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on July 6, 2013
First off, let me start by saying that Think And Grow Rich is an amazing book, which, if you intend to read, will probably turn your life around. This, on the other hand is a poorly edited, full of typos and misplaced paragraphs (not just words or sentences, full paragraphs). It makes the original text sound so incoherent that I cannot believe the publishers were trying to distribute what Napoleon Hill had worked so hard and so long to pen. In fact, it seems like the complete opposite.
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on July 23, 1999
There is absolutely nothing concrete in this book. What are the steps necessary to achieve wealth? "Visualize being rich". Give me a break! And to the gentleman who says he can find verses to back up Mr. Napoleon, I would first ask what happened to "seek first the kingdom of God"? I gave it 1 star because zero was not a choice! There are much better books. Try Covey's 7-Habits. Get the basics down first.
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on June 18, 2002
Perhaps it's my background and experience, but my impression on completing this book was that I have seen all of this material before, and all that I got from Mr. Hill was a hand-waving, mystical explanation of common-sense principles.
Achieving objectives involves setting goals, devising plans of action, and utilizing mental visualization tools. The "scientific studies" that Mr. Hill refers to in this text sound incredible, and almost all of them have been proven wrong by modern science. I think that it is all part of his presentation to show the mystical side of success, when in fact a more discerning reader can avoid the hogwash of this book and get to the real deal with other texts. As an example of this, Mr. Hill seems to put great credit to one's subconscious "receiving" radio broadcasts from other people's brains as the source of creativity.
If you want to learn how to be successful, read "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Both are legitimate texts that are very readable, practical, and effective. If you want to really learn about how to do the mental exercises that Mr. Hill alludes to, I would recommend "Developing Management Skills" by Whetten and Cameron, a text that I used in my graduate studies. It is a hefty book ([price], last time I checked), but it provides diagnostic tools and plenty of guidance to make yourself more effective. It covers goal setting, framing, mental visualization, and a whole host of other topics.
If you want hokey pseudoscience, go for Mr. Hill's book. Otherwise, set your sights a little higher.
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on March 26, 2016
This book is not the original; Napoleon Hill died in 1970 but this book in the early chapters makes reference to cell phones and recent world events. I keep trying to pick it up to read but I just can't. The integrity of 'all' the words in this book has been tarnished by someones unannounced edit/updating and it really, really, really is annoying that it was not made clear to me at the time of purchase!
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on November 14, 1998
I read this book as an impressionable teenager ... it led me to become a dreamer. I heard a radio commentator mention the author not long ago ... are his comments correct? Napoleon Hill's "only business success was this book" ... that he'd "...failed in some 30 business enterprises ..." ...that he "was despised by his business associates". Would love to hear comments to the contrary.
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on May 4, 2016
Extremely saddened. This book is extremely good however the format for this specific publisher is horrid. Formatting errors everywhere. Try and find another copy elsewhere, the book is amazing, however not from this publisher.
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on July 14, 1999
Mr. Hill knows how to be mysterious. (In fact, that's all he knows.) There's a secret, you know. A secret he heard as a young boy from an old millionaire. The secret's so powerful that it can't be written down black on white. It's hidden in the book - when you read it, it will (or won't) suddenly jump into your mind sometime. When this has happened, all the world lies at your feet. Wow!
You might wonder why Mr. Hill's parents named him Napoleon. After reading this book, you'll know it was his destiny. It would be a disappointment if a person who writes a book like Think And Grow Rich would be called anything else. (Well, maybe I'd accept Caesar.)
Oh... wanna know what the secret is? That's very simple: IN ORDER TO GET RICH, YOU HAVE TO BE OBSESSED WITH MONEY. That means that money must be the most important (no, sorry, the only important) thing in the world for you. You must be ready to give up anything else in order to get money.
Sounds imbecile? It should, because it's ridiculous to consider money as your life's ultimate goal, an end in itself. Money's just pieces of paper or numbers in a bank computer. It has no value in itself, it's only good as a means for getting things you need in order to be happy.
This book contains no concrete advice on making money. There are no mental techniques or exercises either. The book consists of success stories of people who made it by burning all bridges behind them. They risked everything they had in order to get rich and they succeeded. However, if you want to try the same, you should consider the possibility that you might become one of those people Mr. Hill's not writing about - the ones who also put everything on one card, but lost it all.
Even if you're absolutely desperate and have nothing to lose - there are still many realistic make-money books available. There is absolutely no reason why anybody should waste his money and time on Napoleon Hill.
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on April 18, 2016
The words are written so small that is hard to read them. Something wrong with the photocopy or printer.
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on February 7, 2004
I couldn't even make it through half of it it was so dry. I didn't realize this was written 50+ years ago and recommends strategies like repeating phrases daily (a little far fetched for me).
I recently listened to the audio version of "The Millionaire Mind," and found it much more interesting.
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