Guest Author - Sharon Michaels
Who hasn’t heard of the classic book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill? Is it a book about positive thinking or is it a book about wealth building? The answer: Both! After seventy years, this book is still selling millions of copies worldwide and for good reason.
I first read this famous book over twenty years ago. In all honestly, I can say Think and Grow Rich changed my life for the better. The concept that my mind could control my ability to make or not make money was an entirely new realization for me. This book, more than any of my formal education, gave me the training and direction I needed to become more successful and self-satisfied personally, professionally and financially.
Napoleon Hill was an intellectual pioneer in the wealth building movement. The material he covers in this book is probably one of the most read, quoted and imitated on the subjects of success and wealth. Around the world, this classic has sold over 15 million copies. One caveat: It was written over seventy years ago by a man who wrote it primarily for men – it can be sexist. BUT it’s the over-all message that makes it a time-proven classic.
Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to research and discover why some people succeeded despite all odds to become successful millionaires while others could barely make ends meet. Hill interviewed the greatest entrepreneurial leaders of his time – Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison and more. Napoleon Hill devoted his adult life to studying, understanding and writing about success.
Hill determined that the truly successful men he interviewed shared certain mental qualities in common. These common qualities became the thirteen steps of Think and Grow Rich. Hill believed that by understanding and applying these thirteen steps, you could live a full, meaningful and wealthy life.
Napoleon Hill discovered that the human mind is our greatest wealth-building ally. Most people, he concluded, were “afraid” of poverty. They literally were programming their mind to be and stay poor. Hill concluded that most of us focus energy on not being poor instead of focusing energy on becoming wealthy. We waste valuable time and energy on avoiding poverty instead of accumulating wealth.
Hill spends the majority of the book explaining the power of the human mind. What you think about and focus on most often, becomes your reality. Becoming and staying wealthy, Hill explains, is as much mental as it is about physically making money. This may sound straightforward today, but back in the 1930’s it was revolutionary.
Hill concluded: When you combine reasoning skills with imagination, an unwavering belief and then take positive consistent action – wealth can be yours! Basically, “wealth consciousness” is achieved by making the conscious decision to become wealthy. With belief, positive thought and consistent positive action, you’re allowing yourself to become wealthy faster.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is the classic read for developing an unstoppable mind-set for successful wealth building. I’ve personally read and/or listened to this book many times.
Wealth is more than accumulating money; it’s a conscious and subconscious mind-set and lifestyle. Wealth is about having the money to enjoy living life. Wealth is an energy that flows in and out of your life. It’s our responsibility to tap into this energy and create and maintain an abundant and wealthy life.
Here is a link to Amazon.com to Think and Grow Rich and other works by Napoleon Hill.
Amazon.com: Think and Grow Rich
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