It’s safe to say that I have found a new book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Not only is this a book that I will definitely be reading again, but it is also a book that will remain in my backpack with me so that I can read bits and pieces of it when I need an extra little boost of encouragement and inspiration. Yes, it is that powerful of a book.
I took the recommendation from a podcast that I listen to, Rob Dial’s The Mindset and Motivation Podcast, and I am glad that I did. When I first started reading, I will admit that I was a little sceptical. Could one book truly hold all of the secrets to becoming successful and growing rich?
Now, not to give the book away or anything, but yes, it does contain the secrets to success and growing rich. But just know that the secret to becoming successful and growing rich is going to be seen differently by every person who reads it.
The secret to growing rich.
Thomas Edison had a total of twelve weeks of public schooling. Henry Ford dropped out of school at the age of sixteen to start working. The two men, who are some of the two wealthiest individuals for their time didn’t accumulate their riches through the education system or through working for “The Man.” They accumulated their riches through hard work and the pursuit of their desires.
Both of these men knew the secret to growing rich. The secret to growing rich: you have to believe in yourself, and you have to think that you can and will grow rich. Without the mentality that you will actually accumulate all of the riches that you desire in life, you will never actually achieve these riches.
The secret, or how I saw it to be, is that everything lies within your own mind. If you truly believe that you will grow rich, then you will become rich. If you don’t believe that you have what it takes to become rich, then you stand no chance in actually becoming rich.
This would be a perfect time to quote Henry Ford, who once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
If you aren’t willing to believe in yourself or think that you are deserving of the wealth that you desire, then how can you possibly expect the universe to cooperate and help you to attract the riches that you desire? You can’t.
Thoughts have power.
Whether we believe it to be true or not, our thoughts have power. One way that Hill describes the power of the human mind is similar to that of radio frequency. When you want something and believe in your ability to achieve that something, you not only start working towards that desire, but you simultaneously attract that desire towards you until it becomes your reality.
But when you doubt yourself and doubt what you are capable of achieving, then you will only push yourself away from and distance yourself from the things that you desire.
Again, think of Edison and Ford. Do you think that either of these men or any being who has accumulated success and riches has done so through doubting themselves? Not a chance. They achieved the success and riches that they achieved through following their vision and never letting any obstacle or amount of failure and doubt stand in their way of achieving the things that they wanted to achieve.
The good news is that just like you and me, Edison and Ford were humans. They didn’t come from wealthy backgrounds to propel their success, they didn’t have life made easy, and they didn’t have substantial amounts of schooling to help “guide” them towards becoming rich. They had something far greater than any of these attributes combined: willpower and a burning desire to achieve all they envisioned for themselves. Thus, they did just that.
I can only speak for myself, but this book has changed my life, and my overall take on life. I know what I can and am going to achieve, and I am willing to work towards the success that I envision myself having until I do just that. Because I have that faith and belief in myself, that is how I know that I will achieve my goals.
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