One thing that almost every successful person has in common is that they love to read, learn about life, people, themselves, and the world. In my years of doing this very thing, one book has crossed my path time and time again. That book is Think and Grow Rich, written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon was a young journalist who studied over 500 self-made millionaires in the early 1900s. He studied, interviewed, and compared notes on some of the most prominent people of his time. Some of these people included Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Thomas A. Edison, Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, Woodrow Wilson, and many more. After analyzing these people, he wrote this book that details the behaviors and habits of each of them.
Since that time, Think and Grow Rich has become a platform for many people who have learned to duplicate these steps into their own lives. If Anthony Robbins, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and countless other people have found Napoleon Hill’s book to be one of the most influential books of all time, I would say that book is a MUST READ!
I read this book a couple of times and listened to it many more.
if you are to only read one self-help book for the rest of your life, make it this one! I HIGHLY recommend it!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“The person with a closed mind on any subject seldom gets ahead. Intolerance means that one has stopped acquiring knowledge.” (Pg. 176)
“Most of us go through life as failures, because we are waiting or the “time to be right” to start doing something worthwhile. Do not wait. The time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” (Pg. 174)
“If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honestly alone will bring riches, perish the thought! It is not true! Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never the result of hard work alone! Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.” (Pg. 144)
“The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the thought is put into motion. Faith removes limitations! Remember this when you are ready to bargain with life for whatever it is that you ask as your price for having passed this way.” (Pg. 100)
This profound poem, “The Wage” was written by Jessie B. Rittenhouse. It is also in the book and is worth highlighting.
Have you read this book yet? What do you think? Let me know if the comments below.