Book Reviews: Napoleon hill think and grow rich summary explanation.

Book Reviews: Napoleon hill think and grow rich summary explanation.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

In this blog, we will be discussing the author, book summary, reviews, and other masterpieces by the author.

About the Author: 

Napoleon Hill was an American self-help author. He is celebrated as one of the greatest authors of personal success. His most distinguished work, Think and Grow Rich(1937) is among the top 10 best personal success books of all time. Hill’s works examined the strength of one’s personal beliefs and the role they play in personal success. He enlightens the person to pursue their goals by revealing exemplary and expounding propositions to achieve success.

Who is this book for/ who is the book addressing to

 Andrew Carnegie inspired Napoleon Hill to write a book on what makes a person successful. Hill spent  20 long years researching and interviewing the notable millionaires of his time to put forth this wonderful timeless self help masterpiece.

This book is a must-read for entrepreneurs or arguably the only one that they need to read on self-help. The book mainly talks about riches but that could be replaced by one’s own goals to ignite the fire within to reach the summit. The book’s core boils down to a single point which is knowing what one wants to be and having that burning desire to attain it.


Napoleon Hill presents 13 condensed principle philosophies of success to contemplate over/upon.

1. Desire; which is the stepping stone of achieving a goal. Feeble desire brings feeble results and slick desires bring slick results. Those having a burning desire for a successful goal cut all sources of retreat even in the inauspicious situation, knowing what awaits in the future is far more rewarding than the struggles of today.

2. Faith: The unflinching belief in the fruition of a desire. Through affirmation, assertion, self-proclamation, and repeated suggestions to one’s subconscious to develop unwavering faith in the goal.

3. Auto-suggestion: For influencing one’s Subconscious. In our brain there is a mechanism called as Reticular Activating System, this is responsible for permitting salient information to pass through our brain while sieving out the inessentials, likewise the conscious and the subconscious mind works in a similar manner. Therefore, when you envisage your goal and have a burning desire and faith in it, and keep stimulating this thought by frequently reminding yourself the brain will embrace this goal through RTS and this notion settles down deep in the subconscious, hence, creating an unrelenting spirit faith and possessing command over our actions.

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4. Specialized Knowledge: To be successful and amass huge fortunes, specific knowledge in the area you aspire to make fortune is a prerequisite.

Hill suggests if the knowledge required surpasses your abilities then create a group consisting of individuals having the knowledge you want to attain and whom you can supervise to achieve those goals.

5. Imagination: The potential of the human mind to be creative and ingenious. Hill presents two sets by which the imagination functions: Synthetic Imagination, which lays out the old concepts, ideas or plans into contemporary combinations; and Creative Imagination, this type of imagination starts from scratch and the resultant is distinctive. You can only reach this type of imagination when your subconscious is constantly being stimulated by the burning desire.

6. Organized Planning: Merely anticipating triumph over a goal is foolish. In order to achieve this nirvana you have to make a definite, pragmatic plan and accomplish them by maneuvering through the hurdles or the typically seen as the little defeats. Remodel your plans and keep chasing the goal, this time embracing the experience from the failures of the past.

7. Decision: Procrastination and Indecisiveness are the vital signs of failure. The people with amassed fortunes  have quick and decisive opinions. On the other hand the non wealthy have the habit of procrastination and indecisiveness. This principle teaches one to be a firm believer in one’s goal and not to be swayed away by the opinions of others.

8. Persistence: Determination and desire, when coupled together, are invincible and are certain to fulfill the goal.Hill considers deficiency of persistence as a shortcoming which can be overcome. The author puts forth a few points to overcome this catastrophe, such as definite purpose, burning desire, definite plan, avoiding pessimistic, uncooperative and obstructive influences, and keeping yourself aligned with the mastermind group  so that you make robust decisions that corroborate your success.

9. Power of the Mastermind: A mastermind is an association of people with contrasting strengths and perspectives, who collaborate their knowledge and endeavor to attain a definite goal.

10. Transmutation of Sex: Transmutation means the conversion of one state of energy into another, here it denotes that Sex is carnal and powerful drive and the corresponding energy is highly influential.Hill suggests that it would be beneficial if you divert this energy into other goals. The author does not advice to quell our sexual desires, rather to give this significant desire another outlet in the form of creativity.

11. Subconscious Mind: It is the associating knot between the finite mind of a person and the infinite intelligence. The subconscious mind can be used to transform your desires into achieving goals. The author mentions 7 major positive emotions (Desire, Faith, Love, Sex, Enthusiasm, Romance, and Hope) to conquer the subconscious mind, and also warns of the 7 major negative emotions (Fear, Jealousy, Hatred, Revenge, Greed, Superstition, Anger) which could knock down the productive subconscious.

12. Brain: In this topic, the author elucidates the method by which the mind is stimulated by external vibrations and presents an approach for using emotions to enhance the mind’s acceptance of these incitements.

13. The Sixth Sense:

This is also referred to as Creative Imagination, which is acquired by excelling the preceding 12 principles . The cognition of the sixth sense comes from meditation. Through this sense you will be cautioned of the imminent threats in time to circumvent them , and alerted of the opportunities in time to grab them.

The Six Fears: This topic untangles the six basic fears that restrain the person in accomplishing their goals. The Six  Basic Fears are: Poverty, Criticism, Ill Health, Loss of Love, Old Age and Death.


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