Earl Nightingale Reads Think and Grow Rich

Earl Nightingale Reads Think and Grow Rich

Written by jack_miller | Published 3 months ago

With 17825 ratings

By: Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, et al.

Purchased At: $3.66

Earl Nightingale said that he came to his “aha” moment at the age of twenty-nine while reading Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich - specifically the words “we become what we think about”. Shortly thereafter he recorded The Strangest Secret which went on to earn a gold record and became the largest selling non-entertainment recording in record industry history.

Think and Grow Rich is the standard against which all motivational books are measured. The book (and audiobook) has helped millions of people create their own success and realize their dreams. This audio condensation brings those two worlds together again - an audio lecture by famed broadcaster Earl Nightingale that clearly and quickly reviews Napoleon Hill’s classic success principles.If you’ve never read or listened to Think and Grow Rich before, this audio condensation may serve as your own personal “aha” moment. And if you have read or listened before, then this forty-two minute motivational gem maybe the best refresher course ever to set you back on the road to riches. For the Two-CD package - Plus a bonus disc of Napoleon Hill’s lecture on The Three Major Causes of Failure!

If you're looking for an edge in your pursuit of success, skip this book. 20 years ago I bought this book and it's ideas hook, line and sinker; however, after spending two decades on application it's apparent that the principles in this book are mostly nonsense. I am only going to take the time to highlight two pieces of misinformation in this book: visualization, and "the secret."

This book touts visualizing your goals as a method to speed up/ensure attainment. Research shows that the opposite is true. Visualizing your goals and imagining how it would feel to have achieved them has been show to consistently reduce drive and motivation. This book is full of misinformation like this, that if diligently applied will be counterproductive.

There is "the secret" alluded to in this book, and the subject of a nonsense DVD and book by the same title. The most important warning that I can give someone younger, after 20 years of time wasted looking for secrets is this: the only free cheese is in a mouse trap. Secrets to success do NOT exist. Time spent looking for "secrets" or applying them is time that could be invested in getting better at the fundamentals of whatever arena you are in.

One of the most basic examples would be personal finance: the only people getting rich off the "secrets of wealth" are the people selling those "secrets." Ultimately there are just a handful of things that matter in personal finance - get out of debt, live on a budget, invest in assets with a decent balance of risk & return, have a rainy day fund (and funds for other things you know are coming - Christmas gifts, college, etc.).

This book is selling a fantasy that appeals to deep biases that all humans have. Do yourself a favor, skip this book.

- parker_hughes

Amazon has done us a huge disservice by lumping all the reviews for the various "original" versions of this book together. The version I purchased (black cover with money on the bottom, kindle version) is riddled with errors where the publisher evidently SCANNED the book in and then didn't bother to edit the results. Page numbers appear randomly in the middle of paragraphs, "m" appears where clearly "in" was intended and in some cases paragraphs just end in the middle of a sentence. This is a great book but some of the publishers have done a terrible job reproducing it and Amazon isn't helping by grouping very different copies together in the same review group.

I hope to update this review when I find a less crappy copy of this book, but avoid the version with the black cover with money on the bottom. (See pictures)

- liberty_ortiz

I received this book and was stunned when I pulled it out and found that it was a 100 page large paperback 8x10 book. The formatting and words inside the book are horribly formatted and set up. Whoever put this together must be an amateur, because I can't imagine that anyone would have approved something like this. Then I noticed the print date was the day I ordered it, which means this is a print-on-demand, which is usually a self-published set up. There's nothing wrong with that, but that means the person who took the text off the real Think and Grow Rich book didn't even transfer it correctly. I then looked at the Publisher and it says, "Createspace", which is a self-published imprint. That means someone took the text and bound it horribly into a book so that they can collect the royalties on someone else's famous book. I'm surprised Amazon has allowed this to happen and that no one has flagged this or pointed that out. This is really bad. I might've let this slide had they at least set this book up properly. It's clear an amateur did this. You'll have to make sure you're buying the right version, because Amazon has ridiculously linked this bootleg version with the real one. That means all the reviews on this page are mix and match. Some of them are talking about a different version. Check the publisher on the page and make sure it doesn't say, "Createspace". That's the illegal version.

- reed_watson

Despite the age of this book, I found the underlying lessons it contained to be highly relevant to my life today. The most valuable ideas I gathered from this book:
1) You cannot acquire great wealth without a concrete plan for attaining that wealth, a serious passion that compels you to act on your plan continuously, and great faith that your plan will allow you to succeed.
2) Many of the world's greatest achievers were passionate to the point of obsession, and in order to emulate their success you must cultivate a desire until it becomes an obsession.
3) Material success does not come solely as a result of knowledge acquisition, but rather from one's ability to organize and transform specialized knowledge such that it can be delivered to a wide audience in the form of a product or service.
4) Persistence often makes the difference between success and failure. It is a state of mind that is essential to success and can be overcome through effort.
5) One of the common attributes of highly successful people is the ability to reach decisions quickly and to change them slowly. Most of us are the opposite.

- alivia_hill

The content is nonsense, tons of rubbish included in the book. Two reasons why i rated this book so low are:
1. In a large portion of the book, the author praises his own work. He even included a letter (which cover pages) of which only purpose is praising the book itself and have nothing to do with the content. By the time I read that the 13 principles in this book will make me rich, I’d realized that the rest of the content would be all rubbish, and my prediction turned out to be right.
2. The point he makes is all misleading. Whenever he addresses any point, the author COMPLETELY and DELIBERATELY hides the opposite side of the arguments and just continue praising the greatness of his point and support by various examples which, every now and then, are falsified.

- amelia_davis



Publisher: Amazing reads

Genre: Self-help, Nonfiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My Review:
I don't think this book needs a review because it's a bestseller for over 70 years with millions of copies sold.

But still, I wanna talk about this book because I feel many people are still unaware of this beauty.

Guys, if you are a dreamer and you want to be successful in your life, I know you always need a push or motivation to continue on that path with the same dedication, strength and not giving up attitude, this book can help you a lot because it has great examples, motivational stories, principles/secrets to success and also many practical ideas which if followed properly, you can do wonders.

As I always say a book won't work unless you do, if you want this book to help you, then you have to apply all those principles.

- harley_roberts

It took quarter of a century to accumulate information and write this book, such a persistent and consistent effort. The author had written a great book of life full of lessons.
It is written on the back of this book that " this book is probably the best self help book ever written" i agree with that line and support it.
This book was published in 1940's ,a bit old book but had every bit of relevant and eternal information which we think of now and ever.
THINK AND GROW RICH was the title of the book but reading this book twice I came to know that lot more titles suit this book and a few I thought were
Fabulous book and continuing to admire the work.

- kingsley_turner

When you face criticism in your life try to turn the pages in this book you will find some way to cope it up and move on in your destination in whatever sector you are working in. It helped me a lot only by reading few pages as I have not completed this book. One thing is pretty much sure about this book is that if you want to make your dream come true then you must be PRACTICAL otherwise it will be in your WISH LIST and will never fulfill your desire.

- dominik_diaz

I was looking through some of the reviews and see that some people gave it five stars and some gave it only one. I think if the people who gave it one star would practice the principles given in this book they would quickly upgrade their rating.

This book was published in 1937, during the Great Depression, and if the people who suffered during that time had read this book their lives might have been better.

It is really about convincing yourself to become wealthy. It outlines the steps you need to take and the steps you need to avoid.

There are also a lot of interesting ideas in this book. For example, sex transmutation is where you transfer the energy of your libido into other purposes. Great people have done this. Also, 99% of the public has no goal in life that is why they are stuck in jobs they do not want.

Most people do not succeed until they are older. In fact, most success does not come until after you are 40 years old. Edison & Carnegie were past the age of 40 when they made their fortune. He forgot to mention that George Washington was 43 when he took on the greatest military on earth.

His roundtable idea is very intriguing.

I do not see why anyone would not want to read this book.

- davis_alvarez

This book can also be called as Think and Grow Skill, Think and Grow Knowledge, etc…

This book is a gem of a book and now I know why this book is in the top rated, best seller and most reviewed book of all time.

According to me, this book is a milestone in human growth and more importantly in getting rich.

I loved each and every chapter of it. I mean, it took me nearly 3 months to complete the book, longest time ever I had taken to complete a book; merely because I was so into the book that I started applying the teaching from the book until I started the next chapter.

I am very much disappointed that I didn’t knew or read this book earlier in my life; it would have made a huge difference in my twenties. Never mind I will make a full use of it now.

The cases study in book is awesome, the flow of the book awesome, the knowledge and the study material again awesome.

Undoubtedly, 5 star with a big thumbs up for this masterpiece.

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- adaline_richardson

Yes, this book will change your life forever. It definitely changed mine. In what concerns to Personal Development Texts, I would say this is the most complete book about the subject in the market. Napoleon Hill, indeed, covers pretty much all aspects about the power of the human mind to materialise anything we desire in life. And, believe me when i say, I have read tons of books about personal development. But so far, this book is the best. However, to make it more clear, this book is not the best in terms of providing detailed information in each and every aspect of the process of manifestation. Nevertheless, it does cover all aspects of it in a reasonable profound manner. Obviously, if your intention is to expand your knowledge in a very specific aspect of the process of manifestation, for example Persistence, or Law Of Attraction, then i would advise you to get a book focusing solely on that specific aspect. Furthermore, If you are new into this type of knowledge, this would be the first book to start with. It will provide you with a general overview of this Power, and will boost your motivation to expand your knowledge about it. After reading this book, i would strongly recommend Bob Proctor's Book "Thoughts are thinks'. Again, another amazing book!
The bottom line is, once you start reading this type of subject, you must continue reading more and more about it. The reason for that is you must imprint this concept into your subconscious mind in order to use this power properly and effortlessly. And, the more knowledge you accumulate, more your subconscious mind will accept it and use it in your favour. Wish you all the best in your personal development journey. And remember, Be ALWAYS Blessed! Be ALWAYS a Blessing!

- arlo_thomas

This book enthuses the reader with a burning desire to be successful, whether it is by materialistic or academic means. The book will give you an understanding of how a successful person is nurtured. Examples include the amazing inventor Thomas Edison; how he formed success despite all odds by being ignorant of the air of pessimism. By far my favourite lesson learnt from this book was the significance of indecision.

- jenna_bennet

It's ok, if you have read any decent modern "self help" book, anything that focus on self confidence and focus,you will not gain much by reading this book. Lots of repetition and waffle, all of which is very distracting. Two sections towards the end are very useful,both focusing on negative aspects and are missing from these more modern books I talk about. The self analysis quiz and the alibis. Both sections are perfect for helping you move forward,make decisions and check changes in attitude and thinking.

- mohamed_diaz

This book is high class and more valuable which has the power to change your life. It will surely change your thinking and make you positive towards your life. In the end, this book will make you to grow rich.
It's for you not for others!

- atticus_roberts

I read it (despite the off-putting title) because it was on a recommended reading list of someone I respect.

Written in the 1930's as the US was recovering from a devastating recession it contains an interesting mix of good sense, contemporary anecdotes and cod science. Perhaps not exactly "cod science", but an attempt to explain what the writer had observed by close examination of a number of "rich" and successful men over many years.

It works as a "how to" manual for focussing one's life on achieving goals (money) and over-riding some of the instinctive knee jerk reactions we seem to have inherited in our DNA from ancestors who lived in a different environment with different needs (caves, hunting, "Flintstones" etc.).

His method is based on controlling the "Subconscious Mind".

Napoleon Hill nods to the acceptance of higher and unexplained powers ("Infinite Intelligence") in an atheistic way - that seems comfortably "modern" - but he also writes as if business was the sole preserve of "men" - which may jar for some.

Some of his ideas were particularly enlightened (for the time) such as the need for cooperation between management and labour and that "The watchword of the future will be human happiness and contentment ..."

And educationalists who are in the Sir Ken Robinson camp they might agree with page 39 - "This "missing link" in all systems of education known to civilization today, may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it". On page 171 he states that "fear destroys initiative and discourages the use of imagination" - now accepted (and tweeted ad nauseam) but when written it may have been something of a revelation.

It was worth a read for me - and being able to make notes on the Kindle increases the usefulness of this book when I return to it for reference.

- jennifer_martinez

Repetitive, boring, simple and quite self-complacent.
Also full of inaccuracies, speculations or plain lies. For example, Columbus was not dreaming of discovering a new world and there is no proof that Marconi was sent to a mental institution for saying that he had found a way to "send messages through the ether".
In short, a waste of time and money.

- harley_johnson

It's pretty much difficult for me to write the reviews of all-time best-selling books, classics. While reading the book, I didn't feel like checking out if he wrote the truth or not because what matters is the power of conviction, power of thinking, and that is what the author wants from his readers.

Think and Grow Rich is a weird book I ended up liking, just not for the reasons intended by the author. The language of Hill's book is very much like the polite business writing Carnigie and it is endearing and friendly enough that I was willing to fight it through to the end. The first part of his book seems perfectly rational. The rest is just strange enough to get a kick out of.

Some of the principles, values added in this book are astonishing. I don't know how much they will help one in becoming rich, and wealthier. But then there is no loss in trying these principles, activities. There is no problem in thinking that you are rich and you want to become richer, that you're wealthy and you want to become wealthier, that you're smart and you want to become smarter.

Napolean Hill, again and again, tells you to focus on thinking, thinking positive, thinking big and that is how this book lures the readers to do the actions that the author wanted to.

The crux of the book is that successful people think differently than the rest of us, and if we want to be successful, we need to learn to think like them. Fair enough. Hill, having spent a career studying successful people, then prescribes steps to learn to think like the successful. Develop desire, faith, and work at obtaining a specific knowledge. Get together with like-minded individuals and discuss your dealings with them in what he calls a Maser Mind Group. It all sounded pretty straight forward. It sounds like a good plan. Then he gets into how to develop faith.

There are a couple of more dubious but harmless ideas in this book. Hats, and men's fear of judgement, makes many men bald. Men are afraid of criticism, so they go along with the trend to wear hats. Many of these hats are too tight. They cut off circulation to the scalp thereby causing baldness. I am bald but I don’t think I ever wore hat!

- felipe_brooks

This is a concise version of the book and this is perfect for me to comply with my unabridged audio book at the moment. The text in this little book has enough references to look at while I am listening to the audiobook but if you want to buy the book with complete original texts I would recommend to do a good research before buying as there are many of them out and it can be confusing to decide about which one to buy. I gave up researching and got this kindle instead and I found that there are enough information to be immensely helpful. For me, this version costs only £0.38 and a great start. It will keep me going for a good while as the main book consists of so much vital teaching and it is difficult to learn all in a go. It takes time and effort obviously. I have also bought "Napoleon hill in his own voice: rare recordings of his lectures" it cost me below £5.00 and it is about 9 hour audiobook. It is a great audio book and I feel privileged to have his own voice teaching. He is a great speaker and his lectures are very entertaining too. I am enjoying it very much. Someday I would like to treat my self with a good version of a hardback of this book once I have learned enough from the materials that I already have. I hope this review helps. Good luck!

- lorelai_baker

This book was a recommendation from Brian Tracy the "Millionaires Success Guru" as one of the three books that will change your life, he was not wrong. I brought two of the books he suggested but then decided to buy the Autobiography of the person who asked Napoleon Hill to write Think & Grow Rich, Andrew Carnegie. If you have ever wondered why Bill Gates and Warren Buffett "give back" read these two books and wonder no more. Enjoy!

- karsyn_murphy

I have mainly listened to this as an audiobook as I've stockpiled a large number of still unread books that are gathering dust on my shelves - I'm a working mum and finding the time to read a book all the way through is a bit of a challenge. I've had issues with money all my adult life and I'm determined to get past these blocks and improve my relationship with it, and I would honestly say this has to be the number one place to start. Most other resources will just wrap the steps laid out here in a slightly different package. These might very well be more easily digested as it's true the language in the book is rather old-fashioned, and there's a fair amount of reference to economic conditions in America at the time it was written, but as an audiobook I found this perfectly easy to get past. I actually really liked the narrator's voice, found it strangely soothing! And the fundamental action steps laid out here are still completely relevant today. There are also parallels to be drawn between the Depression of the 30s and the recessions in more recent history. The point here is, it's not external conditions that prevent you having money (lots of money), it's the internal ones. If you are interested in improving your financial situation, and willing to take responsibility for it, then read this. Several times! All the major wealth coaches out there (Bob Proctor et al) reference this as the bible of 'wealth consciousness'. I just had it playing in the background while sitting at my laptop, and have replayed it several times now. Can't recommend it highly enough.

- zahra_diaz

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