Many books in our lives can change our perspective on life. Such books can have a life-long impact on our decision-making powers, and the book, 'Think and Grow Rich,' is such an example. As per an article by The Medium, this widely acclaimed book was written in 1937 after 25-years of research on the most monetarily accomplished individuals. This book is categorized as a self-help book and is intended to make you create a positive thought process towards achieving your life goals.
To be successful in life, one must have something that they are genuinely passionate about. Being successful is subjective unless we know what it is that drives us, something that moves us. And to tangibly get hold of what we are passionate about, we will be required to act upon our intentions. It will lead us to figure out the monetary resources needed for us to achieve this goal or milestone we have set for ourselves.
Having a plan or an idea to work towards to get closer to your end destination will guide you subconscious to work towards it, consistently and continuously. To put it out simply and easily, you and your mind, the generous spirit, are capable of achieving whatever they intend to. However, the only thing hurdle in your pathway to success is also your mind. Thus, it is upon you and your thoughts to decide whether you will move into new and better avenues or stop wherever you are.
We will outline some key takeaways from this book that can help you turn your life around.
What you think and how you feel is powerful
Hill argues that the act of thinking itself is an element that is required to be successful, and it trumps other items like education, specific subject knowledge, or information and money. He goes on to say that anyone capable of getting his mind moving for something can take steps forward in that direction. The author describes thinking as a mixture of the initiative, willingness to achieve, faith, and resilience.
He also takes note of the point that often, the pathway might not turn out to be what you thought of it as, and you may fail. But failure isn’t something you can escape, and if taken in a positive spirit, failure can be disguised learning for us to improve at what we do!
How bad do you want it?
Napolean Hill puts forward the idea that those people who are winners and want to get what they desire cannot quit and that those who end up leaving are not winners in the first place. An idea is the beginning to get anything done, but what is required for you to achieve it is that you have a spark and desire that keeps you grinding. The opening is always rosy, and you will love putting in the effort during the initiation of any project or task, however, in the long run, the spark dies down, and the desire burns out.
Thus, it is essential to know why you are working towards anything for that matter and reminisce about your purpose. You will have doubts and a long list of excuses that will make you want to quit, but it is when you must purposely push these to the side and march forward!
Have some faith in yourself and your ideas
The next element that is important for your recipe for success is having undying faith in yourself and your goals. The author describes faith as the power you have to convince your mind that your goal is practically achievable. He suggests that confidence in one’s self can be nourished through reflection and self-suggestion. No one knows of your goals and their tangibility more than you, and similarly, no one but you knows how to improve on the things that aren’t working out.
- Hill points out that writing your goals can be an excellent practice to develop. Seeing them and working on them for a set time every day helps your mind stay on top of your game plan and keep you going!
- He also suggests you say out your ambitions and affirmations loudly religiously.
- Try doing this activity in a place where you are most at peace and won’t be disturbed.
It is one of the most prominent roadblocks in people’s way of achieving what they truly want. Often our mind conspires against by making us so fearful of failing that we end up not trying at all. The author knows that fear can be a multi-faceted phenomenon, and he laid out seven kinds of concerns that are the worst according to him:
- Fear of Poverty
- Fear of Criticism
- Fear of ill health
- Fear of losing a loved one
- Fear of old age
- Fear of death
All the fear mentioned above comes from a place of being scared and doubtful, and some of them may even be rational. But it is essential to know that it is in our hands to try, but it is not in our hands to control every minuscule detail of how things play out. You can never find out what may go right or, in the worst-case scenario, may go wrong if you let your fears tie you in shackles and hold you back!
Tip: Leap of faith, do your homework, put in the required effort, and dive right into it.
Read it and see for yourself!
Reading and using the advice found in the book WILL change your life. This book brings in several more insights that can help you turn your life around. People vouch for the fact that the learnings from this book and Napolean Hill’s realistic approach to studying the human psyche have helped people identify the troublesome behavioral patterns that they follow religiously, hampering their success. He further covers themes such as the power of the subconscious mind, sex transmutation, having the right alliance, and choosing between being proactive or procrastinating.
Lastly, it is in your hands to make the life you crave and want. As Napolean Hill says,
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”