Think and Grow Rich – Chapter One

Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie

Published in 1937, Think and Grow Rich is a motivational personal development and self-help book, inspired and influenced by the mind of Andrew Carnegie, an American steel entrepreneur. The book explains the philosophy of “gaining riches” and increasing your personal wealth through cognitive and mental activities such as affirmations and sub-conscious alterations. Not only is the book helpful for increasing your wealth, the author explains that the ideas taught in the book can be used in all lines of work and to do and be whatever you wish to be. Jim Murray (sportswriter) wrote that Think and Grow Rich was credited for Ken Norton’s boxing upset against Mohammed Ali. Reverend Charles Stanley wrote “I began to apply the principles of (Think and Grow Rich) to my endeavours as a pastor, and I discovered they worked!” Over the past century the book has sold over 70 million copies worldwide and continues to be a timeless hit of this day.

Over a course of articles I will be discussing all the chapters of the book and will provide a summary and personal contracted explanation of the ideas presented in each chapter and how to effectively use them in your life. I will also provide some modern day examples of people successfully applying these principles so you can be inspired and achieve the same level success you know you can get.

Thoughts and feelings are directions for the Universe

Chapter 1:

Chapter 1 recounts a story of Edwin C. Barnes path and his desire to work with Thomas Edison, which eventually came to fruition. The book gave commentary of Barnes’s burning desire to become of business part with Thomas Edison, and it showed how he overcame obstacles such as lack of money, education and knowledge.

The chapter goes on to explain the law of success principles, a set of directions to literally translate your desire into the world around you. These principles are simple reminders of the ideas in the book, and what Napoleon talks about for the rest of the book all relate back to these simple points.

• THOUGHTS have an impact on reality, when combined and mixed with powerful emotions and feelings.

• The only thing that really counts is the THOUGHT

•When one is TRULY ready for something, it appears

• When one TRULY desires something deep down into their deepest core belief, he is sure to win

• Adopt a DEFINITE PURPOSE, and stick to it until it fully consumes you

• A deep DEMTERMINATION of a single desire can overcome ALL odds

• Opportunities won’t always come in the form you’re expecting, so don’t block off any potential coming your way

• GREAT success comes JUST before the point of defeat

• Don’t ever quit

Our thoughts and feelings send out instructions to the Universe to present you the situation in which you desire the most. The deepest core belief is what the universe is responding to, as all that is out is from within. What you feel and think is what the Universe will give to you, because that’s what it does best. The Universe doesn’t care what you are, as long as you feel it deeply enough whatever you desire will be shown to you. Even if this means death and complete destruction, the Universe will find a way to make it happen.

In essence this chapter states that all matter is a result of what we hold most in our vibration, which is our feelings and state of being. The true lesson to be taken away here is to know that whatever is being presented in front of your eyes, your situation in life and everything that’s going on is simply a reflection of the feelings and desires you’re sending out into the INFINITE INTELLIGENCE, as Hill calls it in the book. What you hold as the primary belief of your existence is what will be manifest in front of you. Your belief is what governs your emotions and feelings, and the trick is to feel good ALL THE TIME and this in turn will attract your wealth and abundance, because when you feel good all the time, the beliefs you hold are in line with the will of the universe.

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