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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Think and Grow Rich

Recommended Reading

Brian Tracy said, “This is the best single book on personal success ever written; it made me a millionaire – starting from nothing” about Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
Originally published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is the result of 500 interviews (over 20 years) with influential people including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Schwab, Woodrow Wilson, Alexander Graham Bell and John D. Rockefeller in an effort to learn the exact methods they had used to achieve their success.
The story behind the book tells of a young reporter (Napoleon Hill) getting an interview with the famously wealthy and powerful industrialist: Andrew Carnegie. As the story goes, Carnegie expounded on his belief that any man was capable of achieving great success if he followed a simple formula and then challenged Hill to organize this philosophy of individual achievement based on the principles of success that Carnegie has used in accumulating his vast fortune. Carnegie offered Hill no money, but did offer him introduction to the most accomplished people of the day to help develop the philosophy and fine tune a formula for success.
Donald R. Keough, former President and CEO of Coca-Cola commented, “The cogent advice articulated by Napoleon Hill is as relevant and pertinent today as the day it was written.”
I was first introduced to Think and Grow Rich a number of years ago when, as a rookie salesperson, I was instructed to read it by my boss. Begrudgingly I bought the book and planned to skim it and be prepared to respond knowledgeably should my boss bring it up again. I started to skim, but the book caught my attention and I read it. Twice.
It became the first book in my personal business library and has remained a favorite; often revisited. The information and advice is still as applicable as it was when I first read it.
After recently re-reading this classic, I wanted to find a way to make it easily available to my clients, friends and colleagues ... here’s what I came up with: A collection of 5 classic business books (including Think and Grow Rich) for only $7: http://scottfrothingham.com/Success-Library.html.
Have you already read the book? I’d be interested in your comments.

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