This is one of the most praised self-help books I know. It showed up on a lot of my searches for ‘books for entrepreneurs’, ‘books for business owners’, ‘books for creating wealth’ and similar searches. Some of the motivational speakers and life coaches I follow on social media also recommend it, and advise that it be reread in order to gain as much as one can get from it.
I read it and found that it really isn’t a once-off read, you don’t consume it once and throw it back on the shelf, unless you hated it, of course.
Think and Grow Rich stresses that thoughts are things, that we create that which we focus our thoughts on. Do you get the title now? The book contains principles that guide you to grow rich. He begins with our burning desires and how we can translate those into reality. He then goes on to faith and the belief in attaining that which we desire. With auto-suggestion, we can influence our subconscious and he adds that the knowledge and expertise we have will not make us wealthy unless it is all intelligently organized, planned and action is applied.
“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.”
― Napoleon Hill
Hill talks about the importance of using the imagination and how to make practical use of it, followed by organised planning and decision making. Other steps that he explains are using persistence in the accumulation of fortune, attaining and applying power and the way that sex can be transmuted into creative effort. The last one’s interpretation might need you to go over it more than once so as to not get the wrong message. The last steps talk about the subconscious mind, the broadcasting and receiving station for thought which we call the brain, and the last one is the sixth sense.
The above thirteen steps are linked in a way that makes perfect sense, but you can also read them individually. Think and Grow Rich is fat with advice and guidance on creating wealth and how to maintain it. It is easy to read and most of the parts are obvious things you’ve probably always known but now you get the benefit of learning the ‘how’ part.
This book can be a turning point for you if you go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Try it, keep it and revisit it as often as you need to.
Enjoy. Learn. Grow.