Think and Grow Rich, is one of the best-selling and most influential book of all time. It is written by Napoleon Hill, an American author born in October 26, 1883. He’s one of the earliest producers of personal success and achievement literature and considered as one of the best authors of motivational-success books. Mr. Hill is also the advisor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933-1936.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is a classics of success philosophy and motivation, one that should be in everyone’s success library. Think and Grow Rich was first published in 1937, after 25 years studying over 500 of America’s most successful and wealthiest businessmen at that time. People like, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Charles Schwab, Arthur Brisbane, Howard Taft, John Patterson, and many more. These names represent a small fraction of the hundreds of well-known Americans whose achievements, financially and in all other aspect, prove that those who understand and apply the same success principles reach high stations in life.
In 1908, Mr. Hill was called for a meeting with Mr. Carnegie and was assigned a task of creating a book that will story-tell and summarize the principles of success from the most influential and successful people of America. Mr. Carnegie wanted to leave out something that will pass around the world by sharing his success formula. Also, he wanted Mr. Hill to spend more than twenty years or so to observe and interview the other 500 successful men at that time and to summarize their common mindset, attitudes, principles and habits that lead to their success, and then summarize it in a book. Young Mr. Hill, upon hearing the request of Mr. Carnegie, felt overwhelmed with the task assigned to him. But he still persisted with the task bringing with him the huge trust and confidence that Mr. Carnegie believed he can do.
And now, after more than 70+ years after Think and Grow Rich was first released in 1937 and 100+ years after the idea was born, Think and Grow Rich has become the source of motivation and success principle for a lot of successful and wealthy people then and now. It still remains one of the best-selling books on success up to this time. Its endless principles are also being used in the teachings of the modern-days personal development coach, writer and trainers, such as John Maxwell, who have included it in his “Must-Read” lifetime books.
Think and Grow Rich teaches you the secret of mastering true and lasting prosperity.
I’m also humbled to say that one of my great sources of motivation and inspiration, in my day to day quest in living life to the fullest, is greatly influenced by Mr. Hill’s teachings. And writing this Think and Grow Rich (Review & Summary) only shows that I do recommend it as part of your “Must Read” Lifetime Book. Read it over and over again, to refresh the teachings that can help you achieve your own definition of personal success and happiness in life.
Success and richness is not only about material wealth, but also about success and richness within. Like peace of mind, inner confidence, contributions and fulfilment in life.
So without any further saying, here is a summary of the Thirteen (13) Success Principles taught in Think and Grow Rich:
The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.
Desire is Think and Grow Rich first step to riches and success in life. Mr. Hill has discussed why desire is the starting point of all achievements. How one sound idea can create change, success, richness and fulfilment in your life.
In this chapter, he has shared the Six (6) Definite Practical Steps in transforming your desires or dreams to reality. Also, you will know and understand the difference between wishing and desiring. And what one does to make dreams to reality.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought. Having faith is similar to believing the unseen.
Faith is Think and Grow Rich second step to riches and success in life. It discusses the importance of visualization and belief in the attainment of desire. Mr. Hill has showed the relation of emotion to faith. How a mind dominated by positive emotions becomes a favourable adobe for the state of mind known as faith. Also, Mr. Hill has taught the steps in developing faith or belief in oneself of which can help in making desires to reality.
Auto-suggestion is Think and Grow Rich third step to riches and success in life. It is a medium for influencing the subconscious mind. Mr. Hill discusses how powerful our subconscious mind is, and if you learn how to direct your thoughts, things happen. Similar to faith, auto-suggestion is an act on visualizing and having faith that your desires can turn into reality. Also, this chapter taught principles and Six (6) Steps in developing and practicing auto-suggestion.
4. SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge will not attract riches and success in life, unless it is organized.
Have you ever wondered why a lot of smart people are not rich and successful? In this chapter, Mr. Hill has differentiated general knowledge from specialized knowledge. How one personal experience or observation can bring riches and success in life. How “ignorant person” can make fortune compared to a “smart person”. It explained why “knowledge is not power” alone. And also, how special knowledge can be acquired anywhere, if only you are open to seek and use them.
Man can create anything he can imagine.
Imagination is Think and Grow Rich fifth step towards riches and success in life. It is through imagination wherein desire is crystallized into reality. Mr. Hill discussed in this chapter how man’s only limitation lies in the development and use of his imagination. He has shared that great leaders of business, industry and finance, great artists, musicians, poets, and writers, became great because they developed the faculty of creative imagination. Also, he has taught the practical use of imagination that leads to success and riches in life.
6. ORGANIZED PLANNING
Your achievement can be no greater than your plans are sound.
Organized Planning is Think and Grow Rich sixth step towards riches and success in life. Mr. Hill has given his most thoughts and attentions in this chapter. His 25 years of study have focused on how successful and wealthy people have accumulated their achievements through this principle. As stated by Mr. Hill, “The most intelligent man living cannot succeed in accumulating riches and success – not in any other undertaking – without plans which are practical and workable”. In this chapter, he have discussed the characteristics and attitudes of successful and wealthy people, the thirty (30) major causes of failure, twenty (28) self-analysis questionnaire for personal inventory, where and how one may find opportunities, how to accept and move on to temporary defeat, and many more.
One of the reasons most men and women experience failure is because they lack decision.
Decision is Think and Grow Rich seventh step towards riches and success in life. It is called, the mastery of procrastination. Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer. Mr. Hill have disclosed in this chapter that people who fail to accumulate riches and success in life, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions very slowly and of changing these decisions quickly and often. In this chapter you will learn how people make their decisions that brought about the riches and success they’ve accumulated.
Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.
Persistence is Think and Grow Rich eight steps towards riches and success in life. Persistence is a sustained effort necessary to induce faith. In this chapter, Mr. Hill discusses why majority of people fails and only few succeed. He have discussed the what comprises and creates persistence, the symptoms of lack of persistence, the ways to develop persistence and the steps essential for success in all aspect of life.
9. POWER OF THE MASTER MIND
Power is an organized and intelligently directed knowledge.
Power of the Master Mind is Think and Grow Rich ninth step to riches and success in life. Mr. Hill has discussed in this chapter the role of power in attainment of any success and riches in life. Power is described differently here than what we usually know about power. In this book, power is described as organized efforts, sufficient to enable an individual to transmute desire into its desired equivalent. You will learn how to gain power through the master mind, what are the sources of knowledge and learn the story of how the richest and successful man attained their status through their power of the master mind.
10. THE MASTERY OF SEX TRANSMUTATION
The emotion of sex brings into being a state of mind.
This is Think and Grow Rich tenth step to riches and success in life. This is not about having sex, per se, but Mr. Hill have used the term “sex” to describe a state of mind that points out humans greatest desire. If a person is driven by a desire, a deep down burning desire (as powerful as “sex”), that is then it is able to turn its dream into reality. In this chapter, Mr. Hill has explained the senses and stimuli roles in turning our desires to reality. He also explained how our sixth sense can develop a “genius” within us. In addition, he has explained why men seldom succeed before forty and why women are men’s greatest motivator in life.
11. THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
Where one is found, the other cannot exist.
The Subconscious Mind is Think and Grow Rich eleventh step to riches and success in life. Mr. Hill has explained how the subconscious mind can be the connecting link of our desires to reality. It is the connecting link between our finite mind and the infinite intelligence. Also, he discussed how you cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over it to plan, desire or purpose which you wish to transform into reality. It supports the belief that what you feed your mind, you conceive it. So if you’re thinking negative things, you are bringing negative results. The same as if you’re thinking positive things, you bring more positive things in your life. This explains why you cannot think of negative thoughts and expect to receive positive results in your life.
12. THE BRAIN
The Brain is the broadcasting and receiving station for thought.
This is Think and Grow Rich twelfth step towards riches and success in life. In this chapter, Mr. Hill has explained the connection between your subconscious mind, creative imagination and auto-suggestion. It explained the greatest intangible forces that are governing our world and how these forces can dramatically change things.
13. THE SIXTH SENSE
Is the door to the temple of wisdom.
The Sixth Sense is Think and Grow Rich last and thirteenth step to riches and success in life. If you have noticed, you may have been feeling a little different once you’ve reached this stage. I can tell you its normal and that you deserve to pat yourself for reaching and reading this far. Remember the saying, “Insanity is doing the same things over and over but expecting different result”. If you have been doing and receiving the same things, yet you want to create change in your life, most of the time, there is a need for you to open your mind and accept a new reality. And once you do, you may expect to receive different result in your life. Let the principles, values and attitudes that great successful men lived be part of your life.
In addition, the last chapter of Think and Grow Rich have discussed the Ghost of Fears that stops people in acting and acquiring their dreams. It gave ways on how to overcome these fears to enable you to start creating and acting upon the success and riches in your life.
For a final note:
I guess, by reading this six (6) pages review gave you an idea on how much success principles you will be able to learn by reading Think and Grow Rich.
Up until now, I still go back to it, reading it over and over, just to refresh the principles and let them be part of my system. And it’s helping me a lot in handling and responding the challenges and blessings life has to offer.