“You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself.” -Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich
How do you achieve the success of your dreams? For real?
All I know before is that you need Perseverance and lots of Hard Work in order to achieve the success of your dreams or worst case scenario? It will remain forever a dream. But hey, I wouldn’t think my belief will turn into 360 degrees angle until I finished this very inspiring and life-changing book, Think and Grow Rich.
I’m a book lover, a book-worm, and a book enthusiast. I’ve been searching for months of a book that will inspire me and at least feed my hungry soul with new learnings and lessons; may it be in life, career or business. Not so long until a friend introduced this overwhelming book and even-handed me a copy. He’s such a blessing in disguise and I couldn’t thank him enough.
To start off, a man named Napoleon Hill dedicated about 20 years of his life to figure this out by studying and interviewing 500 of the most successful people at the time. People like Edison, Ford, Carnegie and etc. The result was a book called Think and Grow Rich. A book that went on to sell over 20 million copies. A book that greatly influenced the whole field of personal development as we know it today.
In the book, there is a mystery.” The secret to success”. It is mentioned in each chapter amongst stories of paths to success and various helpful tips and strategies. Napoleon Hill never explicitly tells us exactly what that secret is. It’s up to the readers to figure it out.
In my personal experience, he has used some strategies in order for the readers to fully understand and absorb his thoughts, he has used four Powers in his book, Think and Grow Rich
1. The Power of Repetition
He keeps it simple and then he repeats the most important things in various ways to really impress upon the reader how absolutely vital they are. One of the big points of the book is to get you to really get it and start taking action in your life instead of using the book as another magic pill and getting another temporary emotional high.
2. The Power of Real Life Stories
It is amazing that you will encounter true to life stories of success. It made you feel inspired by their stories, it showcased the possibility of reaching your goals because they succeed and so are you, and it entails their attitudes towards success; how they handle criticism, bullies, pressure, money, fame and finally success.
Trust me, these people will become your instant idol.
3. The Power of Eye-Catching Lines
This is one of the reasons why I continuously read the book, it contained highly reasonable and life twisting lines. It was amazing how the author got a blurb – those short lines you see. It is not how you actually interpret it as you’re reading it but how it moved you while you’re reading it until it will leave a mark on you.
He quickly gets to the point and shares lots of real and practically useful value in a simple but well-written way. He gives the book a very positive but also fair quote that is grounded in real life and not some hype about quick and unrealistically easy success.
4. The Power of Step-by-Step Process
Without the fundamentals of this book and the step-by-step plan, it will become a lot harder to organize all the things you read and actually understand what is absolutely essential for you in achieving your heart desires. The author really made sure to reiterate and highlights the most important.
“Success requires no explanation, Failure permits no alibis” – Think and Grow Rich
This is the line that I couldn’t easily get over with because it moved me in an unexplainable way. The line could summarize the book already.
Success is something you don’t get overnight. You have to work hard for it and need to have the right attitude to appropriately respond to anything that could go along the way. Sometimes people are simply afraid to pursue something that seems to come so easily to them. Shouldn’t success be difficult? No, it shouldn’t and it isn’t. These are all excuses. And all the excuses in the world will destroy talent. Our talents will be there, waiting for us to fight through fear and “what ifs” until we realize what we should have been doing our entire lives. We have been given natural talents for a reason, to use them for the betterment of ourselves and to those who inhabit it.
Have you ever noticed that when you engage in an activity in which you are naturally talented, you feel energized, excited and optimistic? That’s a sign that these are the things you should be focusing upon. When you’re practically buzzing all over, so excited you can hardly stand still.
Your job is to find out what makes you buzz and begin to perfect it. Discover your brilliance in life and practice, practice, practice. You must hone your natural abilities to perfect them, concentrate on your strengths, not your weaknesses.
Today this how I know; A Burning Desire is at most present because it is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off, mixed with lots of Faith, pour all of your Persistence and applied through a Plan and that plan must be set in Action; then you’re good to go! Enjoy the ride, you might encounter a lot of bumps along the way but as long as you know your destination, you’ll get through. And don’t forget what Napoleon Hill taught us Success comes to those who are success conscious We are the captain of our own ship, sail towards success!
I highly recommend this book because the author obviously wants us to work hard towards and achieve real success in our life. The book is not just about getting you to feel good for a short while (although it does that too). It’s about you taking personal responsibility for your own life and making what you want out of it.