Back in 1937, Napoleon Hill came out with a book called Think and Grow Rich. Since then, it has sold approximately 70 million copies worldwide in a number of languages. It was revised in 1960 and then later by others with more modern meanings. Still, the original, intact one has some deeper meanings that can be applied into today’s world. This makes even more sense because when Hill wrote it, the United States was in the middle of The Great Depression.

“The ‘depression’ was a blessing in disguise. It reduced the whole world to a new starting point that gives everyone a new opportunity.” -Napoleon Hill

Prior to Think & Grow Rich (TGR), Hill had a set of books that came out in 1928 called The Law of Success. This was in 8 volumes and comprised 16 lessons. What he did was to distill that down to what became Think and Grow Rich. It gives the best of his teachings in a simple, yet effective manner that anyone can understand.

After being issued a challenge by Andrew Carnegie, Napoleon Hill set out to interview 500 of the most successful men of his time period over a 20 year time span. He was able to accumulate this wisdom on success and achievement to be able to put it first in The Law of Success and later in TGR. Imagine having the wisdom of Andrew Carnegie and Thomas Edison at your fingertips to apply into your own life.

I was surprised by the sheer number of people who have credited this classic to their success in life. For example, according to sports writer Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times, the fighter Ken Norton, Sr. read TGR prior to defeating Muhammed Ali in 1973. A great many motivational speakers credit their careers because of the influence of Napoleon Hill and his work.

I still remember when I picked up my first copy in paperback decades ago. It was a revised copy which I earmarked, underlined, wrote on the edges and highlighted. Since then, I was able to acquire a first edition, first printing of Think & Grow Rich as part of my book collection. I still see what words of wisdom that I can apply into my own life every day.

What most people forget when taking in any information and not just this book, is that they have to find ideas within it and apply to their own life. That means to take action. You can’t just read and expect miracles to happen. That’s plain, dumb thinking. I’ve seen too many people get caught up the The Law of Attraction stuff that the movie, The Secret, espoused. They falsely believed if all they did was to wish it, that it will come true. Nothing happens without action. Consistent and progressive movement towards a goal is a key to success. Napoleon Hill calls this being persistent.

“There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality!” -Napoleon Hill

Will this book make you successful? That’s up to you. It may not. You may not become a millionaire. Your definition of success will be different than mine or someone else’s. Whatever you do in life is simply up to you. Think and Grow Rich is simply a tool box of ideas that will only work when you use them in your life. Not just let them sit around gathering dust. You need to take persistent action to make it happen.

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