‘Think and grow rich’ is a very famous book by a popular author Napoleon Hill. This book is based on the law of attraction. The author has also termed it as the law of nature or autosuggestion in his book. Napoleon Hill observed 25,000 wealthy men of his vicinity for 25 years. After observing these people for a quarter of a century he found those basic principles of success which are must for success. In the list of these successful people, there are many big names such as Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and many others.
When you begin to think and grow rich, you will see the riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. Success comes to those who become success conscious. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves. One of the main weakness of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word ‘Impossible’. We must become ‘Money conscious’ until a desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.
Thirteen Principles of ‘Think And Grow Rich’
A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off. Dreams are not born of laziness, indifference, or lack of ambition. Every dream generates from a desire. Everything created on earth by humans is because of desire. Leaders of the world have been men who harnessed and put into practical use, the intangible, unseen forces of unborn opportunity and have converted those forces into cities, factories, airplanes, and every form of convenience that makes life more pleasant.
When you desire something, your desire should be strong enough that you can see yourself already in the possession of that thing. Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining the state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success.Columbus dreamed of an unknown world, staked his life on the existence of such a world and discovered it. Edison had a desire of inventing the light bulb, he invented it after 1000 failures. Here is a short story of desire.
Faith is an important entity of a personal life The emotions of Faith, Love and sex are the most powerful of all the major positive emotions. When these three are blended, they directly reach our subconscious mind. Repetition of affirmation of your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of the emotion of faith. Napoleon Hill writes that if you have a good faith then even the impossible becomes possible. Faith dominates the decision taking block of our mind. Faith is associated with our subconscious mind.
According to think and grow rich, Any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available. thoughts, which have been emotionalized and mixed with faith began immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counterpart. If a man repeats a lie over and over, he will eventually accept the lie as truth. Moreover, he will believe it to be the truth. Any idea is placed into the mind through repetition.
If you fill your mind with Fear, doubt, and unbelief in your ability to connect with, and use the forces of infinite intelligence, the law of auto-suggestion will take this spirit of unbelief and use it as a pattern by which your subconscious mind will translate it into its physical equivalent. If you have any doubt that men can think and grow rich, the upcoming words will dispel your doubt.
Autosuggestion is a medium for the messages that go from our five senses to our subconscious mind. No thought, whether it be negative or positive can enter the subconscious mind without the aid of the principle of autosuggestion. Your subconscious mind will act only upon instructions which are emotionalized, and handed over to it with feelings. Faith is the most important emotion including love and sex. Nature has so built a person that he has absolute control over the material which reaches his subconscious mind through his five senses. Plain, unemotional words do not influence the subconscious mind.
You have to mix feelings and emotions with those words in order to make them productive. The price to influence your subconscious mind is everlasting persistence. If you try and fail, make another try and another until you succeed. This is what you need to autosuggest to your subconscious mind. Inspiration is a program sent by an infinite intelligence, when you pick it, use it. A person who takes the control of his subconscious mind rules the world. A person has to persuade his subconscious mind to make habits. Know here the power of your subconscious mind.
4: Specialized knowledge.
Knowledge could be of two types, One is general and the other is specialized. The problem is that the world gives more attention to general knowledge which is not as important. Most of the professors have but little or no money. They are the junkies of general knowledge. The institutions fail to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it.
Thomas Alva Edison had only three months of ‘schooling’ in his entire life. Henry Ford had less than a ‘six’ grade schooling. Henry Ford had at his command all the specialized knowledge he needed to enable him to become one of the wealthiest men in America. When you desire, then make a plan. To execute that plan, you need to have a good specizlied knwodlge about the field you are in. Know more about knowledge here.
Anything that can be imagined, can also be created. Man’s only limitation lies within his mind. Imagining the unimaginable can be only done through the sixth sense. The sense can be acquired by having a strong control of the 5 basic senses. People who have imagined have changed the world. Edison imagined about the light bulb, worked on it and that is how he invented it. You have to think out of the box to acquire the non acquired. With the help of synthetic imagination, one may be able to create a new thing with the inspirational from an old thing. Creative imagination involves creativity, the finite mind of man has direct communication with the infinite intelligence.
6: Organized PLanning.
A desire arises, then you start to work on it. You organize a plan to work on it. And that is the thing most of the people do. But after a few days or months or even years, 98% of the people give up. Because their plan does not work for them. People give up after temporary defeats. If the first plan which you adopt does not work for you successfully, replace it with a new plan, if this new plan fails to work, replace it, in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Temporary defeat should mean only one thing, that your plan does not work for you and you have to change it. you need to have the persistence to back or rebuild your plan. When you quit once, you become a quitter and remember,
“A quitter never wins – and – a winner never quits.”
There are two types of people in this world. One type is known as the leader, other the followers. Everyone wants to become a leader, everyone likes to lead, to give orders and to rule. Once you become a leader you need to ally with others, become a mastermind, and you should have all the abilities which are required for a successful leader.
Napoleon Hill included thirty major reasons for failure, and lack of decision was the head of all. Procrastination, the opposite of decision, is a common enemy which practically every man must conquer. If you are influenced by opinions when you reach your decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting your own desire into money. If you are influenced by the opinions of others, you will have no desire of your own. Take no one into your opinion. Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life because some well-meaning but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through “opinions” or ridicule. Those who talk too much, do less. Be prompt on your decisions. Think well before taking a decision but once you take the decision then bring that to an end.
The basis of persistence is will power. Men who accumulate great fortunes are generally known as cold blooded or rutheless. They are misunderstood, the fact is that they mix will power with persistence. If you think you are weak in persistence, surrond yourself with a mastermind group. Without persistence, you will be defeated even before you start. With persistence, you will win. Be persistent no matter how slowly you may , at first, have to move. with persistence will come seuccess, There is no substitute for persistence. Every failure brings with it the seed of an equiliiant advantage. Do not be afriad of the fear of criticism. The fear of criticism is stronger than the desore of success in the cases when people give up.
Persistence is the most important in acquiring a dream. You can desire, plan but there is a need for action. A person has to be persistent to get to his dream. The basis of persistence is the power of will. 98% of the people fail in reaching their dream just because of lack of persistence. Only 2% of the people chase their dreams because they never give up. Below is an article on persistence.
Napoleon Hill has also mentioned symptoms of lack of persistence to think and grow rich.
9: The Power of mastermind.
Napoleon Hill tells that plans are useless, without sufficient power to translate them into action. According to think and grow rich, Power can be defined as “Organized and intelligently directed knowledge”. Knowledge may be acquired from any of the foregoing sources. It may be converted into power oby organizing int into definite plans and by expressing those plans in terms of action. You need to form a group of ‘Minds’ which will help you in persistence. And when two minds meet with harmony, they create infinte intelliagnece. When Mr. Ford met Thomas. Edison, they accomplished great inventions.
Read, think and mediate as you read. Soon, the entire subject will unfold and you will see it iin perspective. This chapter is not very different from the chapter ‘organized planning’.
10: The mystery of sex transmutation.
Changing or transforming one element or one form of energy into another is called transmute. Sex transmutation is simple and easily explained. It means the switching of the mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature. Sex energy is the creative energy of all genii. There never has been, and never will be a great leader, builder, or artist lacking in the driving force of sex.
Sex desire is the most powerful of human desire. When driven by this men develops keenness of imagination, courage, willpower, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times. Most of the success stories are motivated by the influence of the women. On the other hand when these thoughts are taken to the negative side, then the sex thoughts destroy the precious time of a person’s life. Most of the people succeed in their 40’s and 60’s. Because then, they become mature and get a good control on their sexual drives.
11: The subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness, in which every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mind through any of the five senses is classified and recorded. The subconscious mind works day and night. It functions voluntarily, whether you make an effort to influence or not. It is more susceptible to influence by impulses of thought mixed with ‘feeling’ or emotion., than by those originating solely in the reasoning portion of the mind. Positive or negative emotions cannot occupy the mind, one has to dominate the other. Faith does not exist where fear exists.
12: The brain.
The thought is energy traveling at an exceedingly high rate of vibration. The emotion of sex stays as the head of the human emotions. AS far as intensity and driving force are related. The brain which has been stimulated by the emotion of sex vibrates at a much more rapid rate than it does when that emotion is quiescent or absent. The brain is the most powerful thing in this world. The people are progressing because of it. The humans have achieved the unachievable because of this. An idea is planted into it. The idea needs to become a desire. A desire needs a planning, a planning needs a work to be done persistently. This is the hack of think and grow rich.
13: The sixth sense.
In ‘think and grow rich’ it is the last principle. It becomes the thirteenth principle of think and grow rich. The sixth sense is that portion of the subconscious mind which has been refered to as the ‘reciveing set’ through which ideas, plans and thoughts flash into the mind. The flashes are called sometimes ‘hunches’ or ‘inpiration’. The sicth sense is probablly a median between the fifnite mind of a man and an infinte inteeligence, and for this reason, it is the mixture of both, spritual and mental. These were the 13 principle of think and grow rich. Read dsome of the finest quotes from think and grow rich here,