Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich is a best-seller, influential and inspirational book of all time. The first chapter ‘desire’ indicates the first principle to success and is considered the initial point to success. It elaborates that one creative idea can transform, create richness and success for an individual. Six practical steps are given on transforming desires to reality and the author emphasizes on the distinction between mere wishes and constructive desires.
In the ‘faith’ chapter, Hill asserts that faith is hard to establish especially when the situations operate contrary to the goals. Indeed, faith emanates from auto-suggestion and is considered a state of mind. The author provides a roadmap for building faith through persistence, daily auto-suggestions, defining your purpose and being committed to give back. Examples are given of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Schwab who used faith to achieve success.
The ‘auto-suggestion’ chapter illustrates a concept that challenges the subconscious mind. It is a stimuli that penetrates to the five senses and therefore one is supposed to have the ability to feel words. This is because plain words have no influence on the subconscious mind. Hill notes that auto-suggestion is developed through repeatedly developing a personal plan in a quiet environment.
The ‘specialized knowledge’ chapter notes the influence of personal experience and observations. Individuals must therefore concentrate their focus in one area. The specialized knowledge is therefore distinguished from general knowledge that makes smart individuals not successful.
The ‘imagination’ chapter notes that this is the step which crystallizes reality from mere desire. Hill asserts that the limitation of individuals is their imagination. It is noted in the book that great leaders realized and actualized their creative imagination faculties. Further, the practical incorporation of imagination leads to riches because it is the mind’s workshop, as explicated by individuals like Henry Ford.
The ‘organized planning’ indicates a practical approach, where Hill discusses the character of various successful people. It indicates that rich people primarily maintain their status through planning and developing practical strategies. Organized planning is hence noted to be the realization of actions from desires. Hill discusses a number of causes of failure and criteria for self inventory, finding opportunities and dealing with defeat.
The ‘decision’ chapter illustrates lack of decision-making as a common reason for failure. Further, such lack of decisiveness leads to procrastination, which individuals ought to conquer. The author asserts that people who fail to accumulate riches take a lot of time to make decisions and change them often. The chapter illustrates how individuals made decisions and became rich.
The ‘persistence’ chapter indicates that the virtue is a sustained effort that leads to faith. The chapter elaborates the constituents of persistence, causes and the ways to develop it. The author discusses the character of the majority of the people who lack persistence and fail, while only the few that have relentless effort become rich.
The ‘power of the master mind’ is an important step to success in the book. The chapter indicates the role of power to get success in life. The author describes power as organized effort which is sufficient to convert desires in to their equivalents in reality. The master mind helps individuals learn the means of getting power and the origins of knowledge from stories of various rich individuals that have utilized the power of the mind.
The ‘mastery of sex transmutation’ is the tenth step to success. Sex in the chapter is used to refer to the greatest desire of all individuals. Therefore, if individuals are driven by desires as powerful as sex, then any aspirations can be turned to reality. Various concepts on senses and stimuli are given, which may lead to explication of the genius within.
The ‘subconscious mind’ indicates that individuals should voluntarily subject their minds to desires or plans that they ought to actualize. It indicates that what is felt in the mind can be achieved. Therefore, thinking positively or negatively influences the results expected and therefore the mind is a connecting link between dreams and reality.
The ‘brain’ in the chapter is noted to be a broadcast and reception station for thoughts. Therefore, links are established by the author between the mind, imaginations of individuals and auto-suggestion. Further, the chapter explains the intangible forces that rule outcomes in the world and the way that they change circumstances.
The ‘sixth sense’ in the chapter describes the gate to the wisdom temple. The chapter indicates that only the ghost of fears such as poverty, death or criticism hinders individuals from achieving their goals. If such fears are eliminated through being decisive, developing interest and self-confidence, symptoms of fears are eliminated and success is created alongside riches.