Think And Grow Rich: Book Summary

Think and Grow Rich is a 1937 personal development and self-help book by Napoleon Hill. The book was inspired by a suggestion from Scottish-American business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While its title implies that the book deals with how to attain monetary wealth, the author explains that the philosophy taught in the book can be used to help people succeed in all lines of work and to do or be almost anything they want. The book was first published during the Great Depression. At the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies and by 2011 over 70 million copies had been sold worldwide. It remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill's books. Business Week magazine's Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was published. Think and Grow Rich is listed in John C. Maxwell's A Lifetime "Must Read" Books List.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

  • When one is truly ready for a thing, it puts in its appearance.
  • When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT.
  • When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding during all those lean years.
  • One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible.”
  • Success comes to those who become success conscious.

Chapter 2: Desire: The starting point of all achievement.

  • Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat
  • Only those who become "money conscious" ever accumulate great riches
  • Success requires no apologies, failure permits no alibis.
  • “The greatest achievement was, at first, and for a time, but a dream.”
  • The turning point in the lives of those who succeed, usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves.”
  • No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
  • Nothing is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.

Chapter 3: Faith: Visualization of, and Belief in Attainment of Desire

  • ALL THOUGHTS WHICH HAVE BEEN EMOTIONALIZED, (given feeling) AND MIXED WITH FAITH, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent or counter- part.
  • RICHES begin in the form of THOUGHT! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the THOUGHT is put into motion. FAITH removes limitations!
  • There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought

Chapter 4: Auto-Suggestion: The medium for influencing the subconsious mind.

  • The subconscious is like a lawn if you don't plant on it, grass would grow on it.

Chapter 5: Specialized knowlege, Personal Experience or Observations

  • Knowledge has no value except that which can be gained from its application toward some worthy end
  • Anything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated, often discredited
  • One of the strange things about human beings is that they value only that which has a price
  • The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling.
  • The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.

Chapter 6: Imagination: The workshop of the mind.

  • Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.
  • If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honesty, alone, will bring riches, perish the thought! It is not true!
  • Ideas can be transmuted into cash through the power of definite purpose and definite plans.
  • Ideas are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them.

Chapter 7: Organized Planning: The crystalization of desire into action

  • Millions of men go through life in misery and poverty, because they lack a sound plan through which to accumulate a fortune.
  • The oldest of admonitions is “Man, know thyself!”
  • It is one thing to WANT money. Wveryone wants more, but it is something entirely different to be WORTH MORE!
  • Your value is established entirely by your ability to render useful service or your capacity to induce others to render such service
  • There is but one dependable method of accumulating, and legally holding riches, and that is by rendering useful service.

Chapter 8: Decision: The mastery of Procrastination

  • If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting YOUR OWN DESIRE into money.
  • If you talk more than you listen, you not only deprive yourself of many opportunities to accumulate useful knowledge, but you also disclose your PLANS and PURPOSES to people who will take great delight in defeating you, because they envy you.

Chapter 9: Persistance: The sustained effort necessary to induce faith

  • Without PERSISTENCE, you will be defeated, even before you start. With PERSISTENCE you will win.
  • Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant PERSISTENCE.

Chapter 10: The power of the master mind: The driving force

  • Power is organized and intelligently directed knowledge.
  • 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.
  • Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be “attracted.”

Chapter 11: The mystery of Sex: Transmutation.

  • A genius is, “a man who has discovered how to increase the vibrations of thought to the point where he can freely communicate with sources of knowledge not available through the ordinary rate of vibration of thought.”
  • People are influenced in their actions, not by reason so much as by “feelings.”
  • There is no other road to genius than through voluntary self effort!
  • If you believe yourself unfortunate, because you have “loved and lost,” perish the thought. One who has loved truly, can never lose entirely.
  • The major difference is that love is spiritual, while sex is biological.
  • Man’s greatest motivating force is his desire to please woman!
  • No man is happy or complete without the modifying influence of the right woman.
  • If you pray for a thing, but have fear as you pray, that you may not receive it, or that your prayer will not be acted upon by Infinite Intelligence, your prayer will have been in vain.
  • FAITH and FEAR make poor bedfellows. Where one is found, the other cannot exist.

Chapter 13: The Brain: A broadcasting and receiving station for thought.

  • Every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.

Chapter 14: The Sixth Sense: The door to the temple of wisdom.

  • The next best thing to being truly great, is to emulate the great, by feeling and action, as nearly as possible.

Chapter 15: How to outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear

  • So eager is man to possess wealth that he will acquire it in whatever manner he can-through legal methods if possible-through other methods if necessary or expedient.
  • Criticism will plant FEAR in the human heart, or resentment, but it will not build love or affection.
  • Women have learned, from experience, that men are polygamous by nature, that they are not to be trusted in the hands of rivals.
  • Life, like other forms of energy, may be passed through various processes of transition, or change, but it cannot be destroyed. Death is mere transition.
  • The vibrations of fear pass from one mind to another just as quickly and as surely as the sound of the human voice passes from the broadcasting station to the receiving set of a radio and BY THE SELF-SAME MEDIUM.
  • Do not EXPECT troubles as they have a tendency not to disappoint.
  • The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.