Think And Grow Rich
- Ebury Press
- Publication Date:
- 07 October 2004
- Personal Finance
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Embarrassed to peruse the self help section? Sorry, but you'll have to! This work has been around since the early 20th century after Napoleon Hill did extensive research and interviews with famous business-people and politicians at the solicitation of Andrew Carnegie. A fun read, but also rooted in philosophy and based on early scientific research and methodology in investigating the human psyche through programming the unconscious by means of consciousness.
Think and Grow Rich is a book to help people create a state of mind that can assist in achieving success. The book offers a number of exercises for the reader to complete to improve success rates. The author provides lists of attributes and attitudes that seem to be common drivers of success and failure for the reader to reflect on.One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose. One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word "impossible." He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. Know what you want and be determined to stand by that desire until he realized it. Seek expert counsel before giving up. Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be. This is a lesson that needs to be learned before succeeding.There are a number of principles of success:Desire is the starting point of all achievement. Faith is the visualization of and belief in attainment of desire. Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith. We are what we are, because of the vibrations of thought which we pick up and register, though the stimuli of our daily environment. Auto-suggestion is the medium for influencing the subconscious mind. Specialized knowledge is the personal experience or observations. There are two kind of knowledge - general and specialized. Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized and intelligently directed through practical plans of action and directed to a definite end. The accumulation of great fortunes calls for power, and power is acquired through highly organized and intelligently directed specialized knowledge, but that knowledge does not, necessarily, have to be in the possession of the man who accumulates the fortune. Specialized knowledge is among the most plentiful and cheapest forms of service which may be had. It pays to know how to purchase knowledge. There is a universal weakness of people - lack of ambition. Specialized knowledge, plus imagination, are the ingredients that go into a successful business. The beginning of a successful business is an idea. A idea is capable of yielding an income far greater than that of the average professional whose education required several years of college. There is no fixed price for sound ideas. Imagination is the workshop of the mind.Organized planning is the crystallization of desire into action. It is not the lawyer who knows the most law, but the one who best prepares his case, who wins. Remember when your plans fail, that temporary defeat is not permanent failure. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. No man is ever whipped, until he quits -- in his own mind. "Brains" are a form of capital which cannot be permanently depreciated through depressions, nor can this form of capital be stolen or spent. Money is as worthless as a sand dune, until it has been mixed with efficient "brains". Quality, Quantity, Spirit is required for delivering a service. This is commonly called the QQS rating. "Man, know thyself!" If you market merchandise successfully, you must know the merchandise. You should know all of your weaknesses in order that you may either bridge them or eliminate them. This is a free country where every man may think as he pleases, where nearly everybody can live with but little effort, where many may live well without doing and work whatsoever. However, you should know the full truth concerning this freedom of which so many people boast, and so few understand. As great as it is, as far as it reaches, as many privileges as it provides, it does not, and can not bring riches without effort.Decision is the mastery of procrastination. Keep a closed mouth and open ears and eyes. Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it. Deeds, and not words, are what count most. The sustained effort necessary to induce faith. Persistence is a state of mind, therefore it can be cultivatedPower of the master mind the driving force. Power is essential for success in the accumulation of money. Power may be defined as "organized and intelligently directed knowledge. "Master Mind" may be defined as: coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two of more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.The Subconscious Mind is the connecting link. Positive and negative emotions can not occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. Fears are nothing more than a state of mind. One's state of mind is subject of control and direction. The six fears are: Poverty, Criticism, Ill health, Loss of love of someone, Old age, Death. There can be no compromise between poverty and riches. The two roads that to poverty and riches go in opposite directions.Your business in life is to achieve success. To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and attain happiness. You may control your own mind, you have the power to feed it whatever thought impulses you choose. With this privileges goes the responsibility of using it constructively. You are the master of your own earthly destiny just as surely as you have the power to control your own thoughts. You may influence, direct, and eventually control your own environment, making life what you want it to be or you may neglect to exercise the privilege that is yours to make, thus casting yourself upon the broad sea of circumstance.Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is leaving their minds open to negative influence. Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. The most practical way of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definitive purpose, backed by a definite plan.People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. Building alibis is a deeply rooted habit. Habits are difficult to break, especially when they provide justification for something we do. Plato had this truth in mind when he said, " The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." Another philosopher had the same thought in mind when he said, " It was a great surprise to me when I discovered that most of the ugliness Is saw in others, was but a reflection of my own nature."Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite is time. If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision. Previously, you may have had a logical excuse for not having forced life to come through with whatever you asked, but that alibi is not obsolete, because you are in possession of the master key that unlocks the door to life's bountiful riches.
This is one of my favorite books of all time! I pick it up at least once a year for a refresher. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to maximize their potential.
A classic must read!
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