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Currently Reading: Think And Grow Rich

9 January 2005 One Comment

I’m currently reading this “Think and Grow Rich” book by Napolean Hill. It was written way back in the early 1900s by Napolean Hill who has since been credited with being the founder of the study of success.

The book is small, relatively short and not that bad a read. Some of the language is a little “dated” but that’s ok. Overall it’s a good read, covering mostly power of positive thinking type topics and outlining different ways to conduct introspection and self discovery. This book is also one of the most recommended by business schools across the nation. If you’ve done an MBA and haven’t read this then I suggest you hop the next train to Borders and get a copy.

There are two gripes I have with this book
1) As with all books of this type, the content is obvious. The idea that you could grow rich by NOT thinking is startling to me. How else are you going to do it? Indeed the idea that you could do ANYTHING by NOT thinking is equally startling. In order to achieve any goal, you must fix a point in the horizon and direct your mind toward it. Amongst countless Americans struggling with things like credit card debt, unemployment, weight loss, etc. this seems like a revolutionary concept but I hate to say it, it’s not.
b) The cover. The lettering on the cover makes a bold statement but it also makes folks look at you like you’re an idiot when you’re standing in the elevator reading this book.

I wonder if Frank Herbert (author of Dune) ever read this book. Is this where “it is by will alone I set my mind in motion” came from?

Otherwise, great anecdotes in this one, ‘specially around Mr Ford, no silver bullets but has affirmed what I already knew. $7.19 well spent.

One Comment »

  • Kirby Barkley said:

    “Think and Grow Rich” was published by Napoleon Hill in 1937. There is a relatively new edition of the book that eliminates the problems pointed out by the commentator. It is unquestionably the finest, most useful version of the book on the market. The book is “Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised.” It carries the ISBN 1503302002 and is published by Aventine Press. A writer by the name of Ross Cornwell edited and annotated the book. It is the only version of TGR that has a full index, an appendix, and it has a huge section of endnotes that give you a greater appreciation of Napoleon Hill and his philosophy. It is just an incredible achievement. I read parts of the book every day, have for two years, and will do so for the rest of my life. This book is that important.

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