There are many books on personal finance today that explain and promise to show you how to get rich through spending less, saving more, investing and …. . But perhaps none said it better than a book published in 1937.
Napoleon Hill, who lived through Great Depression and was an 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. Andrew Carnegie was the man who advised Napoleon on finding the secret to success and teach it to people. The first draft of the book was 6 volumes and about thousand pages which was very hard for many to read all of it. So, he wrapped all of his insights in a 200-page package and published “Think and Grow Rich,” which went on to become one of the best-selling books of all time.
Despite Hill interviewing some of the most iconic businessmen of his day, none of his findings involved any particularly hard-to-attain skills.
His entire premise is helping people overcome the psychological barriers that keep them from wealth.
Hill writes: “Wishing will not bring riches, 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 recognise failure, will bring riches.”
He mentions a poem by William Ernest Henley in his book which has inspired many successful people. In this post, you can find the poem and Napoleon Hill’s thought on it and why he thinks this poem is a brilliant masterpiece.
BY WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY
Napoleon Hill says:
Are you ready to examine the first of these principles?
As we go along and dig deep through these principles, it is necessary to maintain a spirit of open mindedness, and remember these principles are not the invention of one person. As Napoleon Hill explains these principles are the experiences of more that five hundred men who he interviewed, talked to and read about them, those who actually accumulated huge amounts. Many of these men started when they were very poor, had but little education, without influence.
If these principles worked for these men, you can put them to work for your own and reap huge benefits. as Napoleon Hill says; you will find them easy, not hard to do.
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