Book Review: Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill

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This is one of the most important and influential books on personal development ever written. By studying thousands of people, over 40 self made millionaires, among them Thomas A. Edison and Henry Ford, Napoleon Hill put together 13 steps to success.
Think and grow rich
All of it might not work for you, but there is a lot of good advice in the book.
What is most important is that you take the advice that you think makes sense, for you, and put it to use. By doing that this book can change your life.

How it has helped me
Since reading this book I have learned more about what goes into success.
I have made even more detailed plans for my goals and I read those plans every morning and evening. (read my article How to Set Goals That Will Make You Rich).

I have been able to crystallize my dreams into clearer pictures, bringing in more senses and making it more livid. This has significantly increased the rate which I move towards my goals with.
I have also learned a lot about myself. My weaker points and my strengths.

What you will learn
If you read this book and use the advice given you will learn a lot.
Depending on where you are today some parts will be knew to you and others not.
But even if you have read dozens and dozens of books on personal development, many of those books use Napoleon Hills research to further their arguments.

By reading this book you will learn where other authors have got their motivation and research to write their own books.

You will learn about how pure desire can be transmuted into money with the use of faith, auto-suggestion, knowledge, imagination, planning, decision, persistence, the master mind, sex, the subconscious mind, the brain and the sixth sense.

You will also read about the 6 ghosts of fear that keep many of us back in our lives.
There is a seventh ghost that I would like to add, even though Napoleon says all others fall under the realm of the sixth, the fear of failure. It is the fear that holds many of us back, it is closely related to the fear of criticism but I think worth its own category since it doesn’t have to be the criticism you fear, but the fear of not realizing your dreams.

What I liked
I really like the way Napoleon Hill writes, it is easy to understand, comprehend and put into action.
I could implement the advice given into my own life straight away and start to see results.

What I didn’t like
The only fault of the book is that it is written so very long ago. It was written during the last recession. In those times it was mainly men who worked and therefore this book is very much written to men.

Many of the views expressed on the differences between men and women would never be accepted today. But if you can look by that and get the message of the book, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman. The principals of success are the same for all.

Why I recommend it
Since this book is what many call the beginning of personal development it is one I think you must read. The advice shared has to potential to change your life, bring you from rags to riches (as Napoleon Hill would say) and it will teach you a lot about yourself.

Take the next step towards your goals and read Think And Grow Rich, today!


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10 Responses to Book Review: Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill

  1. Nick says:

    Don’t worry about the age of this book.

    Good advice is timeless — even if you have to read around the style of a different time.

    Another classic from the same period is Frank Bettger’s How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hei Nick,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.
      You are very right that good advice is always relevant. I highly recommend this book if you have not read it yet and I will check out Franks book.


  2. Indeed, you can’t get enough of this stuff – I read everything going and work with a personal motivation coach at least once a week. However, I would add one word of caution – if all you ever work on is motivational boosting, you can over time ignore the fact that you need to be applying yourself to what are technically good business ideas, or else you simply be wasting your time and energy. Work motivation AND excellence at all times.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Very true Malcolm.
      It is great that you spend so much time working on motivation and personal development. What many do though when they spend to much time studying is that they forget to implement. You need to always take action on what you learn otherwise it will not make any difference in your life.


  3. Hi Daniel,
    This is a great book and one of the classics. I believe that personal development is one of the keys to success in life and agree with you that it is not only about learning and reflection but also about implementation and action.

    The thing I would add, however, is to be clear on what ‘rich’ means for you or me or whoever is reading the book. I find that if you are only chasing the money that can be a slippery fish to catch. I think there is more value in focusing on achieving something, a concrete goal, and if money is linked to that and it is important to you then riches are more likely to follow.


  4. Think and grow rich is a great book on how to becomes successful. It lead one down the path to think and grow wish if so chooses. the most important aspect i see is Desire. The desire to want to be great in any field of achieve any amount of wealth. Desire is the first place to start. Solid Post.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      I agree Jonathan. I have always felt that Desire is the central part of success. If you really, really want it, you can have it, period.


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  6. I hadn’t been using my rss reader for a while and I have a huge backlog of stuff to catch up on. pleased to have taken the time to catch up on your blog though. Cheers.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      I am glad you chose to Fredrick.
      You are still many months behind though :)
      Take a look at our later posts when you have the chance.

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