[ Reading ] ➹ Think and Grow Rich Author Napoleon Hill – Tactical-player.co.uk
This is the best self help book any entrepreneur could ever read Perhaps the only one they need to Truly transformative I have it on audio too and listen to it at the gym often.Napoleon Hill was tasked by Andrew Carnegie to write a book on what made a successful person succeed, and he spent 20 years researching and interviewing every great name of the day Ford, Woolworth, Edison, etc , plus lots of people who failed because you have to know what doesn t work too This book is the result It basically hammers home a single point, over and over again Success comes from knowing what you want to achieve and having a burning desire to achieve it The starting point of all achievements is desire Keep this constantly in mind Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat. 3 fascinating, ridiculous but well meaning stars 2016 MOST AVERAGE OF AVERAGE AWARD Let me start with a childhood story As some of you know, I have an aunt that I love to bits She has been my anchor in childhood chaos, my wise teacher, my introduction to literature and opera, my favorite playmate and a believer in Jaidee through all my trials, challenges and tribulations Anyways back to the story I am about six and I am spending the day with her We went to Woolworth s for grill cheese and coke, walked in the park and came to the second hand bookstore where each week we would each choose a book I look up and lo and behold I see this book Think and Grow Rich I learned to read when I was four or so I said Auntie what is that book about She winked O how I loved her winks, with her long dark blonde hair, bright red lipstick and brightly colored polyester dresses she looked like a movie star She whispered, Jaidee, if you close your eyes hard enough and wish hard enough and if you are good enough money will appear.My brown eyes must have grown huge because she said but only when you are with me Well now not only was she a movie star but like a tooth fairy.That whole day my eyes were closed so tightly and at the end of the day I found a quarter in my pocket This game went on for two years until I found out the truth and I mist over thinking of the magic that wonderful woman made for me and that is only one example.Now enough sentimentality and onto the book I have wanted to read that book since then and finally I have I read the 2015 updated edition and it was absolutely fascinating in a scary kind of way.Napoleon Hill was a motivational speaker who was friends with Edison, Ford and some other wealthy people and he studied them and came up with thirteen steps to riches The book is engaging and full of convenient examples.The book is a real slice of Americanah with many examples taken from the depression and it is infused with common sense, populist thought, pseudo mysticism, quasi psychology and philosophy and a lot of silly little exercises that if somebody tries hard enough will lead to untold riches Of course if you don t you didn t try hard enough and there are fears tied in your subconscious that you have not yet overcome.There was an interesting chapter on sex transmutation In short turn your horniness into money read the chapter and you will found out how.This positive thinking book is really well meaning but I just cannot give it any than three stars despite its interesting nature due to the fact that it blames a complex problem of poverty right on the poor rather than the greed of capitalism or the myth of socialism.Sociologists, Economists and Psychologists must cringe when they read this.It was however very interesting, lures you with its common sense, feeds on your sense of greed and if you are middle class is no dangerous than a lottery ticket or small trip to the casino.For the millions of poor however , I think this is a harsh and dangerous slap in the face Read it with a grain of salt, no make it a shaker of salt and for entertainment value only. I was looking through some of the reviews and see that some people gave it five stars and some gave it only one I think if the people who gave it one star would practice the principles given in this book they would quickly upgrade their rating.This book was published in 1937, during the Great Depression, and if the people who suffered during that time had read this book their lives might have been better.It is really about convincing yourself to become wealthy It outlines the steps you need to take and the steps you need to avoid.There are also a lot of interesting ideas in this book For example, sex transmutation is where you transfer the energy of your libido into other purposes Great people have done this Also, 99% of the public has no goal in life that is why they are stuck in jobs they do not want Most people do not succeed until they are older In fact, most success does not come until after you are 40 years old Edison Carnegie were past the age of 40 when they made their fortune He forgot to mention that George Washington was 43 when he took on the greatest military on earth His roundtable idea is very intriguing.I do not see why anyone would not want to read this book. Want to get rich Don t waste your hard earned money on Get Rich Quick books. I expected a practical guide to managing personal finance, but got something a little kooky On to the next one. About his deaf son on page 37 We would not permit him to learn sign language We were determined that he should live a normal life and associate with normal children, and we stood by that decision, although it cost us many heated debates with school officials That stupid statement immediately made me dislike Napoleon Hill As someone who is hard of hearing and can function well in normal society , yet, knows sign language, I take offense to this I take offense that he thinks knowing sign language isn t normal and that he wanted his son hanging out with normal children Ugh.By the end of Chapter 2, I didn t want to read any.Not only did I dislike his opinion about deaf children, but this entire book is about making money Lots of it And how to do so And while his methods may work, I don t want to make a lot of money just enough to pay the bills Life is about much than getting rich.Perfect book for you if all you care about is getting rich. Overview 60% brilliant, 30% obvious, 10% batshit crazy and 100% worth readingNapoleon Hill s Think and Grow Rich is about than getting rich it s about getting what you want And while his no bullshit insights come with a liberal dose of craziness and well bullshit, his overarching philosophy is spot on Hill s recipe boils down to this to get what you want you must 1 desire, 2 believe, 3 act, and 4 persist.First, the battinessHill s advice is always useful, even if not always completely truthful For instance, he repeatedly claims that thoughts can affect mother nature I don t think this is true, and Hill doesn t provide any evidence to support his claim, but his reader might be better off believing it Because thoughts do profoundly affect you And if you think you can affect nature by thought alone, and think accordingly, the impact this will have on your beliefs and your actions can be profound Lack of evidence is a common theme through Think and Grow Rich Some of the claims Hill makes are pretty crazy, though they re presented as if they were glaringly obvious and unquestionably true He often states that a claim has been proved where it s simply been stated You ll read about the transmutation of the subconscious, about how thought vibrations travel through the ether, and how to plant creativity in your subconscious via communication with the infinite intelligence The book is heavy on mystical musings and light on facts That said, I don t think these bits of battiness detract from Hill s core message, and if anything, my occasional outrage kept me engaged.Onto practical matters The first step towards riches is DESIREOn first glance, this statement might seem banal, or even tautological if you want riches, the first step is to want riches But Hill s advice cuts much deeper than this It is not enough to want riches, or to wish you had them Hill means something radical you must have a burning desire to be rich If you fail in this regard, you will fail to achieve your vaguely desired goal.Hill gives some concrete advice for nurturing desire First, you must define your purpose Only then can you become consumed by it Hill s recipe for making desire concrete is this decide exactly how much money you desire establish a definite date by which you intend to possess it create a definite plan write it down and read your written statement aloud twice when you wake up, and twice before you go to bed Become so obsessed with desire that you already see yourself in possession of the moneyBut don t kid yourself into thinking desire will be enough wishing will not bring riches only planning definite ways and backing those plans with persistence will Take, then, this burning desire, and put all your effort behind it I love Hill s emphasis on action you are instructed to be a practical dreamer It s not enough to decide you re totally committed act accordingly Cut off all sources of retreat, Hill tells us Burn all bridges behind you, so that you win or perish The tone here might be a little extreme, but his message carries crisp and clear don t half ass it.Include liberal doses of FAITHIt is impossible to translate burning desire into action without belief You must have faith you must believe in your plan, and importantly, believe in yourself Of course, this is easier said than done One concrete way to foster faith is through autosuggestion The idea here is that you can come to believe something by repeating it to yourself sufficiently Repetition of thought is powerful, and Hill claims it s the best way to influence your subconscious mind the presumed bastion of belief.This might come off as a little crazy, but Hill elaborates repetition alone isn t enough The mere reading of words is of no consequence unless you mix in strong emotions Desire is one such emotion Thus, if we ve followed Hill s first step and developed a burning desire, it will be that much easier to apply autosuggestion to foster a sense of faith And believing in yourself, and in your plan, is absolutely crucial This might all be getting a little speculative, but so far, I m inclined to agree with Hill.A short aside on transmutation the mystical powers of sex and the subconsciousIt s only when Hill starts discussing the power of belief that I find myself getting incredulous Hill claims that belief is picked up by the subconscious mind and transmuted to its physical equivalent If by this Hill means your beliefs will affect your own actions, then I agree If instead he means your beliefs themselves can influence physical reality, then I disagree or at least I would love to be presented with evidence.And indeed, you soon discover that Hill does mean the latter He explains that our brains are connected by vibrations of thought, and that these vibrations connect us to the infinite intelligence whatever that is Hill confidently states that there is an undiscovered organ in the brain that receives vibrations of thought called hunches from this infinite intelligence Once these hunches have been captured, our subconscious mind will hand them over to our conscious mind in a flash of inspiration And this, he claims, is how to get your plan for riches As best I could tell, this is what Hill means by transmutation of thought It s my opinion that Hill here is liberally dipping into craziness and he doesn t stop there Sex transmutation comes next We re told that sex energy is creative energy, and you re implored to harness and transmute your desire for sex to lift yourself to a higher sphere of thought Harnessing sexual energy, it seems, will help you capture those aforementioned hunches Here, at least, Hill offers some circumstantial evidence apparently, many of the highly successfully men he studied were highly sexed Again, I m not quite sure what this means, and I m not quite sure how he was able to ascertain the sexual nature of so many strangers, but there you have it There is no substitute for PERSISTENCEBack to practical matters we ve discussed desire and belief, and the need to act has been referred to throughout The final ingredient is persistence Without persistence, you will fail Unfortunately, lack of persistence is a weakness common to the majority of men Fortunately, it can be overcome, and the ease with which it may be conquered depends entirely on the intensity of one s desire Of course, it s hard to learn persistence, since you need to be persistent in the first place to be able to successfully employ a persistence enhancing technique That said, Hill does give some good persistence enhancing advice, which amounts to restating the advice that s been given thus far The key, again, is to have a definite purpose and a burning desire for its fulfillment You must then transform that purpose into a definite plan, and immediately act Consciously conquer procrastination and indecision Throughout, guard your mind against negative and discouraging influences And finally, form a master mind alliance a coordination of knowledge and effort, for the attainment of a definite purpose consisting of people who will encourage you to follow through with your plan and your purpose.Conclusion Hill might be a little crazy, and his writing style is a bit over the top He tends to take on the tone of a late night infomercial I have never known anyone who was inspired to use the secret, who did not achieve noteworthy success in his chosen calling and he has an troll like propensity to go into all caps mode ALL ACHIEVEMENT, ALL EARNED RICHES, HAVE THEIR BEGINNING IN AN IDEA More critically, some of the particular things he says are at odds with his philosophy as a whole these steps call for no hard labor They call for no sacrifice The danger is that these are the statements readers latch on to, and lose the forest for the trees.And this would be a shame, for when all is said and done, Think and Grow Rich is terrific book Hill is passionate, and his advice is refreshingly practical The above caveat aside, Hill tells it like it is He decries the universal weakness of lack of ambition and our national pastime of trying to get without giving He explains that people mistake their wants for their just dues, and is explicit on the fact that you can t get something for nothing there is but one dependable method for accumulating, and legally holding riches, and that is by rendering useful service Mystical musings aside, Hill s philosophy makes sense, and not in the vague no shit, Sherlock sense He believes that riches begin in the form of thought, and he makes this claim concrete Desire, believe, act, and persist, he advises If you do these things, you cannot fail and never forget that a quitter never wins and a winner never quits. When my dad introduced me to this book he made it sound like every second I wasn t reading it was wasted I was skeptical After all, the book was written in 1960, and I hadn t ever heard of it But I gave it a try, just so my dad would drop it.What I discovered is that rich people are rich because they re eccentric Well, maybe not eccentric, but definitely obsessed with the idea of making money I guess the one good thing this book did for me was help me realize what it would take for me to become rich I d have to forget distractions, such as my family, my church, and my health, and develop an all consuming lust for wealth The bottom line is that if I want money I have to love it and hunger after it and dream about it every waking minute of my life I think Napoleon is right Anyone that obsessed with money probably will get rich sooner or later But I read another good book recently that took a slightly different view Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also Admittedly, the principals of tunnel vision and psychotic level tenacity can work with other goals in your life But the only healthy obsession I can think of is one of reaching out to those around you, lifting up the downtrodden, and in fact laying up treasures in heaven Why would I need this book to tell me how to do that when we ve already got one that does its job pretty well.I think the sequel to this book should be entitled, I M FINALLY RICH SO WHY AM I NOT HAPPY Timeless information, great words of wisdom, and excellent advice from, perhaps, the greatest personal development book ever published The principles can be used for anything that you desire I bought this bestseller from Think And Grow Rich Has Been Called The Granddaddy Of All Motivational Literature It Was The First Book To Boldly Ask, What Makes A Winner The Man Who Asked And Listened For The Answer, Napoleon Hill, Is Now Counted In The Top Ranks Of The World S Winners Himself The Most Famous Of All Teachers Of Success Spent A Fortune And The Better Part Of A Lifetime Of Effort To Produce The Law Of Success Philosophy That Forms The Basis Of His Books And That Is So Powerfully Summarized In This One.In The Original Think And Grow Rich, Published In 1937, Hill Draws On Stories Of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, And Other Millionaires Of His Generation To Illustrate His Principles In The Updated Version, Arthur R Pell, Ph.D., A Nationally Known Author, Lecturer, And Consultant In Human Resources Management And An Expert In Applying Hill S Thought, Deftly Interweaves Anecdotes Of How Contemporary Millionaires And Billionaires, Such As Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, And Sir John Templeton, Achieved Their Wealth Outmoded Or Arcane Terminology And Examples Are Faithfully Refreshed To Preclude Any Stumbling Blocks To A New Generation Of Readers.