Why do you recommend "Think and Grow Rich"?

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Hi everyone ...

I wanted to know why I should buy this book.

Is this book similar to the secret and programming your mindset ?

I just wanted some opinions before I go ahead and buy it ...
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    Its a great book that will help change your mindset and lead you to be successful. I highly recommend it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    'The Secret' was inspired by 'Think & Grow Rich'.

    This book is my business bible and I go back to it every now and then. True classic indeed.
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  • Profile picture of the author rightknight
    Because it the book that most of today's personal achievement science, lectures and books are based on. Its the mothership, if you will
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  • Profile picture of the author headmaster211
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    This is the 2nd book I read on getting rich. First one was "Rich dad Poor dad" by Robert Kiyosaki. Love them both. I can ready them 1000 times seriously.
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    • Profile picture of the author jideofor
      Originally Posted by headmaster211 View Post

      This is the 2nd book I read on getting rich. First one was "Rich dad Poor dad" by Robert Kiyosaki. Love them both. I can ready them 1000 times seriously.
      Same here. It was my 2nd after Rich Dad Poor Dad. OP, the secrets of success is universal and I can tell you that that book did turn a man into a multimillionaire here in Nigeria. He has often referred to Think and Grow Rich as the book that inspired him over 25 years ago and today he has 3 publication to his name: 2 in a soccer niche and 1 in business and money making niche.

      So, it's a highly recommended book. I have one myself and now that you mentioned it, I will go over it again. 4 of my all time favorites are : Rich Dad Poor Dad, Think and Grow Rich, Think Big( By Ben Carson) , The Richest Man in Babylon.
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  • Profile picture of the author pizzatherapy
    I recommend "Think and Gow Rich". It really is a classic. I feel all of the principles presented are very relevant today.

    If you search You Tube you can find video of Napoleon Hill discussing this book. Simply outstanding. I also like "The Strangest Secret" by Earl Nightingale. You can find him on YouTube as well...Or just Google "The Stangest Secret".

    Very motivational!

    Without a doubt "Think and Grow Rich" will help you with your mindset. There are many many other books with the same universal theme, such as "As A Man Thinketh", "The Magic of Believing", "The Science of Getting Rich" to name a few.

    However the real key is to not "Think and Grow Rich" but to take action and grow rich.

    All the thinking in the world will not make you a penny. It's when you put those thoughts in action does the real magic happen...

    Have passion, then take action!

    Go for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kenneth L
    I am not particularly keen on the book. I think there may be some good common-sense points in there but there is also a lot of "hocus-pocus" too. Bit like most of the self-help niche.

    I would say in general that I prefer to read biographies and autobiographies of successful people than to read about success principles in a "self help" book.

    Kenneth
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Kenneth L View Post

      I am not particularly keen on the book. I think there may be some good common-sense points in there but there is also a lot of "hocus-pocus" too.
      I agree 100%.

      Different things appeal to different people - in this "niche" as in any other.

      I don't doubt that there are also large numbers of people who've found it very beneficial.

      I think perfectly legitimate free PDF downloads of this book are available online, by the way? Maybe it's out of copyright, now? So possibly there's no real need to buy it unless you're someone who particularly values the "pound of paper" (actually that book will weigh in at a lot under a pound - it's not very long!).

      It might be partly a "generation thing": I don't know (m)any people my age who actually like the book.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
      Originally Posted by Kenneth L View Post

      ... but there is also a lot of "hocus-pocus" too. Bit like most of the self-help niche.
      I've read a few self-help books, and I must say, most of them are just basic principles twisted to the point it gets you confused. Also, since these principles are not many, and you can't go on and on about them, they feel the need to fill the rest of the book with basically 100% pure crap and made up techniques that are so stupid, I wonder how the publishers give them the green light.

      I honestly think most self-help books shouldn't be on shelves, rather than in a bin. It's perhaps the same situation in this niche as it is in the "money making" niche: empty promises vs false big income claims.

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      • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
        Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

        I honestly think most self-help books shouldn't be on shelves, rather than in a bin. It's perhaps the same situation in this niche as it is in the "money making" niche: empty promises vs false big income claims.
        Just because you don't understand something (That has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for the better) - you want it all thrown in the bin?

        Jesus - that's a limited perspective.
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        • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
          Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

          Just because you don't understand something (That has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for the better) - you want it all thrown in the bin?

          Jesus - that's a limited perspective.
          Most does not equal all. I honestly think there are good self-helf books out there, but there are just too many books written just for the bucks, and they almost always contain the exact same advice just reworded to avoid the plagiarsm. Sorry if I came across as an anti self-helf books guy - I'm not.
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          • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
            Originally Posted by Lucian Lada View Post

            ... but there are just too many books written just for the bucks, and they almost always contain the exact same advice just reworded to avoid the plagiarsm.
            I agree with you 100% on that point. But Think And Grow Rich is one of the books all those self-help books are based on. If you read it, you will see why.

            By the way, I remember the first time I heard George Carlin with this bit. Absolutely brilliant.
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by cjinthecloud View Post

    Hi everyone ...

    I wanted to know why I should buy this book.

    Is this book similar to the secret and programming your mindset ?

    I just wanted some opinions before I go ahead and buy it ...
    Way better than the secret. It not only speaks on the loa stuff, but it actually gives you some neat exercises to do, to help you achieve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas W
    you can download the book for free. I also personally do weekly conference calls talking about "Think and Grow Rich"

    It's a way of realizing how powerful your brain is and knowing how to tap into it. It's amazing how good things automagically happen when you do so.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Think And Grow Rich has you focus just as much on mindset as on taking action. I do find "The Secret" to be a good read but TOO many people lean on it and it becomes a crutch for people to think TOO much and NOT take MASSIVE action.
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  • Profile picture of the author Weedy92
    Have never read it..
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    It contains secrets from an old-time master. Quite possibly the best motivational book ever written.
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyrior
    I had it from a friend but didn't read it. My view is that this kind of book won't be necessary if you know what you want and how to achieve it. Just my 2cents.
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    • Profile picture of the author retsced
      Originally Posted by tonyrior View Post

      I had it from a friend but didn't read it. My view is that this kind of book won't be necessary if you know what you want and how to achieve it. Just my 2cents.
      How sad that you are able to make such an assumption without ever reading the book. Opinions are useless when based on assumptions. "All great wisdom begins when we realize we don't know as much as we think we do"
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  • Profile picture of the author David James
    It goes against what most Warriors seem to think but I found it a really dull read. Some common sense/obvious points and a lot of fluff. To be honest, I'm not even sure if I finished it or not.

    I think a lot of self-help books work like a placebo drug. If you believe and trust in them, they work for you and that's great. Think and Grow Rich just didn't resonate with me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by David James View Post


      I think a lot of self-help books work like a placebo drug. If you believe and trust in them, they work for you and that's great. Think and Grow Rich just didn't resonate with me.
      Now THAT is a sensible position for not liking it.
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  • Profile picture of the author anuj291
    I am never able to read anything !! too lazy... iPhotos and videos is how it should be done
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    • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
      Originally Posted by anuj291 View Post

      I am never able to read anything !! too lazy... iPhotos and videos is how it should be done
      An interesting thought from someone who runs a writing service.

      Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I have this book for over a year now but did not finished reading yet... I always have problem reading books. I read only the first half and abandon the rest..
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    The reason this book is more successful that many others in the niche is because he spent 25 years writing it. He interviewed 500 of the most successful people of his time and distilled their success into a series of workable principles that could be followed by anyone. Plus the Andrew Carnegie backstory is very interesting. As someone said earlier in the thread, the Lost Recordings on YouTube are pure gold.
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  • Profile picture of the author YoungAndOpulent
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    Considering that Napoleon Hill (the author of Think & Grow Rich) was hired by Andrew Carnegie (the 2nd richest man to ever live) to study the 500 richest people in the world in order to gather the information contained in Think & Grow Rich, I think that by itself gives it a lot of validity. I will agree that there's alooooooooot of B.S. out there in the self-help niche, but Napoleon Hill isn't one of them.

    By the way, Think & Grow Rich isn't discussing anything that hasn't been shared for thousands of years already. People in Ancient Egypt possessed this same knowledge (which some has called hocus pocus), which was kept secret for the longest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry White
    Go to amazon.com

    In the Search window type in the book title and click the 'Go' button.

    Select the version with the most stars/reviews

    On the book page, read the reviews, and 'Look Inside' (if available) above the cover photo.

    Make up your own mind.

    Over the years, I've found that the best choices generally will have more reviews and higher ratings, and the higher they both are the more confidence I have. But, there are hundreds of gems that somehow manage to escape the larger audience they deserve; and many other that don't measure up to their popularity IMNSHO.

    One other feature that most people seem to miss is the readers' response above the star rating/subject/date line. Sometimes it's a "grade" on how persuasive the reviewer is; other times it's nothing more than agreeing with his/her bias.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I've read it many times. Maybe I've outgrown it but it doesn't do much for me anymore. The truth is that Napoleon Hill was actually broke in his later years as were many of the people he profiled in that book. Through some bad business decisions Hill lost the rights to his own book.

    A man by the name of Clement Stone came along and bought the rights to the book back and helped Hill get back on his feet. Clement Stone has actually written a couple of books that are in fact excellent. Stone was Jack Canfield's mentor. Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup For The Soul books which have sold in the hundreds of millions.

    There are many good things in Think And Grow Rich but I believe it's dated and not totally accurate in many regards. Still, if personal development is of interest to you it's probably a book you'd get some benefit from.
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    • Profile picture of the author YoungAndOpulent
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      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I've read it many times. Maybe I've outgrown it but it doesn't do much for me anymore. The truth is that Napoleon Hill was actually broke in his later years as were many of the people he profiled in that book. Through some bad business decisions Hill lost the rights to his own book.

      A man by the name of Clement Stone came along and bought the rights to the book back and helped Hill get back on his feet. Clement Stone has actually written a couple of books that are in fact excellent. Stone was Jack Canfield's mentor. Canfield is the co-author of the Chicken Soup For The Soul books which have sold in the hundreds of millions.

      There are many good things in Think And Grow Rich but I believe it's dated and not totally accurate in many regards. Still, if personal development is of interest to you it's probably a book you'd get some benefit from.
      Let's also keep in mind that W. Clement Stone became a billionaire through his own insurance company BEFORE he started writing self-help books. He credited Think & Grow Rich for his success as a salesman in his early days. I don't want people to think Mr. Stone was just a self-help author. He was a businessman first!
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      [QUOTE=travlinguy;6904426] The truth is that Napoleon Hill was actually broke in his later years as were many of the people he profiled in that book. Through some bad business decisions Hill lost the rights to his own book. QUOTE]

      Sad, but true. Hill was a reporter, and owned Success magazine for awhile. He was a poor businessman, but he was great at interviewing the business legends of his time. And he was a good writer.

      For those who haven't read the book....
      It describes the attributes all great men and women have. It describes the parts of their mental makeup. It does not tell you "the ten easy steps to IT riches"

      What makes the super wealthy people...well...different? This book lays that out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    Books like these rarely offer anything new, but what they are good at is consolidating common sense.
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      The book was written in the 1930s so some of the references are quaint.

      But if you really want to know why some people are incredibly wealthy...and most are not...this is the book.

      I don't know if this means anything, but I bought a copy when I was about 20 years old, read it...and didn't get it at all.

      Again, when I was about 30. Still wondered what all the talk was about.

      Read it again when I was 45...and got it.

      Ignore the fact that the examples all happened in the 1930s. (at latest)
      The principles are universal.

      Yeah, The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale and How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie are also true classics. And you can buy used editions for maybe $5 total on Amazon.

      The Secret is about "How to achieve your dreams by wishing and hoping".

      Think And Grow Rich is about "How these people really made huge sums of money"
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Has anyone studied or know factually the historical marketing behind the book?


    SN: I read an interesting article from NY Times.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/13/bo...ted=all&src=pm
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    • Profile picture of the author mosthost
      Originally Posted by theory expert View Post

      Has anyone studied or know factually the historical marketing behind the book?


      SN: I read an interesting article from NY Times.
      How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - New York Times
      Interesting. You know what it proves? He never gave up. Not only that, but W. Clement Stone adopted his principles, became worth $400,000,000 and then helped Hill get rich after all. Quite a happy ending to his career, after all.
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      • Profile picture of the author YoungAndOpulent
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        Originally Posted by mosthost View Post

        Interesting. You know what it proves? He never gave up. Not only that, but W. Clement Stone adopted his principles, became worth $400,000,000 and then helped Hill get rich after all. Quite a happy ending to his career, after all.
        Exactly. Not only that, Hill talked freely about all of his "failures" in The Law of Success. He called them "turning points." Meaning that each failure provided a new opportunity and a much needed learning experience. So I don't see why the author of this article pointed out those shortcomings as a negative thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author FIERCE IM
    hello,

    I have never read that. I am not personnally into gurru book wich will give you some guide oradvise on how to do things. I like to be self motivated but some people like that kind of help. Some answer here recommend that, it looks like you need some kind of motivation and advise. why not you can buy it if you think that can help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author MyiMall
    Um....why WOULDN'T you read it?

    You can get it for free online (just search THINK AND GROW RICH PDF). It's 235 pages that you can easily skim to see if it resonates with you. If not, delete the file.

    Asking "should I read this" is like asking "should I invest in the stock market." There's no real answer that fits everyone. If YOU think it could be of value to you - dip your toe in the water and give it a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author rightknight
    For anyone who questions Hill's success, let us just say that history regards him as the 'father' of all personal development authors. Guys like Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Jim Rohn all look up to him.

    He is considered the master of the philosophy of personal achievement. And, considering that his definite chief aim in life was to publish & teach personal achievement, I would definitely say he is a success!
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  • Profile picture of the author speedbird
    I recommend 'Think and Grow Rich' because it is the best personal development book I have read and it has made an impact in my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian Schmidt
    Think and Grow Rich may be the best ever success book written IMO. The difference between it and the Secret is the secret teaches you to wish for things. TAGR teaches you how to get control of your mind to focus and take action to accomplish all your goals. Ever made a goal and then gone after it and then became unmotivated to continue it even though you knew it would work? You might have the greatest idea in the world but it won't happen just wishing for it. it also gives you the metaphysical side of things. too.

    Have you ever set a goal and went after it and it seemed all of a sudden everything in the universe combined against you from accomplishing it? If you have ever had that happened and persevered through the bad stuff and then all of a sudden all the doors began opening up to get it accomplished Think and Grow Rich will give you the keys to making that happen every time from the physical to the metaphysical!
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  • Profile picture of the author Niche Low
    'Think And Grow Rich" is a timeless classic! Many successful people have read it and recommended it. I read twice and I am going to read it the third time and more! One of the strengths of this book is its extensive research done on more than 500 successful people over the course of 25 years. Some of them include Tomas Edison and Henry Ford. These are real stories, and if you can learn their strategies for becoming successful with he cost of a book for less than $20, why not? (:
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincent Garner
    I recommend my friends to read "Think And Grow Rich". this is a classic book. Everytime i read this book i learn a new secret.
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  • Profile picture of the author secretguy
    Originally Posted by cjinthecloud View Post

    Hi everyone ...

    I wanted to know why I should buy this book.

    Is this book similar to the secret and programming your mindset ?

    I just wanted some opinions before I go ahead and buy it ...
    Buy it man.
    It's very well written

    And also, you'll get a lot of ideas maybe not about how to think and grow rich but about the stuff you are doing right now. That's the best reason to buy a book.
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