Monday, April 6, 2015

A LADY NAMED PEARL’S BOOK CLUB: THINK AND GROW RICH

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is our 9th book for A Lady Named Pearl's book club.

The books that we select have a strong focus on leadership and becoming the best you!

Of our 9 books read, Think and Grow Rich, has landed in the top 3 of my favorites.


Here’s why:

1)   The author is amazing at providing direction and tools for you to accomplish your goals.
2)   The author has spent twenty years studying some of the most successful businessmen such as Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, and many others, and has provided us with 13 laws of success.
3)   The author has included great stories of men and situations, which assist in the relatability of the characters and their growth.
4)   This book is said to have produce the most millionaires.


Below find statements we selected, which are mentioned in the various chapters of the book. This will give you a feel for the book. We highly recommend that you read the entire book!

Purpose: The object of this book is to help all who seek it to learn the art of changing their minds from failure consciousness to success consciousness.


Chapter 1 –Thoughts are Things

Truly, "thoughts are things," and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire for their translation into riches, or other material objects.

When a man really desires a thing so deeply that he is willing to stake his entire future on a single turn of the wheel in order to get it, he is sure to win.

Opportunity has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.


Before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with intense desire for riches that we must become “money conscious” until the desire for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.


Chapter 2 – Desire – The Starting Point To All Achievement

Six Ways to Turn Desires into Gold

First – fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire
Second – determine what you intend to give in return for that money
Third – establish a definite date
Fourth – create a definite plan (begin at once whether you are ready or not)
Fifth – write a clear concise statement of the above steps
Sixth – read your statement aloud twice daily


Chapter 3 – Faith - Visualization Of, And Belief In Attainment Of Desire
Faith is a state of mind, which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of autosuggestion.

Conduct yourself just as you would if you were already in possession of the material thing you are demanding, when you call upon your subconscious mind.


Chapter 4 - Autosuggestion - The Medium For Influencing The Subconscious Mind

Six Steps to Stimulate Your Subconscious

First: go into a quiet spot, where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and repeat aloud, (so you hear your own words) the written statement of the amount of money you intend to accumulate, the time limit for its accumulation, and a description of the service or merchandise you intend to give in return for the money. As you carry out these instructions, see yourself already in possession of the money.

Second: repeat this program night and morning until you can see (in your imagination) the money you intend to accumulate.

Third: place a written copy of your statement where you can see it night and morning, and read it just before retiring and upon arising until it has been memorized.

The time will soon come, if you do as you have been instructed, in spirit as well as in act, when a whole new universe of power will be revealed.   

Man may become the master of himself, and of his environment, because he has the power to influence his own subconscious mind.

Chapter 5 - Specialized Knowledge - Personal Experiences Or Observations

Knowledge will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money.

The missing link in all systems of education may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it.

Education – the word is derived from the Latin word “educo,” meaning to educe, to draw out, to develop from within.

An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.

Anything acquired without effort, and without cost is generally unappreciated, often discredited; perhaps this is why we get so little from our marvelous opportunity.

Being asked to pay, whether the student makes good grades or poor, has an effect of causing one to follow through with the course when he would otherwise drop it.

One thing that is strange about human beings is that they value only that which has a price.


Chapter 6 – Imagination - The Workshop Of The Mind

Man can create anything he can imagine.

Synthetic Imagination – through this faculty, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations.  This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed.

Creative Imagination – through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.  It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received.

Both the synthetic and creative faculties of imagination become more alert with use, just as any muscle or organ of the body develops through use.  



Chp 7 – Organized Planning – The Crystallization of Desire Into Action

Ally yourself with a group of as many people as you may need for the creation and carrying out of your plan or plans of accumulation of money – making use of the “Master Mind” principle.

Before forming your “Master Mind” alliance, decide what advantages and benefits you may offer the individual members of your group, in return for their cooperation.

Arrange to meet with the members of your “Master Mind”  group at least twice a week, and more often if possible, until you have jointly perfected the necessary plan or plans for accumulation of money.

Maintain perfect harmony between yourself and every member of your “Master Mind” group.


Chapter 8 – Decision – The Mastery of Procrastination

Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million-dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions slowly, if, and when they were they changed.

Take no one into your confidence, except the members of your “Master Mind” group, and very sure in your selection of this group, that you choose only those who will be in complete sympathy and harmony with your purpose.

Keep your eyes and ears open- and your mouth closed, if you wished to acquire the habit of prompt decision.

Tell the world what you intend to do, but first show it.

Chapter 9 – Persistence – The Sustained Effort Necessary To Induce Faith

Persistence is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting desire into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the power of will.

As one makes an impartial study of the prophets, philosophers, miracle men, and religious leaders of the past, one is drawn to the inevitable conclusion that persistence, concentration of effort, and definiteness of purpose, were the major sources of their achievements.


Chapter 10 – Power of the Master Mind – The Driving Force

Master Mind – coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.

Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.

Chapter 11 – The Mystery of Sex Transmutation

Sex desire is the most powerful of human desires.
When driven by this desire, men develop keenness of imagination, courage, will-power, persistence, and creative ability unknown to them at other times.

The men of greatest achievement are men with highly developed sex natures: men who have learned the art of sex transmutation.

The men who have accumulated great fortunes and achieved outstanding recognition in literature, art, industry, architecture, and the professions, were motivated by the influence of a woman.

Sex energy is the creative energy of all geniuses. There never has been, and never will be a great leader, builder, or artist lacking in this driving force of sex.


Seldom does an individual enter upon highly creative effort in any field of endeavor before age forty. The average man reaches the period of his greatest capacity to create between forty and sixty.

Chapter 12 – The Subconscious Mind – The Connecting Link
You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over it any plan, desire, or purpose, which you wish, transformed into concrete form.

The subconscious mind may be voluntarily directed only through habit.

Chapter 13 – The Brain – A Broadcasting And Receiving Station For Thought

Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, and Dr. Elmer R Gates, observed that every human brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station for the vibration of thought.

Every human brain is capable of picking up vibrations of thought, which are being released by other brains.


Chapter 14 – The Sixth Sense – The Door To The Temple Of Wisdom

The sixth sense is that portion of the subconscious mind, which has been referred to as the creative imagination.  It has also been referred to as the “receiving set” through which ideas, plans, and thoughts flash into the mind. The flashes are sometimes called hunches or inspiration.

Understanding of the sixth sense only comes by meditation through mind development from within.




* A Lady Named Pearl served as a professor in the School of Business at Clark Atlanta University for four years, teaching Leadership and Professional Development. Pearl is a top model, and the founder of Pearl School of Modeling, which specializes in modeling and leadership training.

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