Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Discover, in this summary, the magic formula that creates millionaires and guarantees success in your life.

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Many people have the desire to achieve enrichment, but few do. The book "Think and Grow Rich", by the author Napoleon Hill, unveils the secrets to reach power and become rich, through tips and tools that were elaborated from the study of the rise of 500 fortunes.

After reading the work, you will get improvements in your financial life and you will be motivated to pursue your dreams and goals.

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The book "Think and Grow Rich"

The book "Think and Grow Rich" was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 and has the main objective of helping you achieve the much-desired success.

For this, the author studied for over twenty years the principles, characteristics, and essential secrets in common that the 500 most powerful people of the 20th century possessed (such as Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, and Andrew Carnegie).

With more than 30 million copies sold worldwide, the book is considered a bestseller.

Who was Napoleon Hill?

Napoleon Hill was born in 1883 in the United States. He began his career at the age of 13 as a reporter, and he was consolidated on the principles of success, studying and investigating great winners and their respective careers.

The author shared his teachings and influenced thousands of people worldwide, through bestsellers in the area of personal achievements, such as:

Why should I read it?

The book "Think and Grow Rich" is great for you who are looking for a way to achieve your goals through good behavior and the insertion of positive thoughts.

Also, you will learn how to translate the correct goals into actions and uncover concepts about enrichment that are fixed in your life.

What are the key points of the book "Think and Grow Rich"?

  • Attitudes are the consequences of your thoughts;
  • Know what your desire is and have fire in your belly;
  • You are the result of your thoughts, so have faith in yourself;
  • Specialized knowledge as a "potential for power";
  • Shared planning and the network of contacts;
  • The decision-making process;
  • Persistence, subconscious, and choices.

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Basic principles for success


The first step in becoming rich is to have a strong desire to be rich. It may seem simple, right? But that desire has to be a real "fire in the belly" and have a good dose of persistence.

An example that the author Napoleon Hill uses in the book "Think and Grow Rich" is that of Thomas Edison, who even after 10, 000 failed experiments, managed to achieve his goal of creating the electric light bulb.

The desire must be planned as accurately as possible that generates maximum enthusiasm.

The author indicates six steps to develop this desire:

  1. Establish the fixed amount you want;
  2. Inform what you want to give in exchange for the amount received;
  3. Establish a deadline;
  4. Make a detailed plan to execute your desire and start now, regardless of whether you are prepared or not;
  5. Make a document compiling all these previous points;
  6. Read this document twice a day, always before going to bed and when you wake up. It is also important to imagine what it will be like when you have that money.


Napoleon Hill's advice is that you have faith in yourself, as it will help you to walk your path.

You are the result of your thoughts, and they feed your faith. Therefore, think positive and develop self-confidence through these 5 tips contained in the book "Think and Grow Rich":

  1. You can achieve your goal, be persistent and start taking action now;
  2. Dominant thoughts will come true, so keep in mind the person you want to become;
  3. Set aside 10 minutes of your day to make a self-suggestion, which is seen as sending thoughts from the conscious to the subconscious;
  4. Write down your goals and purposes and never give up;
  5. Eliminate negativity from your life.

Specialized Knowledge and Imagination

The author Napoleon Hill characterizes specialized knowledge as a "potential for power", as you will not achieve success without putting it into practice and converting it into attitudes.

The need to continue learning throughout life is real. There are several ways and means to accomplish this, expanding knowledge in a practical way.

However, it is not possible to gain an understanding of everything alone. So one piece of advice the author gives is to build a network of contacts with whom you can share knowledge.

Another point highlighted in the book "Think and Grow Rich" is the imagination. It helps us to solve unpredictable problems and develop improvements, boosting our growth.

Organized Planning

For the author Napoleon Hill, perfect plans are only achieved with the help of people, skills, and knowledge.

He suggests that you create a small group of people who have the same desires and try to meet with them regularly to share knowledge, as this will help you develop good ideas.

Even so, your plan may fail, but it will only fail if you give up!

In your plan, you must be the leader and have the following duties:

  • Determination;
  • Defined plans and directions;
  • Sympathy;
  • Attention to the details;
  • Responsibility;
  • Cooperation with the group;
  • Unwavering courage;
  • Self-control;
  • Sense of justice.


Napoleon Hill reports in his book "Think and Grow Rich" that a common characteristic among successful respondents is that they can make decisions quickly and are confident.

Don't involve too many people in your choices, as this can cause them to be interfered with, so choose to take them alone.


Every path has obstacles, and the winner is the one who is able to act with persistence and dedication.

The author Napoleon Hill states that persistence is key to staying focused on what you want and not losing sight of it, offering 5 tips for the reader:

  1. Know what you want;
  2. Have self-confidence;
  3. Develop well-organized plans;
  4. Develop knowledge based on experience and observation;
  5. Have cooperation and willpower.

The Subconscious

According to the book "Think and Grow Rich", all your thoughts originate in your subconscious mind, so you must fill it with positive ideas, which are influenced by the following emotions:

  • Desire;
  • Faith;
  • Love;
  • Sex;
  • Enthusiasm;
  • Romance;
  • Hope.

Sixth Sense

The sixth sense is also known as creative imagination. It can be understood as intuition, that is, how to prepare for opportunities and threats.

But for you to apply the sixth sense, it is necessary that you have applied all the other principles and that your mind is full of positive thoughts.

Ghosts of Fear

The author Napoleon Hill affirms in his book "Think and Grow Rich" that, for you to become rich, it is necessary to get rid of the limiting fears and beliefs. The author lists six basic fears:

  • Fear of poverty;
  • Fear of criticism;
  • Fear of diseases;
  • Fear of losing someone loved;
  • Fear of aging;
  • Fear of death.

All these fears are just a state of mind, and you have full power to control them!

Books about money and investment

For Robert Kiyosaki, author of the bestseller "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", the journey to enrichment should begin as early as possible, and it consists of evaluating your finances, setting personal goals, and pursuing the knowledge needed to achieve your objective.

In "Unshakeable", Tony Robbins gives valuable advice: if you are not careful, taxes can easily eliminate 30% or more of your returns on investments. Therefore, it is important to pay attention only to the net amount that you will in fact be able to keep.

According to the author Lynda Gratton, from the book "The 100-Year Life", long-term financial planning is necessary, with the belief in your skills and self-control for a savings and investment plan.

So, how can I grow rich?

Start now your journey towards success with the following steps:

  • Have a well-defined purpose;
  • Keep faith in your ideals;
  • Make an organizational plan;
  • Seek help from others;
  • Develop your subconscious for success;
  • Never give up.

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