Think & Grow Rich

24BOOK REVIEW
by Christine Greene

Think & Grow Rich
by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill was born into poverty and became the author of Think & Grow Rich, one of the most famous personal-success books in history, selling over 70 million copies worldwide.  Hill spent his early working years in several fields including publishing, coal mining, law, the lumber business and the automobile industry.  The premise for Think and Grow Rich was born when Hill was assigned to write a profile on the steel industry tycoon Andrew Carnegie.  Carnegie proposed that he connect Hill to the most powerful people in the U.S. so that he could learn their secrets of success, and in return, Carnegie asked Hill to develop a success philosophy that could be available to and understood by average people.  Carnegie, who was a billionaire in today’s dollars, was a philanthropist and believed that the wealthy should use their wealth to help society.  Hill jumped at the opportunity and met some of the most successful people to ever live including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Theodore Roosevelt, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Wilbur Wright and F.W. Woolworth.  Think & Grow Rich reveals the secrets of success which are tested and demonstrated by Hill’s interviews of over 500 multimillionaire men and women from every calling.

Other notable books include Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill and Sharon L. Lechter CPA; The Law of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill; Napoleon Hill’s Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement by Napoleon Hill; and Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill and and W. Stone. 

Sharon L. Lechter is a CPA, author and business woman who founded Pay Your Family First, an organization that teaches families fiscal responsibility.  She is also an investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves on distinguished boards and is the recipient of many accolades.  She was CEO of the Rich Dad company for 10 years and co-authored Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant and many other books.  In addition to Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success, she has other book projects with Napoleon Hill Foundation such as Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power to Create Success and Significance; and Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles into Opportunities (Think and Grow Rich).  In 1989, she teamed up with the inventor of the first electronic ‘talking book’ and was partly responsible for expanding the electronic book industry into a multimillion dollar market.


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