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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Review: Think and Grow Rich

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Think and Grow Rich. A Hundred Million Readers?

It has been estimated that "THINK AND GROW RICH”, Napoleon Hill’s 1937 masterpiece has been read by in excess of 100 million people.

It would be hard to find any success coach, self made entrepreneur or sales trainer that wasn’t inspired by this small, disarmingly simple little motivational book.

Written in a language that at times seems a little old fashioned the message and philosophy resonates deeply. Hill sought inspiration from the great achievers of his day and spent 25 years, with the patronage of Andrew Carnegie, interviewing over 500 millionaires a few billionaires and 3 presidents included for good measure. 

In a world of cause and effect Hill sought to identify the common Principles followed by top achievers that if discerned and duplicated by mere mortals would lead and inspire them to their own achievements. 

Written in the midst of the Great Depression, when confidence and self-belief levels were at a low ebb, Hill identified that during such times more great fortunes would be made than in any other time in history.

Interwoven amongst anecdotes taken from the likes of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford to name but a few industrial icons are Key Principles that if followed hold the elusive code to unlocking your untapped immeasurable potential. Potential alas that most fail to realize they possess and hence never tap in to.

Some of the Principles Hill describes, that many a personal development author has made a good living from espousing, include: Desire, Faith, Auto-suggestion, Imagination, Visualization, Organized Planning, Decision and the Sub-Conscious Mind. 

Hidden in the heart of the book is perhaps Napoleon Hill’s best known quote, and core message. ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve'

As the first motivational book I ever read, I can still remember the goosebumps, and intense inspiration that ensued. Re-reading this folksy book still managed to elicit some of the same feelings many, many years later. A Timeless classic. 

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  1. I have read this book and definitly I can agree the language seems a little dated. When I bought this book I was headed to a Master Marketing event in Boca Raton and I wanted to read the original even though an option was to get a "updated" version. I read this book on the flight and received many looks, it was actually quite amusing.

    I loved the book and would say it is a must read for anyone looking to break the chains....

  2. Hi Kiaran,
    thanks for the great book review.

    I love that quote 'Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve'.

    I was listening to one of Esther and Jerry Hicks CDs where they talk about Jerry finding the unedited version and compared the two versions and found out that the word vibration had been edited out over and over again.

    To your Success