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He mentions in the book that it is in every chapter and while inspired by it, I did not have a clear idea of one single secret after reading the book.

Did anyone discover a "secret", or is it something we each identify that is personal to us?

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I used Think and Grow Rich to reach my goals. And then I forgot about it.

Napolean Hill's main theme, in my humble opinion, is holding one dominant thought, in your mind, until it comes true in reality. Dominant thought plus your belief in it will make your dominant thought come true.

I used it to get to university when I was younger. I was told that I was not good in soccer and my coach told me to study hard and get into University Malaya (UM). So for 5 years, I held that dream, always thinking and believing that I will get into UM. I dreamt of UM, not University Malaya.

When it was time to get into university, I took a bank loan and went overseas. On my graduation day 4 years later, I finally noticed the words UM embossed on the pencil that I was buying as a souvenir.

My problem when holding my thought for all these years was that I was not precise or definite in the UM that I wanted to go to. So, instead of getting into University Malaya, I ended up in University of Manitoba. I could have ended up at the University of Michigan or some other university.

But the main thing was that I always believed that I was going to get into UM. And somehow the Universe got me to my goal. Napolean Hill said that we should think of the end result without worrying about the details in between. And that was precisely what I did. I always held the end result in my mind without worrying about how to get there (at that time I was young and naive and didnt think about how to get there).

Since then, I have used this technique one more time to get the salary that I wanted.

And now I am using it to become a millionaire.

My only obstacle in reaching my goal - my belief that I can become a millionaire. Once I can believe in myself, then I'll reach my goal.

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If you become a millionaire, please come back and confirm this works. – Tool Aug 6 '13 at 14:25
well, I understand "Dominant thought plus your belief in it" leads one to focus with positive approach, but one has to form "Dominant thought" based on priorities of other "Dominant thought" in life, and that's what we call life and be realistic... – CoolEulerProject Aug 23 '13 at 14:35
I have yet to become a millionaire since I posted this reply nearly 4 years ago. At that time when I was in school, have a dominant thought is easier compared to when you're working and having a family. But the principles are the same. I know its hard. If it was easy, everyone would be getting what they want. It's not easy. But its not impossible! – KennethG Jun 8 '15 at 13:39
I am a millionaire and I can confirm this works. :) – Scott Wilson Sep 26 '15 at 21:43

There is no any secret. Look, our life will be over some day. I think, we must live. Not just exist, but live. If you have a dream, if you do want something, you'll "burn". You will work to realize your dream. And doing this, you'll be happy. You'll find yourself.

But if you get up every morning, have a breakfast, go to work/school/institute, have a lunch, do something you do every day, have a dinner, do another bored things, go home, have a supper, watch TV or doing on-line chat / browse Internet / watch movie, go to bad. You think, that you are tired, you'll start sport exercises tomorrow. You doing it every day and it is how your life passed. Don't be passive!

I think, Hill's mind is the way to happiness: have a DREAM --> form your AIMS --> make the PLAN --> WORK --> ... --> WORK and you'll got your dreams come true.

I wish you luck!

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Whatever you think, will happen. Dream big, big things happen. Worry about problems, you will get more problems.

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You said Worry about problems, you will get more problems. But shouldn't we be realistic then? – TheIndependentAquarius Nov 14 '11 at 5:29
Thinking of a solution to a particular situation is different from "worrying" about a problem. I did not mean ignore all unfavorable situations. I guess its the mentality with which you look at situations. A problem in itself is only a problem if you think it is a problem. – SandeepR Nov 14 '11 at 6:49
IMO, one worries about a problem only when one doesn't have/get a solution, and it is natural for him to keep on worrying on till he finds a solution. Your statement hints that we should turn our face instead on the problem and pretend as if there is no problem. Just like the Ostrich who buries his head in sand on seeing a poacher. There is a difference between being negative and being realistic. – TheIndependentAquarius Nov 14 '11 at 7:30
Think we have different thoughts on what "worry" means. For me, thinking a solution and "worrying" is not the same. Worrying implies thinking of all the things that could go wrong. In the case of the Ostrich, either he can run...or worry that he might break his leg if he runs and not end up running. In which case, the ostrich is no better off worrying than if he buried his head in the sand – SandeepR Nov 14 '11 at 11:42
And i am talking about the negative connotation of worrying. Being realistic would be finding solutions for plausible situations. – SandeepR Nov 14 '11 at 11:44

Your question can be answered in two different ways:

  • The reality you see, is the only thing you believe in: He speaks about to have an Idea and form a plan to support this Idea in your daily actions. So that you can get closer. You have to learn to evaluate every single thought, if it is supporting this one Idea. Do not get distracted.

  • There is a reality that you know exist, but cannot be seen: He writes about, that your brain is something like a tuner. You send and get messages. This could be messages from Infinite Intelligence. So there is another force that helps you achieve what you want. This is classic New Age Thinking.

PS: But to be complete in my answer: The book is very tempting and well written. I was inspired myself by it. But on my search to get deeper I came across things that not everyone believes in. There is nothing wrong to make plans and act on them! Do it! But to play with forces and believe in something so undefined is dangerous in ways that a lot of people do not believe in and do not care about as long as they get what they want. I myself detached from this thinking and very happy about founded the way, the truth and life.

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Can't believe every one here is just beating around the bush and not actually getting to the point. The secret in think and grow rich is really basic and simple, and if you studied the book you would know that ! And here it is : "You become what you think about." Its really that simple yes alot of other factors plays a role as well , but this is the secret. Its called the power of visualization.

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There are two ways to think about this, and helpfully they reduce to the same thing.

If your happy to trust that the author has a secret then you also have to trust the author's position that 'the only way to properly digest the secret is to discover it for yourself', and thus just asking for it defeats the purpose...

On the other hand, if you don't trust that there is a secret, you can take the position that maybe it's at best, a nice way of attempting to ensure that your readers fully engage with the material, and at worst a cynical sales tactic that in some ways stands in direct opposition to the whole point of writing a book to share knowledge.

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In the introduction Thomas Edison said Edwin C. Barnes "was determined to get what he came after." The book states on the same page that "he made up his mind to stand by until he succeeded." Barnes stood by learning all the while until his opportunity came to sell the Ediphone. There you have the secret "determination and an idea when opportunity comes". This is very much like the answer above on visualization.

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Whatever we put in our minds is in direct reflection of what we think about. Whatever you want put those things in your mind, read about it listen to it, watch it, meditate on it and visualize it you will have it and become it.

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