Think And Grow Rich- How To Be Successful At Life

If you’ve never read Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill then you’re missing out on one of the best financial success books of all time. It’s a classic that should be read by everyone in school because it’s much more than a financial success book, it’s a book on how to be successful at life. If you learn and apply the principles in the book you have a formula to get whatever you want from life.

Conceive, believe, achieve

Napoleon Hill spent twenty years studying high achievers like think-and-grow-rich-2Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and Henry Ford to learn their formula for success. While these men used the principles discussed in the book to accumulate wealth, you can use the same principles in any area of your life, not just in your finances. This book will show you what to do and how to do it. Success according to Andrew Carnegie is “the power with which to acquire whatever one demands of life without violating the rights of others”

Happiness found in doing, not only in possessing

This book was first published in 1937 so some of the information is outdated in particular some of the specialized knowledge, yet the principles are just as relevant today as they were when the book was first written. There are fourteen principles described in the book which form a “philosophy of achievement” They are:

  1. Definiteness of Purpose (knowing exactly what you want)
  2. Desire (the starting point of all achievement)
  3. Faith
  4. Autosuggestion
  5. Specialized Knowledge
  6. Imagination
  7. Organized Planning
  8. Decision
  9. Persistence
  10. Power Of The Mastermind
  11. The Mystery Of Sex Transmutation
  12. The Subconscious Mind
  13. The Brain
  14. The Six Sense

Failure Carries With It The Seed Of Success

I’ve read this book at least ten times in the last fifteen years and every time I come back to it I see something I missed before, not because the book changed but because I have. One of the best lessons in this book is to look in every failure for the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. Every time I pitch a sale and someone says no I analyse it so that I’ll know how to respond next time and how to present it better.

There are no limitations except those we accept

The best financial success books go beyond simply teaching you how to make more money and Think And Grow Rich certainly does that. I feel like this is a book that needs to be studied not just read, over and over again until it permeates your thinking. Obviously you need to apply the principles as well, merely reading the book is not going to help you achieve anything but it’s a good starting point.

Thank you for reading and feel free to leave any comments below







  1. I’ve heard about this book before. I will have to check it out now that I have a better idea what it’s about.

    1937 – that’s a long time ago! But it’s good to know that the principles in the book are timeless.

    I think I’ve seen a few other books written by the same author. Have you read any of his other works? Are they also pretty good?

    • Yes I’ve read Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rules, Master key to Riches and listened to an audio program called The Science of Personal Achievement and they are all very good. The Science of Personal Achievement expands on Think and Grow Rich to seventeen principles that Andrew Carnegie first discussed with Napoleon Hill when he started working on a philosophy of success. You’re right Nick, 1937 is a long time ago but Think and Grow Rich is definitely a classic, it still sells well today

  2. Funny that you review Think and Grow Rich I just finished reading this book yesterday. I agree it’s an awesome book and you wouldn’t even know it was written in 1937 unless you know the people that Napoleon Hill refers to through out. I haven’t checked anything else from him other than a few audio things on YouTube. I will have a look at some of the others you mentioned. Keep up the great reviews.

    • Thanks for the feedback Raul. Think and Grow Rich is the kind of book you can study all your life, I’ll have more from Napoleon Hill soon. Cheers

  3. I’ve read Think and Grow Rich before and it’s a fantastic read for those wanting to be successful in life. The thing is, books like these will never be shared in schools or colleges because although society wants us to learn, it doesn’t want us to break free from the “status-quo” and become Entrepreneurs.

    Society wants us all to fall into line, get jobs and stay average. But it’s people like Napoleon Hill who are the role models to encourage and inspire us to do more in life.

    To really succeed at anything you do, you must learn from the most successful people in the world. Think and Grow Rich helps us to do just that.

    Cheers for the book review.

    • Hi Neil, you’re absolutely right, society does not really want too many independent thinkers, which is what Think and Grow Rich encourages. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers

  4. Interesting site and very interesting reviews on TAGR. Personally, I won’t read this book as I know reading it won’t help me. I’ve read it once but nothing worked. WHY? Simple, because for these ideas to work, you have to STUDY the book, word by word, sentence by sentence.
    I was lucky to find a hardback copy of the 1st edition in Borders in New York one year for $20 – I bought it straight away even though I already had a later paperback.
    I wanted to read the book that would last longer and if it’s good enough for Bob Proctor, then it’s good enough for me

    • Thanks for your comment Dave. I agree with you that Think and Grow Rich is the kind of book that has to be studied, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. I am interested in the principles behind it rather than just acquiring more money, that’s why I’ve read it so many times. All the best

  5. Someone who has become successful in affiliate marketing has attributed his milestone to reading this book by Napolean Hill, but I never really know what’s in the content.

    I’ve never been a big fan of reading self-development book as I felt that they are all saying the same thing. But it would be interesting to find out what this topic might look like in the 1930’s.

    I’ve just started my Audible subscription and will definitely be adding this book in the list. Thanks for giving me the gist of it.

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