what: the guy who played the T-Rex is a Real Man, and don’t let anybody tell you that….

I get it. Sometimes the system is bullshit. I don’t want to look at that and thrash pointlessly, but if you do—it’s your life….

…. Aside from racism, so much of the Black experience is applicable to people of all races: but yeah, as “good” as you’d think you were being, you shouldn’t be blindly loyal for loyalty’s sake, like the system has to have my support “so that things can be right”, no matter what happens to me: it’s like, that’s delusional religion, right; the system is supposed to be here for you, too—the other way isn’t even how things are “supposed” to be, right…. And yes: as ~bad~ as the system can be, it won’t give you something for nothing, and if you reject it unconditionally and try to punish it so it dies or whatever as a preliminary step for whatever else, you’ll make the average/neurotic to psychotic people punish you more than they were going to already, and hinder the less neurotic people from helping/nurturing you…. And there are many levels and types of error in the system, but something has to die that so that you can have your lunch, even if it’s say the tree that used to grow where the farm now stands—and in most people’s lunches, there’s obviously an animal death thrown in for good measure. There’d be no end of documenting the insanity of both average people and even people in leadership towards vulnerable populations, but that doesn’t mean that a ~natural~ system would involve people simply stinking and assuming that they “deserve”—or for that matter, “don’t deserve”—to “live the dream”, or that people who accomplish are necessarily enemies of the Good, you know. (shrugs)
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goosecap | Mar 13, 2024 |
jgrossi | 5 other reviews | Nov 12, 2023 |
I’ll follow Nappie in not explicitly putting into words the secret, since it’s obviously enough if you want to know what it is, but if you try to force it on people, they’ll just get angry or whatever. (/pushing large rock/ Against!…. I’m, against!…. (stops, waves fist) You set ‘em up, I’ll knock ‘‘em down!). Of course, that’s to make it comic; then, of course, for almost thirty-five years, almost half a life, (even longer than I was a meat-eater for! But I digress), I thought that being rich was not, in practice, a good or truly desirable outcome for me, so obviously I can’t judge people who don’t think that it’s possible. And there are, of course, problems with the system, and some people would feel slighted by entering it fully and becoming important and reforming it, bit by bit, you know. So….

Well, I’m still kinda a “negative”, analytical (take-apart) person, that’s a strong thread in my makeup, so, I’ll just dive right in. Nappie isn’t perfect. He brings up politics occasionally, and although for the first half of the 20th century he was pretty tolerant and open—and any self-help then was an innovation; the FDR years were when AA was new, actually T&GR is kinda like AA in that they are both spiritual “self-help”, but old-fashioned and terminology-light enough to seem rather neutral and secular to a lot of non-woo woo people—but anyway Nappie also does have that element where he steps onto the soap box in the middle of a pub and harangues people about America and such…. “How much has he had?” “(waves hands) Oh, nothing. That’s just the libertarian.”—….

I mean, examples Are important—which is why there must be a good half dozen books at least of “Think and Grow Rich for (non white male group)”—but…. I don’t know. It’s not Overly important. Basically Nappie lays out the social and spiritual laws of making money, and this is what he does well, and does most of the time. It’s true that some people who have become creators have created imperfectly. But unless you think that Everyone, Necessarily creates imperfectly, that You necessarily create imperfectly, then…. Why not? If it can work, why can’t it work for you?

As for the laws themselves, I guess the ones that are most obviously lacking in my past life (the first 33 years), are—off the top of my head, in no particular order, persistence, the master mind group, and desire. The first time I was in business—I was very young—I kinda half-believed and thought Id really buy in emotionally once it started to work and kinda shuffle around looking the right way till then, and once it really seemed to not work, I gave up. I also didn’t like needing the company of other prosperity thinkers; for a long time in all aspects of success, even emotional regulation books, I was like—Fix me, but don’t change me! (😸). And also, desire. Desire can go wrong, so sometimes we think it can’t go right. Most people IMO are like the guy in John’s gospel who wants to be healed but doesn’t want to take action and doesn’t think Jesus can, either. Resigned, but impatient. (Sitting by the pool for 38 years.) For awhile I got all the way on the other side of this, like I would’ve: You’ve probably had a long day, Jesus. Just sit down; I’ll tell you stories. And the Jewish miracle worker would’ve: Maybe we can futz around later, after I heal you? Do you want that to happen?

You know, it’s like, It’s okay to want money. It’s okay to want money. It can be worth having. It doesn’t mean you have to be attached, like now you think that’s the reason why are you are (or are not) a real man, or that flow bothers you because you have to have it, or anything like that. Just let it go, let it flow. Receive.

And make a plan, take action, conspire with the saints, and persevere.

…. Obviously there are things you wouldn’t believe, in a five minute review.

But I’ll say that Nappie does have some claims to being a liberal, and not only of the FDR years/Lost Generation, you know. (He’s a bit of a libertarian too, but even there there are passages where he claps back against the alarmists. Actually, he does that a lot, in his way.) He’s certainly not the sort Enneagram Six that I’ve been; he’s not into being afraid. “But I thought that fear was God’s greatest gift to Christians!” 😸😵‍💫

Certainly Christianity in its full flower is nice, but sometimes the church needs to be reminded, and things like AA or the Carnegie secret can be one of those things, that it shouldn’t be a license to frighten people and rag at them, right.

Maybe if you decide to make a million dollars and do it, you’ll need a whole book to decide how to be the most responsible millionaire; of course you will, perhaps. But you also need a book to show you that there are good things in this world, and that living need not be hidden from, or suffered.
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goosecap | 45 other reviews | Mar 30, 2023 |



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