Napoleon Hill “Think and grow rich” – Summary

In the month of May, I finished reading Napoleon Hill – Think
and Grow Rich Every Day. Personally I do
not encourage any individual to “Think and Grow Rich” each and every day. Money
is important but not all important. For me, the meaning of “Money” in the book
means “Success” or simply “Knowledge to be successful and live an enriched
life”.  .

Napoleon Hill (1883 –
1970) was an American author widely considered to be one of the great writers
on personal-success.
Hill’s works examined the power of personal
beliefs, and the role they play in personal success. He is also advisor to
Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933
to 1936. 

What the mind of man can conceive and
believe, it can achieve”
  –  Napolean Hill

Thinkand Grow Rich is Hill most famous
work, first published in
1937. It is the best-selling books of all time with 20 million copies sold at the time of
Hill’s death in 1970.
It is noted in the book that an individual
with desire, faith and persistence can reach great heights by eliminating
negative energy and thoughts and focusing on the greater goals in hand.

The 13
“steps” listed in the book are: 1. Desire 2. Faith 3. Autosuggestion
4. Specialized Knowledge 5. Imagination 6. Organized Planning 7. Decision 8.
Persistence 9. Power of the Master Mind 10. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation
11. The Subconscious Mind 12. The Brain 13. The Sixth Sense.

01. Desire

starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results. Create
your statement of desire.  
My statement of desire.The
exact amount of money I desire is: xxxx. I intend to give xxx in return for the
money I desire.
definite date I intend to possess this money by xxxx
definite plan of action is: 
1. Xxx2. Xxx3. XxxSigned
xxxx Date xxx

 If you truly desire money so keenly that your
desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that
you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to be so determined to
have it that you convince yourself that you will have it. . . You may as well
know, right here, that you can never have riches in great quantities unless you
work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you
will possess it.

02. Faith

desire alone is useless if you do not believe you can achieve it.

If you
think you are beaten, you are

If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t, it’s almost certain you won’t
If you think you will lose, you are lost

Hill presented the idea of a “Definite Major Purpose” as a
challenge to his readers in order to make them ask themselves, “In what do
I truly believe?” According to Hill, 98% of people had few or no firm
beliefs, and this alone put true success firmly out of their reach.

03. Auto suggestion

Read aloud to yourself your statement of desire. Bear in mind, the mere reading
of the words is of no consequence unless you mix emotion, or feeling with your
words. Plain unemotional words do not influence the subconscious mind. 

You will
get no appreciable results until you learn to reach your subconscious mind with
thoughts or spoken words that have well emotionalized with belief.

04. Specialised Knowledge

There are
two kinds of knowledge; 1.General and 2.Specialized. General
knowledge no matters how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but
little use in the accumulation of money or success. Knowledge will attract money
or success only if it is organized, and intelligently directed, through
practical plans of action to the definite end of accumulation of success.

Many people
thought “knowledge is power”. It is nothing of that sort! “Knowledge
is only potential power” it only becomes power once it is organized into
definite plans of action and directed to a definite end!

05. Imagination

It has been said that man create anything which he can imagine. Two forms. 1.Synthetic Imagination & 2.Creative

1.Synthetic imagination. This imagination creates nothing, it is the
arrangement of old concepts ideas or plans into a new combinations. The result may
be even more powerful and influential. Take for example facebook or whatsapp,
in its kind they are definitely not the first, but after the improvising, they
can take the world by surprise.  

imagination. The finite mind of
man has direct communication with infinite intelligence. It is the faculty
through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received.
E.g. The great leaders of business, industry and finance, great artists,
musicians, poets and writers become great because they developed faculty of

While imagination is important, it is just a thought or impulse. It is
of no value until it been transformed to action. 

06. Organised plan

Create Master Mind Alliance

  1. Ally yourself with a group of as many people as you may need to create and
    carry out your plan. Select member that does not take defeat easily.
  2. Decide what advantage and benefits you can offer to the members of the
    group in return of cooperation.
  3. Arrange
    to meet with the members at least twice a week.
Persist in your plans. Remember if your plans fail, it is temporary and not
permanent defeat. It may only mean that your plans have not been sound. Build
other plans. Start all over again. 

Never quit. A quitter never wins – and – a
winner never quits! 

07. Decision

A study
of people who accumulate fortunes beyond million disclosed that everyone of
them have an habit of reaching decisions promptly and not changing these
decisions frequently. In contrast, people who fail have the habit of reaching
decision very slowly and if they did, change the decisions quickly and often. 

people are those who reach decision quickly and then stand firmly by those
decisions after they made!!! Procrastination,
the opposite of decision is common enemy which practically every man must

Make your own decision. Majority of people who fail are easily influence by
“opinions” of others. They permit newspapers and
“gossiping” neighbors to do the thinking for them. Opinions are the
cheapest commodities on earth!

When Columbus began his famous voyage he made one of the most far-reaching decision
in the history of mankind. Had he not remained firm on that decision, the
freedom of America, as we know it today would never been known.

08. Persistence

is will power. When willpower and desire combined, they makes irresistible pair.

Man of great fortune often known as cold-blooded and sometimes ruthless. Often
they are misunderstood. What they have is will power which mix with persistence
and place back of desires to ensure the attainment of their objectives.

If you
find yourself weak in persistence. Surround yourself with people of stronger
one- master mind group. Through cooperative efforts, you can develop persistent.

Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden guide who duty is to
test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick
themselves up after defeat and keep on trying until they arrive to their chief
aim will cries “bravo” . The hidden rule is no one can enjoy great
achievement without passing the persistent test.

09. Power

Power (manpower) is the “organized and intelligently” directed
knowledge. Knowledge may be converted into power by organizing it into definite
plans and by expressing those plans in terms of action.

No effort
can said to be organized unless individuals engaged in the effort coordinate
their knowledge and energy in a spirit of perfect harmony. Lack of such
harmonious coordination of effort is the main cause of practically every
business failure. Only by working harmoniously in co-operation with other
individuals or groups of individuals and thus creating value and benefit for
them will create sustainable achievement for oneself.

10. Mystery of Sex Transmutation

never been and never will be a great leader, builder or artist lacking this
driving force of sex. The mere possession of this energy is not sufficient to
produce a genii. The energy must be transmuted from desire physical contact,
into other form of desire and action, before it will lift one to the status of

Love is
without question, life greatest experience. It brings one into communion with
infinite intelligence. When mixed with emotions of romance and sex, it may lead
one far up the ladder of creative effort. The emotions of love, sex and romance
are sides of the eternal triangle of achievement-building genius.

11. Subconscious mind 

The subconscious mind may be voluntarily directed only through an habit. 

Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One
must dominate and let it be positive emotions! The presence of single negative
emotion will destroy all chances of constructive aid from your subconscious

12. The Brain

human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of
thought. Thought is energy travelling at an exceedingly high rate of
vibration. Thought, which has been modified or “stepped up” by any of
the major emotions, vibrates at a much higher rate than ordinary thought,

13. Sixth sense

Understanding of the sixth sense comes only by meditation through mind
development from within. The sixth sense probably is the medium of contact
between the finite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence, and for this reason,
it is a mixture of both the mental and the spiritual. It is believed to be the
point at which the mind of man contacts the Universal Mind.

of angel. Through aid of 6 senses, you be warned impending dangers of time to
avoid them. 6 senses never function with indecision, fear and doubt. Indecision
is the seedling of fear! Indecision crystallize into doubts. Indecision and
doubts blend and become fear!!!


Life is a checkerboard! The player opposite you is time!

If you hesitate before moving, or neglect to move promptly, your men will be
wiped off the board by time. You are playing against someone who will not tolerate

You are in possession of the Master Key that unlocks the door to life’s
bountiful riches!

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2 thoughts on “Napoleon Hill “Think and grow rich” – Summary

    1. Hi CW,

      Same background. I live in rental flats until age 18. Started with 1-rm then 2-rm. Even at my generation age, I have pocket money but most of the time borrowed ones! Not so common already in the 80s and 90s. Me and all my siblings worked in our teens to supplement the expenses! Our house is always negative cashflow!

      My father died poor in his 50s, no cash, no cpf, no house loan, becos no house mah… Actually v Cham for Sporeans as most at least have Hdb n cpf.

      I am born poor. Use to loathe it. Today I take it as a blessing for me to die rich….hopefully.. Haha

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