Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is considered by many to be the number one personal development book of our age.
It is said by many that the book has had the greatest impact on the theory of the The Law of Attraction and that it introduces The Secret.
Think And Grow Rich – #1 Personal Development Classic
Undeniably Think And Grow Rich is a true timeless classic. It has been called one of the most influential and best personal development books.
Although written as far back as 1905, the book still gets nominated as the reason behind many successful business persons achievement’s to this very day.
Here we are going to take a look at the creation and history of the book that inspired a million millionaires and how it came about. Then we will have a look through the Think And Grow Rich 13 steps system to riches.
The really great thing about the book though is that whilst its ideas were primarily designed to make money, they can also be used to achieve success in any given field!
So first of all bit of background…
Napoleon Hill developed a stunningly successful career in writing, teaching and lecturing on the principles of success.
Born into the relatively humble beginnings of a one room cabin in Wise county, Virginia, who would have guessed his future exploits would have made him the nations greatest motivational speaker and writer.
Originally starting out at the age of 13 as a mountain reporter for local news papers, Hill’s career soon burgeoned into a spiral of ever increasing brilliance.
The original idea of creating a book studying the wealthiest men on the planet was actually the challenge set by Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American businessman who created most of his wealth through the formation of the US Steel company and was something akin to the Bill Gates of his time.
It was he whom first lay down the challenge to Napoleon Hill of studying the greatest achievers of the time and to get it all down into a single book.
And that is exactly what Napoleon Hill did, painstakingly interviewing over 500 millionaires in an effort to formulate the true formula for wealth.
And so it was that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John D Rockefeller and hundreds of other millionaires of the time all came under the spotlight of Napoleon Hill’s investigative expertise and were thoroughly studied to find out what the secret wealth formula was.
It took 20 years to complete, but the study is the basis of the Think And Grow Rich book which we are fortunate enough to have access to today.
Think and Grow Rich wasn’t the only book that he wrote, but is by far the most well known and has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.
Following Napoleon Hills passing in 1970, the Napoleon Hill Foundation continue to ensure his great works are kept available for all to benefit from.
Here is the official timeline offered by the Napoleon Hill Foundation outlining his career:
1883 Born in Wise County,Virginia
1908 Andrew Carnegie induces him to organize the world’s first philosophy of personal achievement
1928 Publishes Law of Success
1930 Publishes The Magic Ladder to Success
1933-36 Presidential Advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1937 Publishes Think & Grow Rich
1939 Publishes How to Sell Your Way Through Life
1941 Publishes Mental Dynamite study course in 17 volumes
1942 Mental Dynamite program discontinued with advent of World War II
1945 Publishes The Master Key to Riches
1952 -62 Associates with W. Clement Stone of Combined Insurance Co. of America. Teaches his Philosophy
of Personal Achievement. Lectures on “Science of Success”
1953 Publishes How to Raise Your Own Salary
1959 Publishes Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
1961 Publishes PMA Science of Success Course
1967 Publishes Grow Rich With Peace of Mind
1970 Publishes Succeed and Grow Rich Through Persuasion
Passes away in November
1971 You Can Work Your Own Miracles is published
1991 Think & Grow Rich, A Black Choice is published posthumously with Dennis Kimbro
Think And Grow Rich Outlines The Following 13 Steps To Riches:
Step 1: Desire
Identify and acknowledge your burning desire. We are talking no half measures here. The entire process relies on selecting a goal that you are happy to be all encompassing for you. Look deep within you for what you want, you need to have a burning desire for this!
Step 2: Faith
Know that you will achieve your goals come what may. Doubt will simply slow down the process, simply have faith that you will achieve your goals.
Step 3: Autosuggestion
Positively affirm your goal to yourself everyday. Write out in the present tense what it is that you desire thus reminding your sub-conscious mind of what it is to do for you.
Step 4: Specialized Knowledge
Ensure you have access to specialist knowledge/experts that will help you in achieving your goal and be prepared to ask for information and help from people
Step 5: Imagination
Live out in your mind what it is you are intending to achieve. Use your creative imagination to do this regularly and remember: What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve”
Step 6: Organized Planning
Create a plan of action or road map that you can constantly refer to that shows you what you need to be doing and when. Form a mastermind group who can support you and advise you when appropriate.
Step 7: Decision
Take a decisive attitude that you will achieve your desire and that you will let nothing prevent you from doing this. Make swift decisive decision and stick to them.
Step 8: Persistence
Never give up. Altering your plan to adapt to whatever comes up is ok but never ever give on your goals.
Step 9: Power Of The Mastermind
Utilise your mastermind group. Draw on their expertise. Napoleon Hill is quoted as saying: “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.” This third mind is often the decisive edge in achieving a goal.
Step 10: The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
Harness sexual desire and direct it towards the accomplishment of your goals. This emotion is extremely powerful and can propel you towards your goals.
Step 11: Subconscious Mind
What you are now is a result of your previous thoughts and beliefs. Work on modifying your own belief system to cause future success.
Step 12: Brain
Listen to the universe, develop your intuition and don’t be afraid to act upon it always remembering that your brain is like a radio station constantly broadcasting and receiving different signals.
Step 13: Sixth Sense
Acknowledge a higher power and the fact you can connect from it and draw power and inspiration from it. Some people will be happy to call this God other will find other names, so be it but learn to let this power guide you.
And that in a nutshell is an overview of the 13 steps to riches identified by Napoleon Hill.
The above can in by no means replace actually studying the text. If you haven’t read the book I suggest you do so.
It is full of stories and examples expanding on the principles and guiding you in how to apply them. You’ll never regret investing the time in doing so.
The Hidden Secret In Think And Grow Rich (The Carnegie Secret)
One fascinating aspect of the book is that the author has placed within the pages a grand secret told to him by Andrew Carnegie which he eludes to throughout and speaks about at the start of the book:
“The secret to which I refer has been mentioned no fewer than a hundred times throughout this book. It has not been directly named as it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where those who are ready and searching for it may pick it up. If you are ready to put it to use, you will recognise it at least once in every chapter.
“May I provide one brief suggestion that may provide a clue by which the Carnegie secret may be recognised. It is this, all achievement, all achieved riches, have their beginning in an idea. If you are ready for the secret then you already possess one half of it,, therefore you will readily recognise the other half of it the moment it reaches your mind.”
There are a few different versions of what people think that hidden secret is, but the point is that you draw your own conclusions and see what you get out of it.
Think And Grow Rich Next Steps
Read the book
Re-read the book
Study the book
Follow through on the 13 steps
You are ready for it when you know what you want. And when you know what you want when those words (know what you want) are read from the page what you want will spring to mind on reading but only for those people who know what they want…get it!!!