Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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Genre: Nonfiction | Personal Development
ISBN: 9781585424337
Publication on 1937
Format:  eBook

“When you begin to think, and grow Rich you will observe that riches began with the state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You and every other person ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches. Observe very closely as soon as you master the principles of this philosophy and begin to follow the instructions for applying those principles your financial status will begin to improve. Everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit.”
“Impossible? Not at all!”

That’s Napoleon Hill from think and grow Rich, described as the bestselling success book of all time; it was initially published in 1937 the classic is sold over 15 million copies. It is the Father of all motivational literature and has influenced nearly every great modern self-development teacher, many of whom have read the book hundreds of times.


Of course, when Hill refers to riches he is speaking of wealth in the broader sense -material, emotional, and spiritual.


The big ideas:


“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. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful and are willing to stake everything on those rules.”

Impossible! We use it often to say no. But I love the idea of staking everything on your thoughts. The author starts off the book with a really cool story of a guy named Edwin C Barnes who thought himself into partnership with Thomas Edison. Edison could sense something about Barnes’ clear and yielding purpose. He had this to say, “I have learned from years of experience with men that when a man really desires of things so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it you sure to win.”

So how about you? You have a burning desire for something in your life on which he is willing to stake your entire future.

Rule number one of thinking and growing rich definiteness of purpose you've got to know what. So, what do you want? What is your definite major purpose in life?


Get tantric and burn the ships.

There is another great story Hill tells us, “a long while ago a great warrior faced a situation which made it necessary for him to make a decision which ensured his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his armies against the powerful foe whose men outnumbered his own. He loaded his soldiers in boats, sailed to the enemies country, unloaded soldiers and equipment then gave the order to burn the ships that carried them. Addressing the man before the first battle, he said, “you see the boats going up in smoke? That means we cannot leave the shores unless we win. We now have no choice; we win, or we perish.””

Burn the

The point Hill says is that they won. Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win essential to success.

Interesting huh? Put things into perspective. You may be thinking that that's a little extreme. And yes, you are right. It is extreme. And that's the whole point.

Weak desires bring weak results. Intense desire will get Intense results. And in the process of learning to manage that kind of intense desire we may burn ourselves out, and those around us. So learn to manage the intensity.



Thoughts are things.

When Henry wrote the prophetic lines ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’ he should've informed us that we are masters of our fate, the captains of our souls because we have the power to control our thoughts.”

He should've told us that our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts which we hold in our minds. And by means of which no man is familiar, these magnets attract to us the forces, the people the circumstances of life which harmonize with the nature of our dominating thoughts. He should've told us that before we can accumulate riches and great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with an intense desire for riches. That we must become money conscious until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it". – Napoleon Hill. 

Every great teacher tells us how important it is to control our minds. Something powerful happens we walk our minds on an idea, good or bad. 

Next big idea is faith and dominant thoughts. “Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind…It is essential for you to encourage the positive emotions as dominating forces of your mind and discourage and eliminate negative emotions.” What thoughts do you allow to dominate your consciousness? Rewire your consciousness.


The self-confidence formula.

Hill says “First I know that I have the ability to achieve the object of my definite purpose in life. Therefore, I demand of myself persistent, continuous action towards its attainment and I hear now promised to render such action. Second I realized the dominating thoughts of my mind would eventually reproduce themselves an outward physical action and gradually transform themselves into physical reality. Therefore, I will concentrate my thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person I intend to become thereby creating in my mind a clear mental picture". Be clear by recognizing the fact before the first in the self-confidence formula you must know your major definite purpose.



First plan fail try another.

“If the first plan which you adopt does not work out successfully replaced with a new plan. If this new plan fails to work, replace and in still another and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Right here is the point at which the majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail".

Once you have your purpose lined up, see that thoughts are things and know how important is your faith. Hill, further gets into the importance of organized planning and goes over 31 major causes of failure. He says that success requires no explanations, failure permits no alibis. Some of the causes he states are a lack of a well-defined purpose in life, lack of ambition to aim above mediocrity, the lack of self-discipline, lack of concentration of effort, lack of enthusiasm and inability to cooperate with others. Question to ask ourselves is how can you grow in these areas. 


The power of the mastermind.

“Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in the spirit of sympathy and harmony."

This aligns with the quote by Jim Rohn, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time.” I had heard this quote a number of times, but it was only recently that this quote hit me hard, the reality and seriousness of it actually set in.

Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people.

Hang out with the most inspiring people you know, and you'll become more and more inspired.



“The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune a few carry-on despite all opposition until they attain their goal or may be no heroic connotation of the word persistence but the quality is the character of man would carbon is to steel"

If you remove persistence from your character and you've lost any in all hope of living with the material, spiritual and emotional riches.

According to Hill “the ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the intensity of one's desire.”

Hill continues the starting point of all achievement is desire keep this constantly in mind we desire spring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be removed by building a stronger fire Under Your Sires.”


Finally, Just do it, is the last idea. Napoleon Hill, “Tell the world would you intend to do but first show it.” “Deeds and not words are what count most.”


Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 he died in 1970.He began at an early age, to study great achievers such as Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell. He became the world's foremost scholar and thinker in the science of human success the author think and grow Rich and several other books.


From: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon HillPhilosophers Notes by Brian Johnson


Book Blurb:

Think and Grow Rich has been called the "Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature." It was the first book to boldly ask, "What makes a winner?" The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world's winners himself. The most famous of all teachers of success spent "a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort" to produce the "Law of Success" philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.

In the original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. In the updated version, Arthur R. Pell, Ph.D., a nationally known author, lecturer, and consultant in human resources management and an expert in applying Hill's thought, deftly interweaves anecdotes of how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth. Outmoded or arcane terminology and examples are faithfully refreshed to preclude any stumbling blocks to a new generation of readers.