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