Why the book "Think and Grow Rich" is Valuable to All

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I put a downloadble pdf of Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" here

And a youtube video of Napoleon Hill talking about the book.

Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature.

He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold 20 million copies).

Hill's works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1936.

"Anything the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can be achieved," is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.

How achievement actually occurs, and a formula for it that puts success in reach of the average person, were the focal points of Hill's books.


Question to BPers: Is it relevant today?  I say YES!

If you don't get your mind right, you can't get your wealth right.

Please comment!

PS dont mind the language as it sounds like ancient FDR speak, go for the VALUE in the words.  Especially the Mastermind Chapter.

Brian, you sound like the Music Man in the musical teaching kids how to play instruments he sold as a con man who knew nothing about teaching music, he called his method the "Think System" if you think you can, you can, but with a little help they did get to 76 Trombones in their parade.

Hill's famous book is a good one!

If you doubt yourself, you've failed.

Before we all get on the "anyone can do it" bandwagon in real estate, in reality, not everyone can do it, if you try and do your best and then fail, you didn't really fail! :) 

Bill one of my favorite quotes is if you believe you can or you believe you cannot you're right!

Hill's work is totally relevant today.  The power of positive thinking if huge but your goals still have to be realistic.  However, if you read a biography on him, you'll discover as with many "guru" types...what they preach and how they live are entirely different things.  Some of the very best professors could not function outside the ivory tower but they have the ability to get us thinking.  Hill bought and drove a Rolls Royce when he couldn't support his family....it eventually got sold off and he really wasn't all that successful until the end of his life.

Love the book and often give copies away to my renters.....another good one is "Mr. Littlejohn's Secrets to a Lifetime of Success" by Pat Williams.  Good stuff really.  We share both of these with our renters as a way to aid some of them in moving their lives forward.  Many renters come to us with crushed lives, lost jobs, broken marriages, health issues and the resultant destroyed credit.  We give them a great place to live, at an all inclusive price and offer them complimentary credit repair that puts them on track to buy a home of their own.  We enjoy doing these things for our renters but it's also good business.  Our average stay in shared housing hovers at 18 months now and we have a few renters who will be buying houses with us next year.

The entrepreneur's handbook if there was ever was one.  It's been my experience the mastermind concept has made huge impact on my progress over the past year because of executing the principles.

I think the modeling project he undertook is the real genius of the book and why it endures.   Getting mentored by Andrew Carnegie?  Yep. Read that book and that's the effect.  

Thanks @Douglas Dowell  

My top 3 are:

1. Think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill

2. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by the late Steven R Covey

What are yours?

Those are pretty epic @Brian Gibbons  !

I would have to say top 5 are:

1.   Think and Grow Rich

2.   Visionary Leadership Robert Dilts

3.   Money Mastery Tony Robbins (I have only heard a podcast about it but its going be one for the ages.)

4.  Snowball the Warren Buffett Biography

5.  Everything by Dr. Eli Goldratt

5.  Quantitative Value by Gray and Carlisle

5.  Everything by Nassem Taleb esp. Antifragile

5.  What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars

One of my favorites is "Do the Work" by Steven Pressfield.  

It's a somewhat ambiguous collection of thoughts (meaning, NOT a "how to" book) on how to overcome "resistance" to push forward.  It's geared toward writers, but upon reading it quickly becomes clear that the content is applicable to anything that requires sustained mental and/or physical effort.

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