This month I read the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This book was originally published back in 1937. I was able to get my hands on one of the older copies vs. the newer 21st century edition. This book was interesting to say the least…
You can find the free version here if you don’t want the fancy Kindle version – this is the 1937 version.
Book Review – Think and Grow Rich – What I Liked
Let me start by saying that overall, Think and Grow Rich was very painful for me to finish. There were several times where I just considered stopping part way through and cutting my losses. Nevertheless, I was able to make it to the end. Here are a couple of things that I could find good about this book:
- It’s written in English
- The principle of autosuggestion - This is basically tricking your mind into doing something through believing it will happen. This is akin to the power of the positive mental attitude. If you want something bad enough (wealth) and really believe it, it will translate into actions and reality. This is about the only real take-away I got from reading this book.
- Some of the stories about Henry Ford were interesting
- The best part about this book was finishing it so that I never have to look at it again.
Book Review – Think and Grow Rich – What I Didn’t Like
Let me say that maybe I just didn’t get Think and Grow Rich. Apparently, most folks love this book as it has received 4.5 stars on Amazon with over 1,400 reviews. Here’s some of the points that threw me off with this book:
- It is really outdated – written in 1937, many of the examples and language are hard to identify with now that we are in 2014. While funny at first, it got to be quite annoying by the time I got towards the end of the book.
- Some of the concepts presented are just bat shit crazy! Creative ideas entering your mind “out of the ether”, vibrational mind energy, and more.
- There seems to be a whole tangential section around leadership qualities and how to be a superior leader/boss. This is great information from a personal development standpoint, but it seems way out of place here.
- Most of the advice or ideas offered in the book are too general to put into practice. When there are specifics given, it is presented in a “do this exactly or you will fail” type of format.
- The format of the book jumped all over the place. I felt like I was getting whiplash the way topics jumped back and forth.
- A whole chapter dedicated to the transmutation of sex energy into drive to succeed?!? While an interesting theory, it was kinda a WTF moment as I continued to read this chapter.
- The final chapter of the book describes how to has mental meetings with various characters to think through ideas: Lincoln, Edison, and others bat around his ideas… Maybe everyone else has mental meetings with ghosts in their head to bounce around ideas, but this strikes me as clinically insane…
- If all this weren’t enough, the book is about 300 pages. It really was misery to finish – I actually don’t understand how I was able to make it to the end without quitting!
Book Review – Think and Grow Rich – Overall Rating
1/5 – This book is terrible IMHO. The only reason I finished it was so that I could write this review here. I would have stopped before half way if I didn’t feel morally obligated to warn you about this book. Stay away!
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Final Thoughts
It seems that most people enjoyed Think and Grow Rich – I am not one of them. My opinion is that this book is a waste of anyone’s time to read. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read the book, but I cannot bring myself to give it another try. Or, maybe the vibrational energy of my mind picked up the topics from this book out of the ether and I’ve subconsciously begun to implement them without realizing it? Or maybe this book is just bad! Please check over my other book reviews to find something more worth your time.