In May The Freedom Tribe Book Club read the book “Think And Grow Rich” By Napolean Hill.
Napoleon Hill, a Great Depression-era author and former advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, interviewed “more than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known” to figure out the key to their good fortune. He published his findings in 1937 in what has become one of the most successful and best selling books of all time.
Every word that it contains is just as relevant now as it must have been then.
Some would even say more so.
But don’t expect to find any advice on the practical day to day of running a business, advanced marketing or sales techniques. No. Despite Hill interviewing some of the most iconic businessmen of his time, none of his findings involved any particularly hard-to-attain skills. His entire book is based on helping people overcome their own limiting beliefs and the physcological barriers that are keeping them from wealth.
“Wishing will not bring riches,” writes Hill. “But desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches.”
Sounds an awful lot like Grant Cardonne doesn’t it. He’s all about 10x-ing and persistence.
In one passage, Hill describes six steps to transforming a desire for wealth into “its financial equivalent”:
“First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is a psychological reason for definite- ness which will be described in a subsequent chapter).
Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.”)
Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.
Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.
Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION OF THE MONEY.
And the same simple steps that he talks about can be used in business. If you can master the practices that Hill outlines in this classic book than I believe that there is simply nothing that you can’t do.
“Think and Grow Rich” reminds us that it is our mindset, our emotions, our perspective, is what is keeping us from achieving true success and creating more Freedom in our lives. It is our job as Freedompreneurs to discover ways to overcome these limiting beliefs and plan to reach our potential.
“When riches take the place of poverty, the change is usually brought about through well conceived and carefully executed plans,” he wrote. “Poverty needs no plan. It needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be ‘attracted.'”
If you haven’t already been convinced that you must go buy, devour and implement all of Napoleon Hill’s strategies let me share with you two things from his book that really made me wake up.
If any of this has resonated with you, you can benefit from reading Think And Grow Rich. You can get your copy of “Think and Grow Rich” by clicking here.