Think and Grow Rich… Really?

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Think and Grow Rich… Really?

I was first introduced to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill by my father over 30 years ago was I was a teenager (oops, giving away my age).  My father was an entrepreneur and salesperson all his life and instilled in me many of his traits and beliefs.  One of them was that you can do anything you set your mind to.  I think this may have come from this book, or if not, one of the many others on his large library bookshelf such as Zig Zigler, Dr. Stephen Covey, and others…

After founding VirtualTourCafe a couple of years ago, I was introduced to The Secret (by Rhonda Byrne), another self-help book on a similar topic. I learned that much of the concept from Think and Grow Rich is where The Secret originated from.  So, I picked this book up again and re-read it.  I have started to listen to the audio tapes as a refresher and a morning boost to get my day started in the right direction, amongst other things, such as exercise.

As I was on my morning walk today listening to chapter 2 (again), I thought, wouldn’t it be great to share some highlights of this book, chapter by chapter on my blog.  Maybe even get some conversations going and some feedback from others who have read it, or are reading it now.  If not, maybe this will inspire you to read it.  I hope so, it is well worth it.

Book CoverThink and Grow Rich is a book that was written in the 1930’s after the great depression by Napoleon Hill, a man that was born in a one-room cabin and yet is considered to have influenced more people into success than any other person in history, or so claims his biography.  As a journalist, Mr. Hill was asked to interview the steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest people in America.  It was from that meeting that Mr. Carnegie convinced Hill to interview, research and organize the thoughts and philosophies of the wealthiest people in America, which he did over the next 20 years!  The result was his book Think and Grow Rich.  I believe this is one of the greatest books ever written on the topic of success and the power of faith, definite of purpose and magnetic attraction.

The first chapter talks about the origins of the book and how one man was determined to become the business partner of Thomas Edison and how he achieved his goal, regardless of the fact that he had never met Thomas Edison and did not even have enough money for the train ticket to get to his factory!

The first chapter builds the foundation of the book and leads to the great stories that are about to come, with a story itself.  Have you read the book?  Ever set your sight on a goal and let nothing deter you?

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Jeffrey Jones
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great reminder Tim,

there are alot of great books we have all been introduced to and have forgotten, there are timeless lessons for all time in there.

Nov 27, 2012 09:33 AM #1
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It is funny how your father influenced you with the book as mine did me. My father read books by the authors you mention. He was big into Amway when it first got started and as they say the rest is history. I always wonder though if you think it can you really achieve, have never seen anyone think they way to anything but I guess being positive is better than the alternative. I will follow along to see.

Nov 28, 2012 12:11 AM #2
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Hi Charles, Yes, that is funny, we must be from a similar era, or our fathers were of a similar frame of mind.  I don't believe that you can think it and achieve it, but I do believe that if you have a passion, a true, strong desire and put to work the tools in this book such as "burning the bridges" and accept nothing but success, it can be done!  I am living my passion right now as we build our company and I have no "plan b", this is it, we will be successful or perish... as the saying goes!  Thanks for your comments!

Nov 28, 2012 06:49 AM #3
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Jeff,  Absolutely!  I have always had trouble picking up a book, then getting too busy, etc., and then I pick it up again a month or so later.  In the book, The Slight Edge he talks about reading just 10 pages a day and if you do that you will read about a dozen books a year!  That is what I am doing now and it adds a lot of value to my day!  Thanks for your comment!

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Hi Tim, I think that your father gave you a great gift by turning you on to these ideas at a young age, I try to do this with my kids too, some respond positively and do very well, and others are a little skeptical and it shows in their progress.

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