Published in 1937, “Think and Grow Rich” is an important piece of American literature, and I argue that Napoleon Hill deserves a globally recognized economic award. Many of today’s top experts in personal development have adapted some of the ideas developed by Napoleon Hill, which he credits to some of the greatest leaders in American history including Thomas Paine, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Luther Burbank, and much more…
“Think and Grow Rich” is a how to become rich and successful, personal growth and development, history, and philosophy book all wrapped into one.
But let’s be clear here, if you are looking for the secret to getting rich quick, you won’t find it… you won’t find it anywhere for that matter.
“Think and Grow Rich” is more of a book from which to build a strong foundation as you pursue your next big idea. And by that I mean, if you dream of building the next unicorn mobile app company, open a restaurant, or space travel company like Elon Musk, you will likely want to study specifically how to build a successful mobile app, how to manage a restaurant, and how Elon Musk got started.
What “Think and Grow Rich” does, is it provides ANYONE, not only the world’s supergenius’s, with exact steps and knowledge from which to start pursuing your biggest life’s goals, because in the United States it is possible for everyone. And it is an exceptional resource for that.
Consider that the book was published in 1937, and was being developed throughout the Great Depression. If you are into marketing, you might realize that it was a brilliant time to come up with a book like “Think and Grow Rich” to help the millions of people who suffered from The Depression.
And education, skills, and technology were far less advanced back in 1937.
Let that sink in.
Before 1940 less than 5% of the American population went to college. Today in 2019, more than 30% of Americans have a four-year degree.
And “Think and Grow Rich” was made to help everyone, not just the most educated and privileged people, although it could be beneficial to you as well if you are in the top percentage of people in America.
“Think and Grow Rich” doesn’t just help you figure out how to earn riches. It helps provide you the ideas and philosophies with which to keep your riches.
All these factors tie together to make “Think and Grow Rich” a 4.5/5.
I subtract 0.5 points because “Think and Grow Rich” is actually a condensed version of his original “The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons.” Most people might not read the full text of “The Law of Success” but once you read it, you will feel “Think and Grow Rich” could have added so much more (which are in “The Law of Success”).
It might not be fair that I am judging “Think and Grow Rich” with foreknowledge… but be sure to read it because it can help guide you where you want to go.
Here is the toughest thing though, and why I start this post with “Open Your Mind.” It isn’t about meditation or mindfulness although those are some valuable activities. It is about being open to the possibilities in your own life! And that is easier said than done.
It took me three readings of “Think and Grow Rich” over a period of about 4 years before some of it finally started to click. Call me stubborn or whatever, but if you can truly open your mind and read the book, it will be incredibly helpful to you.