Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Overview (from
This is the REAL source of THE SECRET to Wealth! Published in 1937 and written during the depths of the Great Depression, this book contains the wisdom of 25 years of research into the mindset of the most brilliant, wealthiest and most powerful men of the 20th Century…. Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and many more. These are the men who made the United States the powerhouse of wealth that we know it today. With easy to follow, step by step directions, this book is the TRUE inspiration for every book on creating wealth and prosperity ever since! Learn the TRUTH about THE SECRET to creating fabulous and lasting wealth from the man who wrote the book!

Personal Notes
It was with great reluctance that I read this book. First of all, it’s hard for me to trust anyone named “Napoleon”. Second, the title sounds like a get-rich-quick scheme. I don’t like thinking about “getting rich”. Starting and running a successful business, sure, that sounds great, but being “rich” in and of itself isn’t the attraction. I don’t want a big house or expensive cars, fancy vacations and the like. So I didn’t think this book was for me. And yet it’s been pitched to me as a great book to read, so I finally gave in.

Now, having read it, it’s a wonderful book. Not just because it has great strategies for getting rich, but because it has great ideas and strategies for being successful–at anything. If you want to get rich, then yes, read this book. But also read it if you want to be a better parent, spouse, employee, employer, friend, athlete, leader, or…politician.

Why the President Should Read This Book
In part, because this book makes it clear that the path to prosperity can’t be built by government. It can only be built by the individual. Each individual is responsible for improving their own circumstances, and government tends to get in the way more than it helps. Where it “helps” it often fosters dependence, which in the long run is of no help whatsoever. An understanding of the principles in this book would lead a President to make quite different decisions than have been made by most of our Presidents over the past 100 years.