"Think and Grow Rich"?

Anybody who knows me understands that I am a bookaholic. I love books. I read them, write them, buy them, review them, collect them, give them, and more. My world would not exist without books. That said, I am wondering if they are all they are cracked up to be.

I was just in Ohio visiting family. I poked around the dusty boxes of books still in my parent’s basement and found copies of books I didn’t and still don’t recall reading.

I picked up a paperback edition of Napoleon Hill’s classic self-help book, Think and Grow Rich. Apparently I bought it in 1976. I don’t remember reading it. The book has a few underlined sentences. It looks read.

think rich book The thing is, if I read that book in 1976, I either missed something or didn’t apply something. I was broke for the next ten years or more. Maybe I just didn’t think enough to get rich while I read it.

I’m not saying this to suddenly be against books. I think you can learn the wisdom of the universe from books. But there’s reading, there’s understanding, and there’s implementation. I don’t think I understood Hill’s book in 1976. I don’t think I implemented it, either.

We learn faster when we have a coach, mentor, educator; someone to help us understand the material and then guide us as we take action and get feedback.

Yes, you can read the book and get results. I’m told more people have become millionaires from Think and Grow Rich than any other book ever written. But that doesn’t mean the process is automatic. I think we need guidance.

There are exceptions to every rule. I taught myself writing. I did it with books. But I read, studied, and implemented every single thing I came across in those books.

Yes, read Think and Grow Rich.

Yes, read Attract Money Now. amn book ad

But also do something to integrate what you read.

Consider forming a study group or mastermind.

Or maybe get a Miracles Coach and really turbocharge your life and career.

I’ll never be against books. But I do think you have to become one with a book to really understand it. Had I done that in 1976, I might have been far happier, healthier and wealthier at an earlier age.

Ao Akua,


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  1. Thank you for sharing this, Joe 😀

    It sure is important to emplement what you read and learn, and keep reminding you about it or else there is a risk that you go back to old and comfy habbits!

    Warm greetings,
    Claus 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Joe 😀

    It sure is important to emplement what you read and learn, and keep reminding you about it or else there is a risk that you go back to old and comfy habbits!

    Warm greetings,
    Claus 🙂

  3. June 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    In “Attract money now” you say that we should give thanks for everything we had to go through b/c it helped us to become what we are today. I agree with that and think that your past just HAD to be the way it was in order for you to become such an amazing inspiration to the world….you don’t have a reason to regret anything at all.
    Don’t you think so? Blessings, Eva

    • June 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Eva. I totally agree with you. I wasn’t expressing regret at all; it was a reminder that we need to implement to get results.
      Thank you
      joe 🙂

  4. June 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    BTW: after reading “Think and grow rich” I now bought a spanish copy of the book in order to perfect my espanol 🙂 Another bookaholic here.

  5. June 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Hello there Joe…

    I am from a town close to where Napoleon Hill had grown up.

    Jennings Randolph was a person from my home state, West Virginia who had written Hill and encouraged him to put his information into his book, “Think and Grow Rich.”

    • June 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

      Somebody needs to make a movie about Hill.
      joe 🙂

      • June 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

        Somebody needs to make a movie about Hill…. I Agree… why don´t you…


  6. June 20, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I think also that the person has to be ready to receive the information in the books and other sources. I’ve had a copy of Shakti Gawain’s “Creative Visualization” in my possession since the mid-1980s. It has been read and re-read, along with Carlos Castaneda, Lynn Andrews, and Edgar Cayce (etc).

    But the information didn’t really start to sink in until about three years ago, when my quest for enlightenment launched in earnest. I think NOW I am ready for the information, and now it makes sense to me.

    Maybe you just weren’t ready to receive the information in 1976. 🙂

    • June 21, 2010 at 6:55 am

      You are most probably correct. I think we’re on some sort of inner schedule.
      joe 🙂

  7. June 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Yay! Napoleon Hill´s movie already exists! It´s almost manifesting I can see… a lot of people wants it. It could be part of a bigger picture. Something like “old masters series” with Joseph Campbell, Napoleon Hill and so on…

    just throwing some ideas in the air…

    with love!

  8. June 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Funny thing, I glanced at your blog and stopped reading it, thinking that I read it already…Then I realized I did not read it, only to find out that the blog speaks about a book that you were not sure whether you read…

    • July 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

      I loved the book, though it isn’t until I read it 3 times and used videos made about the book, to fully comprehend its principles, and fully apply them, daily.

      Check http://www.thesecretvideos.tv to fully understand the science of Thing and Grow Rich.

      Hill is an amazing man indeed!

      Cheers, Nick

  9. June 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Think and grow rich.

    DO and grow richer.

    All the best

  10. June 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I must have misunderstood you then 🙂 I’m glad you don’t regret anything.
    When are you going to write a book called s-ing like “The Answers” where you answer your readers questions? I want to have the first one as soon as it comes out of print, ok? AND I’ll send you lots of questions if you need some more (I’m sure you have tons of them already!)
    I quite liked Hills book but your “Attract money now” was so much easier to understand…I’m glad I read yours first. I loved the story about his son though,- it’s so beautiful! Blessings to you and yours, Eva

  11. June 24, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I highly recommend Miracles Coaching. I joined a couple of years ago and it was the best thing I’d done for a long time.

    My Miracles Coach really helped me dissolve blocks and discover some other issues I hadn’t been aware of – but had really been holding me back.

    If you get the chance, grab Miracles Coaching with both hands!


  12. June 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I’m thinking of a role in this move!

  13. staci-Reply
    June 28, 2010 at 8:24 am


    I hear ABC is finally airing their interview with you tomorrow (Tuesday, June 29) in prime time! I can’t wait to see you and your good works finally get the attention they are due!

  14. June 29, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Joe Vitale’s “Attract Money Now” is an awesome book! He knows his stuff and definitely correct about guidance. I recently put together a podcast, “The teachings of Think and Grow Rich” to help give people that guidance. Thanks Joe!

    Let life come and Live generously,
    Host and Philosopher
    Juddha Fitzgerald

  15. June 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    This is an awesome webpage!!! Good to see other people who are truly followers of Napoleon Hill’s work.
    This is one of the VERY FEW books that promises to help you determine Who you want to become? What it is you want to do? When it‘s going to happen? Why THE MISSION IS POSSIBLE? And how you’re going to attain it? All through the aid and application of the “unknown and unused knowledge and power” they termed the “Carnegie Secret.”

    1. Ready-Think 2. Get Set-Grow 3. Go-Get Rich

    Let life come and live generously,
    Host & Philosopher
    Juddha Shaddai Fitzgerald

  16. Paulo Pizzato-Reply
    July 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Dear Joe Vitale,
    I would like to congratulate you on your way of living, abundant living, just the way suggested by Mr. Wattles about a century ago. I am focused on this right now, and soon, very soon, I would be very delighted to meet you.
    Paulo Pizzato
    Airline Captain, seeking higher heights.

  17. July 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head toward the end of your post when you said you actually learned how to achieve something when you implemented what you were reading.

    That’s the key.

    Taking action. Getting out there and trying and learning as you go.

    Action creates clarity. It gives you the experience. And until we’ve experienced something we’re never going to truly know it.

    Love your stuff Joe.

  18. Joe-
    Interesting thoughts. I have thought these exact things you have mentioned above regarding perception and books found in boxes. Also, books as we know them, on paper, will cease to exist in 3-10 years. They will be electronic with links. Oh, paper books for collectors and signings for big name authors will still be present, but in one or two generations it will all change. I found your blog about “Capt. Ahab Syndrome” interesting-as did the Bradbury family. I hope you liked the “Moby Dick” DVD also. Like you, I give books away and related items away, when I think appropriate. I think your readers would find another “Ahab-like” monster extremely interesting- one “super egocentric sea-related character” (as the sea is “the big conscious unknown” of the mind–or to me the “unknown” spiritual self, yes?) just as “terrifying”-Capt. Wolf Larsen of “The Sea-Wolf”….this “Ahab -related syndrome” I would call “The Wolf Larsen Syndrome.” Larsen is from Jack London’s masterpiece “The Sea-Wolf.” As a collector-reader of the great Jack London for years, London was (and still is to me) a paradoxical enigma of a man that folks might find very interesting. London, who died at 40, not from suicide, but from uremic poisoning and a heart attack. He wrote 50 books over a 17 year period. He is forgotten by many now, except for “The Call of The Wild” and writer of dog books-such as “White Fang.” Quite the contrary, he wrote about time travel, astral projection, aliens, plagues wiping out civiliation, a Chinese invasion of the US, social conditions, the very very socially deprived and abuse of the poor masses of humanity and on and on. His real masterpiece is “The Sea-Wolf” –not “The Call of The Wild.” This character of Capt. Larsen is worthy of a few words, a nightmare mad man who was also “learned” with racks of books by intellectuals, poets and scientists, all shelved on his true ship from hell. He created a world of social Darwinism and horror in his universe so unbearable, so terrible, that for himself that the only escape was death. (My mind also goes back to Ernest Miller Hemingway when I mention this, another genius…) All this kind of world perception and “collective thinking” can be paralleled to what is happening today in our society, as I look around. Many will not agree with me. Now, I am coming back to my good friend Ray Bradbury and his masterpiece “Fahrenheit 451” (of whom Dr. Werhner von Braun, the inventor of the V-2 Rocket, said of Ray Bradbury – he had it “all figured out way ahead of all of us”). “Fahrenheit 451” is a perfect parallel of what is happening today, “firemen” burning books…I could go on about this, but it is all in the book-just think forward a few years. We do attract our own miracles-I truly believe this. We need not be book burners, Ahabs or Larsens. Everything is LOVE. That is Ray Bradbury’s mantra, as I have heard him say this over many many years. As another lovingly put “aside” comment from a forgotten author: “Books were once men.” This one comes from George Barr McCutcheon-creator of the magical kingdom of “Graustark.”—Peace, love and good karma, John.

  19. October 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hi Joe,

    thanks for sharing your insights. Most people try to implement the principles taught – and fail, because they want to do it alone. It must be for a reason that Mr. Hill stresses the importance of a mastermind group over and over again in his book. Becoming rich is a team sports.

    It’s about thinking, feeling and growing.

    Take care


  20. Tyrone glover-Reply
    November 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Can anyone tell me what nationally recognized person through the 50s to present day, attribute their success to the principles outlined within Think and Grow rich? I’m not questioning the process or method but rather just asking the question because am interested in finding examples. I’ve searched the web extensively and have found numerous sites on its power, but I haven’t been able to find anyone who is accomplished, to provide an endorsement of the method. Thanks and take care. Tye

    • Simon-Reply
      July 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Bob proctor is the classic example went from 4000 a year to 175000 in one year in 1961 then took it over a million thanks to think and grow rich

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