Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Holy. S**t. Please excuse my language but…holy. S**t. This has been, by far, the toughest book I’ve read all year. And I don’t say that in a bad way. I mean it in a really, really good way.
Riches begin with a state of mind. -Napoleon Hill
I’m not sure what really drew me to this book. I’ve been reading all kinds of motivational stuff lately and I was wanting to stay on the same track. You can call it Divine Intervention. Or you can say it was Amazon’s persistence and their strategically placed “Things You Might Like” items, but I bought it. I hadn’t heard much about it so I made a post on Instagram asking all of my followers if they had read it and what were their thoughts.
My feedback was insane.
There were so many people who commented and messaged me saying how this book was one book that changed their life. There were people congratulating me on reading it. One friend referred to it as “the Godfather of all motivational books”. And my messages were filled with people who hadn’t read it yet, asking “What do you think so far?”. Apparently everyone, except for me, had either heard of or read it already. I was even more excited for it to show up. Only took two days. Thank you #amazonprime.
Desire backed by Faith knows no such word as impossible. -Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill. His inspiration came from some pretty big players in the world of riches and success. Players like Andrew Carnegie, and Charles Schwab and J.P. Morgan. I always knew all of those guys were a big deal, but I had never learned why. This book tells those stories. And I’m sure Henry Ford, Coca-Cola, and Thomas Edison need no introduction. Hill tells us those stories too. And they are incredible to read.
The primary focus of the entire book is based around how all of these men came into their success. Their methods and philosophy were known as “The Thirteen Steps To Riches”. These steps included: Desire. Faith. Auto-Suggestion. Specialized Knowledge. Imagination. Organized Planning. Decision. Persistence. Power of the Master Mind. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation. The Subconscious Mind. The Brain. And The Sixth Sense.
All of these chapters were so good. I learned something from each and every one of them. But my very favorite chapter was the chapter on Faith. It’s message was a “believe, with everything that you are, that you’re going to get what it is that you desire” type of message, but there was so much more to it than that. It helped reinforce the fact that if I doubt myself, I doubt my Creator. And that we should never underestimate just how big God really is. In my notes for this review, in the margin it says: This book is worth reading for this chapter alone.
In Hill’s explanation of “The Thirteen Steps”, he covers everything from becoming success conscious to believing that thoughts are things. Having an intentional goal and influence over our subconscious. He explains that “Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledge is only potential power”, and how it takes imagination and planning and solid decisions to make any dream come true. How we need to ask for help with things we don’t know and how a transference of energy can dramatically change how hard we chase a goal. He talks about fear and other people’s opinion and negative influences.
He talked about it all, you guys. And he blew my freaking mind.
A friend told me one time that I should read my favorite books over and over again so the information I want to retain will embed itself into my subconscious. I thought this was a genius idea so I have a nightstand pile. My nightstand pile is a pile of books that I have chosen to read over and over again for the rest of the year. It sits on my nightstand. This book is in that pile because I know when I go to read it a second time, and a third, that I will find things I missed the first few times I read it. Even the intro and the preface (and all throughout the book) recommend reading it more than once. This book is to be studied. Not just read.
When I say this was the hardest read I’ve read all year, please do not let that scare you off. The difficulty level of this book was 100% my fault because I ordered the original version. They also have a revised version (links for both below), and I will more than likely order a copy of that one as well. The 1937 version reads like it was written in, well, 1937, so the language was a little quirky (for me). This book was worth every sentence I had to read twice and the two months it took me to read it. It made me feel motivated, and inspired and it also kind of called me out on my own bulls**t a little bit. (Heads up…there are self-analysis questions at the end.) Again, sorry for the language, but that’s what it did. Think and Grow Rich kept me up way past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see what I learn the next time around.
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