The name Think and Grow Rich is a catchy one. The first time I got to know about this book, I said to myself “Bullshit! No one gets rich just by thinking. If this were true, there wouldn’t poverty in this world in the first place.” But reading this book was one of the life changing moments of my life.
Published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is one of the top 10 most read books till date. This fact alone should convince you to read the book. It was not the first book of its kind, but the way in which the author presents the whole idea is not only understood intellectually, but more importantly, is understood emotionally as well. This book is the result of a research conducted by Hill on Andrew Carnegie’s suggestion. He spent 20 years of his life studying the lives of 500 of the most successful people of that time and then he put his findings in this book.
The author talks about a secret in the book, due to the possession of which you can accomplish anything you seriously desire. The author says that if you are ready for the secret, it will present itself in front of you and that it is stated at least 100 times in the whole book. Quoting the author – “I have never known anyone who was inspired to use the secret, who did not achieve noteworthy success in his chosen calling. I have never known any person to distinguish himself, or to accumulate riches of any consequence, without possession of the secret.” He goes on to say – “A peculiar thing about this secret is that those who once acquire it and use it, find themselves literally swept on to success, with but little effort, and they never again submit to failure!”
What a marvellous promise to make!
The book is structured to give you a roadmap to success. It lays down 13 principles which a man must possess for a definite path to riches – riches may be anything that you seriously want. Each principle is complemented by a host of real life instances which the author had gathered in the 20 years that he was researching on the subject. I cannot go on and explain each and every step here but these words from the author can definitely give you an essence of the whole idea – “Truly, thoughts are things and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence and the burning desire for their translation into riches or other material objects.”
I was literally moved by a statement in the introduction chapter itself – “What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession.” If this is the only point you could take away from the book, it could be life changing. At least it was for me.
As I mentioned in the introduction, this book is one of the top 10 most read books till now. It is there for a reason and I got to know that reason when I read it. This book is a must read. As a last piece of advice, if you don’t direct all the information in the book towards a specific end, the information will probably be rendered useless.
In case you do decide to read this book and end up liking it (which you will), I would recommend you to follow Bob Proctor as well. He is kind of carrying the baton of self-development forward through their seminars.
– By Rishabh Agrawal