Think and Grow Rich. Napoleon Hill. Public Domain (Kindle Edition), 2014.

Review from October 14, 2014

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937; and it took Mr. Hill 25 years of research with a collaboration of some 500 distinguished men of great wealth. The sage advice he accumulated from these gentlemen transcends time. He shares what he learns about these gents and how they overcame hardships and become success stories even after 10,000 tries like Mr. Thomas Edison.

What I find key is the book is about the “value of honest capitalism.” Mr. Hill’s words are powerful.  “ALL ACHIEVEMENT, ALL EARNED RICHES HAVE THEIR BEGINNING IN AN IDEA!”

Mr. Hill laid out 13 “Steps” toward riches (along with some poignant quotes):

1. Desire. “TRULY, ‘thoughts are things,’ and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.”

2. Faith. “FAITH is the ‘eternal elixir’ which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thought!”

3. Auto-Suggestion

4. Specialized Knowledge

5. Imagination

6. Organized Planning

7. Decision

8. Persistence

9. Power of the Master Mind

10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation

11. The Subconscious Mind

12. The Brain

13. The Six Sense

The DESIRE and visualization concept combined is similar to Cameron Herold’s Painted Picture, as seen with athletes and orators when they envision themselves making that winning step and delivering the perfect speech.

What resonates most to me is what Mr. Hill said about quitting: “No man is ever whipped, until he QUITS – in his own mind.” This is so true. Nothing is over until you decide it is over. And another point he mentioned hit close to home.  Family and close friends can handicap and paralyze our progress through their ridicule or negative remarks.

I decided to read this book because it is a highly recommended book for entrepreneurs.  I am starting a new business and timing couldn’t be better.  There are lots of sage advice for both young and seasoned entrepreneurs.

What amazes me that the sound advice from 1937 still applies today and we need to value honest capitalism.

I find it ironic that many millennial and tree-huggers speak up against capitalism because they think capitalism is evil. Yet they are always the first to demand higher pay and more money. However, let’s take a moment to think about it. If there is no capitalism, there is no money to be made. No food on the table. No clothing on your back. No iphone, trinkets, etc.

Excerpts made references to love, values, sex, persistence, etc.

Mr. Hill ends the book telling us to learn to trust our 6th sense. This is so true. There are time in our daily lives that we know better not to do something, but we do it for fear of hurting people or fear of the repercussion of what to come.

This book will serve as my Bible and inspirations to regroup whenever I feel things are falling apart. The stories Mr. Hill shared of trials and tribulations encourages me to more forward.

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