The following are highlights are from Think And Grow Rich Chapter 1, the section titled A Fifty Cent Lesson In Persistence:
-The better portion of all sales I have made, were made after people had said ‘NO’.
-Keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be.
-He profited by these two dramatic experiences, because he analyzed them, and found the lesson they taught.
-The answer called for a description of thirteen principles, but remember, as you read, the answer you may be seeking, to the questions which have caused you to ponder over the strangeness of life, may be found in your own mind, through some idea, plan, or purpose which may spring into your mind as you read.
-One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success.
-WHEN RICHES BEGIN TO COME THEY COME SO QUICKLY, IN SUCH GREAT ABUNDANCE, THAT ONE WONDERS WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN HIDING DURING ALL THOSE LEAN YEARS.
-When you begin to THINK AND GROW RICH, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.
-The business depression started in 1929, and continued on to an all time record of destruction, until sometime after President Roosevelt entered office. Then the depression began to fade into nothingness. Just as an electrician in a theatre raises the lights so gradually that darkness is transmuted into light before you realize it, so did the spell of fear in the minds of the people gradually fade away and become faith.
-One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible.” He knows all the rules which will NOT work. He knows all the things which CANNOT be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willing to stake everything on those rules.
-Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS.
-Another weakness found in altogether too many people, is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs.
-Henry Ford is a success, because he understands, and applies the principles of success. One of these is DESIRE: knowing what one wants.
Beyond the preceding highlights Napoleon Hill specifically calls out DETERMINATION as a key principle to generating wealth. The author provides an interesting example of the development of the first eight cylinder engine created from a single metal block. In this story the technical challenges paled in comparison to the mental block that was overcome by Ford’s technical staff in order to develop the new engine. The project was only a success after the engineers believed that they could develop the engine.
Wealth creation appears to be mainly a mental matter. Belief, persistence, determination, analysis, consciousness, faith, transmutation – Napoleon Hill repeatedly speaks of each, and these aspects are the domain of the mind.