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Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century Paperback – Deckle Edge, August 18, 2005
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"During the past twenty-five years I have been blessed with more good fortune than any individual deserves but I shudder to think where I'd be today, or what I'd be doing if I had not been exposed to Napoleon Hill's philosophy. It changed my life."
--Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
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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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Christianity - and it is not what you would expect
Lincoln slavery and a united North & South
Philipine representative that excited his people to freedom
Earth - high vibrational frequency (correlates a lot with the quantum physics of today)
School and education - most of what is taught in school does not help a person succeed in life. Charles Schwab demonstrates this by hiring dozens of poor men he had not went to school and turned them into successful leaders
Dreamers - people with big imaginations that have the greatest potential
to change the world
Concrete work that was performed by Napoleon Hill 25,000 interviews over several decades. 500 men interviewed were the wealthiest on the planet at that time.
The principles can be applied to desires other than money, social political change, scientific discoveries, inventions etc.
The original 1937 version is available free online as an ebook. I hope that I may have inspired previous readers who may have been discouraged after reading this edition to review the free online version.
What I have discovered is that there is a segment of the population that basically needs and wants this type of rhetorical hand-holding to feel better about things in their lives. Think of it as Stuart Smalley in paperback form. These folks--the same folks who buy Tony Robbins's books--will tell you that this book changed their lives, that it is the key to all their 'success.' If that's true, they must not have paid attention in school or have ever read another book or have ever had parents. What the author expounds on at nauseating length are basic life skills: work hard for what you want; find friends with whom you share common interests; don't be a negative person. Honestly, if you didn't pick this up along life's little journey, I guess it's better late than never.
What bothers me more than anything about this book is the idea that it represents some leap of abstract thought akin to Newton's Principia or Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. From a historical perspective, this book was written during a time when many people felt that human systems could be studied, analyzed and understood in a wholly empirical manner. The works of Freud and F.W. Taylor are monuments to this notion of the time. Too often, though, their ideas were facile and unsophisticated, adjectives that come to mind while reading this book. It doesn't help my opinion of the book that the author's research into personal success is based on many of the most notorious and despicable robber barons of all time. If I'm going to pattern my life after another human being, it won't be someone named Rockefeller or Carnegie. But then, this book appeals to the types of people who are overly impressed by material wealth and who tend to believe they are one magical scheme away from attaining fantastic success.
The bottom line is that if you love self-help/success manuals, you'll probably like this book. To the majority of readers, though, most of what the author espouses will seem trite and self-indulgent. Attempting to codify the sure path to success and riches is a fool's errand. One may as well try to quantify love or calculate the meaning of life.
I hope to update this review when I find a less crappy copy of this book, but avoid the version with the black cover with money on the bottom. (See pictures)