If you are *serious* about creating more wealth for yourself and you have limited time to study only 1 book, “Think and Grow Rich” is it. This book, authored by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937, is a perennial classic.
The brief story is that Hill, fresh out of law school (in debt and no income), had the opportunity to interview with and write a story on Andrew Carnegie for a local magazine. Carnegie was one of the wealthiest individuals of his era and getting late in years, he wanted to give the most valuable thing he could think of to his fellow people, i.e. his ideas. And more specifically, how he and other successful people think.
A 3 hour interview turned into 3 days; Carnegie took a liking to Hill. Carnegie offered Hill a 20-year project, where if Hill applied what he learned, he would have more money than he could imagine for the rest of his life. Carnegie would provide Hill access to all the successful people of that time, in order to learn, study, and distill the common traits these exceptional people have in common. The end result was a book to be shared with the masses. The salary Carnegie offered for this work, $0.00. Imagine. You’re being asked by one of the richest men in the world, to work for 20 years, for free. Incredible.
Hill took up the offer enthusiastically. He interviewed the most accomplished people of the time (including Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Dr. Alexader Graham Bell, Wilbur Wright, Theodore Roosevelt, and more — it’s a long list). The rest is history; and in fact, it’s still in the making by people like you and I. The book has sold more than 30 million copies and is repeatedly endorsed by many successful business entrepreneurs to this day. It seems as if, every other training or seminar I attend, they always ask, “Who has read the book Think and Grow Rich?” It seems to separate the amateurs from the pros, the spectators from the players, the timid from the courageous.
As you can probably infer, I value and admire financial success, as I believe people who have achieved large amounts of wealth must have delivered proportionately large amounts of value. Still, I recognize that acquiring wealth is only one aspect to life. I view Carnegie as a wonderful role model, as he lived and breathed this life philosophy all of his days:
“I spent the first half of my life making money, and the second half giving it away.”
The keys to life are embeded in 2 of the 4 words that title this life inspiring book. They are there, waiting, yours for the taking. The keys, are simply to “Think” and to “Grow”.
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