When I was 19, a friend suggested Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich (1938). As a teenager who swallowed self-help books by the dozen, my initial reaction was “Oy vey, not another positive-thinking book!” But I promised my friend I would it. After all, millions loved it for a reason.
Moral of The Story
A man with no money or education was able to think and grow rich with desire and a positive attitude.
The Bigger Lesson
My take on the Barnes story leads me to believe Hill’s book should have been titled, Carpe Diem and Grow Rich. While positive-thinking is widely accepted as the secret to Think and Grow Rich, I’m convinced Barnes’s TOP ESSENTIAL was being a man of action. Book fans may debate this. But what comes first? Thought or action? Chicken or egg? Who’s likely to be more successful … action-oriented people or positive-thinking couch potatoes? In Think and Grow Rich, seize-the-day principles are baked right in (make decisions, avoid procrastination, use imagination, acquire knowledge). Even Hill would agree positive thinking isn’t a light switch we flick on at will because we all have negative impulses from time to time. However, it’s when they’re not positive that successful people show up and make things happen. In spite of doubts and fears, I bought my first property at 19, in part because I had a desire, but in practice because I watched what successful investors did every day. They showed up, worked their butts off, and wrote daily thank-you notes even when they didn’t feel like it. That persistence is how they outpaced competitors and got the best deals.
The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking
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