"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)
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. Hills full original work, but an abbreviated version that came out in 1960. As it turns out, Dr. Hills 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.