What you are about to read is no ordinary review of an ordinary book…
It is going to be an accurate guide to one of the greatest books of all time, and what that book is really all about.
It’s “Think And Grow Rich”, by Napoleon Hill.
You may have heard of it, or you may not have heard of it, either way – it is a book that many great and aspiring entrepreneurs recommend with a single comment along the lines of: “If you want to be successful, Think and Grow Rich is a book that you must read in order to achieve your dreams”.
To be quite frank with you – this short comment really doesn’t do the book justice!
There are so many misconceptions about this book, and both true and false rumours. In this article, I want discuss the book with you – it’s aims, the accurate rumours, and the incredibly damaging misconceptions…
The Book Itself…
This book is truly a Bible for anyone who wants a successful, fulfilled and happy life and an awesome business.
Napoleon Hill describes, with great passion, the 13 steps to riches that he spent 25 years researching and compiling through interviewing over 500 of the most successful people of his time.
With every principle, he provides a relevant story from recent history to back up his points and show you how it works in practice. It’s one of those books that when you read a chapter, every single piece of the puzzle just falls into place, until you are left with a complete picture by the end of it.
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In fact, the entire book is like that to be honest! Each chapter builds upon the last, and really gives you the confidence that you can build the life of your dreams, and you can be whoever you want.
You just can’t help but believe in everything he says, because he presents his principles as facts, and proves that they truly are exactly that, with the stories he tells.
The most endearing thing for me, is that as you read it, you can almost hear Napoleon Hill reading it to you, with his passion for his work shining through – along with his burning desire to assist you as the reader to create lasting wealth and the life of your dreams (having a burning desire is in fact the first of his principles to success).
Now for some accurate truths about the book…
1. The Principles are as relevant today, and will be in the future, as when the book was first published in 1937
– This is absolutely true, these strategies and principles are completely timeless. The only things which change with time are the economy in which you live and must apply these principles, and the technology available to you to assist you in their application.
2. Napoleon Hill is the father of modern personal development
– Having read a number of personal development books, and seen many modern entrepreneurs (such as Brain Tracy and Bob Proctor, among others) speak, Napoleon Hill and his books are often one of the main contributing factors to their success. To quote Bob Proctor – “For over 40 years now I have been helping people to create lives of abundance and prosperity basing my teachings on the book that started it all Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich”. Coming from one of the biggest names in self-help and business development, that definitely says something about this book. Why not learn from the person who “started it all”?
And now for some Damaging Misconceptions…
1. It’s a “great” book to read
– As I previously mentioned, this really doesn’t do it justice! It’s not just a great book to read. It’s FANTASTIC book to read, and will make you successful if you follow the principles correctly. This book is so well known that sometimes people forget how powerful it is. Every time I read it I pick up something that I missed the last time I read it, and I attribute it to most of my success. I’ll certainly be re-reading it for many years to come!
2. It’s called “Think and Grow Rich”, you’ve surely got to do more than just “Think“?
– Yes, you would be correct! You can change your mindset all you like, but if you don’t get up and do something, then you aren’t going to get anywhere.
Here’s the thing – the BIGGEST misconception of all time is that books like Think and Grow Rich, The Secret, and principles like The Law of Attraction do not talk about taking action. People have somehow got it into their heads that these only talk about changing your mindset.
Having read this book myself, my initial thoughts on this were that it must be about a 50/50 split between information to improve your mindset, and information around taking action – in no way is it biased either way. Just to make sure my analysis was accurate, I did the maths on it, here is what I found:
- Number of pages speaking about mindset: 151 of 290
- Number of pages about taking action: 139 of 290
That means that 52% of the book is about your mindset, and 48% of the book is about taking action. It’s not exactly 50/50, but there is not enough of a difference either way to say that the book is weighted in favour of one or the other.
Conclusion: this book is equally about taking action as it is about mindset, so we can forget about this issue as it does not even exist, and get on with enjoying and implementing Napoleon Hill’s classic principles.
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If you want to get more done in your life and or business, achieve great success & happiness, and grow your wealth infinitely, then this is a book that you must read!
Personally, I love this version, because Arthur R. Pell has added stories of entrepreneurs and successful people from the modern era, such as Bill Gates and Steven Spielburg, which really helped me to fully grasp the concepts and principles.
There are many reviews of this version which say it doesn’t do the original justice, and that the modern stories cause constant disruption to the flow of the book – I really couldn’t disagree more! If anything, these stories just give more evidence to prove that the principles work, and in order to keep them separate but still within the flow of the book, they are highlighted by being italicised, and inserted at appropriate places.
The Choice is Now Yours…
There are many different versions and revisions of the original classic, and you can choose any of them, including the original, unabridged edition if you wish!
Here’s the link to Amazon where you can buy the Arthur R. Pell version that I strongly recommend:
I hope you get the same value from the book that I have. Good luck!