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*A Book Review*

Think and Grow Rich

By Napoleon Hill

by Michael C. Gray

April 24, 2001

When I meet with young people coming into public accounting, I'm stunned that they are unaware of many of the classics of success philosophy and motivation. One that should be in everyone's success library is Think And Grow Rich.

Andrew Carnegie was the Bill Gates of his day. He came to the United States from Scotland and made a fortune in the steel industry. When you use a public library, you can thank Andrew Carnegie, who became a great philanthropist and made donations for building many of the public libraries in the United States. He also made big endowments to Universities.

Andrew Carnegie also had the reputation of having more millionaires working for him than any other employer of his time.

Carnegie was fascinated with success and wanted to understand why some men became successful while others in very similar circumstances did not. So he commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview the nation's most successful men to find a success formula that would work for the common man. Hill interviewed 504 people, including Ford, Wrigley, Wanamaker, Eastman, Rockefeller, Edison, Woolworth, Darrow, Burbank, Morgan, Firestone, and three United States Presidents.

The process of conducting these interviews required an investment of twenty years of Napoleon Hill's life.

Hill distilled his findings into a 13 step formula, which was published in Think And Grow Rich.

Since Think And Grow Rich was first published in 1937, it has been used as a roadmap to achievement by countless individuals. (Incidentally, Melvin Powers initially built the Wilshire Book Company by getting the paperback publishing rights to Think And Grow Rich and making it a best seller.)

As you may gather from the title, a premise of Think And Grow Rich is the starting place for wealth is in a person's thoughts.

The source for most of today's motivational speakers remains Think And Grow Rich. So why not go back to the source yourself? Be sure to include Think And Grow Rich on your reading list.

Buy it on Amazon: Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller–Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century.

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Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich, is a classic of success philosophy and motivation.


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