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Think and Grow Rich [Paperback]

Napoleon Hill
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4 July 2002
Here are money-making secets that can change your life. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie's magic formula for success, this book will teach you the secrets that will bring you a fortune. It will show you not only what to do but how to do it. Once you learn and apply the simple, basic techniques revealed here, you will have mastered the secret of true and lasting success. And you may have whatever you want in life.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Revised edition edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449911462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449911464
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 14.1 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 463,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For inspiration, read…'Think and Grow Rich!'….It's the first step to devising a winning strategy." -- The Sunday Times

"What makes Hill's book timeless is its ‘giants of his time’ sources including… Carnegie, Edison, Ford, Rockefeller [and] Theodore Roosevelt…." -- Dayton (Ohio, USA) Daily News

"…reading this book is bound to inspire you to take a more positive approach to life." -- The Mail on Sunday (London) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

While Napoleon Hill is the author, in the main, of this book, I wrote the foreword, the appendix, the endnotes, and the index, and I edited the full text. My interest in "Think and Grow Rich!" goes back many years. I served for three years as the first editor-in-chief of "Think & Grow Rich Newsletter," published for the Napoleon Hill Foundation. My experience in that position not only provided me with the insight and confidence to undertake this restoration/revision of "Think and Grow Rich!," but also introduced me to the living power of "Think and Grow Rich!" in changing people's lives. I was exposed to the kind of correspondence and phone calls that pour in daily from people throughout the world, in all walks of life and in all circumstances, who have read "Think and Grow Rich!," applied its principles diligently, and attained self-confidence, self-understanding, and levels of success that most people only dare dream of. You may one day find yourself giving such a personal testimonial.

The book that most people today think of as "Think and Grow Rich!" (a small paperback) is actually not Dr. Hill’s full original work, but an abbreviated version that came out in 1960. As it turns out, Dr. Hill’s original version, in many respects, speaks more directly to people in the first decade of the 21st century than does the 1960 version! In my new edition, I have restored the material that was deleted in 1960, but at the same time have revised it, and fully annotated it, for today's reader -– thus the title, "Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised." This new edition is a trade paperback, much easier to read, make notes in, and underline.

What to make of "Think and Grow Rich!"? Dr. Hill's book is a publishing phenomenon. Year after year, people continue to "discover" it -- tucked away inconspicuously on a bookstore or library shelf or passed along from a family member, friend, or associate -- and they have read it, loved it, and used it to turn their lives around and their powers of creativity and imagination loose.

The first copy of "Think and Grow Rich!" was sold in 1937. Eleven years later, in February 1948, "Coronet" magazine polled 300 successful young men and women, asking, "What book or books most influenced your life and contributed to your success?" "Think and Grow Rich!" was ranked fourth on the list. In September 1986 -- 38 years and eight U. S. Presidents later -- "USA Today" published a list of the "10 top-selling paperback books about investments" in America for that month. Despite the fact that it is only in the most general sense an investment book, being primarily about investing in yourself and others, "Think and Grow Rich!" ranked No. 1 on the list. (Some books it beat? "How to Buy Stocks," "The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need," and "Getting Yours.")

Some years ago the U. S. Library of Congress conducted a survey asking what books most influenced readers’ lives. The top answer, by a wide margin, was The Bible. In second and third place were, respectively, "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "Think and Grow Rich!" by Napoleon Hill. In 2002, "BusinessWeek" magazine published "The BusinessWeek Best-Seller List." in its October 14 edition Almost incredibly, "Think and Grow Rich!" ranked tenth on the list of the current 15 top-selling paperback business books -- 65 years after the first copy of the book was purchased!

Walk into any well-stocked bookstore in America and many other countries and you will find a few paperback copies of "Think and Grow Rich!" (usually the 1960 version in one of its manifestations) in the business or self-motivation sections. "Think and Grow Rich!" endures because it works. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book turned my life around 3 July 2006
I bought this book two years ago. It turned my life around. Following the principles Napoleon Hill teaches in this great book enabled me to overcome a serious, long-term drinking problem, in a matter of weeks. It also gave me the courage to quit a dead end job and start my own business. Not a week goes by that I don't pick up this book and re-read a section related to some problem that has come up. I also re-study a chapter and the endnotes each week to keep my motivation hitting on all cylinders. When I finish, I start over again with the first chapter. I will read this book and study it in this fashion for the rest of my life, just as I do with my Bible. Those two resources are the blueprint and the foundation for leading a purposeful, meaningful life. I give copies of Think and Grow Rich to people whom I think it will help. I recommend it to anyone who is seeking the key to success in life in all aspects.
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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I owe everything to this book 11 Feb 2005
I was introduced to "Think and Grow Rich!" by an alcoholic member of our cemetery sales team. I had a wife and three children at the time, and we were just barely making it. My only source of income was the commissions I made knocking on doors selling cemetery property, and they were hard to come by, especially since almost nobody was a permanent resident in the Miami area. Reading "Think and Grow Rich!" gave me a crutch to lean on as I forced myself out to pound those doors where the potential prospects were. If my family was going to eat, I had to convince people to buy cemetery property 30 or 40 or more years before they would need it. The Six-Step Success Formula the book contains helped me to realize that there was a way even for an uneducated lunkhead like me to make it like the big guys. I followed the success formula faithfully, and, lo and behold, my whole life turned around. I truly believe that Dr. Hill has the same message the Bible has for us. It was just little easier for me to apply. I went on to build the largest cemetery organization in the country starting out from my basement. In 1970, we sold 30 cemeteries to Service Corporation International, making it possible for them to become the largest funeral-cemetery company in the world. I served as President of their Cemetery Division for three years. I'm now 82 years old, living comfortably on the shores of Lake Hartwell with my wife of 62 years. Almost all my good fortune came about because I had the good fortune to be introduced to "Think and Grow Rich!" in 1953. (This new addition of the book is actually closer to the one I read back then. The versions sold since the 1960s omit a lot of material that Mr. Cornwell has put back in.) I have given away many cases of this great book. Read more ›
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155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conceive... Believe... Achieve 30 April 2006
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."

-Napoleon Hill

If you asked me to recommend to you the single best book I have ever read, my answer would be a very definite "Think and Grow Rich".

First published in 1937, this is the end product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. His research started when Andrew Carnegie (the steel tycoon who was then the richest man on earth) gave him the assignment of organizing a Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, who was a poor journalist, armed with just an introductory letter from Carnegie, set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab. Hill then revealed the priceless wisdom of his research in the form of the thirteen steps to success (in Think and Grow Rich) and the seventeen principles of success (in courses and lectures he conducted).

The concepts taught by Napoleon Hill transformed my life. Some of these include developing a definite purpose, building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), channeling the power of the sub-conscious mind and dealing with adversity. Everything he wrote about or talked about is thought provoking. He was wise, humble and funny. His philosophy is universal; he did not mix it with religion. The riches he referred to were more than money, for the Philosophy of Personal Achievement can be applied to anything in life.

Hill was well ahead of his time. This book has a chapter dedicated to some of today's most important issues - Specialized Knowledge, Decision Making, Imagination and Organized Planning (in which he deals with Leadership).
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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This edition not the best 1 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have owned this book for years, but I recently have discovered another, newer version that is far superior. It is "Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised" published by Aventine Press. For one thing it is a bigger book, both in size and in pages (412). It turns out that the book that this review is about is an abridged version of the original, something I never knew in all the times I have read it over the years. This smaller version, while good, contains nothing like the additional information in the "Restored and Revised" version, which I heard 2002 World Snooker Champion Peter Ebdon speaking about. There is just a wealth of fascinating facts and information in the back of the book. In the older book (the rather plain, smaller "Think and Grow Rich" this review concerns), the print is difficult to read, there is little space for jotting notes. The newer revised version reads better and by comparison is a far more useful learning instrument. Napoleon Hill's work is probably the most important ever done, anywhere in the world, in the motivational and self-improvement field. Whichever version you read, it will change your life forever, for the better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Great book, TERRIBLE version
This is a great book but it's TERRIBLY transcribed full of spelling mistakes and typos. Purchase a different version
Published 6 days ago by Pedro Gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
Awesome book, makes you stop and think about everything you read in each chapter and when you have read this book you will get the feeling inside you to go and change your mindset... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr. Lee Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I will recommend for any like minds
Published 18 days ago by Mr. O. E. Akinfaloye
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but nothing earth shattering
A book worth reading along your journey to being successful and understanding how you are already doing tasks that are making you successful
Published 1 month ago by Tony F
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece
It is, as promised; A book of great insight and wisdom; Namely, the means of success and achievement in your lifetime!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. R. Longley
5.0 out of 5 stars Think and Grow Rich is an important book that will help you grow...
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill was originally written in 1937. This book is a great starting point for anyone interested in financial and personal development. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher J. Cowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but NOT as good as the original.
I bought this book because I though that it was the Original Unedited version of Think and Grow Rich, but I guess I was wrong but in General terms you get the point. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Constantinos
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Excellent book,very practical and we'll worth the money. Great advice on how to apply the teaching of Mr Hill. Highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Steven Costello
4.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goodie
this classic book, credited with founding the personal development industry is as valid to-day as it was when first published in the 1930's any one interested in building a career... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the best books you can read for life changing knowledge A diamond for your personal library read now!
Published 2 months ago by Kim Innes
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