Think And Grow Rich

One of the most reccommended self help books ever

The Napoleon Hill Foundation received many requests from people wanting the original, unedited, 1937 copy of Think and Grow Rich. To satisfy those customers the Foundation reproduced Napoleon Hill’s personal copy of the first edition, printed in March of 1937. The book has the notation, not to be loaned, and signed: Annie Lou Hill (the wife of Dr. Hill). This personal copy of Dr. Hill’s was given to me by Dr. Charles W. Johnson, Chairman of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and a nephew of Napoleon Hill. It was Napoleon Hill who sent Dr. Johnson to medical school, and today he is a practicing cardiologist. Charlie refers to Napoleon Hill as Uncle Nap, and will often makes the statement, Uncle Nap would be proud of the Foundation today. The original 1937 manuscript was written and edited with the assistance of Napoleon’s wife. In later years, the existing document was again edited by Dr. Hill. For example, the Foundation owns a 1958 edition that Hill edited personally. This did not lessen the books value in Hill’s judgment. Hill made the editing remarks in his own handwriting and the resulting 1960 edited edition has sold over 100 million copies making it the most read self-help book of all time. Think and Grow Rich sells more copies today than before Dr. Hill died in 1970. Now, a new and authoritative recording of this original, unedited, one-of-a-kind work, authorized by the Napoleon Hill Foundation is available. By purchasing this audio edition, you will be supporting the nonprofit Napoleon Hill Foundation. The entire philosophy of Napoleon Hill is based on the Golden Rule. The Foundation deeply appreciates the support of those of you who only purchase Napoleon Hill authorized books. You can identify these materials by the Foundation Logo and by looking inside for Napoleon Hill copyright.


Think and Grow Rich (1937 Edition)

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The Law Of Attraction, Really?

Is the law of attraction real?. In basic terms, this theory states that if you think about your desire with enough concentration, it will eventually materialize. The subject is interesting and when you research it, a different perspective on life and reality is revealed. Some people believe that everything and everyone is basically made of energy vibrating at different frequencies, like radio waves and quantum physics seems to be heading in the direction of proving this theory. Maybe the alchemists were onto something. If this is true, then the Star Trek replicator could become reality one day. Of course, gold and oil would not be as desirable anymore.

 

The smallest known particle of matter is the quark, but the theory is that when matter is broken down as far as is possible, what we find is energy vibrating at a certain frequency and it is the speed of vibration that determines what we perceive to be different types of matter. This leads to the law of attraction theory because the energy or force is consciousness and all knowing. Some people call this god, others call it the universal field / consciousness and various other names. The theory is that a person’s thoughts have energy and power and the thoughts are sent out into the universe and must be made material in the end, because they are energy and this energy consciousness cannot determine reality from dream/desire. Many self help books and audio recordings have variations on this theme.

 

I don’t know whether the theory is correct but it does allow for experimentation. It certainly seems that negative thoughts do have a lot of power, all we need to do is think negatively in a concentrated manner and we get very negative results, and negative thinking comes naturally to most of us, almost as if it has been programmed into us. Many people can’t believe the theory because the concept is alien to everything that they have been taught, their whole lives have been based upon the idea that taking action is the only way to make something happen and action is the only thing required. I believe that positive thought does have a power, but concentrated thought leads to action which leads to materialization of the desire. There are some self help authors who state that thought is the primary force in making a desire materialize and others who state that action is most important. Some “gurus” state that thought /intention on it’s own will materialize your desires. I do know that without at least one or the other, no desire will materialize and it is fair to say that if negative thoughts have power, then positive ones do also.

 

The early 20th century self help author Napoleon Hill stated that “definiteness of purpose” was his first law of success, and this makes sense, as a person can’t make their desire materialize if they don’t have one. Concentrating on one desire as your definite purpose can, at the very least, go a long way to making it happen, so this seems to be a variation on the thought theory, although he does stress that action must also be taken. 

 

What I have understood so far from research is that in order to manifest your desires, you must….

 

  • Decide upon one desire and think about it in a positive manner as frequently as possible.

 

  • Believe that your desire has already been manifested. This means that initially, your desire must be believable to you.

 

  • Don’t be impatient, because you don’t want to give the “force” a deadline as this could lead to negativity.

 

  • Think positively as much as you can in general and be on the alert for negative thoughts, as they mess up the process.

 

  • When a good idea comes to you, in connection with your desire, take action on it.

 

  • Frame your desire in positive terms and never say negative phrases like “ I can’t afford” this or that etc.

 

  • Visualize yourself as the recipient of your desire ( in the present moment).

 

  • Reprogram your subconscious to think in positive terms.

 

  • Be grateful for the good things that you already have,  and say so every day.

 

The theory is that positive energy vibrates on a different and higher frequency than negative energy, and positive energy (your desires, good things etc) will only be attracted to other positive energy………those thoughts sending out a broadcast from your mind.

 

I’m no “guru”or expert and I am still studying the topic because I find it interesting. I have always wondered if “this” is all there is, “this” being the humdrum, tedious negative environment that most people exist in, so it is a novel concept to find theories that put forward the idea that we are creating this environment by our own thoughts. 

 

Try it out, it certainly won’t do anyone any harm. It can’t do any harm to think in a positive way.

Thinking Power

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Maybe you have heard of  affirmations. The word can conjure up several images in the mind but this post is specifically about self help and self improvement. The dictionary definition of AFFIRMATION is – The action or process of affirming something – A formal declaration by a person who declines to take an oath – Emotional support or encouragement.

 

This post is going to look at the type of affirmation used to improve or change a person’s thought process. The habit of negative thinking is unproductive and can become a habit, almost an addiction. Positive affirmations can be used to break the habit. The affirmations can be specific to a particular aim, or more general, such as “ I am always happy and contented”. The positive affirmations can be written, spoken or listened to and can be produced by the individual or another person.

 

Most people have similar aspirations, happiness, wealth, health, happy relationships etc. and so it is easy for one person to create an audio file with multiple affirmations that would be useful to many people. The one important point when using affirmations is to repeat them. Affirmations are also used by many business and sports people to improve performance in whatever field they may be involved in, sales, soccer, MMA, running etc. Sometimes they don’t even know that they are using the technique.

 

Subliminal affirmations work by bypassing the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious. I have found these are very good for changing habitual negative thought processes.The affirmations are usually embedded in music or other sounds and cannot be consciously heard by the listener. This allows the subliminal messages to access the unconscious mind in a powerful way.

 

Another method is to repeat the affirmations to yourself as as many times as you can throughout the course of the day. The theory is that the repetition will eventually encourage you to believe the message and embed the thought in your mind.

 

I have heard of people who place Post-It notes with a written affirmation in prominent places throughout their home so that they will read the message frequently every day.

 

It is the repetition that gets the message across to you. There is software that allows a person to write or create an audio file of positive affirmations that will play in the background on the computer while you are working or browsing. The text and audio is not noticable, it is subliminal and can be very beneficial if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen.

 

It could be seen as brainwashing yourself, (for positive effects of course). Some messages are paired with binaural sound beats for a more powerful effect. Binaural audio can be simply described as 3D hearing, binaural beats are basically two different frequencies,one to the left ear and one to the right.The brain will process the two frequencies and perceive the sound as one new third frequency. There are several frequencies that are said to allow the brain to accomplish things such as relax, concentrate, sleep, meditate etc. The binaural beat is thought to help the brain/mind absorb the message of the affirmation(s).

 

You can buy affirmation software which allows you to record your affirmations and then play them back to you throughout a session. To test the power of affirmations, there are plenty of free resources on sites such as YouTube, just search for the affirmation that you want and play it.

 

There is also the theory, mixed in with stuff like quantum physics, belief systems and the like, that suggest we all have the power to create everything that we need and want and that thought itself is the creating force. In general terms, it suggests that everything that exists is energy, or a frequency and that if we concentrate our thoughts on a particular outcome, item, wish and so on that we send out our intentions into the world, and because of this, the desired result must materialize. It is said that this takes a concentrated effort over time. It is also believed that what we think about most will materialize, so it is very dangerous to think negative thoughts all of the time because if this is true, you will ensure that negativity materializes.

 

Whether you think that this is all hippie nonsense or not, it is more healthy to think positive thoughts than negative, so experiment and see what happens. If you wonder why you see or hear the same advertisement over and over again on every TV  commercial break then you may now begin to see why. The same goes for political messages and more. People are attempting to influence us to take a certain course of action by repetition. The same is true of pop songs. The first time that you hear the song, it may sound unremarkable but by the time that you have heard it 50 times in the last 2 days, is begins to “grow” on you and you start to think that it is great, has that ever happened to you????.

 

Positive things can’t occur without action from the individual. Affirmations and positive intentions that are embedded in the subconscious tend to move a person toward taking actions that will lead to the desired outcome as stated in the affirmation, so there is a more down to earth element to affirmations that may be attractive to people who have no interest in anything other than what their senses convey to them.

 

As long as you are in control of your affirmations and intentions, and you make sure that they are positive in some way, there can only be 2 outcomes, either nothing or a good outcome. We are exposed to many influences and influencers in the world, some of these may not be too interested in improving us as a person, many just want to sell us something. Why not use these techniques to improve your life.

Freedom

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What is freedom?

 

The dictionary definitions go something like this:

  • The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.
  • The quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous.
  • The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • A political right.
  • Absence of slavery.

And several similar definitions.

I don’t really think that anyone feels that they have 100% freedom. Freedom to me means a total absence of any type of pressure or influence that compels me to do, say or think anything against my wishes and the absolute ability to do anything ( that does not negatively impact any other being) that I wish to do. For me, there are three main components to freedom.

 

Total financial independence

I believe that this is the most important source of freedom in the modern world, and if a person has this, they are well on their way to achieving total freedom. Work, the traditional source of money, is not enjoyable for many people and although it is true that in the western world, everyone is theoretically free to choose how they earn their money, there are many barriers to actually working in the field that one loves, and if one loves their work, it isn’t really work as we have come to understand it. Barriers can include education, intelligence (which is not the same as education), temperament, childhood influences/indoctrination from many sources, the financial situation that one is born into, mental outlook and many more barriers and influences that have an impact to a varying degree. The ideal situation is to have a multi million dollar bank account, but I suspect that even multimillionaires would object to me saying this and that they would cite many reasons why their money does not give them freedom. The one thing that nobody can deny, is that wealthy people certainly have more potential to achieve freedom than people without money and if they can’t achieve a large degree of freedom by using their money then they are not using it wisely.

According to various recent studies, 50%-70% of people hate their jobs. Most people end up tying themselves down to a job or field of work by accumulating debt as soon as they begin to earn money. Once the person is in debt, they have to continue the work that they come to dislike or hate, in order to pay the debt off, while also supplying cash for everyday survival. They continue on, hating and resenting the job or jobs for their whole lives. My experiment with freedom began with downsizing my job so that I have more time and energy to explore more fulfilling methods of securing financial freedom. I believe that financial independence is the key factor to freedom. The saying that “you need money to make money” is very accurate. If you don’t believe this, then you have never attempted to generate money,  independent of a “job”.

 

Mental Outlook

The manner in which a person views the world plays a huge part in how free he/she feels. One person could feel trapped and imprisoned, yet another person can feel free and fulfilled in exactly the same situation. Some people feel doomed from their first remembered thought, others feel empowered. I don’t know why this is, but I believe that the less optimistic mind can be trained by the individual to become more productive. A negative mind attracts negative things. The law of attraction is real. Even if you don’t believe this, Wouldn’t it be better to think positive thoughts rather than negative ones?. Affirmations, meditation and manifestation techniques can be employed to set your mind free. Try not to watch the news, most of it is propaganda anyway. If you study news broadcasts, some form of agenda becomes apparent, and it is not healthy for a person to subject themselves to this. Take some form of exercise regularly, physical exercise is good for mental outlook and it also helps your body to function as an effective tool for personal freedom.

 

No Unwarranted Obligations to Others

This is a hard topic to balance properly. Any decent parents will always feel an obligation to their children, and rightly so, as they are responsible for bringing the child into being.  If the parents are lucky, the child will also feel an obligation to minimize those obligations for the parent. A person should not settle for a life of drudgery, misery or mediocrity because of any other person’s expectations or behaviour. I have always found that if mutual respect is present between people, that the weight of anything that can be considered an obligation is reduced considerably, almost to a negligible degree. A parent that attempts to forcefully mold their child into something that the child doesn’t want to be, especially where work or marriage are concerned, is basically claiming the child as their property. I do not consider wise advice as part of this, as advice is given freely and can be acted upon, or ignored by the recipient.  

People who are conscious in their efforts to restrict you do not have your best interests in mind and ways to free yourself from such people should be made a priority. Obligations to others are accepted by people constantly, and if you feel that your service is worthwhile and makes you happy then it is not the type of obligation that I am referencing here. The particular freedom restricting element can more accurately be called an imposition.

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Freedom?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I most definitely consider the possession of enough funds to be free of the shackles of “work” to be paramount. When I use the word “work”, I am referring to a job as an employee that one does not want to do by choice, but is compelled to do, in order to pay the bills, buy food, survive etc. Money seems to be a dirty word for many people, probably because they don’t want to be considered a mercenary individual. The world is organized around money however, and the more of it you have stored away somewhere, the more freedom of choice you have.

A person could always just go to a remote area of the world and live off the land of course, and if this idea is attractive, you could possibly find freedom without money, but opportunities to live like this are not very abundant today and most people from the developed world would miss their gadgets and labor-saving devices, but It is a possibility.

 

Quotes

  • “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become”. – Buddha

 

  • “Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves”. – Friedrich Nietzsche

 

  • “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit”. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  • “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free”. –  Buddha

 

  • “ A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. –  Jim Morrison

 

  • “Every time you borrow money, you’re robbing your future self”. – Nathan W. Morris

 

  • “Financial Freedom is less about Financials and more about freedom”. – Manoj Arora

 

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Manifest Your Desires

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There are many practitioners of manifestation, all have slightly different methods that they claim really work. The common theme in all of the methods is expressing gratitude for what you already have and a total belief that you already have whatever it is that you want.

Being able to manifest your desires comes from the belief that we are all energy at our core and everything that surrounds us is also energy. Many people also believe that our individuality is an illusion and that all people and things are connected within a universal frequency field. Quantum theory hints at this being a possibility. Some beliefs go as far as to state that each person has an element of the creator in him or her, that we are a fragment of the creator and therefore we have the power of the creator to manifest our desires when, where and how we desire them.

Others believe that as we are composed of energy, including our thoughts, then we can somehow tap into the universal creative power in order to manifest our desires. This sounds similar to the creator theory without the religious element. I am open minded and I would not discount any theory unless it was proven to my satisfaction that the theory was wrong and that isn’t going to happen any time soon.

All methods of manifestation have the common requirement that you must believe that you already have your desire in the “now”, the explanation for this is that your energy attracts your desires and if your thought process is “wishing” for something to appear, it attracts a life long experience of scarcity because the vibrations that you are giving out are of a” wanting for something” rather than “already having”, and the “wanting for” is therefore what you will attract. The methods vary as to how to express this belief of already having your desire. Meditation or visualization of the desire seems to be the generally accepted form of expressing belief that you already have your desire. Affirmations can play a part in the manifestation process for some and it seems to be an allied topic to me.

The TV program Star Trek: The Next Generation, had the holodeck, a room where objects, locations and people are simulated by matter, beams and fields onto which holographic images are projected, which appear solid to the touch. This matter is known as “holomatter”, and disintegrates when the program is ended. The Holodeck users can program their individual desires into the computer and experience them within the room for as long as they wish. As the theories in Quantum Physics have been updated and expanded upon, I wonder if it will ever become a reality, or are we already in a holodeck simulation?. The point of mentioning this is that it appears to be a (fictional) form of manifestation.

The theory some people have, that matter is a low vibration frequency, can have implications for manifesting desires. The thoughts from the brain are frequencies and once a thought has been released, it has the potential to materialize. Whether one can manifest desires or not is open to investigation. I suspect that it is easier to manifest a negative thought than a positive one because it is easier to concentrate on negative thoughts.

My suggested method for manifesting your desires.

  • Be clear on your desire and don’t try to manifest a whole list of desires all at the same time. Begin with a small goal.
  • Spend some time every day visualizing your desire. Visualize yourself experiencing the desire as if you have it already. Be very specific in your visualization.
  • Repeat positive affirmations to yourself every day.
  • Take some form of action towards your desire every day.
  • Be grateful for what you already have, and spend some time every day thanking God, the Creator, the Universe (whatever suits you) for your gifts.
  • Keep the routine going and don’t give up on it.

I would be interested to know if it works for you.