Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you think” ? That’s another way of saying that you become what you think about most of the time. In other words, your dominant thoughts – whether positive or negative – can actually become your reality. This holds true in just about every area of life, be it spiritual, mental, social, financial, etc. In his phenomenal book, Think and Grow Rich [hard copy, pdf, audio book], the great Napoleon Hill dissects the science of how you can think and walk your way to lasting success and riches.
Think and Grow Rich is basically the result of over 20 years of study of the lives of hundreds of America’s most successful individuals from different walks of life. Individuals including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilbur Wright, Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, Elbert Hubbard, amongst many others (over 500 of such great individuals). The book identified about 13 principles of individual achievement (the secret formula) all of which were common factors in the lives of those successful individuals who were involved in the study. It also highlights exhaustive instances of how those individuals applied the secret formula and the outstanding outcome that resulted.
The author, Napoleon Hill is an iconic figure in the domain of personal success and development. He was a successful writer, motivational speaker, attorney, and teacher of success principles. His writings have been acclaimed by great leaders in Finance, Government, Education, Politics. Think and Grow Rich, which was published in 1937, is still one of the best personal development books of all times and has sold over 100 million copies so far; he was also well known for his Law of Success philosophy. As a man of wisdom and influence, Mr Hill was adviser to USA presidents – Franklin Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
Personally, I found Think and Grow Rich so motivating and enjoyable that I have listened to the audio book over 10 times so far this year. Each time I replay it, I not only learn something new but also feel fired up to face life’s challenges. The stories about having a burning desire, persisting through hardship, and believing in oneself are stuck with me forever. It’s from the book that I gleaned one of my favorite quotes of all times – “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” (That’s actually where the tagline of this website – “Conceive, believe, and achieve” – comes from.)
If you’d like to learn the same principles of success and riches that were practiced by some of the greatest individuals in history(see paragraph 2 for example of such individuals, in case you missed it), then I highly recommend Think and Grow Rich to you.
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