Book review: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich (original 1937 version)

by Napoleon Hill


Reviewers Thoughts

“Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill is a book that’s been around for ages, and it’s got its fair share of both praise and criticism. Hill claims to have spent two decades hobnobbing with successful people to uncover their secrets, but there’s some doubt about the authenticity of these interactions. In fact, there’s little hard evidence that he actually met all the famous folks he talks about. And, to top it off, Hill was struggling financially when he wrote this book, which can make you wonder about his own success.

But that’s not all – the book’s got some serious issues with outdated language and ideas. It’s got elements of racism, sexism, and ableism that can make you cringe. So, it’s important to be ready to wade through these uncomfortable parts of the book.

However, if you can get past these shortcomings, there are some real gems in “Think and Grow Rich.” Hill talks about the importance of having a burning desire, believing in yourself, and using visualization to achieve your goals. He also emphasizes the value of specific knowledge and forming a group of like-minded individuals to help you reach your dreams.


Persistence and Overcoming Fear

Hill’s focus on persistence and overcoming fear is particularly relevant. We all deal with fear and doubts that hold us back, and his advice on tackling these obstacles is worth considering.


Despite its flaws, “Think and Grow Rich” has stood the test of time. It’s been ranked as a best-selling business book for years. The reason it endures probably has something to do with the straightforward nature of its principles.

In the end, “Think and Grow Rich” is a mixed bag. It’s got some valuable insights, but you should approach it with a critical eye because of Hill’s questionable background and the outdated content. While it’s a classic in the self-help genre, there are plenty of other books out there that deliver similar advice in a more modern and relatable way. So, take Hill’s ideas with a grain of salt and explore other resources for a more well-rounded approach to personal development and success.


Book Details


Think and Grow Rich



Napoleon Hill



Book: 320 pages

Audiobook: 9 hours, 35 minutes


NLS Description

Basing his suggestions on a formula developed by Andrew Carnegie, the author explains how through positive thinking one can learn basic techniques that lead to lasting success.


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