Think And Grow Rich

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Summary of Napoleon Hill's amazing book Think and Grow Rich. The landmark bestseller—now revised and updated for the 21st century. Over 15 million copies sold worldwide.

What stuns me is that Hill published this book in 1937, long before quantum physics and field theories were researched, already referring to it by means of the Infinite Intelligence. The power of thought transforms this cosmic form into matter. Or, to put it differently, consciousness matters. Literally. This resonates so well with Amit Goswami's The Self-Aware Universe, it's almost unbelievable.

The Thirteen Principles Leading to Wealth

  1. Desire: the Starting Point of All Achievement
    1. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. [be specific and express it in Yens, Euros, or Dollars]
    2. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
    3. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
    4. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
    5. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire. Name the time limit for its acquisition. State what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
    6. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, an once after rising in the morning. As you read, see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.
  2. Faith: Visualization of, Belief in the Attainment of Desire
    • Faith is the eternal elixir which gives life, power and action the impulse of thought! (read this sentence aloud; twice!)
    • Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches!
    • Faith is the basis of all 'miracles' and mysteries that cannot be analysed by the rules of science!
    • Faith is the only known antidote to failure!
    • Faith is the element, the 'chemical' which, when mixed with prayer, gives one direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.
    • Faith is the element that transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite mind of man, into the spiritual equivalent.
    • Faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used.
    • Each of us is what we are because of the dominating thoughts we permit to occupy our minds.
    • Thoughts which are mixed with any of the feelings or emotions constitute a 'magnetic force' which attracts, from the vibrations of the ether, other similar or related thoughts.
    • The ether is a great cosmic mass of eternal forces of vibration.
    • From the great storehouse of the ether, the human mind is constantly attractng vibrations that harmonise with that which dominates the mind.
    • …write out a statement of your major purpose, or Define Chief Aim, commit it to memory and repeat it—in audibel words, day after day—until these vibrations of sound have reached the subconscious mind.
    • All impulses of thought have a tendancy to clothe themselves in their physical equivalence.
    • Read the Dutch translation of the Self-confidence Formula—Formule voor Zelfvertrouwen
  3. Auto-suggestion: the Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind
    1. Go into some quiet spot, close your eyes, and repeat aloud the written statement.
    2. Repeat this programme night and morning until you can see (in your imagination) the money you intend to accumulate.
    3. Place a written copy of your statement where you can see it night and morning. Read it just before retiring and upon rising until it has been memorised.
  4. Specialized Knowledge: Personal Experience or Observations
  5. Imagination: the Workshop of the Mind
  6. Organized Planning: the Crystallization of Desire Into Action
    1. Ally yourself with a group of as many people as you may need for the creation and carrying out of your plan, or plans, for the accumulation of money, making use of the 'Master Mind' principle.
    2. Before forming your 'Master Mind' alliance, decide what advantages and benefits you may offer the individual members of your group in return for their cooperation.
    3. Arrange to meet with the members of your 'Master Mind' group at least twice a week, and more often of possible, until you have collectively perfected the necessary pal, or plans, for the acuumulation of money.
    4. Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your group. … Keep in mind these facts:
      1. You are engaged in an undertaking of major importance to you. To be sure of success, you must have plans that are faultless.
      2. You must have the advantage of the experience, education, natural ability and imagination of other minds. This is in harmony with the methods followed by every person who has accumulated great fortune.
    5. Temporary defeat should mean only one thing—the certain knowledge that there is something wrong with your plan.
    6. A Quitter Never Wins—And A Winner Never Quits.
    7. With few exceptions, people who cannot follow a leader intelligently cannot become efficient leaders.
  7. Decision: the Mastery of Procrastination
  8. Persistence: the Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith
  9. Power of the Master Mind: the Driving Force
  10. Mystery of Sex Transmutation
  11. The Subconscious Mind: Connecting Link
  12. The Brain: a Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought
  13. The Sixth Sense: the Door To Temple of Wisdom