I have approached writing this book review with a great deal of excitement as I have read Think & Grow Rich more than 30 times. This book was handed to me when I was 18 years of age and I have made it a bit of a ritual to read the book again at the start of every new year … and the magic is every time I re-read the book, I learn something new, or pick up something at a deeper level of understanding.
Napoleon Hill studied and wrote in particular about the personal philosophy of Andrew Carnegie as well as many other successful people from all walks of life.
It is perhaps the most quoted or referenced book by motivational speakers as well as personal and business development coaches and educators.
While the language in the book is certainly dated, I encourage you to get past that, and breathe in the wisdom within the pages.
I particularly take joy in Hill’s proposition when he writes “The Secret to which I refer will jump from the page and stand boldly before you, if you are ready for it.”
You’ll probably already know that I am not a fan of the way the law of attraction has been described and sold through books like ‘The Secret’. In Think & Grow Rich, Hill does not specifically state what each individual reader will discover as ‘the secret’. He simply suggests, when you’re ready to discover it, it will appear to you.
I have personally discovered many ‘moments of truth’ through the book and the most powerful for me has been the inescapable truth that we each control what we think and that this has a direct and indirect impact on how we feel, the decisions we make and the actions we take.
Not everything in this book will appeal to everyone. The chapter on the mystery of sex transmutation is one that I personally struggle with the concept, however, even within that struggle there are lessons.
Hill identifies the importance of faith (I will leave you to determine what faith might mean for you), the importance of taking control of your thoughts, of building specialised knowledge, of tapping into the power of your imagination and of the inescapable advantages that come from careful planning and persistence.
The claim ‘This book could be worth millions to you’ is not one to be taken lightly – the reality is the book won’t be, however, the application of the wisdom and strategies within the book will certainly put you on the path to enjoy an even more happy, flourishing and prosperous life.