Many years ago I was unemployed, not sure where my next meal was going to come from, and my rent was overdue. I walked into a Bento lunch place to spend half my net worth on a Yakisoba Wrap and decided to grab a book off their extensive bookshelf and read while awaiting my food. As I skimmed the shelf for a cover that looks interesting (we all judge books by their covers, let’s be honest), one stood out. It was a paperback in white with yellow and green lettering – “THINK AND GROW RICH” by Napoleon Hill. I chuckled to myself and out of sheer cynicism I grabbed it off the shelf and sat down for a read. Something was strange here, this seemingly gimmicky book with what I thought was a pretty corny title was actually making sense. The author had interviewed succesful people and boiled there experience down to a formula outlined in this book. I read the book and have in the years since shared many copies with friends over time. My plan was to have a net worth of $36 million dollars by age 36, and that I could then retire with a $1 million yearly allowance until the age of 72. At 72, who knows what the plan would be.
It didn’t happen.
Instead I struggled with personal problems, failed at a career in Real Estate, my fiance left me (and for good reasons), my parents bailed me out of foreclosure on my home several times and were tired of having a 30 year old son as a financial burden. The IRS sent me my tax bill for 3 years of evading taxes during my now failed Real Estate Career…$21,000.
Here’s the magic. The human mind attracts what is contained at the forefront of consciousness for the most time. I learned this in Napoleon Hill’s book. That’s why it’s titled “THINK and GROW RICH”. Not wish, not hope, not work.
As I approach my 40th birthday, I reflect back on my 20’s and 30’s. I am a full time student, learning how to be a freelance graphic designer. By the grace of a God beyond my comprehension and much help from my parents and friends, I have a home still. The past 2 years has been filled with travel to Colombia, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, and back to Colombia. I have met some remarkable people and seen things beyond imagination. All of my needs for food, clothing, and shelter are more than fulfilled. When work and school are done for the day, I have a higher purpose serving my fellows that exceeds any self interest benefits. Having millions of dollars always seemed like it would solve all my problems, but now I define wealth differently. The principles I learned in Napoleon’s book have set standards for me in life and were the catalyst for immense changes in my outlook upon life. I have stumbled almost daily on my journey, but these principles have helped open my mind and explore further inspirational books on career, finance, spirituality, and even wilderness survival.
None of this would be possible without “THINK and GROW RICH”. I highly recommend the book and you can get it here at my affiliate link. Thanks so much for reading and supporting my blog.