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The greatest motivational book of all time!

Napoleon Hill's thirteen step programme will set you on the pathto wealth and success. Think and Grow Rich reveals themoney-making secrets of hundreds of America's most affluent people.By thinking like them, you can become like them. Thispowerful 1937 classic, with analysis from self-developmentauthority Tom Butler-Bowdon, will continue to be read through thedecades of economic boom and bust, proving that the magic formulafor making money never changes.

Published: Wiley on Feb 10, 2011
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This book was recommended to my by my grandfather when I was less than 10 yrs old. This grandfather also told me that the Billionaires (or millionaires he may have said) started wars at will and created the necessary ruckus in Congress and in the Press after the fact to get what they want. They made huge fortunes off World War I, and even if they did have to pay income taxes for the first time to fight that kind of war, they got a substantial share of the national tax bill back for themselves into few pockets. The architectural record all over the Industrial Midwest attests to those profits. That game persists very well today with 50% of income tax going into military coffers. Less and less of that is going into the hands of military personnel and their families. There are plenty of lobbyists working on reducing even that share. Our family have deep roots in Industrial America. My grandparents' grandparents and great aunts and great uncles families played in the same sandbox with Carnegie, Mellon, Frick, Schwab, Ford, Goodyear, etc etc. since before the Civil War.Mark Booth in his book "The Secret History of the World: As laid down by Secret Societies", which I may also have reviewed on Amazon, summed up the 2000s of years history of Neo-Platonism, or Freemasonry, or whatever other esoterica Napoleon Hill over-simplifies and sugar coats in this book. He says something like "the biggest error in the Western esoteric movement was to focus on materialism and individualism, instead of interconnectedness, spirituality, and sustainability". I couldn't have agreed with him more as I read Think and Grow Rich decades after Grandpa recommended it. It seems a classic left brain, whole brain dichotomy which impacts are now painfully evident on our planet, in our cell tissue, and imprinted on our own psyches, and those of our beloved offspring who inherited their psyches from ours.Hill is a journalist. We can tell from our own world today where journos take official word from politicians as the explanation for things, that similar errors will arise from a generalist journo like Hill taking the word of Plutocrats about how to succeed in business. They need to cover their trails. Our family has plenty of dirt on Carnegie. It is not mentioned in the book, that Charles Schwab is cited as a huge success for envisaging the US Steel Trust, which became a monopoly, with all associated ills, that Teddy Roosevelt had to bust up so that our economy could continue to function. Said bust up resulted in the creation of rival Bethlehem Steel under Schwab and also a generous shareholding for the forebears of our current Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. No mention of the fact that Schwab died alone in one of his many over-sized white elephant houses and estranged from his wife and children. But, we know because he grew up in the next village from where my grandmother grew up. He like them was from humble German Catholic origins. She spoke of him always as "Charlie Schwab", and they were all very familiar with his many foibles and sources of his business success.The last remark would be about Asa Candler and his Coca-Cola. Whatever the origins of cocaine in that stuff, today the high fructose corn syrup is the leading cause of diabetes and obesity in our children. The advertising is relentless, manipulative, and plays on deep identity fears. I should know because I once worked at the advertising agency that handled the account for about 50 years. These brands invented the sophisticated advertising techniques that seduce subconsciously and play on fears. The soft drink industry, with their once dependency on sugar from plantations in Cuba, and their political brethren, are now being implicated by declassified documents and the dharma work of investigative journalists who love America, in the assassination of JFK. They are also implicated in the failed attempt at the theatrical event designed to trigger the press ruckus Grandpa said they'd need to get the American people to back an invasion of Cuba. An invasion JFK refused to his demise, whose real purpose was to get nationalized plantations (and workers) back into the hands of dynastic American Yankee families who had owned them since we were a British Colony probably.Soft drinks bottling was also the way this same crowd established their tentacles in the resource rich third-world by awarding franchises to their clone oligarchs and cement the interdependency on sugar, money, arms, coercion, "free markets" which means no trade unions or democracy in those countries ever. It is also the permanent money maker in countries where there is no investment in anything else to advance the people's lives. The impacts of this kind of business are terrible. Asa of course didn't know any of this would happen, but the stuff was clearly of no nutritional value, but rather another American "tonic" with dubious and impossible to measure psychological claims.These are hardly the attributes of people who claim to have higher moral principles, or spiritually inspired gifts. The whole thing was a project to culturally invade a nation of people into thinking and believing that they too could become rich, without the benefits of monopolies, private Pinkerton Police forces, bought legislatures, public land grants, tax breaks, stacked courts...the list goes on. It speaks of a kind of Lucifer or Ahriman reconstitution to appear to the uninitiated (pun fully intended) that which it isn't, shrouding pure evil in goodness and light. The purveyors of this over simplified stuff do a great disservice to readers. They also do a great disservice to esoterica and Neo-Platonism.At least now the cover is blowing, and more mirrors are appearing in the hallway. So we're now seeing more of these hidden angles! I would recommend Paulo Freire "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" to really learn about how one really does becomes rich, just like Grandpa said and with depth of historic evidence, and more importantly how we all could become more prosperous together as a whole world!read more
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Think and Grow Rich is a book to help people create a state of mind that can assist in achieving success. The book offers a number of exercises for the reader to complete to improve success rates. The author provides lists of attributes and attitudes that seem to be common drivers of success and failure for the reader to reflect on.One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose. One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word "impossible." He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. Know what you want and be determined to stand by that desire until he realized it. Seek expert counsel before giving up. Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be. This is a lesson that needs to be learned before succeeding.There are a number of principles of success:Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Faith is the visualization of and belief in attainment of desire. Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith. We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, though the stimuli of our daily environment. Auto-suggestion is the medium for influencing the subconscious mind. Specialized knowledge is the personal experience or observations. There are two kind of knowledge - general and specialized. Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized and intelligently directed through practical plans of action and directed to a definite end. The accumulation of great fortunes calls for power, and power is acquired through highly organized and intelligently directed specialized knowledge, but that knowledge does not, necessarily, have to be in the possession of the man who accumulates the fortune. Specialized knowledge is among the most plentiful and cheapest forms of service which may be had. It pays to know how to purchase knowledge. There is a universal weakness of people - lack of ambition. Specialized knowledge, plus imagination, are the ingredients that go into a successful business. The beginning of a successful business is an idea. A idea is capable of yielding an income far greater than that of the average professional whose education required several years of college. There is no fixed price for sound ideas. Imagination is the workshop of the mind.Organized planning is the crystallization of desire into action. It is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins. Remember when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. No man is ever whipped, until he quits -- in his own mind. "Brains" are a form of capital which cannot be permanently depreciated through depressions, nor can this form of capital be stolen or spent. Money is as worthless as a sand dune, until it has been mixed with efficient "brains". Quality, Quantity, Spirit is required for delivering a service. This is commonly called the QQS rating. "Man, know thyself!" If you market merchandise successfully, you must know the merchandise. You should know all of your weaknesses in order that you may either bridge them or eliminate them. This is a free country where every man may think as he pleases, where nearly everybody can live with but little effort, where many may live well without doing and work whatsoever. However, you should know the full truth concerning this freedom of which so many people boast, and so few understand. As great as it is, as far as it reaches, as many privileges as it provides, it does not, and can not bring riches without effort.Decision is the mastery of procrastination. Keep a closed mouth and open ears and eyes. Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. Deeds, and not words, are what count most. The sustained effort necessary to induce faith. Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivatedPower of the master mind the driving force. Power is essential for success in the accumulation of money. Power may be defined as "organized and intelligently directed knowledge. "Master Mind" may be defined as: coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two of more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.The Subconscious Mind is the connecting link. Positive and negative emotions can not occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. One's state of mind is subject of control and direction. The six fears are: Poverty, Criticism, Ill health, Loss of love of someone, Old age, Death. There can be no compromise between poverty and riches. The two roads that to poverty and riches go in opposite directions.Your business in life is to achieve success. To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and attain happiness. You may control your own mind, you have the power to feed it whatever thought impulses you choose. With this privileges goes the responsibility of using it constructively. You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own thoughts. You may influence, direct, and eventually control your own environment, making life what you want it to be or you may neglect to exercise the privilege that is yours to make, thus casting yourself upon the broad sea of circumstance.Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is leaving their minds open to negative influence. Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. The most practical way of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definitive purpose, backed by a definite plan.People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. Building alibis is a deeply rooted habit. Habits are difficult to break, especially when they provide justification for something we do. Plato had this truth in mind when he said, " The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." Another philosopher had the same thought in mind when he said, " It was a great surprise to me when I discovered that most of the ugliness Is saw in others, was but a reflection of my own nature."Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision. Previously, you may have had a logical excuse for not having forced life to come through with whatever you asked, but that alibi is not obsolete, because you are in possession of the master key that unlocks the door to life's bountiful riches.read more
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I started this book just because I was looking for something to read via Audible.com. I continued on reading due to having already used the credit in my account and because I needed something to listen to while running, anyway.The original edition contains dated scientific references, among other things. A majority of the book is written in a formal style, such that it reads as a textbook, but without actual authority behind it.There are some inspirational moments and prescriptive details in the book, but the book starts and finishes in the realm of the surreal.I actually ended up enjoying the cultural oddities preserved in a 70 year old book, which got me through it.read more
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This book was recommended to my by my grandfather when I was less than 10 yrs old. This grandfather also told me that the Billionaires (or millionaires he may have said) started wars at will and created the necessary ruckus in Congress and in the Press after the fact to get what they want. They made huge fortunes off World War I, and even if they did have to pay income taxes for the first time to fight that kind of war, they got a substantial share of the national tax bill back for themselves into few pockets. The architectural record all over the Industrial Midwest attests to those profits. That game persists very well today with 50% of income tax going into military coffers. Less and less of that is going into the hands of military personnel and their families. There are plenty of lobbyists working on reducing even that share. Our family have deep roots in Industrial America. My grandparents' grandparents and great aunts and great uncles families played in the same sandbox with Carnegie, Mellon, Frick, Schwab, Ford, Goodyear, etc etc. since before the Civil War.Mark Booth in his book "The Secret History of the World: As laid down by Secret Societies", which I may also have reviewed on Amazon, summed up the 2000s of years history of Neo-Platonism, or Freemasonry, or whatever other esoterica Napoleon Hill over-simplifies and sugar coats in this book. He says something like "the biggest error in the Western esoteric movement was to focus on materialism and individualism, instead of interconnectedness, spirituality, and sustainability". I couldn't have agreed with him more as I read Think and Grow Rich decades after Grandpa recommended it. It seems a classic left brain, whole brain dichotomy which impacts are now painfully evident on our planet, in our cell tissue, and imprinted on our own psyches, and those of our beloved offspring who inherited their psyches from ours.Hill is a journalist. We can tell from our own world today where journos take official word from politicians as the explanation for things, that similar errors will arise from a generalist journo like Hill taking the word of Plutocrats about how to succeed in business. They need to cover their trails. Our family has plenty of dirt on Carnegie. It is not mentioned in the book, that Charles Schwab is cited as a huge success for envisaging the US Steel Trust, which became a monopoly, with all associated ills, that Teddy Roosevelt had to bust up so that our economy could continue to function. Said bust up resulted in the creation of rival Bethlehem Steel under Schwab and also a generous shareholding for the forebears of our current Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. No mention of the fact that Schwab died alone in one of his many over-sized white elephant houses and estranged from his wife and children. But, we know because he grew up in the next village from where my grandmother grew up. He like them was from humble German Catholic origins. She spoke of him always as "Charlie Schwab", and they were all very familiar with his many foibles and sources of his business success.The last remark would be about Asa Candler and his Coca-Cola. Whatever the origins of cocaine in that stuff, today the high fructose corn syrup is the leading cause of diabetes and obesity in our children. The advertising is relentless, manipulative, and plays on deep identity fears. I should know because I once worked at the advertising agency that handled the account for about 50 years. These brands invented the sophisticated advertising techniques that seduce subconsciously and play on fears. The soft drink industry, with their once dependency on sugar from plantations in Cuba, and their political brethren, are now being implicated by declassified documents and the dharma work of investigative journalists who love America, in the assassination of JFK. They are also implicated in the failed attempt at the theatrical event designed to trigger the press ruckus Grandpa said they'd need to get the American people to back an invasion of Cuba. An invasion JFK refused to his demise, whose real purpose was to get nationalized plantations (and workers) back into the hands of dynastic American Yankee families who had owned them since we were a British Colony probably.Soft drinks bottling was also the way this same crowd established their tentacles in the resource rich third-world by awarding franchises to their clone oligarchs and cement the interdependency on sugar, money, arms, coercion, "free markets" which means no trade unions or democracy in those countries ever. It is also the permanent money maker in countries where there is no investment in anything else to advance the people's lives. The impacts of this kind of business are terrible. Asa of course didn't know any of this would happen, but the stuff was clearly of no nutritional value, but rather another American "tonic" with dubious and impossible to measure psychological claims.These are hardly the attributes of people who claim to have higher moral principles, or spiritually inspired gifts. The whole thing was a project to culturally invade a nation of people into thinking and believing that they too could become rich, without the benefits of monopolies, private Pinkerton Police forces, bought legislatures, public land grants, tax breaks, stacked courts...the list goes on. It speaks of a kind of Lucifer or Ahriman reconstitution to appear to the uninitiated (pun fully intended) that which it isn't, shrouding pure evil in goodness and light. The purveyors of this over simplified stuff do a great disservice to readers. They also do a great disservice to esoterica and Neo-Platonism.At least now the cover is blowing, and more mirrors are appearing in the hallway. So we're now seeing more of these hidden angles! I would recommend Paulo Freire "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" to really learn about how one really does becomes rich, just like Grandpa said and with depth of historic evidence, and more importantly how we all could become more prosperous together as a whole world!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Think and Grow Rich is a book to help people create a state of mind that can assist in achieving success. The book offers a number of exercises for the reader to complete to improve success rates. The author provides lists of attributes and attitudes that seem to be common drivers of success and failure for the reader to reflect on.One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose. One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word "impossible." He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. Know what you want and be determined to stand by that desire until he realized it. Seek expert counsel before giving up. Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be. This is a lesson that needs to be learned before succeeding.There are a number of principles of success:Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Faith is the visualization of and belief in attainment of desire. Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith. We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, though the stimuli of our daily environment. Auto-suggestion is the medium for influencing the subconscious mind. Specialized knowledge is the personal experience or observations. There are two kind of knowledge - general and specialized. Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized and intelligently directed through practical plans of action and directed to a definite end. The accumulation of great fortunes calls for power, and power is acquired through highly organized and intelligently directed specialized knowledge, but that knowledge does not, necessarily, have to be in the possession of the man who accumulates the fortune. Specialized knowledge is among the most plentiful and cheapest forms of service which may be had. It pays to know how to purchase knowledge. There is a universal weakness of people - lack of ambition. Specialized knowledge, plus imagination, are the ingredients that go into a successful business. The beginning of a successful business is an idea. A idea is capable of yielding an income far greater than that of the average professional whose education required several years of college. There is no fixed price for sound ideas. Imagination is the workshop of the mind.Organized planning is the crystallization of desire into action. It is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins. Remember when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. No man is ever whipped, until he quits -- in his own mind. "Brains" are a form of capital which cannot be permanently depreciated through depressions, nor can this form of capital be stolen or spent. Money is as worthless as a sand dune, until it has been mixed with efficient "brains". Quality, Quantity, Spirit is required for delivering a service. This is commonly called the QQS rating. "Man, know thyself!" If you market merchandise successfully, you must know the merchandise. You should know all of your weaknesses in order that you may either bridge them or eliminate them. This is a free country where every man may think as he pleases, where nearly everybody can live with but little effort, where many may live well without doing and work whatsoever. However, you should know the full truth concerning this freedom of which so many people boast, and so few understand. As great as it is, as far as it reaches, as many privileges as it provides, it does not, and can not bring riches without effort.Decision is the mastery of procrastination. Keep a closed mouth and open ears and eyes. Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. Deeds, and not words, are what count most. The sustained effort necessary to induce faith. Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivatedPower of the master mind the driving force. Power is essential for success in the accumulation of money. Power may be defined as "organized and intelligently directed knowledge. "Master Mind" may be defined as: coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two of more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.The Subconscious Mind is the connecting link. Positive and negative emotions can not occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. One's state of mind is subject of control and direction. The six fears are: Poverty, Criticism, Ill health, Loss of love of someone, Old age, Death. There can be no compromise between poverty and riches. The two roads that to poverty and riches go in opposite directions.Your business in life is to achieve success. To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and attain happiness. You may control your own mind, you have the power to feed it whatever thought impulses you choose. With this privileges goes the responsibility of using it constructively. You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own thoughts. You may influence, direct, and eventually control your own environment, making life what you want it to be or you may neglect to exercise the privilege that is yours to make, thus casting yourself upon the broad sea of circumstance.Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is leaving their minds open to negative influence. Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. The most practical way of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definitive purpose, backed by a definite plan.People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. Building alibis is a deeply rooted habit. Habits are difficult to break, especially when they provide justification for something we do. Plato had this truth in mind when he said, " The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." Another philosopher had the same thought in mind when he said, " It was a great surprise to me when I discovered that most of the ugliness Is saw in others, was but a reflection of my own nature."Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision. Previously, you may have had a logical excuse for not having forced life to come through with whatever you asked, but that alibi is not obsolete, because you are in possession of the master key that unlocks the door to life's bountiful riches.
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I started this book just because I was looking for something to read via Audible.com. I continued on reading due to having already used the credit in my account and because I needed something to listen to while running, anyway.The original edition contains dated scientific references, among other things. A majority of the book is written in a formal style, such that it reads as a textbook, but without actual authority behind it.There are some inspirational moments and prescriptive details in the book, but the book starts and finishes in the realm of the surreal.I actually ended up enjoying the cultural oddities preserved in a 70 year old book, which got me through it.
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Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich is a Powerful foundation for success. This book exercises tools to help in applying things in my everyday life and business from a practical standpoint. This book will motivate and inspire you. A philosophy, scientific and methodology -- We can do re-programming of the unconscious with means of consciousness.
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Embarrassed to peruse the self help section? Sorry, but you'll have to! This work has been around since the early 20th century after Napoleon Hill did extensive research and interviews with famous business-people and politicians at the solicitation of Andrew Carnegie. A fun read, but also rooted in philosophy and based on early scientific research and methodology in investigating the human psyche through programming the unconscious by means of consciousness.
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No matter the wildly observed criticisms by many,the contents of the book is christened with such titanic strength which posess the capabity of arousing the required state of mind as contained in the book. No doubts,it fills the mind with uttermost complacency of discovering the PRINCIPLES OF SUCCESS. I recommend it for anyone with the passion for success.
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