I had read only two Non-Academic Books before I read this. First was ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ when I was 17 (Student) & second ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ when I was 23 (Started Working). Both the books are amazing, must read books. Highly recommended.
I recently picked my 3rd book – ‘Think & Grow Rich’ by Napolean Hill as I had to take a book decoding session at Bookish Club. I thought to pen down the decode here as it is again one of the greatest book and a bestseller, a great book to read and practice the principles.
‘Think & Grow Rich’ here Rich means being successful. Author has narrated various steps and ideology through which one can achieve immense success (including money) in life. Napolean Hill got an inspiration to write this book through Carnegie (one of the richest & Steel Tycoon in those times). Book is a distillation of secret interviewed for twenty years of more than 500 wealthy and great minds of those times. They all had common practices, which can be considered universal principles for success & has been narrated through 13 chapters.
Chapter -1 – DESIRE – The Starting point of all achievements
Not a hope! Not a wish! But a keen BURNING DESIRE.
One must realize that all those who have accumulated great fortunes, first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, DESIRING & planning before they acquired money.
Stronger the desire = Stronger chances of Achieving it
Only those who are “money conscious” ever accumulate great riches. “Money Consciousness” means that the mind has become so saturated with the desire for money, that one can see one’s self already in possession of it.
Wishing will not bring riches, but desiring riches will & one has to follow six practical steps to be rich.
Step1- Decide exact amount of money you desire (“I want plenty” will not do, be definite)
Step2- What you intend to give in return for the money you desire
Step3- Set a deadline (Definite Time)
Step4- Create a plan (Do not wait to make a perfect plan)
Step5- Written Statement (above 4 steps)
Step6- Read your written statement (twice daily)
The changed world requires practical dreamers who can and will put their dreams into action…..
For a life is just employer, He gives you what you ask.
Chapter-2- FAITH – Visualization of and belief in attainment of desire
Only Desire will not get you riches, it has to be blended with Faith.
Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instruction to subconscious mind, through the principle of auto suggestion.
Repetition of affirmation of orders to your subconscious mind is the only known method of voluntary development of emotion of faith.
Chapter-3- AUTO SUGGESTION – Influencing the subconscious mind
Communication between conscious thought to subconscious mind.
Reading aloud statement of desire is of NO Consequence unless mixed with emotions or feelings.
Step 6 discussed in desire chapter, needs to be read with faith then only will be communicated to subconscious mind.
If you repeat million times the famous formula “Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better” without mixing emotions, you will experience no desirable result. Plain, unemotional words do not influence the subconscious mind. If the seeds of desirable crops are not sown, weeds will grow in subconscious mind.
Chapter-4- SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge are of two types, general and specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity, is of little use in accumulation of money. People falsely believe knowledge is power. Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only if it is organized into definite plans of action.
Ford Story- During the world war, a Chicago newspaper called Henry Ford “an ignorant pacifist”. Mr. Ford Sued the paper. When the suit was tried in court, attorney asked Mr. Ford great variety of question, all of them intended to prove his ignorance. Mr. Ford tired of series of questions, pointed his finger to lawyer and said that he could just push a button on his desk and summon a men who could answer all those foolish questions. That answer floored the lawyer.
Any man is educated who knows where to get knowledge when he needs it and how to organize that knowledge into definite plan of action.
The accumulation of great fortunes calls for power and power is acquired through highly organised and intelligently directed specialized knowledge, but that knowledge does not, necessarily, have to be in possession of man who accumulates fortune.
Thomas Edison had only three months of schooling during his entire life.
Successful men, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major business or profession, Not successful make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends when school finishes.
Chapter-5- IMAGINATION – Workshop of the mind
Man can create anything, which he can imagine. Man has discovered more of nature’s forces past fifty years than during the entire history of human race with Imagination.
- Synthetic – Old ideas to make something better.
- Creative – Creating New
Ideas are beginning points of all the fortunes. Ideas are products of imagination. Ideas have yielded huge fortunes.
The one who believes that hard work and honesty, alone will bring riches, perish the thought. It is not true! Riches, when they come in huge quantities, are never result of HARD work! Riches come, in response to definite demand, not by chance or luck.
Chapter-6- ORGANIZED PLANNING – Crystallization of desire into action
- To be sure of success, you must have plans which are faultless.
- Checked and approved by “Master Mind” alliance
No individual has sufficient experience, education, ability and knowledge to insure accumulation of great fortune without cooperation of other people. Every plan you adopt, should be joint creation of yourself and every other member of your “master mind” group. “Mastermind” group – have advantage of experience, education, ability and imagination of other minds.
When you begin to select members for your “master Mind” group, endeavor to select those who do not take defeat seriously.
No follower can expect to accumulate a fortune without experiencing a ‘temporary defeat’. Plans will fail, that’s a temporary defeat. Build another plan, start over again. Defeat is just a signal that plans are not sound.
While planning sale of services, adopt and follow “QQS”
Quantity, Quality & Spirit.
Chapter-7- DECISION – The mastery of Procrastination
Analysis of 25,000 men and women revealed that LACK OF DECISION was near the head of list of 30 major causes of FAILURE.
PROCRASTINATION opposite of decision is common enemy man must conquer.
Successful men and women have the habit of reaching decision promptly and changing the decision slowly, while the people who fail have the habit of reaching decision (if at all) very slow and change quickly and often.
You have a brain and mind of your own, use it. Reach your won decisions.
Chapter-8- PERSISTENCE – Effort necessary to induce faith, power of will
Men who accumulated great fortune, have will-power, mixed with persistence and place back of their desires to insure attainment of their objectives.
Men who accumulate great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded and sometimes ruthless.
If you find you are weak in persistence, surround yourself with ‘master mind’ group and through the cooperative efforts of the members of this group, develop persistence.
Without persistence you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win.
Chapter-9- POWER OF MASTER MIND – The driving force
Organized Knowledge – Organized efforts to enable an individual to transmute desire into monetary equivalent. Organized here means efforts of two or more people, who works towards definite end, IN SPIRIT OF HARMONY
Sources of knowledge
- Infinite Intelligence – Creative Intelligence
- Accumulated Experience
- Experiment & Research
Group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery. The brain function is a similar function. A group of brains coordinated will provide more thought-energy then a single brain.
Mr. Carnegie’s master mind group consisted of 50 men, for definite purpose of manufacturing and marketing steel.
Chapter-10- THE MYSTERY OF SEX TRANSMUTATION
Transmute means to transfer. Brain is a transmitter as well a receiver. Desire for sexual expression is inborn and natural. The desire cannot and should not be submerged or eliminated. But should be given an outlet through form of expression which enrich the body, mind and spirit of man.
Emotion of sex contains the secret of creative ability.
Creative imagination functions best when the mind is vibrating at an exceeding high rate.
Chapter-11- THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form. Subconscious mind works day and night.
Brain attract things. Stay positive. Master the positive emotions and it will be at your command when you need them. Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at same time. It I your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions dominate your mind.
Chapter-12- THE BRAIN – Broadcasting & the receiving station for thought
Three principles to apply to use your broadcasting station – Subconscious mind, creative imagination, auto suggestion.
Chapter-13- THE SIXTH SENSE
Portion of the subconscious mind which has been referred to as the creative imagination. Also referred as the “receiving set” through which ideas, plans and thoughts flash into the mind.
Understanding of sixth sense comes only by meditation through mind development from within. Sixth Sense is a mixture of both mental and the spiritual. It is considered to be the point at which the mind of a man contacts the universal mind.
To deeply understand any good book, single read is never enough, you have to read it again to better under the concepts/philosophy. And this is just a small decoding of whole book. For better understanding, I highly recommend complete reading of the book.
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