57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book I've ever read
I first became aware of this book whilst listening to the audio-book of 'Millionaire Upgrade' by Richard Parkes Cordock. I was reluctant to purchase it however because of the poor reviews of the paperback version, which claimed that the text was of poor quality, amongst other things.
The first thing I will state is that this book is of the finest quality, you...
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This edition not the best
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,...
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102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This edition not the best,
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book I've ever read,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic (Hardcover)I first became aware of this book whilst listening to the audio-book of 'Millionaire Upgrade' by Richard Parkes Cordock. I was reluctant to purchase it however because of the poor reviews of the paperback version, which claimed that the text was of poor quality, amongst other things.
The first thing I will state is that this book is of the finest quality, you need not worry about its tangible condition, or indeed the quality of the information itself. The book contains an introduction by Tom Butler-Bowden (whose book 50 Self-Help Classics I intend to buy), which was very helpful, and it also contains the original text of 'Think And Grow Rich', which went out of copyright. It is pointed out that Napoleon Hill produced a revised, copyrighted edition, in 1960, however 'it is an abridgement which cuts out some of the interesting details in the original...'
As for the book itself and its content, I believe it to be the most important book I have ever read. I've read a few self-help books but none have touched me in the way that this has. As a Graduate, currently working in a minimum wage job, I feel like my life has lost its direction a bit and that I've been wandering aimlessly, but after reading the principles, in 'Think And Grow Rich', I believe that I can go now get my life back on track and I can make some positive plans for the future.
This won't happen overnight nor after reading the book only once, it will require daily application and persistence, and I suspect that my copy of 'Think And Grow Rich' will some become dog-eared from repetitive use! It's going to become my new handbook to living.
Having read other self-help books, I was already familiar with some of the principles, such as 'persistence' however there was quite alot of new material in 'Think And Grow Rich' which I was previously unfamiliar with. The Chapter on 'The Mystery of Sex Transmutation' was particularly interesting, as were the Chapters on 'Auto-Suggestion' and 'How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear.'
The Author is clearly qualified having spent over 20 years of his life researching successful people and his work is endorsed by many distinguished figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison and many many others.
One thing I found particularly interesting about the book, is that it was written at a time or not longer after, the Great Depression caused by the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Considering the recession we currently face, the book provides alot of hope: 'The "depression" was a blessing in disguise. It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives every one a new opportunity.'
It is cited as the Greatest Motivational Book of all time, on the back cover, and I would have to agree that it is certainly the most motivational I have ever read. The author's enthusiasm leaps out of the pages and you can't help but be inspired. The book requires alot of self-analysis and asks many probing questions, which really makes you think. I've read the book from cover to cover to get a feel for it but it's one I will be returning to again and again and studying in-depth.
I shall conclude my review as the Ralston Society conclude the book: 'No matter whether you are rich or poor-you have one asset as great as the richest man living-and that is time. But with each setting sun you become one day older; and have one day less in which to attain the success and wealth you desire....' Why wait any longer? The investment of money in this book is well worth it, but remember that you also have to invest much time and committment, in applying the principles to your life as well.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please do not purchase this version,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich: Original Version (Paperback)I wish I had read the previous review. It's so unreadable I have just left my copy in the holiday cottage bookcase in case someone has the ability to read the unreadable. I am sure there is a better edition out there.
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the student is ready...,
First, you must know what it is that you want. As the publisher notes, "The riches within your grasp cannot always be measured in money." Get a clear picture of your definition of riches. Second, you must keep an eye open for opportunity, and be prepared to apply this material to transform thought into rewards.
20 years of research are crammed into these pages. You will learn six steps to stimulate your subconscious mind to turn desire into gold, a five step self-confidence formula, the 31 major causes of failure, how to train yourself to be persistent, how to multiply your brain power through a Master Mind group, the power of sex transmutation, the secret of effective prayer, and how to identify and conquer fear.
Do not aim to understand and apply all of these concepts in one trip through the book. Some of the ideas presented here take a while to absorb. Treat it like a buffet, sampling some of the familiar and comfortable in the first wave, while trying some of the new ideas as well. Look to understand and apply more with each read. As you progress, you will see evidence of the truth behind each chapter.
Henry Ford said, "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it." This is not always an easy read. The concepts aren't trendy and easy to apply, so some are likely to dismiss them. But if you take the time to study this book, apply the principles and really start *thinking* right, you will grow rich(...)
104 of 112 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT get this version,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich: Original Version (Paperback)Great book - but please do NOT get this version!
All it is, is a printed pdf file with a cover on it.
There are no lines between paragraphs, its printed on 7.5" wide paper and the text runs from edge to edge with hardly any margin at all.
I sent mine back as soon as I received it. It is unreadable.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your mind out of it's cage,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic (Hardcover)I cannot completely explain what this book has done for me, or how it has done it, but I'll have a go.
After you've read this I seriously recommend reading Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds.
I'm a student and since reading this book, I have done the following:
-Gained 10lbs of muscle and lost 10lbs of fat.
-Learned everything I need to know about health, exercise and nutrition.
-Started waking up at 6am and arriving at my studio an hour early.
-Started visualising myself being successful every morning.
-Started stretching every morning.
-Started studying in depth; success, self actualisation, self improvement, psychology, philosophy, behavioural economics, social dynamics...essentially, anything that is about what makes people tick and what it means to be human.
-Learned to speed read and have gone from reading 150 words a minute to 1200 words a minute.
-Learned about etiquette, fine dining and table manners.
-Stopped spending money on things I don't need.
-Saved £2000 for when I graduate and look for a job.
-Improved my cooking abilities.
-Stopped watching TV.
-Started reading at least 1 new book a week.
-Stopped being late to work and social events.
-Gone from sleeping 8-9 hours a night to 6 hours a night by learning about how to improve quality of sleep.
-Improved my self confidence and my social skills.
-Improved my public speaking.
-Made dozens of contacts in the industry I intend to work in.
-Have Contacted, shared my work and become friendly with the most famous, respected and knowledgeable people in my industry.
-Figured out who I am, what I want and how and when I'm going to get it.
-Pursued my hobbies.
-Started taking risks in my work and my day to day life.
-Had my dissertation referenced in a book by a leading author.
-Started making daily, weekly and monthly to do lists that I actually do.
-Started listening to classical music.
-Have created some of the best work and written some of the best content of my life.
-Figured out what I was looking for in life, new friends and girlfriends.
The list really does go on. The reason I list these things is because it's the fastest, and the least corny or cliché way to communicate what this book does for you.
If you read and listen to it, believe it, understand it and actually follow the advice implemented on a daily basis, after a while, you just start doing things that you can't quite explain.
The only concept/theory I know of that comes close to explain the power of books like 'Think and Grow Rich' and 'Why People Fail' is about the brains RAS.
RAS stands for reticular activation system. (Covered in Reynolds' why people fail)
The simplest explanation of RAS I've ever read is 'Until you care about something, you don't notice it.'
For example; if you go to a friends house and they have a brand new car you've not seen anywhere else a manufacturer you've never heard of, soon afterwards, you will start to see these cars everywhere. And it's because these cars now have value in your mind.
Another example is this is: (Taken from Why People Fail)
"Take 15 seconds to look around the room at everything that is black in colour. Do that now before reading the next step.
Now without looking around the room again, see how many objects you can remember that are blue, white, brown."
Hard, isn't it? It's because I told you to look for black, so black has value. Blue, white and brown do not, however. The weirdest thing is that you still looked at all the blue, white and brown objects in the room, but they didn't have value and so you didn't process them.
"RAS works like this: because there are billions of pieces of information in the world, your brain has to choose which of them are useful and which aren't. For instance, if you're a keen tennis player your RAS will pick out articles in the newspaper about tennis, notice advertisements for tennis matches, or spot tennis shows on TV, even out of the corner of your eye. Because you've programmed your brain's RAS that tennis is important to you, it dutifully goes to work to bring you tennis related data. But imagine if you had no clear purpose for your life, your job, or your week. How could the RAS help you spot opportunities and see stuff of relevance for you? It couldn't."
If this still doesn't make any sense, check out this video.
Remember, until you care about something you don't notice it.
If you care, really care, more than you care about 'being cool, or being popular or going to a party' about being successful, you will be.
It's not magic. It is the bringing into physical reality of your thoughts and desires by your RAS.
There is a quote:
"Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny."
If you are a negative, pessimistic or self - limiting person, your RAS will work just as well. If you genuinely think you're a loser or that you're a failure, your RAS will bring you plenty of evidence to prove it.
I got a bit carried away one night and wrote this, well worth a read:
There is no magic pill for success.
You have to believe in yourself. Not self-help, love yourself, you are beautiful type stuff (although that has value too.)
You have to truly believe that you are capable of doing the things you want to do and being the person you want to be.
Then work both hard and smart.
'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.' Marianne Williamson.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energise and Grow Rich,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich (Kindle Edition)The Secret referred to throughout the book is (I believe) the following:
First CREATE A VIVID PICTURE IN YOUR MIND OF EXACTLY WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE (could be something small, or perhaps your Major Definite Purpose).
Then, and this is the key part, CULTIVATE A BURNING DESIRE to attain it.
Sounds simple? And it is, but here is the magic in the method... A burning desire is really the ENERGY that you put into believing you can obtain your goal. Other words to describe this state could be PASSIONATE DESIRE, POSITIVE DESIRE OR SUPER-ENTHUSED DESIRE. What these powerful emotive states do is plant your image firmly into your Subconscious Mind, once the Subconscious accepts the idea then it immediately goes to work on realising it for you.
A HIGHLY ENERGETIC person can impress ideas onto his Subconscious Mind much more effectively than someone of average energy levels. I believe this chiefly explains the difference in achievement between people like Bob Proctor, Anthony Robbins etc. and the vast majority of readers who try to emulate them. Without their energy levels it is just much harder and slower to get results.
It is in the area of PERSONAL ENERGY that I think Napoleon Hill provides his best and most original chapter in Think and Grow Rich: Sexual Transmutation. This whole chapter is about channelling our abundant sexual energy and desire into our images/goals. He doesn't talk about chastity but instead taking most of our desire for physical contact and moving this into higher purposes - thus enabling us to tap into our Subconcious Mind easier, and to be more creative and successful as a result.
Here's something for you... take a look at highly successful people on TV, in Business, Politics and Sport etc. You will surely notice that they all have an abundance of energy. Far more than the average man on the street, who seems lifeless in comparison.
So it is energy that we want, and this can be built up by diet, breathing, exercise, meditation, nature, positive thoughts and of course Sexual Transmutation! (which Napoleon Hill says is the only way to reach Genius level)
All the other `Success Traits': Concentration, Persistence, Confidence etc. are all massively enhanced by having LOTS OF PERSONAL ENERGY.
To recap, this is what I believe to be the secret in `Think and Grow Rich':
1. A STRONG DEFINITE MENTAL IMAGE OF WHAT YOU WISH TO ATTAIN.
2. THEN BUILD A BURNING (ENERGETIC) DESIRE/BELIEF THROUGH CONSTANT IMAGING THAT IMPRESSES ITSELF POWERFULLY ONTO YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND.
You may be thinking what about ACTION? Well once the Subconscious Mind knows exactly what you want it will prompt you into the best course of action to take. And let's not forget the ENERGETIC PERSON has no trouble taking action as they are naturally DYNAMIC and PURPOSEFUL.
In the Preface of the book Napoleon Hill mentions that the Secret is in two parts, and he hints that the first part is `Everything begins with an idea'. Well that is the deciding what it is that you wish to achieve. After that it is all about persuading the Subconscious Mind that you will obtain it. The reason the Secret cannot be bought for any price is simply that you have to work to build up your energy levels and to convince your Subconscious Mind that you can achieve your aims. There are sacrifices to be made - but with worthy rewards.
Just remember that your goals should be positive and benefit all parties.
Finally a quick thought on Master Mind groups. When two or more people are 'harmoniously' committed to the realisation of a goal this of course multiplies the available energy. This in turn helps to bring about faster and easier results. Try it and see.
Good luck, and happy imaging! :-)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And it does not have `Millionaire' in the title!,
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich (ThINKing Classics) (Paperback)Books on similar subjects appear to arrive several at a time. In addition to this particular work, I have another three all with the word `Millionaire' in the title (two very different works both called "How to think like a Millionaire" and one called "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind). No!, they do not show you how to go out and win the lottery or obtain the secret of some other get-rich-quick scheme. If they did, I would describe them all as rubbish and demand a refund from the publisher.
Leaving those other works aside, this book shows you how to look after and make the most of what you have. My father always used to decry the fact that "money always goes to money." Of course, if you have a lot and are getting a decent rate of interest, then, of course, it does. But I also remember a young married soldier from many years ago who owned a very up-market car, a nice towing caravan, a small removals lorry and had the finest furniture in his married quarter. Those vehicles were for rent and his fellow soldiers (and officers) made the most of them. I remember him very clearly because everything he achieved was both legal and on an under-paid private soldier's wage and he owed no money to anyone. His secret was in making extra money and looking after all his income with the greatest care.
And that is what this book is all about. It requires the reader to adopt a very different attitude towards money and expenditure and it works. Or at least it can - if you are prepared to learn the lessons and put them in to practise.
And I wish you well.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book turned my life around,
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impassioned me to be successful in a broad sense,
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Don't let the title Think and Grow Rich fool you. It's not only about money--far from it! It's more importantly about getting along in life with a balanced perspective of economics and people. If you buy no other book in this collection, buy one copy of Think and Grow Rich, and then read it often. After reading it I know it will absolutely change your life--it did mine--and you will begin to "think and grow rich" in many ways! Growing up on a Pennsylvania farm I had a limited exposure to the world and so badly needed a vision. I don't recall how I got Think and Grow Rich into my hands, but I thank Napoleon Hill that I did. After reading this book my life began to change dramatically. I became impassioned with a desire to succeed. I started working on a long-term education program. After working my way through college, eventually even teaching at universities where I studied, I became interested in having my own business and was successful enough to send my children to private schools. And yes, I also became rich, just as Napoleon Hill promised in this book--rich in many ways, not only in terms of economics. I often wonder if Napoleon Hill even really knew the magic and power of this book.
After reading Think and Grow Rich I bought 20 more copies and gave them to friends. Last month, I mailed a copy to my youngest son for his birthday. Think and Grow Rich is probably one of the greatest gifts he will ever receive. If you have children, you would be wise to buy each a copy, no matter what age, and hope someday they will read it. If you are a businessperson, the book will make a great gift for your customers
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