The Book that changed my life:

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Introduction

This book was written by Napolean Hill after researching more than 25000 successful people for 25 years. This book is also considered as the road map to success where we can learn how to achieve success step by step. The author explained these steps in detail with perfect stories and incidents. I like the quote of this book “You are the master of your fate and captain of the soul” which has deep meaning.

My Personal Experience

I was the type of person who never read any other books except my academic books just to pass my exam. I graduated in civil engineering, and I consider me an educated person. But I had only limited information and an academic certificate which will help me to get a job. I used to work as a civil engineer in a hydropower project, but due to some boss issues, I left the job and made up my mind to pursue my master’s degree and came to Kathmandu (capital of Nepal). When I came to Kathmandu, there was a lockdown in the country and I spent my time playing pubg and other online games, smoking and sleeping. I wasted 2 or 3 months just by doing nothing. I completely forgot why I left my job and what I am doing in Kathmandu. After that, I started the job again and thought to enrol in my master’s degree. I was confused about enrolling master’s degree in Nepal or abroad, so I thought to take a chance to enrol abroad. For that, I first needed to pass my IELTS exam. For the preparation of my IELTS, I joined an institute where the tutor provided me with one book named “Think and Grow Rich “to improve my English language. When I saw the title of the book for the first time, I felt funny thinking that how can someone be rich by thinking? But for the improvement of my English language, I started to read the book.

At first, it was hard for me to read a single page of that book because I had no reading habits, and it was difficult for me to understand English language. I stopped reading that book and after a couple of days I tried to read the book again but still, I was not able to read. I used to carry that book in my bag and one day, I was on the bus and started to read the book and I kept reading all the way. That night I googled about this book and came to know its summary and reviews.

I started that book, and it was an amazing eye-opener for me. I came to know about the power of our thoughts, burning desires, subconscious mind, consistency, discipline, and autosuggestions. As I went through the book, I found that one should have a personal visible and invisible mentor or advisor in the sector we want to improve. These advisors can be our teacher friends, authors, or business leaders.

So, to pick my invisible advisors in different sectors like finance, health, relationships, and spirituality; I started to research and explore the internet. Then I came to many amazing people which I had never heard about. And started to explore their thought process, their success and failures which gave me more clarity. I slowly change my bad habits into good habits. I quit my all-social media account and started to read more books, deactivate all social media, write journals of gratitude, sleep in time, work out, and meditation, saving and investing and respond to any situation rather than reacting.  It didn’t happen overnight, it took so long time to change my habits, still I must work on it.

Key Insights and Principles

  1. Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement: Hill emphasizes that a burning desire to be and to do is the starting point for achieving any goal. This desire should be definite and backed by a plan for its attainment.
  1. Faith: Visualization and Belief in Attainment: Developing unwavering faith in the achievement of your goals is crucial. Hill advocates for affirmations and repeated visualizations to cultivate this faith.
  1. Autosuggestion: The Medium for Influencing the Subconscious Mind: Autosuggestion involves repeating affirmations and visualizing goals to influence the subconscious mind. This process helps in internalizing the desired outcomes and aligning thoughts with actions.
  1. Specialized Knowledge: Personal Experiences or Observations: Hill highlights the importance of acquiring specialized knowledge relevant to your goals. Continuous learning and self-education are crucial for success.
  1. Imagination: The Workshop of the Mind: Imagination is the ability to create ideas and plans. Hill distinguishes between synthetic imagination (rearranging old concepts) and creative imagination (generating new ideas).
  1. Organized Planning: The Crystallization of Desire into Action: Having a definite plan and organizing your efforts around it is essential. Hill advises forming a mastermind group to help in the planning and execution of these plans.
  1. Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination: Successful individuals make decisions promptly and are slow to change them. Decisiveness and persistence are key traits.
  1. Persistence: The Sustained Effort Necessary to Induce Faith: Persistence is crucial in overcoming obstacles and setbacks. Hill emphasizes that consistent effort over time is necessary to achieve any goal.
  1. The Mastermind Principle: The Power of the Mastermind: Surrounding yourself with a group of like-minded individuals who can provide knowledge, support, and motivation is vital. The collective wisdom and energy of the group can propel you towards your goals.
  1. The Mystery of Sex Transmutation: The Transformation of Sexual Energy: Hill suggests channeling sexual energy into creative and productive outlets. This transmutation can lead to higher states of achievement.
  1. The Subconscious Mind: The Connecting Link: The subconscious mind is a powerful tool that can be programmed through autosuggestion and visualization to attract desired outcomes.
  1. The Brain: A Broadcasting and Receiving Station for Thought: Hill proposes that the brain functions as a transmitter and receiver of thought frequencies, suggesting that positive and focused thoughts can attract similar frequencies.
  1. The Sixth Sense: The Door to the Temple of Wisdom: The sixth sense, or intuition, is seen as a higher form of understanding that can guide decisions and actions. Hill encourages developing and trusting this sense.

Conclusion

“Think and Grow Rich” is a timeless classic that offers a comprehensive philosophy for success. Its principles can be applied across various aspects of life, from personal development to professional achievements. In this blog, I tried to portray my life experience after reading this book. I would be happy if my experience could inspire my readers.