Why I Suck at Reading “Think and Grow Rich”

I’ve failed on at least 4 occasions to finish Napoleon Hill’s seminal work “Think and Grow Rich.”

Even as a believer in the law of attraction to some degree, I cannot seem to wrap my head around the manifesting wealth through indomitable self-belief part. So it goes.

But maybe now I’m ready; maybe now I’ll get it.

Ad nauseum, I have written gushingly about how writing every day has had tremendous positive consequences in my life. At home, at work (still same place these days), as a husband, as a father, as a friend and bro. While it was easy to talk about what was happening, I was unable to properly articulate why these things were coming about.

And then I read that quote that brought it all together.

Here it is:

Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work, while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking, then you’re giving in to laziness and no longer control your life. – David Kekich

It comes down to thinking. Dedicated time to think.

We don’t spend much time thinking these days, but writing IS thinking. It’s intentional and powerful and it’s starting to become an advantage.

Instead of spending my evenings mindlessly playing video games and sucking down beers, I’ve been spending my evening leisure time thinking, reading, writing, connecting, learning and planning.

In short, I am more intentional, and in more areas of my life, than ever before. And here’s the honest-to-goodness truth, my life feels richer than ever before as a result.

Maybe it’s time to give “Think and Grow Rich” another chance. And while the title is fine, perhaps it could be more appropriately “Think and Grow Into Anything You Wish”.

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