How To Think And Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has been called the most influential personal-success book ever written. First published in 1937, it is one of the best selling books of all time, and at the time of his death in 1970 had sold 20 million copies.
It was the first book to ask “What are the traits that make some people successful and others not”, and is the inspiration for many of todays success gurus such as Tony Robbins.
Orphaned at age 12 and brought up by relatives, Hill started his writing career at the age of 13 as a “mountain reporter”, writing for small town newspapers. As a result of his own early struggles with poverty, he became obsessed with the question of why people fail to achieve financial success and happiness.
His first big opportunity came when he was given an assignment to write a series of stories on famous and successful men. One of these – Andrew Carnegie the renowned steel mogul – was sufficiently impressed with the young Hill that he gave him a mission that would become an obsession for the next 25 years of his life… to interview hundreds of millionaires to come up with a ‘success formula’ that could be used by ‘the average person’.
In Think and Grow Rich, Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, George Eastman, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.
Hill himself struggled with many obstacles throughout his life, being broke and penniless on a number of occasions after various failed ventures. While cynics and sceptics will be quick to point to his struggles as being proof that his theories don’t work, in fact they are testament to the incredible persistence and resilience he showed throughout his life, often against massive odds.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”
If you look at the life of many highly successful people such as Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Thomas Edison, Jay-Z, or Steve Jobs, (to name a few), you’ll find that they all followed the principles outlined by Hill in “Think And Grow Rich” (whether consciously or not), and overcame incredible obstacles to achieve what they have.
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck’s studies support Hill’s success philosophies. She and her academic colleagues found that some people have a “fixed mindset” and believe that they cannot change their capabilities, while other people have a “growth mindset.” Those with the growth mindset believe they can work toward improving themselves.
One of those interviewed by Hill, Henry Ford, summed it up like this: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t …you’re right.”
Of course, Napoleon Hill wasn’t the first to discover or popularise the link between thought and physical reality, or the law of attraction as is has become known… around 500 years BC Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything”, and Jesus said “Ask and ye shall receive”.
Quantum Physics and The Law of Attraction
It’s only in the last few decades that science, in the form of quantum physics, has finally begun to catch up with what the ancient mystics have known for hundreds of years. There is a theory in quantum physics called String Theory and the Uncertainty Principal (or Heisenberg Principal).
German physicist Werner Heisenberg discovered that the observation of a system in quantum mechanics disturbs the system enough that you can’t know everything about the system.
What does this mean, and how does it relate to the law of attraction, you might well ask? Well, Heisenberg proved that by simply observing something (or thinking about it) you effect the outcome… “Reality is defined by the mind that is observing it”.
While it would be a brave physicist who would state (publicly) that this is scientific proof of the Law of Attraction, it certainly shows that there is a provable link between the mind, and physical reality.
Although the title would indicate that “Think and Grow Rich” is all about getting rich, it’s more than: the riches he referred to were more than money, and his ‘Philosophy of Personal Achievement’ is about getting whatever you want out of life.
Think and Grow Rich is essential reading for every entrepreneur, or anyone who wants to get more out of life.