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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspirational. The single best success book I have ever read., February 12, 2006
This review is from: Think and Grow Rich (Mass Market Paperback)
If you asked me to recommend to you the single best "success" book I have ever read, my answer would be a very definite "Think and Grow Rich".
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.
Hill was well ahead of his time. This book has a chapter dedicated to some of today's most important issues - Specialized Knowledge, Decision Making, Imagination and Organized Planning (in which he deals with Leadership). He also has principles for Teamwork, Creative Vision, Health, etc.
This is a classic, and hence the examples are old (not to be confused with outdated).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 (1937) - I recommend the Action Pack edition,
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.
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Initial post: Jan 5, 2011, 4:21:20 PM PST
I began studying Hills stuff decades ago . . . late 70s and mid 80s . . . 1991 a car accident 'changed my life' closed head injury. Interesting as it is a long road to regaining 'burning desire' and any kind of ability. Part of today's process is re-studying Hill's stuff - thanks for your detailed review . . . I have searched for a large print copy to use while going through some of the audio's I have . . . these older eyes of mine prefer large print for heavy study. Again - thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2011, 9:39:05 AM PDT
AMB1955 says:
You may consider using a Kindle. The type can be enlarged to your liking.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011, 9:00:19 AM PDT
Thanks for the brilliant comment! I totally agree your quality over quantity idea. I have many self help books - but lately I preferred to study the work of N. Hill, J. Allen, Joseph Murphy and Claude Bristol... Good to hear that I am on the right track from someone experienced.

Thanks again...

Posted on Aug 28, 2011, 1:50:31 PM PDT
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Posted on May 16, 2012, 1:07:09 PM PDT
Iliana says:
Success through a Positive Mental Atitude changed my life 10 years ago. I am reading it again and it is having the same effect.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012, 4:25:50 PM PDT
B. Satrie says:
If you liked this book, make sure to check out this one: 7 Steps to Stratospheric Success

Posted on Nov 30, 2012, 8:01:51 PM PST
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Posted on Aug 12, 2013, 8:39:15 AM PDT
A T Baugh says:
Thank you for taking the time to write this. It has been helpful.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014, 1:20:03 AM PDT
Ibolya Turi says:
Yhank you for the great comment!

Posted on May 11, 2015, 7:33:26 PM PDT
Absolutely fabulous review. Thank you, for your insights and recommendations. I will plan to follow through on reading the recommended materials. Best wishes to you!
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