Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
I’ve read Think and Grow Rich several times before but this is the first time I “studied” it. I took my time reading, re-reading, taking notes, the whole bit.
As if the name Napoleon Hill isn’t enough to sell the value of the book alone, let me offer my ten cents (inflation).
First, let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s old. Yes, very old. Think and Grow Rich was published in 1937. To put that into perspective, more for myself than anyone else, I’m fifty years old and my father was born in 1937.
Here’s the thing though, there are a select number of people that were way ahead of their time and no one can deny this. Napoleon Hill, to me, belongs on that short list. Napoleon Hill is right up there with Dale Carnegie who, by the way, wrote one of the best business and success books in history, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” just one year before Think and Grow Rich, in 1936. Another note, since I’ve already allowed myself to become sidetracked, is Dale Carnegie was the inspiration for Napoleon Hill to even write the book. Actually, Dale Carnegie is credited for influencing Napoleon Hill to study the most successful people in business for over two decades that, ultimately, led to Think and Grow Rich being written.
Okay, back on track. Sorry. As I was saying, Napoleon Hill was ahead of his time right there with icons like Dale Carnegie, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, and Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. A bold statement, I know.
One other note I want to mention as far as the “age” of this book. As ahead of his time as Napoleon Hill was, Think and Grow Rich does have many stories that will remind you of the times the book was written. There are many references of the great depression as if it were just a short time ago. That is because, obviously, it was still fresh in the minds of everyone at the time.
You’ll also read of instances such as the cost of particular items that was obviously ages ago. You have the intelligence to understand and not allow these little things to dissuade you from the lessons being taught. We may be in an age where Twitter has all but replaced the evening news and podcasts will surely put radio to pasture but the principles outlined in Think and Grow Rich are as strong and as relevant as ever.
Keep An Open Mind
Even today, things like meditation and positive affirmations can be tough for many people to understand, much less embrace. Can you imagine saying things like that in 1937? That is why I say Napoleon Hill was ahead of his time.
There are some parts of the book that may test your objectivity. Without risking a spoiler, near the end of the book Hill refers to conversations he held within his own mind. lol I know, it sounds stranger than it really is but just try to stay objective and keep an open mind so you can benefit from the wisdom being shared.
Where Did The Idea Of the Master Mind Come From?
As near as I can tell, Napoleon Hill deserves credit for one of the biggest tools the most successful people swear by, the Master Mind. Hill definitely wasn’t the first to put master minds to use, as he explains in the book, but I believe he may have been the first to define it. I could be wrong, but I believe this is correct. Feel free to correct me if you know differently.
Did you know Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is in the public domain? It is and freely available for anyone to access online. Personally, I prefer Paper, Kindle, and Audio versions, all of which I own, but you do have free access to this amazing success book anytime you want at https://archive.org/details/Think_and_Grow_Rich