This is the first personal development book that I read back in 1982 and it is seen back hundreds of thousands of people as the seminal work of this genre. Without getting into hyperbole, it would be impossible to overestimate the effect the book had on me. I was very sceptical about the whole personal development industry at the time but I thought I should read one or two books that were recommended to me before I became too negatively judgmental.
Initially, I resisted Think and Grow Rich because the author seemed to talk about riches in terms of money too much – not that I couldn’t have done with a bit more of that at the time! However, reading with a more open mind revealed that the more important riches in life can also be attained by using the principles expounded in this book.
The book is the result or a request made to the author by Andrew Carnegie, the Scotsman who made billions of dollars from steel in the 1930s in the US. Carnegie tasked Napoleon Hill with finding out what enabled some of the richest people in America to become so wealthy. Hill interviewed people such as William Wrigley Jnr., Theodore Roosevelt, John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford over a twenty-year period. The enabler is called the ‘Secret’, which, if you have attended a Winning Edge programme, will already be in your possession.
Don’t let this prevent you buying the book, however. Don’t let superstition get in the way either, as there are thirteen steps to ‘riches’!
Here’s an intriguing sentence in the book about the ‘Secret’. “The secret to which I refer cannot be had without price, though the price is far less than its value. It cannot be had at any price by those who are not intentionally searching for it. It cannot be given away, it cannot be purchased for money for the reason that it comes in two parts; one part is already in possession of those who are ready for it”.
How can you not want to read this book?
Here are some examples of the chapter headings: Desire; Faith; Autosuggestion; Imagination; Persistence; The Power of the Mastermind; The Brain.
Enjoy and enrich the rest of your life.