It was not the first encounter with the book. The book always catches my attention whenever I search for any book in online bookstores or physical ones. I would always think of why the writer Napoleon Hill titled the book ‘Think And Grow Rich’. When I bought the book and gave it a read I came to know that how thinking is connected to growing rich, rather I would say being successful.
Robin Sharma in his book the ‘Greatness guide’ writes that if you don’t think you can not improve yourself. He once met one of Asia’s top CEOs and asked him the secret of his outrageous success. He smiled and said, “I make time to think.” He further writes, every morning, he (CEO) spends at least 45 minutes thinking alone. That is what the book ‘Think And Grow Rich’ also talks about.
Every success and achievements are originated from thinking. It was Henry Ford’s thinking that everybody should possess car irrespective of financial status. Eventually, with the invention of Model T, he achieved his what we should call ‘thinking’ or goal.
However, only thinking does not make people achieve extraordinary. Every individual thinks a lot of things such as making more money, having happy relationships and having fame. However, only a few of them actually make it possible because those who think and achieve always have a burning desire to achieve what they think or want.
If you think that you want to become a famous doctor or writer you should have a burning desire to achieve it. Once the burning desire is attached to your thinking then the following steps come into the picture.
Napoleon Hill in this book ‘Think And Grow Rich’ explained six steps of achieving the dream of possessing more money. Although, I believe the steps are not just for gaining more money but for every goal and dream you want to achieve. Let’s understand the steps better…
Decide what exactly you want. Let’s take the example of gaining more money. Fix the amount of money you desire to gain. Generally, we think- we want more money. Eventually, we end up earning money that we don’t satisfy with. The better way is to fix the amount that you want to earn.
What you do when you have to buy a house? You find out the price for the same and then start accumulating money for the house. Similarly, you need to fix an amount and start working towards accumulating the same.
Priya Ardis put it right, “but remember, nothing comes without a price. Our paths are not mapped; they’re made.” You have to give something in order to gain the money that you desire. List down all the things that you are willing to give for the money you want.
If you need to find an extra source of income for it then find out one. If you think that some new skills will increase your earning which will help you to accumulate the desired money then acquire the skills. If you are planning to start a new business with the money you desire then approach people who can contribute to your business. Remember, nothing comes without a price
A deadline is a must to get anything done. Give a deadline to your goal of accumulating money. This way you will try hard to accomplish the goal. Or else you will delay it further whenever you face any challenges.
I have also fixed a date when I want my website and my books earn me a certain amount (I can’t disclose the amount). Because of that deadline, I am trying hard to do everything that I can do to achieve my goal. I would highly recommend you to give yourself a deadline.
Now you know what you want, when you want and what you are willing to sacrifice for the same. The next step is to create a concise and clear plan that you can execute. Don’t worry about whether you are ready for it or not. Just make a plan and try to execute it as soon as possible.
“A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.” Brian Tracy
There are many who plan and set goals in the mind. In result, they end up achieving unsatisfactory results. In 1979 Harvard MBA analysed the graduating class to study goal setting. Prior to graduation, it was analysed that:
84% of the entire class had set no goals at all
13% of the class had set written goals but had no concrete plans
3% of the class had both written goals and concrete plans
Ten years later, the 13% of the class that had set written goals but had not created plans, were making twice as much money as the 84% of the class that had set no goals at all.
On the other hand, 3% of the class that had both written goals and plans to achieve them were making ten times as much as the rest of the 97% of the class.
That is why you also have to write down everything from what you want to when and how you want to achieve.
It’s time to remind yourself of your goals and plans. How do you do this? It’s very simple. You have to read your goals and visualise them every single day. For instance, as far as accumulating a certain amount is concerned, you have to visualize this goal as if you have already possessed that amount. Feel the possession of the amount. It will strengthen your belief system. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities,” Norman Vincent Peale.
Personal feedback on the book
The book is very engaging at its initial stage and it fades in between. If you feel like skipping any chapter while reading the book then you can skip. However, do not forget to read the skipped chapter afterwards. I did the same. It will help you somehow.
I would highly recommend this book to you because the book really inspires the readers and if you follow some suggestions from the book you will really see some changes in your life and the way you think.