Think and Grow Rich

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Think and Grow Rich
book cover with title and art
Original Hardcover
AuthorNapoleon Hill
Original titleThink and Grow Rich
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectPersonal-success
Self-help
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherThe Ralston Society
Publication date
1937
Media typePrint (Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book)
Pages238 pages
ISBN978-1-60459-187-3
OCLC156886959

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.[1]

While the book's title and much of the text concerns increasing income, the author insists that his philosophy can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine.[2] First published during the Great Depression,[3] the book by Hill's death in 1970 had sold more than 20 million copies. By 2015 more than 100 million copies had been sold worldwide.[4][5]

It remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill's books. BusinessWeek magazine's Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was published.[6] Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List. [7]

Content[edit]

Think and Grow Rich is based on Hill's earlier work The Law of Success, said to be the result of more than twenty years of study of many individuals who had amassed personal fortunes.[3]

Hill studied their habits and drew some 16 "laws" to be applied to achieve success. Think and Grow Rich condenses them, providing the reader with 13 principles in the form of a "Philosophy of Achievement".[3] Mark Hansen has said time has shown that two of the laws/principles are most important: 1) The MasterMind principle/process and 2) "Know very clearly where you want to go."

The book asserts that desire, faith, and persistence can propel one to great heights if one can suppress negative thoughts and focus on long-term goals.

The 13 "steps" listed in the book are:

  1. Desire
  2. Faith
  3. Autosuggestion
  4. Specialized Knowledge
  5. Imagination
  6. Organized Planning
  7. Decision
  8. Persistence
  9. Power of the Master Mind
  10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
  11. The Subconscious Mind
  12. The Brain
  13. The Sixth Sense

There are several courses created from the Think and Grow Rich content and principles. Earl Nightingale co-created with Napoleon Hill a 30-minute audio summary of the book, titled "Think and Grow Rich: Instant Motivator".

Napoleon Hill holding his book Think and Grow Rich

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Briley, Richard Gaylord, 1995, The Seven Spiritual Secrets Of Success, p. 151, Thomas Nelson Publishers, ISBN 0-7852-8083-9
  2. ^ Hill, Napoleon, 1960, Think and Grow Rich. [Revised Edition, p. 19], Fawcett Books, New York, ISBN 0-449-21492-3
  3. ^ a b c A Lifetime of Riches: The Biography of Napoleon Hill, Michael J. Ritt and Kirk Landers (Revised Edition 1995) (ISBN 0-525-94146-0)
  4. ^ "Think and Grow Rich". Napoleon Hill Foundation. 2015. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  5. ^ AP, November 10, 1970, 'Grow Rich' Author Dies
  6. ^ The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List, BusinessWeek magazine, January 15, 2007
  7. ^ Maxwell, John A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List, March 2008

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