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Napoleon Hill's 'Think and Grow Rich' for Building Wealth

Updated on May 19, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

As I read, Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’, I realized with certainty that I had been thinking right all those years but that society (friends, some family, co-workers, bosses, acquaintances) had tried their darnest to ‘box me in’ and contain my self-determination.

They nearly succeeded until I read this book and realized that others had desired it before, just like me, and attained it. So I knew that I had the 1st first part of Napoleon’s 2-part secret within me already - self-determination - but I needed to find out the 2nd part to that secret.

‘Think and Grow Rich’ is a compilation of 14 common Principles of Success which 500 multi-millionaires, whom Napoleon Hill interviewed and profiled at the urging of Andrew Carnegie (a Scottish multi-millionaire), credit for their fortunes.

That was in the 1900’s. But between then and now, countless multi-millionaires have attested to the fact that, their resolute use of these 14 Principles of Success, recorded by Napoleon Hill, have been responsible for their success. This labour of love took Napoleon Hill more than 20 years to complete.

After retiring as a multi-millionaire, Andrew Carnegie felt that it was important to record these Principles of Success and take it ‘to men and women who, without the secret, might go through life as failures’. He felt especially moved to do this because he said that ‘he found it shameful that each new generation had to find a way to success by trial and error, when the principles are really clear-cut’.

The 14 Principles of Success are carefully detailed in 14 chapters that build on each other. When you read this book, though, you will realize that the ‘riches’ Napoleon Hill speaks about go well beyond financial riches. This is crucial since we all know the old adage, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” So these Principles of Success offer anyone who desires them, profound wisdom and definite steps to become successful and remain successful in any area of their lives – financial and otherwise.

As he listed the names of countless men and women, who had succeeded against all odds, and told some of their stories in detail, I promised myself that I would remain steadfast because as Napoleon states, “Failure takes delight in tripping you when success is just in reach”.

Finally, for those who read this review and feel discouraged by previous failures, I offer the following words from Napoleon Hill, ‘Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve’.

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Like Andrew Carnegie, I believe that the most compelling advice on success often comes from those who have been successful themselves, hence my recommendation on these books which are authored by the following successful entrepreneurs.


The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

In this book, Kevin D. Johnson who is president of multimillion-dollar company, Johnson Media Inc., shares, from his personal success story, 100 beliefs, characteristics and habits that aspiring, new and veteran entrepreneurs must possess in order to become and remain successful.

 
Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women, Take Charge Of Your Money, Take Charge Of Your Life
Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women, Take Charge Of Your Money, Take Charge Of Your Life

Achieving financial freedom and independence continues to be an elusive dream for many women around the world. In this book, Kim Kiyosaki, shares from a woman’s perspective how women can take charge of their lives through wise investment etc. If like Kim and I you ‘hate being told what to do!” then this book is for you.

 
The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth: How The Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes
The Entrepreneur's Secret to Creating Wealth: How The Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes

In this book, Chris Hurn, who is a small business lender, shares how businesses can create wealth by generating new ideas.

 

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Have you read 'Think & Grow Rich' as yet? What have you aspired to achieve or actually achieved as a result of reading it?

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Mary Crowther: That's a very good idea, MareeT! What I have discovered over the years is that I have often gained new insight when I re-read a book, especially when a few years have passed in-between those readings, Thanks for visiting and sharing and have a blessed week.

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I have this book and your review has inspired me to read it again! Thank you!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Dhookraj Singh: It's packed with so much good stuff that like you I keep re-reading it or re-reading certain parts. Wisdom for a lifetime. Thanks for visiting, rainingz09, and sharing your personal experience with this book. Have a blessed week.

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      Dhookraj Singh 3 years ago

      "Think and grow rich" is one of the great inspirational books I've read over and over again!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @GuyB LM: My only concern, GuyB is that YOU have thought of the negative. What an individual does with good information is no concern of mine. EVERY and ANYTHING can be used for bad. My intent was good when I wrote it and that is what is MOST important. Each reader will receive it in the spirit in which I wrote it. So I repeat - "Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve."

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      GuyB LM 3 years ago

      My only concern is that this book gets in the wrong hands. "Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve." Like, what if an arsonist or vandal read that and it inspired him/her to new heights of destruction? I'm not saying it's bad, I just think we have to be careful who reads this information. Personally, I will use this for good, not evil.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @cpa13: Thanks for sharing your wonderful success story with us, cpa13! It's really great that at such a young age you grasped the wisdom in these books and put it into action. Have a blessed week and I wish you continued blessings on your business. Reading it again is a very good idea, I have found that re-reading such good books often reveals new wisdom for my new stage in life.

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      cpa13 3 years ago

      Good review! Because of this motivational book and others I became inspired back in the 70's to put what I learned into action. Started a business and bought my first home at 21 years old. I have not read this one in a while and because of your review I think I may just take another look.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @MarathonRunning: Well we all have different preferences, MarathonRunning, and it's unfortunate that you didn't like it. Thanks for sharing your opinion. Have a blessed week.

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      A nice review, but I must say that I didn`t enjoyed in this book so much. I expected more from a book that was once banned, Well, it is just me, it should not mean that won`t be very appreciated by somebody else. It is a good book for everyone that is researching the subject.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @ingridpalmer: This is 'hot bread and butter', islandgirl59! Don't wait to long to get your copy. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I was first introduced to this book back in the 80's - was at a seminar where Bob Proctor was speaking (love that man!) and of course, this is his staple book - it's a must read and I did buy for my kids too, hope they read it!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Brite-Ideas: Oh they will, Brite-Ideas, when the time is right! What is great in all this is that you were perceptive enough to buy copies for your children. It's no wonder your Squidoo name is 'Brite-Ideas! :)) Thanks for visiting and sharing this. Have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @georgepmoola2: Thanks georgepmoola! That's a nice collection you're building there. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @smine27: Do I hear a testimony, smine27?! :)) It really is a great book and I am happy that you can personally testify to its usefulness in your life. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Just make sure it's at the top of your list, Merrci :)) Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan! A review won't hurt one bit. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @junecampbell: You're soooo right nightcats! Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      ingridpalmer 3 years ago

      Excellent review. I need to get a copy of this book.

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Great review of an essential book. I also have an extensive (and growing) collection of the works of Norman Vincent Peale.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This was one of the first books I've read that helped me start a business when I was in my 20s. it truly is a good book to read especially for entrepreneurs.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's so familiar but I don't think I've ever read it. You've convinced me. On my getting-very-long wish list now. Thanks for sharing this-sounds excellent.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      If I read this, it was years ago. In any case, I need a review - especially reading your take on this timeless classic. Great review!

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Think and Grow Rich is a classic book and should probably be read before undertaking any business venture.