Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
In Think and Grow Rich (1937) Author Napoleon Hill investigates the methods used by the 500 most successful people of his time.
This list includes the world’s wealthiest men, top politicians, famous inventors, writers and captains of industry.
First published amidst the Great Depression, Think and Grow Rich has sold over 100 million copies.
Who is it for?
- Anyone who wants to learn how the top 500 made it big
- Anyone who wants to be successful in life
- Anyone who’s heard of Hill's self-help classic and wants to learn what it’s about
Napoleon Hill (1883–1970) was an American journalist and writer.
From 1933 to 1936 he was an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
We can only accomplish our aims in life if we are driven by a burning desire.
A high number of us wish for wealth and financial independence – but wanting alone is never going to help us reach our goals.
If we want to get rich and realize your dreams, you need to recognize a burning desire within you.
Successful people have faith in themselves.
Having this unwavering faith is a way of making sure that you can – and will – reach your goals.
You can only achieve success if it’s based on self-confidence and unwavering faith in yourself: no wealth has ever been acquired, no faraway continents ever discovered, nothing ever invented without this principle as its basis.
One paradigmatic example of the power of faith was Mahatma Gandhi.
Even without access to the typical instruments of power – like money or the military – he managed to defy British colonial power and lead his country to freedom.
The only backing he had was his unbending belief that he could exercise an influence so great upon his fellow countrymen that they would stand up for their common goals.
Our faith in ourselves has an enormous influence on our self-image and way of life.
It can – in the most real sense of the word – help us move mountains.
By using auto-suggestion, our subconscious can influence our behavior.
Unwavering faith in yourself is not necessarily something you’re born with, or that falls from the sky: anybody can develop it, bit by bit, through auto-suggestion.
Auto-suggestion describes a way of influencing yourself by thinking concrete and purposeful thoughts or ideas.
You can use it to convey specific commands or positive goals to your subconsciousness and, in doing so, to increase your own belief in yourself.
Knowledge is power – but it doesn’t have to be what you learned in school.
Knowledge can make it a lot easier to achieve your aims in life.
All you have to do is take a few essential points into consideration.
First of all, you need to take the “traditional” meaning of knowledge and education – and throw it out the window.
Because being knowledgeable or well-educated isn’t limited to having a high school diploma or university degree.
“Uneducated” people can also know a heck of a lot, as Henry Ford demonstrated.
Although he didn’t make it to high school, it didn’t stop him from establishing an industrial empire and making millions.
If you want to be successful, you don’t need to stuff your head with too many facts – it is far more important to acquire the right experiences and knowledge, use your strengths and fully exploit your potential.
Willingness to continue learning throughout your life is the most important basis.
Your worst enemy is getting complacent.
Instead, you must always be ready to expand your knowledge.
There are many different ways to achieve this – by going to university, attending evening courses or acquiring practical experiences.
Being able to find the knowledge you need is also useful as you do not need to know everything yourself.
It’s usually more practical and productive to surround yourself with a network of experts who share their specialized knowledge than to learn it all yourself.
The workshop of the imagination – where we can turn our dreams into reality.
Every success story begins with an idea.
And behind every idea is the imagination.
It is, mostly, the creative workshop of our minds that transform our dreams into ideas and our ideas into reality.
This imaginative ability has two different forms: the creative imagination and the synthetic imagination.
By using our creative imagination, we can come up with entirely new things.
Ingenious composers, visual artists, and writers use this function to create works unlike anything made before.
The synthetic imagination, by contrast, rearranges old ideas into new combinations.
The developers at Sony, for example, were using that faculty when they decided to develop further the playback device or dictaphone used by journalists, turning it into a portable music player everybody could use – and so the Walkman was born.
Creative and synthetic imagination can play off one another in a productive way.
Take the story of Asa Candler, who formed the global brand Coca-Cola out of a headache medication about 140 years ago.
Although it wasn’t Candler himself who came up with the Coca-Cola recipe – he bought it from a pharmacist for $3,000 – he developed the ingenious plans and marketing strategies that turned the product into a huge success.
You need to challenge and encourage it if you want to keep your imagination from getting sluggish.
By stimulating it, by keeping it active and training it as a muscle: If you don't use it you will lose it!
The more you use it, the more powerful it will become.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses increases your chances of professional success.
One crucial building block for professional success is an awareness of your strengths and weaknesses – in other words, being self-aware.
Since things, like having vague goals, lacking ambition, procrastinating and lacking resolve, are common reasons for failure, self-awareness can help to constructively take action against these weaknesses – or at least to balance them out with your strengths.
To be able to figure out exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are, it’s advisable to perform a thorough and honest self-analysis.
Don’t worry – this doesn’t require going to a psychologist.
It’s more than enough if you go through a checklist of questions, which should include:
- Have I achieved my aim for this year?;
- Was I always friendly, courteous and cooperative?;
- Did I make all decisions promptly and firmly?
Then you should compare your subjective self-analysis with somebody else’s objective evaluation of you.
This works best when you sit down with a person who knows you well to openly and honestly discuss your strengths and weaknesses.
Positive emotions are the key to a successful life – and need to be strengthened.
Our subconscious receives and stores sensory stimuli, feelings, and thoughts.
It saves everything we’ve ever experienced – regardless of whether it was positive or negative.
But saving information alone isn’t all there is to it: our subconscious is also continually exercising its influence on our actions.
It can shape us positively, endowing us with strength and enterprise, but it can also form us negatively, misleading us into despair and pessimism.
We have to make sure that positive feelings play a leading role in our lives if we want our subconscious to help us realize our desires and goals,
We must, therefore, “feed” our subconscious positive things because, if we do, it will act as a helpful and constructive guide.
But if we allow ourselves to feel too many negative sensations, such as rage, hate, a desire for revenge or pessimism, the very opposite will occur.
That’s why you’ve taken a huge step when in everyday life you’re able to, for example, avoid contact with doomsaying windbags and pay no heed to their discouraging comments.
Make it a point to increase positive impulses such as love and enthousiams
That’s the only way you’ll end up developing a positive mentality in the long term.
Successful people are remarkable for their determination and steadfastness.
The analysis of over 25,000 life stories of people who failed to achieve professional success shows that a lack of determination is the main reason for their failure.
Analyzing the success stories revealed, by contrast, that they have two characteristics in common: they were able to make split-second decisions and, once they made them, they stood firmly behind their choices.
So after all a certain level of stubbornness – as long as it does not transform into a obstinacy – can be advantageous.
Henry Ford, in particular, was known to stick to his decisions for a long time.
For example, many people advised him to replace his famous – but not beautiful – Model T with a new model.
But he held on to the car for a long time and was thus able to continue bringing in sizeable profits with it.
Opinions are cheap: everybody has one, and most people want to dispense them.
To avoid running into the danger of negative influences and straining your steadfastness, it makes sense to offer others as few opportunities as possible to express their critical opinions.
People who are disheartened in particular should, therefore, keep their plans and intentions to themselves and not confide in anybody else – except for the members of their hand-picked team or trustworthy outsiders.
Persistence and endurance are essential.
That means, above all, that we continuously work on the realization of our goals and don’t lose sight of them.
However, obstinacy and inveteracy should be avoided at all costs: if, say, there’s a dire need for a price correction, you also have to be willing to implement it.
If you want persistence and endurance to take root in your habits, here are four crucial yet straightforward rules:
- You must have a goal and a burning desire to achieve it.
You need a precise plan to support the achievement of your goals.
Don't allow yourself to be influenced by other people's negative and disheartening opinions.
You need an intimate, trusting relationship with a person or a group that provides you with support and assistance.
Think of these rules as a unique exercise program to help you build up your endurance and persistence.
Achieving great things requires being smart and surrounding yourself with intelligent people.
The central message of this book is Wealth – in whatever form – is seldom the result of luck or coincidence.
Far from that, it’s almost always the result of different traits and skills that anyone can learn and acquire.
This book in blinks answers the following questions:
How can we find the right goals in life and how do we translate them into action?
- We can only accomplish our aims in life if we are driven by a burning desire.
- Goal setting and detailed planning are the basis of every achievement.
- Successful people have unwavering faith in themselves.
- By using auto-suggestion, our subconscious can influence our behavior.
Which knowledge and skills are necessary for achieving success?
- Knowledge is power – but it doesn’t have to be what you learned in school.
- The workshop of the imagination – where we can turn our dreams into reality.
- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses increases your chances of professional success.
- Positive emotions are the key to a successful life – and need to be strengthened.
What sort of approach do successful people take when realizing their goals?
- Successful people are remarkable for their determination and steadfastness.
- Only the persistent will succeed.
This is a lesson, as a solopreneur, I always keep in mind.
- Achieving great things requires being smart and surrounding yourself with intelligent people.
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