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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
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Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

First published in 1937, it has been recommended by many leaders all around the world. The author shares insights and success secrets from great minds of the 20th century including Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, and more.

This book won't provide you the exact way to get rich, but you'll learn how to program your mind and transmute energy towards your goals. If you can grasp at least some of the theories about mastering the power of the subconscious mind, it will become a notable victory for you.

Biggest lesson: control your mind by keeping it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a definite plan.


Think and Grow Rich is considered one of the most important personal development books ever written.

Napoleon Hill studied more than 500 people who had accumulated personal fortunes of over $10,000,000 (in today's money) and found a common thread in their lives.

Hill's timeless wisdom continues to inspire generations of people to reach beyond their goals.

Notes & Quotes

This changed world requires practical dreamers who can, and will put their dreams into action. The practical dreamers have always been, and always will be the pattern-makers of civilization.

Thomas Edison dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by electricity, began where he stood to put his dream into action, and despite more than ten thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physical reality. Practical dreamers do not quit!

The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.

When Henley wrote the prophetic lines, "I am the Master of my Fate, I am the Captain of my Soul," he should have informed us that we are the Masters of our Fate, the Captains of our Souls, because we have the power to control our thoughts.

Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds.

There are millions of people who believe themselves "doomed" to poverty and failure, because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control.

Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!

Every man is what he is, because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind.

If you think you are beaten, you are, If you think you dare not, you don't, If you like to win, but you think you can't, It is almost certain you won't.

Success begins with a fellow's will – It's all in the state of mind.

Knowledge is only potential power.

That word is derived from the Latin word "educo," meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within.

This is one reason why college degrees are not valued more highly. They represent nothing but miscellaneous knowledge.

The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling.

We rise to high positions or remain at the bottom because of conditions we can control if we desire to control them.

I am also trying to emphasize another point, namely, that both success and failure are largely the results of habit!

Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.

Anybody can wish for riches, and most people do, but only a few know that a definite plan, plus a burning desire for wealth, are the only dependable means of accumulating wealth.

Man's habits are the same as they were at the dawn of civilization, but he expresses them differently.

Life is energy, if it is anything. If neither energy nor matter can be destroyed, of course life cannot be destroyed. Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed through various processes of transition, or change, but it cannot be destroyed.

If death is not mere change, or transition, then nothing comes after death except a long, eternal, peaceful sleep, and sleep is nothing to be feared.

Relieve yourself, forever of the fear of death, by reaching a decision to accept death as an inescapable event.

Do you tolerate negative or discouraging influences which you can avoid?

Are you easily influenced by others, against your own judgment?

Has today added anything of value to your stock of knowledge or state of mind?

What connection, if any, do you see between the people with whom you associate most closely, and any unhappiness you may experience?

When others offer you free, unsolicited advice, do you accept it without question, or analyze their motive?

Whom do you believe to be the greatest person living?

Your mind is your spiritual estate!

Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit.

The most practical of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a definite plan.

The habit is as old as the human race, and is fatal to success!

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