Book, Author: Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
Where to download: https://freepdfs.org/pdf/think-grow-rich (copy and paste the link into your browser)
Rating: 65 out of 100
If you’re in any way an avid reader of self-help books, then you must’ve heard of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. You can actually get a FREE download of Think and Grow Rich on the net, the reason being that the original 1937 edition is “in the public domain in the United States under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act because it was published between 1923 and 1964 inclusive, and not renewed at the US Copyright office in a timely fashion”.
Here is one of the many places where you can download it for free (just copy and paste the link into your browser): https://freepdfs.org/pdf/think-grow-rich
Below is my review of this classic book.
I find it Extremely Difficult to Concentrate on This Book!
This is one of the bestselling self-help books of all time, a classic, but I find it very difficult to concentrate while reading it. Maybe it’s because most pages are a “sea” of words, with no spacing in-between paragraphs, which made it difficult for me to process the content in my brain. Or maybe it’s because this book was published more than 70 years ago, and thus made reference to past and historical figures that I could not connect with. But I believe the MOST important factor is that the content just isn’t engaging enough.
What are the book contents though? Hill shares the 13 steps to riches, plus “how to outwit the six ghosts of fear”. So altogether there are 15 chapters in this book including the introduction.
Hill recounts stories of success of some people, but then the stories felt long and drawn-out, and do not inspire.
I Also Think It Is Not PRACTICAL Enough
For me, the author failed to provide enough practical advices and steps on how to Think and Grow Rich. Practicality I believe is something all good self-help books or courses must offer.
Take the final chapter, for instance, on “how to outwit the six ghosts of fear”. Given the title I was expecting some INSPIRATIONAL and UNEXPECTED insights, or exercises that I can follow to “outwit the six ghosts”. But what I got instead was a paragraph explaining that fears are just states of mind (I mean, I know that already!). The book then went on to explain that thoughts become things. Now I don’t understand how that relates to overcoming fear. I was expecting the book to go on to advise me to think courageous thoughts in order to wipe out the fearful ones, but it never did.
So I suggest that you skim through this book. It will give you a different person’s perspective on what it takes to achieve success. But to effect a dramatic and lasting change in your life, I wouldn’t bet on it.
P.S. A Secret Is Claimed To Be Hidden in This Book!
According to Hill, the ‘secret’ (which is the secret principle by which Andrew Carnegie acquired his HUGE fortune) is mentioned at least a hundred times throughout the book, though it was not directly named, because “it seems to work more successfully when it is merely uncovered and left in sight, where THOSE WHO ARE READY, and SEARCHING FOR IT, may pick it up.”