Think & Grow Rich Review

Wow, like I had mentioned earlier there is quite a bit of “heady stuff” in this book.  This review will be similar to the last one.  A bit of a background on the approach, a few key personal takeaways and a ranking of some sort.  What will differ a little bit is that I want to give a little more history of this book and the author prior to diving right into it.  This will save you from having to google it yourself!

According to,  “Napoleon Hill was born into poverty in 1883 in a one-room cabin on the Pound River in Wise County, Virginia. At the age of 10 his mother died, and two years later his father remarried. He became a very rebellious boy, but grew up to be an incredible man. He began his writing career at age 13 as a “mountain reporter” for small town newspapers and went on to become America’s most beloved motivational author. Fighting against all class of great disadvantages and pressures, he dedicated more than 25 years of his life to define the reasons by which so many people fail to achieve true financial success and happiness in their life.”

According to wikipedia, “the first edition of Think and Grow Rich was released in March 1937. Hill claimed that despite limited promotion, the original print run of 5,000 sold out in six weeks, at $2.50 a copy, and that another 10,000 copies sold out again in another six weeks. The third print run totaled 20,000.”

What I personally find fascinating is how the successful people that I speak to reference this book as a “must-read”, even though the book itself is nearly 80 years old and progress since the time that this book has been written has been doing nothing but gaining speed since it was written.  It’s certainly high praise no matter how you look at it.

In saying this, I did read this book by recommendation of my sales coach Elyse Archer, and just prior to her recommending the book I had read the very beginning as Dan Scala had recently mentioned the book in his speech, and found it a little slow to read. However, since it was recommended and seemed to have its place in my life I dove into it with enthusiasm to see what lessons could be gleaned from this old timey book!

The book begins with Napoleon Hill letting us know that he has been given the task to write the book by Andrew Carnegie, whom had also been the one to let him know what the secret to success was.

Napoleon states he spent 25 years preparing this story and that the secret itself is hidden in plain sight, however, he is not able to tell us directly what the secret is as we need to be in a seeking state to begin with and we are not all able to access this secret in the same manner. Google Napoleon Hill Secret.  That didn’t really help, and even if I had found the answer that quickly I may have been a little discouraged.

The first chapter really sets the timing that this was written as well as the location slash frame of mind slash upbringing of the author.  I really felt like I had been jettisoned back 80 or more years in time and it was almost uncomfortable.  Again Napoleon states at the end of this chapter that if you can discern the gist of that chapter you have no real need to read the rest of the book.. Google Napoleon Hill Secret.  Again, not real helpful.. Guess I had to keep reading.

Don’t get me wrong I was enjoying myself, only Google had let me down two times in two attempts!  Rare.

Was I motivate by this book?  Wow, yes.  There were some stiff uppercuts and body blows in this book, which I really enjoyed.  The style in which Napoleon writes is truly honest, he leaves little room for interpretation, at least in my mind!

There was no single call to action, yet many!  I have some homework to do after writing this review and it is all tied to this book.  I will mention that one of the most often stated guide to being successful, whether it stemmed from this book or others, is that you must write down your plans in great detail.  Truly sit down and write them down.  This is reiterated by Tony Robbins as well as Darren Hardy, and I am sure many others, these are just the first two that jump to mind.

Napoleon Hill also seemed ahead of his time in two other ways.

  1.  He speaks a good deal about mental vibration, which as far as I can tell historically doesn’t really hit our mainstream until the Beach Boys start Surfin USA.
  2. He hits the nail on the head in his chapter on Self-Confidence Formula with this paragraph:
    1. This stupendous machine age in which we live, and from which we are just emerging, has taken the soul out of men. Its leaders have driven men as though they were pieces of cold machinery; they were forced to do so by the employees who have bargained, at the expense of all concerned, to get and not to give. The watchword of the future will be human happiness and contentment, and when this state of mind shall have been attained, the production will take care of itself, more effectively than anything that has ever been accomplished where men did not, and could not mix faith and individual interest with their labor.

This IS a book worth reading, he has many awesome insights and perspectives that I do not believe I would have stumbled over myself.  It is also quite interesting to see just what kind of progress the world has made in 80 or so years and whether or not you or I could actually call it progress.

Regardless of whether or not you are looking to add money or other riches as they were into your life, this book deserves a read.  Do try  read as Napoleon suggests, one chapter per evening.  Let some of it absorb.

Last but not least, this was the first full book that I have read in “E” format.  Positives about that, I never had to get up to get a dictionary for the 25 words I wasn’t 100% sure about, and I was able to easily highlight sections that were saved to notes for this book!  How convenient!

The first book was ranked on a would I read it again or refer to it more as a text basis.

This book I would refer to as more of a life guide than a standard book.  I recommend anyone read it, as a bonus it is free.  Here is the link again:

To anyone who has made it this far, who has read this book?  Did you find the “secret”? Did this book change your life?  Please let us know your thoughts!

Thank you!



  1. Excellent review! I can completely relate to feeling slightly out of sorts while reading it since it is from a different era, but I love this book as one to come back to again and again. Every time I read it I seem to pick up something different from it – definitely not one to read once and forget about. You bring up a great point about writing out plans in great detail – the more clarity we have, the more likely we are to be able to make them happen! Did you come to any conclusions about what The Secret is?


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