Think and Grow Rich Takeaway
General Summary: Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.
The starting point of all achievement is desire. Your dreams are just wishes unless you have the desire. The desire is what makes you pursue it with the tenacity required to do big things in the world. Big things require big energy without desire. The big energy can not happen.
Your greatest success will usually happen right after defeat has seemingly overtaken you.
Every time the defeat seems to be right on the brink, it’s probably when you’re about to turn that corner. As an entrepreneur, that’s very liberating because if things aren’t going too well, maybe you’re at a point where you’re turning the corner, and you’re about to experience success.
Dreams are not born of indifference, laziness, or lack of ambition. To do great things, you have to tap into the power of the subconscious mind. Utilize your mind.
The conscious mind has control over the subconscious mind. You have the rational and the emotional brain. Your rational brain is rationalizing things at more of a conscious level.
And you can use the subconscious brain to train the language of the emotional deep-seated subconscious brain with the language of emotion.
It’s hard to shift things in your subconscious brain because it is really at a deep-seated level. Many people struggle with changing some of their belief patterns because they can’t shift the subconscious brain.
You have more power in that equation than what you realize. It is just a matter of figuring out what modality and what language important that it actually speaks.
The subconscious mind is always working. Every time you scroll your newsfeed, every time you’re exposed to something out in the real world, your subconscious brain is making determinations about what it is going on and how to feel about it.
So, expose yourself to the things that you want to be exposed to and protect yourself from the things that are toxic for you. You need to constantly be feeding your mind with positive thoughts.
The practice of mindfulness, meditation, and things of that nature are powerful mechanisms.
What are you doing to promote happiness? What are you doing to promote excitement?
The subconscious mind is objective. It speaks the language of emotion. Program your mind with the goals that you want. But how? Well, there are five keys to program your mind.
#1 Definite purpose. Define and decide what is your definite purpose.
#2 Autosuggestion. It’s doing an act to feed a message back to yourself. One way to do it is to affirm yourself every day to reach your ultimate goal. That’s a form of autosuggestion because what you’re doing is you are speaking to your subconscious brain.
And it is scientifically proven that 43%, you are more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.
#3 Use the power of emotion. Don’t just write down the goal, but think of the emotion that you feel as you’re writing it as imagine as though that’s happening already.
#4 Visualization. Do you visualize yourself experiencing the life that you’re trying to create? A form of meditation is a fantastic way to do that.
We can actually tell now that within just four days of doing 10-15 minutes a day of meditation, your neurological wiring shifts and changes.
#5 Persistence and repetition. It’s just to continue to push down that path and continue to do the things that will lead to that success. And first, figure out what those need to look like.
Each of us is what we are because of the dominating thoughts occupying our minds. It really goes back to the importance of your subconscious mind. You become what you think you are.
Put yourself over the top by burning your ships. Put yourself in a situation of urgency, not in desperation.
Napoleon Hill talks about in the book that if you’re not all in, it’s not going to happen. It’s the fire to your gasoline that makes things ignite. It does create tremendous windfall and the direction that you’re seeking, just make sure you do so in a responsible way.
When the survival is at stake, the subconscious mind goes into overdrive. Maybe you’ve experienced that where there is a high emotional state, and the adrenaline rush enabled you to produce an out of the ordinary response.
So can you utilize the mechanics of that in a more controlled environment?
Wishing will not bring you riches, and it must be a burning desire that leads to obsession.
Entrepreneurs succeed because of their obsession to succeed. They are immersed in their industry completely. If you need to get realigned with your purpose, you got to have that obsessive drive.
Another little exercise for you, five methods of acquiring riches:
1. Fix the exact amount of money you desire. Do you strive to be a millionaire or a billionaire?
2. Determine what you intend to give in exchange for that money. So what are you willing to do to acquire that?
3. Establish a definite date. What is your actual definite date? Be specific.
4. Create a definite plan. It’s one thing to just wish upon a star, but it’s something else entirely to have an actual plan that coincides with that wish. What’s the execution plan, and what’s it going to look like?
5. Write a clear and concise mission statement with steps 1-4. And then read your statement aloud twice daily, at least. All those who succeed, pass through many heartbreaking struggles. So part of the failure aspect, but many heartbreaking struggles.
Another powerful lesson in the book is that you are not defeated until it is accepted as a reality. So until you tell yourself, you failed, and it’s over, it’s not over.
Say fall instead of failure because failure indicates finality while a fall indicates you fell, but it’s implied that the next thing you do is getting up on your feet again.
And it does not require more effort to aim high than accept misery and poverty. So, challenge the logic of failure.
Impossible when desire is met with enduring faith. Faith is a big part of the equation. It may not necessarily mean a faith in terms of the existential, but whatever that means for you. What are you doing, and why are you doing what you’re doing if it’s not for something bigger than yourself?
Faith can be induced by autosuggestion. If you’re a person that lacks faith, use that autosuggestion to culminate more of that faith in yourself.
All thoughts, emotional ties in mixed with faith begin to materialize in the physical world. In terms of what you believe or what you don’t believe. Everything you want to achieve starts in your mind, and there’s just so much that we don’t know about what we actually do.
The efforts that you create are a big part of what you want to achieve. And you will see how an action will lead you to a situation and to another and so on.
There are two types of knowledge—general and specialized. What you’ll find is that the most successful people are not focused on generalized knowledge. They’re focused on specialized knowledge.
Napoleon Hill cited that one of the most empowering and impactful things you can do as a business person is the obsessive pursuit of specialized knowledge.
Most great leaders were first intelligent followers. Find a mentor. Most people fail because they wait for the time to be right. YOU create the time to be right.
There are seven positive emotions—desire, faith, love, sex, enthusiasm, romance, and hope. Now the thing to note is the presence of positive emotions cannot exist simultaneously as negative emotions.
The major seven negative emotions—fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, superstition, and anger. It’s really important to understand where they arise and present themselves in your life and to do everything you can to rectify those situations.
The ghost of fears—poverty criticism, ill health, loss of love of someone, old age, or death. These are the things that you operate with that you’re terrified of. The things that linger in the shadows that you’re secretly kind of afraid of.
It’s very important that we deal with these things, whether that’s through counseling or a form of reconciliation, to make sure that they are not the guiding force or factor in your life.