Think and Grow Rich has been called the “Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.” It was the first book to boldly ask, “What makes a winner?”
The man who asked and listened for the answer, Napoleon Hill, is now counted in the top ranks of the world’s winners himself.
The most famous of all teachers of success spent “a fortune and the better part of a lifetime of effort” to produce the “Law of Success” philosophy that forms the basis of his books and that is so powerfully summarized in this one.
As the story goes, Napoleon Hill began as a journalist for a magazine – a job that led to his meeting steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie believed success could be distilled into principles that any person could follow, and urged Hill to interview the greatest industrialists of the era in order to discover these principles.
Hill took on the challenge, and over the next 20 years analyzed hundreds of well-known men to discover a set of common strategies that each of them used to achieve success. Those men included Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Schwab, and J.D. Rockefeller.
Hill originally detailed each of these strategies in his tome “Law of Success” and later distilled them down to about half the size in Think and Grow Rich.
The most important lesson and focus of this book is that “You are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul, because… you have the power to control your thoughts,” hence the title – THINK, and grow rich. Riches, financial or otherwise, begin with a state of mind.
There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.
Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought
Hill breaks the secret strategy down into 13 steps:
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When asking people how they feel about having more money than they need, about being rich, about receiving money in general, the common response is “I guess I’d be OK with it as long as I wouldn’t have to sacrifice my integrity” or something similar.
And why wouldn’t we feel that way? Christians usually have a few Bible verses at the ready to warn about the evils of wealth. And Old Man Potter is often the first image people come up with when thinking of a “rich” man.
In fact, we have such a negative view of money that if we receive “too much,” we either consciously or unconsciously choose to get rid of it, rather than to let it corrupt us.
But ask yourself this…
In a perfect world, what type of people SHOULD have the money?
Good people like us, right?
Not many people pay attention to the Bible verses that show wealth in a positive light, and not many spiritual leaders are known to talk about being rich in a positive way.
So I put this book together – a collection of verses and quotes showing wealth to be a GOOD thing, and for each entry, a question for you to think, pray, and journal about what it means for you.
My purpose is not to tell everyone that they should all be rich – that’s for you to find out on your own. I just don’t want the Mr. Potters in the world to be the only ones who know how to be rich.
So please check out the book, either on Kindle or order the Paperback journal version, and let me know what you think!
This was a fun, quick read. The book is filled with brief chapters, only a few pages each, with good principles for achieving your plan for “World Domination,” aka “Creating your own business that supports the lifestyle you want and making positive change in the world.”
MacLeod writes with a comedic, yet clear and relatable voice, using examples from his own life and his clients. He adds a lot of his own artwork to the book as well.
I found some of the chapters really motivating and inspiring, making me want to take action right away. Some were a little dryer, but as I read a little bit every day it kept me thinking about that World Domination Plan, rather than just the day’s to-do list.