Last week, I didn’t have a chance to run to the bookstore to figure out which book I’d be reviewing for this week. But on Sunday evening, I noticed a book that’s been sitting on the bookshelf for a while that I never had the opportunity to read and thought, “what a perfect time to read then!” The book is Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
Another classic in the self-help genre (it was first published in 1937), this book is the end product of two decades of research of highly successful people conducted by Napoleon Hill.
Steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie (who was at the time equivalent to our Bill Gates) contacted Hill to write the Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, using Carnegie’s letter of instruction, then went forth to interview over five hundred successful people of that time, among those: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab.
Hill then disclosed his findings in the form of the thirteen steps to success which make up the book, Think and Grow Rich.
Although the title suggests that this book deals exclusively with how to achieve monetary wealth, the author claims that the principles that are contained therein can be applied to achieving anything in life, as is the case with International Boxing Hall of Famer Ken Norton. After initial failure, Norton attributes his beating Muhammed Ali to win the heavyweight title to the principles that he learned from Think and Grow Rich.
I’m excited to read this book and am suprised that after years of having this book collect dust on my shelves, that it would first come to my attention now. Perhaps it’s syncronicity and will be life changing for me or for one of you…let’s find out this week!
Think and Grow Rich is the ninth of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.