Friday, August 28, 2009

Think & Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill - Think & Grow Rich (1937)

"Learn the secrets of the super achievers and how to use them for your success!"

I read this book because several of my previous readings were quoting it as a great read, a book that opened these authors' mind.
This book reminded a lot of the movie "The Secret", the message is very similar. Like the movie, they keep giving very detailed examples from the life of famous dead people to illustrate each idea.
For example Napoleon Bonaparte was a master in sex transmutation and was victorious as long as he was with the woman he loved. The style feels old and it reminded of these stories of apothecary sellings miracles and secrets.

There are still some good and valid points of necessary behaviors for success.

Below are some quotes I liked from the book

"Any 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 maintening that state of mind known as a burning desire to win, essential to success"
=> if you want to succeed you need to give yourself no other option. It requires full dedication, full energy, full risks. It needs to be an obsession.

"Every human being who reaches the age of understanding the purpose of money, whishes for it.


"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.
Soon or late the man who wins
is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!"


The Emil Coue formula "Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better"
=> influence your subconscient

Specialized Knowledge

"The truth is that schooling does but little more than to put one in tthe way of learning how to acquire practical knowledge."
=> the most important is to know how to get people of knowledge work for you.

"The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge"


Organized Planning

"A quitter never wins - and - a winners never quits"

A successful leader "knows that most men will work harder for commendation and recognition thant they will for money alone"
=> let the honors go to your team.

Sex Transmutation
"Sex is the most powerful of human desires. When driven by this desire, men develop keenes of imagination, courage, will-power, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them. So strong and impelling is the desite for sexual contact that men freely run the risk of life and reputation to indulge it."

The one "who knows how to take his mind off the subject of sex, and direct it in efforts with as much enthusiasm and determination as he would apply toits original purpose, has acquired the art of sex transmutation"

This book can be read online at

or downloaded from the Soil and Health Library

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