Here are my comments on the book:
How does one become rich? It all begins with the mind. Napolean Hill, American author and one of the earliest producers of personal development literature, outlines his thoughts and strategies that one can take to start their journey to riches. Despite the original version of this book being written in the late 1930s, a lot of what was written is still very applicable to today. Hill discusses the necessary mind frame and attitude needed to achieve success while debunking any misconceptions. The points taken away are:
1. Failure is a must in order to succeed; very rarely do people master anything on the first few attempts. Don’t let the media fool you into believing that success comes easy when they report on those who have spent only a few years and made it big. Those are the exceptions to success. Learn to embrace and persist through “failure” as its a step closer to success. “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.” He has also said that, “a quitter never wins – and – a winner never quits.”
2. Your success is determined by your psychology. Learn to master your mind and self talk/self doubt. If you keep thinking that you aren’t able to do something, then you won’t. However, if you believe and acknowledge that you can, you’ll find a way to get it done. If someone put a gun to your head and said you had x amount of time to get y done, you’ll find a way to do it. “When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire that state of mind which will attract riches.“
3. Keep on learning. To do great things in life, you need to have the knowledge to do so, without it you simply can’t. As the great investor Warren Buffett has said, “the more you learn, the more you’ll earn”. Those who are successful in life understand the value of knowledge and its worth. Become a learning machine. “Successful men, in all callings, never stop acquiring specialized knowledge related to their major purpose, business, or profession. Those who are not successful usually make the mistake of believing that the knowledge acquiring period ends when one finishes school. The truth is that schooling does but little more than to put one in the way of learning how to acquire practical knowledge.“
By Ryan Lee
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