Think and Grow Rich is one of the greatest and most influential books ever written. With over 15 million copies sold and a number of revisions by various authors and elites; this book remains very valuable and timeless. The version I read was revised and expanded by Arthur R. Pell, who was able to include illustrations of the 21st Century while retaining the original concept. It is constructively made up of 290 pages – exclusive of the Index, 16 Chapters, and 13 Steps to Riches. The information provided here are the results of 20 years of research and accumulating information from over 500 successful individuals.
This short piece is so comprehensive; trying to summarize it may undermine its value. However, from the title, it is clear that the book seeks to guide you to the path of ultimate wealth through your own thoughts. As cliché and common as this may sound, Think and Grow Rich communicates this Stone Age principle entirely convincingly. Some of the theories and analysis given in this piece would come up as separate blog posts, later on, for emphasis.
The central idea is this:
“Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings or emotions constitute a ‘magnetic’ force which attracts, from the vibrations of the ether, other similar or related thoughts”.
As there are no limitations to the mind, there is no limitation to how rich or poor one can become – if only they can first picture it in their minds, and work towards it in conjunction with the environment. You would be amazed at the long list of successful people who accredit this theory as the means of their wealth accumulation. Some of these include: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Theodore Roosevelt; and the more recent names like Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and Mary Kay, amongst others.
Napoleon Hill credits the discovery of this money making theory to Andrew Carnegie – one of the wealthiest men of all time- and termed it “The Carnegie formula”. Various activities and affirmations were provided to ensure that there is a direct application of the laws by the reader. Other principles noted were: The 30 Major causes of failure, The 10 Mind Stimuli and the 6 basic fears. The 13 steps to riches, which was the entire package of the book, are given below:
Step 1- DESIRE: The starting point of all Achievement
Harness the power that lies in having a definite desire; by thinking, dreaming and seeing your being in possession of wealth and riches
Step 2- FAITH: Visualizing and believing in the attainment of desire
“When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer”
Step 3- AUTOSUGGESTION: The medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind
Autosuggestion means Self-suggestion.
“No Thought, whether it is negative of positive, can enter the subconscious mind without the aid of the principle of autosuggestion…”
We have absolute control of our thoughts
Step 4- SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE: Personal experiences or observations
“There are two kinds of knowledge. One is general, the other is specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money”
To be successful, specialized knowledge has to be acquired in accordance with the definite aim established.
Step 5- IMAGINATION: The Workshop of the Mind
“The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by people. The impulse, the desire, is given shape, form and action through the aid of the imagination faculty of the mind.”
Step 6- ORGANIZED PLANNING: The crystallization of desire into action
Here, we are given 4 steps on how to build practical plans.
“If the first plan you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan. If this new plan fails to work, replace it, in turn, with still another, and so on until you find a plan which does work”
Step 7- DECISION: The mastery of Procrastination
“Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy that practically everybody must conquer”
Make a decision and stick to it even if your life depends on it.
Step 8- PERSISTENCE: The sustained effort necessary to induce faith
“Willpower and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair”
With persistence will come success, hence, carry on no matter the opposition you may encounter along the way.
Step 9- POWER OF THE MASTER MIND: The driving force
Power is a definite requirement for the attainment of success.
“The ‘Master Mind’ may be defined as ‘coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.”
Step 10- THE MYSTERY OF SEX TRANSMUTATION
“Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, people develop keenness of imagination, courage, willpower, persistence and creative ability unknown to them at other times”
This power may be harnessed and redirected as a force to creativity to actualize anything at all.
Step 11- THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND: The connecting link
The subconscious mind classifies and records our every thought. It works day and night, drawing upon the forces of infinite intelligence for power; then it transmutes our desires into their physical equivalence.
Step 12- THE BRAIN: broadcasting and receiving station for thought
“…every human brain is capable of picking up vibrations of thought released by other brains”
This chapter went beyond the usual talk of learning to how to use one’s brain in higher capacities; to the more extreme topics of the possible reality of telepathy and clairvoyance. It was particularly mind blowing.
Step 13- THE SIXTH SENSE: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom
“The sixth sense is the portion of the subconscious mind that has been referred to as the ‘creative imagination’.”
It goes beyond the physical to infinite and spiritual intelligence. This is the final step to riches.
Think and grow rich is a captivating read. It defies all your doubts, ensuring that you believe in the possibility of actually owning that which you desire. However, its numerous translations can leave one confused on which to read; the directness of its presentation may leave people hallucinating for some spiritual intelligence that lies in the ether, if not careful. The reader thus, has to be careful in applying the rules that lie within. It was one wonderful piece and I recommend it for everybody who desires to be wealthy.
This book had me on lock-down till I finished it. Every page has something exciting about it. The illustrations available in the original version as well as the added illustrations of the 21st century, made it somewhat interpersonal. Thus, making you believe without a doubt that these principles are as true as day.
I was taken aback every once in a while with one psycho analysis or the other. Talks about the ether, telepathy, clairvoyance, spiritual vibrations and so on; were enlightening but honestly very freaky.
I rate this book 4.5 out of 5. You can rate the book yourself below.
About the Author
Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author best-known for his work, Think and Grow Rich (1937). It is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies). Most of his books were centered around principles of success. He was an advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.