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10 Lessons From "Think And Grow Rich" By Napoleon Hill

Decision-maker vs. procrastinator

Procrastination means giving up on yourself. Taking action equals making decisions.

Decide what you want your life to look like, provide what's currently lacking (resources, positive associations powerful routines and habits), then go after your goals.

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10 Lessons From "Think And Grow Rich" By Napoleon Hill

10 Lessons From "Think And Grow Rich" By Napoleon Hill

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Think And Grow Rich

Written in 1937 after a 25-year research on some of the most economically successful individuals, the book is one of the universally recognized personal development masterpieces (more than one hundred million copies sold worldwide, according to recent estimates).

The book‘s philosophy centers around the idea that success, in any endeavor, can be reached through mental visualization and imagination. 

Thoughts are powerful

Thinking - the mixture of initiative, faith, willingness to win, and resilience - is more conducive to success than any other feature. 

Desire...

... is the one stage that links thoughts and actions together:

Thoughts → Committment (or Desire) → Action.

Faith

It means convincing yourself that your goal is achievable.

With a specific end in mind, practice convincing your mind of the opportunity to realize that goal, and after a while, your mind will start to subconsciously act on behalf of your belief system.

Specialized knowledge

If you’re not specialized about the products or services you sell, you’re probably never going to be wealthy or successful in any endeavor.

Education doesn’t stop on graduation day, and those who believe that are eternally condemned to mediocrity.

Imagination can take the shape of:

  • Synthetic Imagination: Where your mind is limited to finding new combinations with past experiences.
  • Creative Imagination: When you think about the future in terms of opportunities.

Decision-maker vs. procrastinator

Procrastination means giving up on yourself. Taking action equals making decisions.

Decide what you want your life to look like, provide what's currently lacking (resources, positive associations powerful routines and habits), then go after your goals.

Mastermind Alliance

Once two or more minds get together, a third, way more powerful mind is created;

Surround yourself with like-minded people that can give you noteworthy insights and sparks that you can draw inspiration from. 

Subconscious mind

It is like an archive: it receives and contains your thoughts and impressions, regardless of their nature.

So if you feed your brain with the vision of wealth and success, it’ll work its way through making those aims a physical reality.

The worst facets of Fear

  • Fear of poverty. Poverty and wealth can’t coexist.
  • Fear of criticism. It can rob you of power, self-confidence and independent thinking.
  • Fear of ill health. Becoming pessimistic and ill-minded because of widespread negativity.
  • Fear of losing love.
  • Fear of old age.
  • Fear of death.

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Fundamental Principles From Think and Grow Rich
  • Everything which is tangible began as a thought: Anything that you create in your mind and trust that it is possible, you can achieve.
  • Win or quit, pick a side. Winners do not quit and quitters do not win.
  • Our minds receive ideas from the universe. The universe feeds us with ideas constantly.
  • If you have a burning desire for something, you can achieve it.
  • Failures don't mean that you have failed.
  • Have faith - an absolute certainty with no fear, that you will succeed.
  • Implementing your idea is the most important step of achieving your dreams.
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The "Rich dad", an entrepreneur, thinks wealth comes from experience-based learning (learn on the job, by becoming an entrepreneur) and multiple income streams.

When the “poor dad” encourages working your way up the ladder, “rich dad” laughs and says, “Why not own the ladder?”

Key lessons for becoming a "Rich Dad"

According to Kiyosaki in his book "Poor Dad, Rich Dad", rich people do certain things poor people don't:

  1. The rich buy assets (things that generate revenue like bonds), not liabilities (things that cost money like rent).
  2. The rich become financial literate through experience, not by studying hard at fancy schools.
  3. The rich learn to sell early on.
  4. The rich manage fear better. They take more risks and don't play it safe.
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Positive Thoughts
  • The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts. Mastering your mind means seeing setbacks as opportunities. 
  • Occupy your mind with uplifting thoughts, because they will give you the energy you'll need to attain the success you desire.
How To Attain Your Goal
  • Visualize your goal.
  • Keep yourself positively motivated.
  • Make a deadline.
  • Take steps daily.
  • Laugh along the way.

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If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” 
How to manifest an unconditional Desire
  • Occupy your surroundings with desire superstars.
  • Substitute the roots of pessimistic energy with affirmative and optimistic energy. 
  • Take action upon well-researched and thought-out knowledge.
  • Put yourself in positive places, and surround yourself with good people.
  • Burn those bridges, such that you commit and leave yourself without any other choice but to push on.
  • Use mediums such as positive music, videos, and images to reinforce your desires.
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  • Do not overestimate your own competency. Life experience alone is not enough to become a diversity expert.
  • Broaden students’ perspective on privilege. A broad spectrum of topics that can reveal differences.
  • Demonstrate authenticity — and grace. Making cultural faux pas is an opportunity for teaching and showing grace.

  • Focus on solutions.  Awareness encourages motivation toward solutions.

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Most common reasons that lead us to procrastinate:

1. We feel like we’re not making progress.

2. We’re not sure where to start.

3. We’re afraid of failing.

4. We dislike the task itself

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Slow Is Good

The speed-reading habit is making us lose our deep attention and focus, gradually shunning denser, more complicated content. Instead of optimizing for speed, we need to optimize for comprehension, deep understanding, and retention of information.

Deep or slow reading, when the brain is attentive, absorbing, understanding and analyzing text expands our attention span and improves concentration and learning.

Better, Not Faster Reading

The brain develops stronger analytical skills and gets into critical thinking mode, forming new connections and even creates new ideas.

Deep focusing on a book is one of the best investments of your time.