Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich summary

Some Napoleon Hill Quotes:​

Do not wait, the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work at whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along

The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE, keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results just as small fires brings small amount of heat.

A quitter never wins and a winner never quits

You give before you get


This book is world famous and I tend to believe that no man or woman that did read Think and grow rich was not changed by it in some way. It will take a hold of your thoughts and mind just to shake it around and bring energy and desire to the surface. The book has played a major role in the life of Bob Proctor and his establishment of an empire of wealth and professional help to millions of people.

Andrew Carnegie gave young Napoleon Hill a 60 second timeframe and asked if Napoleon would be willing to do work that he most likely would not be compensated for in the next 20 years. Napoleon Hill did not know about the 60 second limit however he did accept the possibility presented to him.

Andrew then took the poor boy for a trip of a lifetime for the next years to come and introduced him to the most powerfull people in the world. Those are in many ways the founders of our modern world and those who gave us the chance to build what we are building today. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and 498 other highly successfull people gave Napoleon the information that did lead to the book Think and Grow Rich. This book is actually in many ways a summary since three books was re organized and turned into TAGR as we know it today, and the book “The law of success in 16 chapters” is a 1000+pages book and more detailed than TAGR. However that will be a separate review.


 There are a few versions of the book available and the version I have contains 323 pages including the introduction and a 90 day journey and success notes.

There are 15 chapters which will give you a great understanding in:

  1. Introduction
  2. Desire
  3. Faith
  4. Auto-suggestion
  5. Specialized knowledge
  6. Imagination
  7. Organized Planning
  8. Decision
  9. Persistence
  10. Power of the Master Mind
  11. The mystery of Sex Transmutation
  12. The subconscious mind
  13. The brain
  14. The Sith sense
  15. How to outwith the six gosts of fear


The introduction starts by giving you a great visualization of the difference in making success and quitting. Edwin C. Barnes kept his goal and won by starting out as Edisons helper, while an uncle of R.U Darby went to look for gold and quit just 3 feet away from it. The difference in the two stories gives many reasons to stay with this book and complete it.

When reading this book remember to have pen and paper ready since there are quite a few tasks to answer and notes you have to make. The amount of information is huge and har to remember so use the book as a workbook, not as a furniture.

Napoleon brings us further along and into Desire, “the starting poing of all achievements and the first step toward riches”, will bring you to understand that in order to get something you have to want something bad enough. The story of the officer that made his men burn all ships when the enemy came so that they had to win in order to get home, is an example of how to generate desire in yourself and those around you. The highly personal story regarding his son that was deaf at birth but did aquire hearing through aids and then became wealthy by working for the producer and developer is included. The desire  of Napoleon and his son to gain his hearing back is a highly effective story on how to “stick with your guns”.

The third chapter, FAITH, Visualization of and belief in attainment of desire. The fact that faith is not a result of luck will be made clear in this section, faith and desire work hand in hand with self confidence in order to start the acheivements in life. This chapter also includes a self confidence formula to help you gain more traction towards success. One example in this chapter is how the monumental United States steel corporation was born by Charles M. Schwab out of an idea.


The chapter of auto suggestion is really a way of telling the reader how to make you mind talk about your goal automaticly, it describes a way of repeating a goal in such a manner that the brain keeps repeating it by itself. Just like bad thoughts may give lack of acheivements will the creative thoughts fuel the successfull person. Stick with his instructions and it should start to change your thoughts about getting what you want in life.

Specialized knowledge only becomes power when and if it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end. In other words, whatever you know will not be to any use unless it becomes organized. This is one reason why anyone may succeed in life since the ability to make use of knowledge may be very different from the ability to gain knowledge. Someone in a wheelchair may be more successfull than a mountain climber since one knows how to organize and direct his knowledge and the next chapter ties into this one. Synthetic and creative imagination, the synthetic re-works the ideas and concepts into new ones while the creative one will be the one in use when a hunch or ideas is set into life and makes new markets or merchandice. A modern example would be how the established car manufaturers worked on re-building the old way of energy and one day Elon Musk and Tesla created a sustainable solution that was in contrast with the synthetic way of doing it. In the book the idea and imagination that startet Coca Cola is explained as an example of successfull use of the mind and knowledge.

The part of Organized Planning gives the traction for your new goals and acheivements of them, this is where you will get the tasks that practicly will start the creation of your desires. Instructions on how to build plans and a explanation of the important factors in leadership (since you will have to lead someone to assist you in gaining your goal) and an even longer list of the most common failures of leadership is to find in this chapter. How to get a position you desire, how to write a CV and other factors that has to be set into a system in order to progress will be worked through. This may take some time and a couple of times of reading it before everything sticks in anyones brain since the information is vast!! It even contain a section of self-analyzing yourself and this may bring some clarity and surprises in anyones life, it is not everyday we ask ourselves the direct questions in our life.

Decision, or lack of it is a make or brake point in life. Of the 500 people Napoleon worked with, nearly all of them put the lack of making decisions as a major cause of failure in life. To many people procrastinate (the oposite of decision) and loose as a result of it. The fact that most people sway in the performance of the decicion due to other peoples opinions, and how to work this out for yourself will be covered here. Stick with it and follow through!! How the Declaration of Independence came about and the founding of USA as we see it to day is an essential story in this chapter, and in reality it took the persistence of only  a few persons to change the world. This story alone is a reason to get the book. And Persistence is the mix of will-power and desire that used to make a steam move a freight train, This skill is what keeps someone going even after being rejected for an idea a hundred times, when most people quit the ones with persistence will keep it alive long enough to make a breakthrough and mastering persistence may pay off very well!!

The four steps of develop persistence:

  1. A definite purpose backed up by burning desire
  2. Definite plan, expressed in continous action
  3. A mind closed against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions from anyone.
  4. A friendly alliance whit one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with plan and purpose

In chapter 10 the Power of Mastermind is explained and what it really is. A mastermind is created as a separate mind that all the people in a group can access and creates the ultimate cooperation between members in the group. It will give the nowledge of why people in the group can work efficiently towards your goal and acheivement. When he moves on to explaining that Sex transmutation means the swithcing of the mind from thoughts of physical expression, to thoughts of some other nature in chapter 11. This part deals a lot with what we today calls “carisma” and body language of people and how this may be altered with our thoughts. Appearance, tone of voice, posture and how we dress is all a part of how the rest of the world deals with us. A lot of the transmutation is controlled by chapter 12, the subconcious mind that dictates how we react to the surroundings and our habbits in dealing with situations. Emotions either positive or negative is programed in this part and in order to succeed Napoleon goes through the list of the good and bad ones in order to help you out in the best way possible.

We are getting closer to the end of the book when the Brain is in the focus of Napoleon and compared to the research we have on brains today this chapter comes out a little bit short. Not hard to understand since a hundred years of research will change our knowledge a lot!! However the fact that the brain is a switching station and a remarkable instrument that puts every piece of knowledge into usefull functions and even the area of telepathy has its own part in the chapter to make it usefull and raise some questions to all of us. The sixt sense that Napoleon explains thoroughly with examples from Edisson, Emoerson, Darwin, Lincoln and more is how a person can feel and interact with people that is not present. Many people would call this a ghost or a extraordinary activity, but when reading the chapter it does make sense in many ways and Napoleon Hills way of explaining the facts are very realistic. Sometimes the book feels more like a move than anything else. The last chapter of about 30 pages will in detail work with the reader to overcome six fears that anyone will face at some point. The fact that this chapter contains 30 pages explains how important this task will be in obtaining the set achievement.

The fears are:

  1. fear of poverty
  2. fear of critisicm
  3. fear of ill health
  4. fear of loss of lof of someone
  5. fear of old age
  6. fear of death

Every fear is explained separate and stories mixed with knowledge to build understanding goes along and teaches the reader a great deal. A self-examining list so the reader can do some research on him/her self is added towards the end of the chapter and fifty-seven alibis to avoid achieving goals are added as a checklist, and again it may just open the eyes for who you really are while reading the book.

After working through the book and getting a lot of knowledge I have to say that it did change me. In some areas the book may show a bit of age however this is the real deal and the ways that worked when people had less than today. There are no question in my mind that the book will hold its promises and change lives on most occations and even spark the desire of wanting to know more. Not many dare to go for the dream and the life that leads to it, most people stick with the limits of others and never gets going. This book, despite its age, will set something of in the reader that keeps on growing and I do love to read it more than once.

After the chapters, there is a session on How to create the master mind and even a few pages with additional inspiration and assistance for the reader. There is no doubt that the book has been made in the best way possible and the reason for it being a really big seller even today is obvious, for the once that wants to advance in life it will be a solid foundation for anything you ever may do in the future.



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