Think and Grow Rich is a legendary read. Way before the bookstores were cluttered with personal finance books, Napoleon Hill offered his manifesto to the world. And the world devoured it. Think and Grow Rich was first published in 1937, and it has since proven to be a timeless classic.

In his work, Hill explores the mindsets, attitudes and motivations driving the most successful men of all times. Basing his ideas on Andrew Carnegie’s formula for money-making and drawing on 25 years of research into the lives of high-achievers, Hill brings the reader a guide toward unlocking their own wealth. The book has been described as the ultimate manual for living a life of richness.

Think and Grow Rich is structured around 13 steps that have been touted as the most dependable philosophy of individual achievement that has ever been published. These steps include organized planning, faith, specialized knowledge, precision and more. All the techniques shared in these steps are simple and basic. And yet, when applied correctly, they can prove to be life-altering. Hill also explores the 6 Ghosts of Fear: the primary fears that prevent most people from reaching their goals. These include poverty, criticism, ill health, lost love, old age and death. Hill shows the reader how these fears can control our choices and prove to be our biggest obstacles in life.

The author sprinkles illuminating vignettes about the lives of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and other millionaires of his generation throughout the book. These anecdotes illustrate the book’s principles and prove they are true-to-life. When you employ the tools found within this classic work, you will have mastered the secret roadmap toward a life of riches.

Interwoven throughout the book is the theory that everyone needs self-confidence, focus and a strong drive to succeed. If you already possess these tools and know how to leverage them, though, you might not find this legendary book overly helpful. But, if you’re struggling with motivation and confidence, you’ll find all the answers you need inside Think and Grow Rich.

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