Think and Grow Rich (1937), Napoleon Hill - Book Summary

About the author

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author who pioneered the modern "success" literary genre (the science of personal success). Think and Grow Rich is one of the best-selling books of all time and arguably the most successful work of his career.

During World War I, Napoleon was the social relations expert in the Wilson administration and in the 20th century was selected as an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the concept " What the mind can perceive and believe, the mind can accomplish", Napoleon Hill is considered the most widespread and powerful influence in the field of personal success.

After World War I, he decided to systematize and perfect his twenty-year project "Think and Get Rich". In 1952, after founding the “Napoleon Hill Association”, he actively spread the philosophy of personal success and founded and led the “Napoleon Hill Foundation” – a social educational organization whose purpose is to teach everyone is subject to the "science of success".

Brief about the book

Published in 1937, the book summarizes Napoleon's research process for more than 20 years with the richest people in America at the time, the most prominent of which are: Carnegie steel king, Henry Ford (founder of car company). Ford, Thomas Edison (great inventor), King Gillette (founder of Gillette)… to write down a success formula that works for everyone, eternal over time: the key to making these people rich yes because they have a completely different mindset from those who always struggle with poverty.

He discusses team management, customer service, tangible tools, collective intelligence, and goals that need to be written down before action. In the book, there are also his speculations about the function of the human brain to foresee the whole research perspective of the right brain, the left brain. The self-analysis tests introduced in this book are still applied today in life and in personnel selection.

The greatest value of this book is that it can help anyone achieve success, get anything you desire in this life.

Up to now, the book has published more than 60 million copies worldwide in nearly 100 languages, and these numbers show no sign of stopping.

“The most classic of the classics” – Harvey Mackay said so

Target audience

The 13 principles of “Think and Grow rich” are indispensable for anyone who wants to change, understand themselves and desire to succeed.  

13 "miracle" principles

All the "think rich, get rich" secrets are conveyed by Napoleon Hill through 13 principles that serve as a guide to bring us to great aspirations in life.

Principle 1. Desire: To become truly rich, the first thing successful people must have is a strong desire to be nurtured on a regular basis. Simply wanting or wishing will never yield results that require careful investment. What we need is a burning fire that can instantly turn thoughts into action and bring results. Desire focuses on what we already have and what needs to be added, while desire focuses on what we lack. So desire is what drives action, it creates appeal in all the things you do because you really want something.

Principle 2. Belief: When aspiration is rooted in one's emotions and deeply rooted in one's faith, it also arouses faith. Here you need to clearly understand the difference between “faith” and “belief”. To make your dream come true, the first thing you need to do is believe it's possible, how can you do it when you don't believe you can? Beliefs shape longing, for example some people think they are unworthy of love; then in a way they always think that love is a prison or that it is common to stay at a certain point in a relationship. “Trust” is a very vague concept and of course, putting faith somewhere is not easy. Try to think over and over again that you can, do as much as you can and gradually raise them up, you will have faith. A great faith and a strong desire will be a great power to make all dreams come true.

Principle 3. Deepen the subconscious mind: Put in your own subconscious mind steadfast beliefs about what you want to achieve in a deep, permanent way. That is brainwashing. A lot of people are brainwashed by the current society that we are not worthy, we are wishing for too much, we can only inherit but not invent. And deep within each individual, such thoughts are a barrier to progress. Think a little deeper, go somewhere quiet, clear your mind, and strengthen the beliefs you want to instill. Write down the things you desire and read it every day to keep them in mind.

Principle 4. Expertise: Before you can turn your desire to get rich into concrete money, you need to have expert knowledge of the type of service, trade or specialty you intend to offer. to consumers in exchange for money. Knowledge is one thing, but how it is applied is what makes everyone different. Instead of just trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible, focus on how to apply it by learning from the experiences of those who have gone before.

Principle 5. Imagination: Imagination is a workshop where people can make all plans. Motivation and aspiration are both shaped and turned into action through the help of your own utopias. Creative imagination is extremely important to a successful person. You can use it to concretize and describe the aspirations and realities that you are facing, thereby providing better solutions.

Principle 6. Planning: How great your success depends on the correctness of planning. The more clearly you make your goal and step toward it, the easier it will be to visualize and execute.

Principle 7. Assertiveness: Napoleon Hill's analysis of hundreds of people with assets over $1 million reveals the fact that they make quick decisions and rarely change. People who fail to get rich make the decision to procrastinate, or change quickly and often. Instead of weighing decisions too closely, come up with a choice and its prevention and development options.

Principle 8. Persistence: Usually the first attempt almost everyone fails. But if you have tried to persevere more than twenty times, thirty times, then in a certain sense you have persisted; then you will be successful at some point in the future. The foundation of perseverance is willpower. Willpower and desire when combined properly will create a pair of personalities with invincible strength. In other words, if you want it, you'll do whatever it takes to get it, and that's persistence.

Principle 9. The Power of Intellectual Excellence: Organized efforts are formed through the coordination of two or more people working together towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony. This is one of the most important rules. It turns out that, if you want to be successful, you can't go alone on a single route. What you need to do is cooperate with like-minded people, even if only for a moment. Choosing “allies” and “collaborators” wisely will give you momentum and a competitive environment to thrive.

Principle 10. Sex: Sexual desire tops the list of factors that stimulate the mind and “spin” the “smooth” wheel of action. When motivated by desire, people will demonstrate courage, willpower, perseverance and great creativity. In addition, the course also points out the "unique" effects of sex. It is one of nature's most "tonic" spiritual remedies.

Principle 11. Subconscious: You can “carve” into your subconscious mind any plan, idea or purpose that you desire to translate into material or monetary equivalents. In other words, the subconscious mind is the most useful for deciding what is needed or not needed in an individual's life.

Principle 12. Brain: The brain when stimulated by emotions works at a faster intensity, stronger than when not emotional, helping to increase the ability to think to the level at which creative imagination becomes active. receptive to new ideas. At a higher level, all of an individual's perception, observation, and decision-making abilities are amplified when the brain is stimulated. Combined with negative or positive desires and emotions in life, the brain plays a significant role in regulating behavior and increasing work efficiency.

Principle 13. Sixth Sense: The sixth sense is the 13th enrichment principle mentioned, it is thanks to it that the mind can communicate voluntarily without any effort or request from oneself. subject - people. Human subconscious has a certain close connection with the whole universe, sometimes in life, we can only believe, decide or act based on feelings and temporary feelings. The sixth sense, or hunch, lies beyond concepts and the distance between right and wrong. Sometimes we can't explain why we do it.

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