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Think and Grow Rich

Book by: Napoleon Hill
Publishing Year: 1987
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Napoleon Hill’s 1937 book, Think and Grow Rich is all you need to succeed in life and become rich. His philosophies are not only for amassing wealth but also for human beings to be successful in all fields of life. He gives us a list of 14 philosophies that will help us in achieving our goals. It is a personal development book that has helped entrepreneurs and businessmen for over eighty years and still continues to do so.

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Lesson 1. Introduction

‘Think and Grow Rich’ is a result of a challenge that was thrown by a steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, to the then budding journalist, Napoleon Hill, in the Autumn of 1908. The challenge was to establish a concrete philosophy of success by analyzing the experiences of the world's greatest achievers. After a couple of years of thorough research, his book became a best-seller internationally.

This book combines insights taken from more than 500 of America’s most successful people. Their insights were narrowed down to form 13 concrete principles that contribute to the overall development of a person towards achieving success: 

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

We will go through all of these thirteen philosophies to understand them better and have better command over our destinies.


Lesson 2. Desire

Desire: where it all begins

The first step towards success is to understand what success means to you. It is important to have a clear vision of what your goal is and to assess every step you take in light of that goal. Pour all your energy, time and power into achieving it. It may take a lot of perseverance and several years for you to reach there but if you are dedicated and hold on to what you desire, you will be able to attain what you seek. 

To only desire riches will take you nowhere. You need to have a well-crafted plan that will help you become rich and successful. You need to have a plan that is meticulous, commit to it and not give up at the face of failures, in order to achieve success. To make this step easier for you, Hill presents us six steps to follow: 

  1. Decide exactly how much money you wish to make, to the dollar.
  2. Determine what you are willing to give to receive this amount of money.
  3. Choose a date by which you want to have amassed this amount of money.
  4. Create a plan of how to achieve your goal and begin at once, whether you feel ready or not.
  5. Write

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NAPOLEON HILL (1883-1970), known for his global bestseller Think and Grow Rich, was a self-help author and businessman whose work influenced millions worldwide, from Norman Vincent Peale to Donald Trump. Born poor, Hill lived a colourful life, pursuing vari...

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Chapter List
  • Lesson 1. Introduction
  • Lesson 2. Desire
  • Lesson 3. Faith
  • Lesson 4. Auto-Suggestion
  • Lesson 5. Specialized Knowledge
  • Lesson 6. Imagination
  • Lesson 7. Organized Planning and Decisions
  • Lesson 8. Persistence
  • Lesson 9. Power and Transmutation
  • Lesson 10. The Subconscious Mind And the Brain
  • Lesson 11. The Sixth Sense
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In the summary of Think and Grow Rich book, there are 11 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Introduction
  2. Lesson 2. Desire
  3. Lesson 3. Faith
  4. Lesson 4. Auto-Suggestion
  5. Lesson 5. Specialized Knowledge
  6. Lesson 6. Imagination
  7. Lesson 7. Organized Planning and Decisions
  8. Lesson 8. Persistence
  9. Lesson 9. Power and Transmutation
  10. Lesson 10. The Subconscious Mind And the Brain
  11. Lesson 11. The Sixth Sense

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill was published in 1987.

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