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The Think and Grow Rich Action Pack: Learn the Secret Behind Hill's Success and That of Hundreds of Others Paperback – August 1, 1988
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Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in Virginia and died in 1970 after a long and successful career as a lecturer, an author, and as a consultant to business leaders. Think and Grow Rich is the all-time bestseller in its field, having sold 15 million copies worldwide, and sets the standard for today’s motivational thinking.
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That said, it is like what Mr. Hill says in one of his lectures that is on a CD set also available on Amazon. 98% or more of the people who are given these principles don't follow them. The best books in the world are of no use to anyone if people don't put them into action and hold themselves accountable for doing so.
Mr. Hill has organized the book into relatively short and very readable chapters, each dealing with a trait or characteristic that one should aspire to incorporate in his or her life. I would say that anyone who actually does this is going to make significant improvements in their quality of living.
While the author frequently mentions money as the goal (and seems to make it sound like that's all that is important, even though in some other parts he tries to downplay this aspect), this is a book to improve your overall life, not for getting rich dollar-wise (although these principles are appropriate for that, too).
I found that certain parts of the book do seem dated, such as his methods of advertising oneself when looking for a job. This was written pre-internet and also before our present age of information overload in which hiring managers are too busy to spend time on a voluminous resume. Overall however, the principles in the book are timeless and can easily be adapted to today.
Also, this book contains the "Action Pack" not written by Mr. Hill. It contains exercises that correspond to the various chapters. Personally I don't feel it contributes that much to the book and you can do just as well without it but given the reasonable price of this edition it doesn't hurt to have it included. It might be more beneficial to others but for me it wasn't necessary. Mr. Hill's material is much more valuable than the extra material.
First published in 1937, this is the end product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. His research started when Andrew Carnegie (the steel tycoon who was then the richest man on earth) gave him the assignment of organizing a Philosophy of Personal Achievement. Hill, who was a poor journalist, armed with just an introductory letter from Carnegie, set out to interview over five hundred successful people including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab. Hill then revealed the priceless wisdom of his research in the form of the thirteen steps to success (in Think and Grow Rich) and the seventeen principles of success (in courses and lectures he conducted).
The concepts taught by Napoleon Hill transformed my life. Some of these include developing a definite purpose, building a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), channeling the power of the sub-conscious mind and dealing with adversity. Everything he wrote about or talked about is thought provoking. He was wise, humble and funny. His philosophy is universal; he did not mix it with religion. The riches he referred to were more than money, for the Philosophy of Personal Achievement can be applied to anything in life.
This is a classic, and hence the examples are old (not to be confused with outdated). But they are as relevant today as they were in the early twentieth century. Here is an example from T&GR in the chapter on Desire:
On the morning after the Great Fire of Chicago (1871), a group of merchants on Chicago's State Street went into a conference to decide whether to rebuild their stores or leave Chicago. All but one decided to leave. The merchant who decided to stay pointed a finger to the remains of his store and said "Gentlemen, on that very spot I will build the world's greatest store, no matter how many times it may burn down." His name was Marshall Field and his store still exists, and in Hill's words is "a towering monument to that state of mind known as a burning desire." I lived in Chicago from 2002 through 2004 and worked three blocks away from this impressive store on State Street. Sometimes I would visit it or stand outside it to derive inspiration and be reminded of the power of desire. It is amazing that Hill describes "burning desire" with a story based on the Chicago Fire.
There are thousands of self-help books out in the market and hundreds of self proclaimed "gurus" who have made a living by copying the wisdom in Hill's books. As I went through some of those books I realized that there was not much in them that Hill had not already written about. I recommend quality over quantity. Instead of reading through many books, I recommend that you study the following works of Hill and internalize his wisdom:
1. The Think and Grow Rich Action Pack - I recommend the Action Pack edition (i.e. this book),
2. Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement - this is an excellent guide to his principles,
3. Your Right To Be Rich [Unabridged] - this consists of 12 hours of live lectures covering the 17 principles, that Hill conducted in Chicago in 1954.
By internalizing, I mean studying in depth - analyzing the ideas, making notes and summaries. I own more CDs by Hill, but I believe that these 3 items make the perfect study plan on the Philosophy of Personal Achievement.
I am greatly indebted to Napoleon Hill. The purpose of my writing this is to spread awareness of his work so that more people can benefit from it. This, I believe is the best way in which Hill would have liked to have been repaid.