Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

One of the best selling books of all time, this 1937 classic has stood the test of time. Whilst some of the specifics have changed, and some of the world views of the aren’t so politically correct any more, the underlying principles are still applicable today.

This book covers ’13 Principles’, including thoughts, belief, desire, decision, persistence, specialised knowledge, organised planning, and fear.

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Here is a dot point summary of the book!


A word from the author


I have never known someone who has achieved noteworthy success without knowing the secret. Somewhere as you read the secret may jump out of the page and stand boldly in front of you, if you are ready for it!


All riches, have their beginning in an idea!


Chapter 1 – Thoughts are things

Thoughts are things and powerful things at that. When they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects.



Mow down all opposition to bring the purpose you seek


Sly disguise of opportunity

One of the tricks of opportunity, it can slip in through the back door, often disguised as a misfortune or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity


Three feet from gold

A bloke mining for gold did OK but when hit some other material gave up and sold his equipment for 100$. The bloke with this equipment got consultance from engineers who told him there was a lot more gold down there, 3 feet below

  • Most of the men interviewed had their greatest success just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them
  • Failure is a trickster with irony and cunning.
  • Learn the art of turning defeat into stepping stones to opportunity


One sound idea

  • One sound idea is all you need to achieve success
  • When riches come, they come so quickly and in abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding all this time
  • When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe riches begin with a state of mind, definiteness of purpose with little or no hard work.


Chapter 2 – Desire


  • You see the boats going up in smoke. That means we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win. We have no choice – we win – or we perish!
  • Wishing will not bring riches, but desire will


6 Ways to turn desire into gold

  1. Think of exact amount
  2. Determine what you want to give in return
  3. Establish a definite date
  4. Create a definite plan
  5. Write a clear statement about amount, time it takes and plan
  6. Read the statement out aloud twice daily


  • See yourself in possession of the money before you have it
  • All who have accumulated great fortunes did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping wishing and planning before they acquired money


How to get great dreams off the launching pad

  • No one is ready for things unless he can believe he can acquire it


Page 22 poem

… “I worked for a menials hire,

Only to learn dismayed,

That any wage I had asked of life

Life would have willingly paid”



Chapter 3 – Faith

  • Faith is the head chemist of the mind, when blended with thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration translates it into its spiritual equivalent and transmits it to infinite intelligence, as in the case with prayer


  • Develop faith through affirmation



  • Gandhi accomplished the astounding feat of influencing 200million people to move in unison , with one single mind. What force on Earth other than faith could do that?


Chapter 4 – Autosuggestion

  • Dominate the thoughts that lurk in the unconscious mind
  • When plans appear they will pop into your mind as inspiration


Chapter 5 – Specialized knowledge

  • General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, it is useless in the accumulation of money
  • Most professors have little money. They specialize in teaching their knowledge, but they do not specialize in organization or use of their knowledge
  • Knowledge is only potential power. Only if organized into plans of action
  • Educated man knows where to get knowledge when he needs it and how to organize it


  • Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends when one finishes school


A man at the bottom began as a junior executive, at an executives salary

  • Planned presentation of this young man’s application clipped of no more than 10 years of time If he started at the bottom


Chapter 6 – Imagination

  • The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man
  • Mans only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination


Synthetic imagination – One may arrange old concepts, ideas or plans into new combinations, this faculty creates nothing


Creative imagination – Direct communication with infinite intelligence. Hunches and inspirations. Einstein


Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes and are created by the imagination.


  • If you are one of those who believe only hard work and honesty alone will bring riches, perish the thought!
  • First you give action and life and guidance to ideas, then they take the power of their own and sweep aside all opposition
  • Ideas are intangible fores, they have more power than the physical brains that created them.


Chapter 7 – Organized planning

  • No individual has sufficient experience, education, native ability, and knowledge to insure the accumulation of a great fortune without the cooperation with other people


Sales of Personal services

  • Practically all fortunes began in the form of compensation for personal services or from the sale of ideas


Most leaders begin as followers

  • The difference in compensation is vast!


 Major attributes of leadership

  1. Unwavering courage
  2. Self control
  3. A keen sense of justice
  4. Definiteness of decision
  5. Definiteness of plans
  6. Habit of doing more than paid for
  7. Pleasing personality
  8. Sympathy and understanding
  9. Mastery of detail
  10. Assume full responsibility
  11. Cooperation


Failure in Leadership


31 major causes of failure page 100

  • Guessing instead of thinking


Where we may find opportunities to accumulate riches

  • Most of us never take inventory of the advantages of living in our country
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing


  • Capitalism is the miracle the provided these blessings


Chapter 8 – Decision

  • Every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions
  • People who fail to accumulate riches reach decisions slowly then change them quickly and often


Tips on making decisions

  • Those who talk to much do little else.
  • If you talk more than you listen, you deprive yourself of many opportunities to accumulate useful knowledge
  • Every time you open your mouth to a person with an abundance of knowledge you display your lack of it


Chapter 9 – Persistence


Are you money conscious or poverty conscious?

– Poverty consciousness will voluntarily seize your mind which is not occupied with money consciousness

  • Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage


Train to be persistent

A: definiteness of purpose

B: Desire

C : Self reliance

D Definiteness of plans

E : Accurate knowledge

F: Cooperation

G : Will power

H: Habit


“Breaks can be made to order”

  • The only break anyone can afford to rely upon is a self made break. These come through the application of persistence. The starting point is definiteness of purpose


Chapter 10 – the power of a mastermind

  • Power is essential for success in the accumulation of money
  • Plans are inert and useless without sufficient power to translate the into action


How to multiply your brain power

  • Mans brain is like an electric battery. A group will provide more energy than one
  • When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every brain in the group


Chapter 11 – The mystery of sex transmutation

  • Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires
  • When driven by the desire, men develop keenness of imagination , courage, willpower, persistence and creative ability
  • The desire cannot and should not be submerged and eliminated
  • Destroy the sex glands whether man or beast and you will take out all of the fight in him
  • Great leaders in history achievements can be traced back to the influences of woman


Urge of sex

  • This force is capable of lifting men into the higher sphere of thought which enables them to master the source of worry and petty annoyance which beset their path on the lower plain


Men rarely achieve before 40


Storehouse of personal magnetism

  1. Handshake
  2. Tone of voice
  3. Posture and carriage of the body
  4. Vibrations of thought. Highly sexed mix emotion of sex with their thoughts
  5. Body adornment. Highly sexed are careful about personal appearance


  • Road to genius consists of the development control and use of sex love and romance


Chapter 12 – The subconscious mind

  • Consists of a field of consciousness which every impulse of thought that reaches the conscious mind through any of the 5 senses is classified and recorded.


Chapter 13 – The brain

  • Subconscious is the sending station of the brain through which vibrations of thought are forecast. The creative imagination is the receiving set through which the energies of thought are picked up


Chapter 14 – the sixth sense


Chapter 15 – six ghosts of fear

-Before we master an enemy, we must know its name, habits and place of abode


  1. Fear of poverty
  • State of mind nothing else
  • Few people realize they are bound, handicapped, whipped spiritually and physically through some form of fear


  1. Fear of criticism
  • Fear of criticism robs a man of initiative. Destroys his power of imagination, limits his individuality, takes away his self reliance


  1. Fear of ill health
  2. Fear of old age
  3. Fear of death
  • Relieve yourself of this fear by realizing that it is inescapable



The only thing that you have control over

  • If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else



  • If I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me and correct it.
  • Building alibis is a deeply rooted habit


“Life is a checkerboard. If you hesitate your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!


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