Think and Grow Rich is a fascinating book written by Napoleon Hill. It is among the top 10 best-selling self-help books of all time. The book was published in 1937 during the Great Depression and Hill insisted that his philosophy could help people succeed in any line of work and achieve all of their dreams. Hill himself was a personal adviser to Andrew Carnegie, the self-made steel tycoon and one of the wealthiest businessmen of the 19th century. Think and Grow Rich outlines 13 principles which can be utilized to achieve success, let’s take a look at some key ones.
Principle 1: The Importance of Faith
Hill explains that faith is an interesting concept, defined as “a state of mind which can be induced or created by affirmation.” Essentially, Hill says that individuals who allow their subconscious to roam freely risk setting themselves up for failure. While you may be skeptical about your ability to control your subconscious, researchers have found that consciously exhibiting confident body language when you are feeling timid can actually result in increased confidence. Ultimately, your conscious choices influence your subconscious, which impacts outcomes in the external world. Therefore, if you’re a clinician or a new business owner, you should always aspire to think positively. Whether you’re a new graduate unsure of your capabilities, or a clinic owner uncertain of your future, it is important to focus on your conscious thoughts. Hill says that it is crucial to be able to deceive your subconscious into believing that you’ve already achieved your goals in order to develop a positive mindset that you can apply to all aspects of your life.
Principle 2: Decision, The Mastery of Procrastination
Hill states that in his analysis of successful and unsuccessful people, one cause of failure was particularly interesting, the lack of decision. According to Hill, all successful people have the habit of making decisions promptly and to change them slowly. If you want to become an effective leader, you need to know what it is that you want and how you are going to achieve it. On the other hand, individuals who are unsuccessful lack desire and take long periods to make decisions after being heavily influenced by others. As a physiotherapist, the decision to open your own clinic is one that tends to take much deliberation. While it is important to factor in the viewpoints of accountants and lawyers, Hill mentions that the time spent on making a decision is time that can be utilized to enact change. Rather than procrastinating, Hill says that courageous decisions are the ones that most often lead to the greatest accomplishments.
These were a few of the useful lessons found in Think and Grow Rich and we at PT Business Corner highly recommend giving it a read!