My Read of the Month:

Title: Think and Grow Rich
Author: Napoleon Hill
Published: 1960
Genre: Self-development/motivational
Ratings: 5.0 out of 5 stars

How to get money is the main message of this book after observing that millions of people are paralysed with the fear of
poverty.

Though published some 50 years ago, the concepts and principles presented in this book are timeless; a product of two decades of research conducted by Napoleon Hill. Mr. Hill draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles.

Some of them debunked conventional financial wisdom, and were thought-provoking such as ‘knowledge is not power, but only potential power’; ‘hard work and honesty alone will not bring riches’; ‘money does not make more money’; ‘money is “shy and timid” and need to be attracted’.

However, the most priceless truth I learned from this book which was surprisingly related to achieving riches was about sex! According to Napoleon, the driving force of sex when appropriately harnessed and transmuted “is capable of lifting men into a higher sphere of thought which enables them to master the sources of worry and petty annoyance which beset their pathway on the lower plane.”

And he further added that because of this misunderstanding and misuse of sex (this great force), majority of men had lowered themselves to the status of the lower animals. Don’t you just agree?

Believe it or not, this fascinating and in-depth book is built on biblical principles and truth. That is why I found this book explosive! It really expanded my horizon to receive more from this Infinite Intelligence (a term made in this book in reference to God). And it has to be read with an objective and opened mind.

And whether the principles work or not, give me some time to test them out okay? When I reach my financial goals, I will update here in my blog. Haha…

Who should read it: Everyone should especially for those who desire (and not merely wishing) to get rich- this could also be used in its general sense of financially, spiritually, mentally and materially.

Fruitful Years beyond Forty

I came across an interesting observation that was presented in a book that I’m currently reading. This was something closely related to my previous entry.

In his book Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, he stated:

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

Napoleon’s reason for his statement is from the analysis of more than 25,000 people who had succeeded in an outstanding way. And the results showed that they rarely do so before the age of forty.

He explains that people do not strike their real pace until they are well beyond the age of forty to fifty. At that phase, it is where they’ve learned to harness their knowledge and experience.

What about those who do not succeed even beyond forty? I think that’s where we get the term- mid-life crisis which happens to middle-aged people.

I’m definitely inclined towards agreeing with the author, but with us now in the Internet Age, free access to almost unlimited knowledge can help accelerate the growth development of people.

At the same time, I’m also encouraged by this and can look forward in approaching that age with hope and anticipation. That’s because I can expect to reap a harvest (by His grace) from the decisions, choices and commitments that I’m embarking today.