Napoleon Hill

In order to achieve one of my 2016 goals, which is to read a book a month, I started reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  I bought the book in 2010 when I first started Toastmasters.  I think Leo walked me to Russell Books on Fort street, pulled this book down from the shelf, and said, “here, buy this one. You won’t regret it.”  I bought it, thinking one day when I’m done with grad school, I’ll read it.

I finished the chapter on Desire yesterday, so I was hoping to finish the current chapter, which is about Faith.  I didn’t finish it tonight because I was reading lines and paragraphs over and over again.  Here are some of the good ones:

  • Faith is the head chemist of the mind.  When faith is blended with thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and transmits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer.
  • Not only thought impulses which have been mixed with faith, but those which have been mixed with any of the positive emotions, or any of the negative emotions, may reach, and influence the subconscious mind.
  • I fully realize that no wealth or position can long endure, unless built upon truth and justice; therefore, I will engage in no transaction which does not benefit all whom it affects.  I will succeed by attracting to myself the forces I wish to use, and the cooperation of other people.  I will induce others to serve me, because of my willingness to serve others.  I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism, by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success.  I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.