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Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

by Napoleon Hill

Published: 2005 | 320 pages
Rating Amazon:  stars rating 4.6 
Rating by reviewer:  stars rating 4.5 
Author of the article: Rafael Peduti
Date of the summary: Aug 9, 2020

The book Think and Grow Rich shows you how to do effective life planning and how to connect your mind, actions, and desires into success.

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Napoleon Hill wrote the book Think and Grow Rich in 1934, inspired by a business magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Despite its age, the book is still relevant today, a bestseller and one of the book classics in the field of personal development and self-help.

Napoleon Hill believed that this method should be taught in public and private schools. If taught correctly, it would change the education system and the time spent at school would be cut in half.

This technique has no name, but many famous people have already used it to achieve their goals. Many of these were not even famous and successful before using this technique. It was also extensively used by presidents and businessmen.

Interesting quotes from the book

You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.

— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.

— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way.

— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Summary of the book Think and Grow Rich

We need to be obsessed with our goals. The mind has the power to turn desires into reality increasing your spiritual and financial comfort. The book cites the example of a miner and his family who participate in the gold rush. After investing a lot of money and time in a gold mine, he was forced to give up after not finding the venue of the gold. A few weeks later, another miner hired a specialized service to find out what happened. They discovered that the venue would be found just 3 feet from where the first miner was. After years of the event, the first miner said in an interview that he had to give up on gold, but never gave up on his dream of getting rich.

A few years later, he became one of the biggest insurance salespeople making millions in sales. This achievement was only possible because he was not beaten by failure. He saw failure as something temporary.

He knew he could overcome it. Sometimes people are about to reach the goal, but end up giving up because of failures.

Never let failure overwhelm your desire to win. The more you concentrate on failures the more you attract other failures. We all have a history of failure before success is achieved.


The author suggests that you must write down your goals, no matter what they are (financial, loving, or physical), read them every day before bed and when you wake up.

Try to see yourself today as you plan to be tomorrow.

There is no way to achieve great levels of success and earn a lot of money unless you can visualize it every day in your mind. In the book, there is a deepening in this type of technique.


According to the author, we have two types of imagination: synthetic and creative.

Synthetic imagination is where your plans, knowledge, and ideas are stored. There is not much action there.

Creative imagination is where the magic happens, because it is where the plans become a reality.

Many successful artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs reached the top after mastering it. It is worth remembering that it only works when it is inspired by something.


The universe is composed of matter and energy. Our thoughts are a form of energy. Use this energy to build your wealth. When you work hard, your energy is in tune with the universe.


Sometimes opportunities come in unexpected ways. For instance, let's assume that you want to be a realtor and your first goal is a hundred-thousand-dollar customer. Instead, you find a twenty-thousand-dollar customer. In your mind, you think this customer is a bad deal. Something like "Oh, I don't need this customer, he does not have enough money!"

You end up not giving the necessary attention to this customer for finding him worthless. This is a huge mistake because this twenty-thousand-dollar customer can turn into a one-million-dollar customer in the future. Give your customers maximum attention regardless of how much they have to spend. Focus on opportunities today and forget the past. Only the future matters!


The book mentions faith, not as a religious belief, but in a way that you believe in yourself, in your mindset. You will only be able to achieve great things when you believe in it. That's why it is so important to read them every day! Faith can be helpful in various ways:

To start a plan again, to motivate people in your workgroup and to have a healthy mind.

Be faithful.

Specialized Knowledge

To add valueto society and achieve our goals, we need specialized knowledge. It could be getting a diploma or selling something that you learned to build when you were a child. If you don't have any specialized knowledge yet, don't worry because you can get it through books, classes, or online courses. To reach your maximum performance in life, you need to continue learning and studying every day,even if you already have a college degree.

The Conscious and Subconscious Mind

Through his research, Napoleon Hill defines the conscious mind as the one that receives information through the senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. It's responsible for thinking and planning.

Your conscious mind has access to the same information as your subconscious mind and your conscious mind is linked to the subconscious mind.

What you have contact on a daily bases directly influences your subconscious mind.

If you feed your conscious mind with positive and productive things, your subconscious mind will receive a positive impact. The result of this is a positive mindset and personal growth!

Even if you grew up in a toxic environment, try to think and visualize good things every day.

Make it a habit!

Organized Planning

Before you act, you need a plan. An effective way to plan is to write down the goal, what are the necessary steps and who will be the people needed to help execute this goal.

There is no way for an individual to reach his full potential without the support of other people, after all, we live in a society. You must choose people who believe in the same ideas as you. You will also need to reward them. It doesn't necessarily have to be financial.

Don't take too long to take action.

Delaying the decision is a form of procrastination. For example, if your marriage is a failure and you realize there is no future, you must do something about it now!

If you take too long to make a decision, you wasted your time, which could be used to do productive things. Do not delay decisions! Time is your most valuable asset.

Do not waste time! Act now!

Do not be influenced by people's opinions

Most failed people are easily influenced by the opinion of others. Do not take third party opinions into account, unless they are part of your planning group. Focus on your planning and your life. People give advice that didn't even work in their lives. It doesn't make any sense.

Don't listen to them.

The Sixth Sense

After mastering all fundamentals taught in this book, you develop a sixth sense. There is no description of the sixth sense. Some people know it as intuition, others as a greater force. It is not possible to understand it without knowledge. It is an internal force that connects with the universe and with our soul.

Review of the book Think and Grow Rich

In my opinion, the book Think and Grow Rich focuses mainly on the connection between the mind and the universe. I have already applied some techniques taught in this book which have proved to be very effective in my life. People tend to want quick results, but they forget that they need to plan before they act. This book shows you how to do effective life planning. Very interesting book!


The book Think and Grow Rich shows how powerful the thought can be. Through planning and hard work, everyone can achieve success. Failures can happen, but it is part of the journey. It doesn't last forever. The last chapter is very interesting because the sixth sense will make you achieve goals you never thought it would be possible.

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