I’ve heard some really great things about Think and Grow Rich and The Alchemist, one took me about 2 months to finish and the other I was able to whip through in an evening. Both were a perfect compliment to each other and reading them back to back was probably the best thing I could have done.

Think and Grow Rich. – By Napoleon Hill

Now this is a book I am going say is kind of like reading the business version of shakespear. Written in the 1930’s it has some pretty dense language and I’m going to admit it was  a bit of a struggle adapting my reading style to the flow of the book. The message and the content of the book was really great and I’m going to recommend it as something I think everyone should read. Just be prepared for a little interpretation when it comes to what the author is trying to say.

Think and Grow Rich is about exactly what the title says, using your mind to control your destiny. The author spent 20 years at he start of the 20th century interviewing and following the top business minds of his era (who coincidentally were the ones to first built America ). He consolidated his work in this book and it has since become one of the go to top selling books on mastering your mindset.

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of research on how our subconscious minds can be trained and reworked to help rid us of negative thought, fears and obstacles that are holding us back in achieving success. I want to optimize my mind to welcome success in life and in business. I want to use what I learn to help our clients optimize their marketing, websites and their business life to achieve more success.  Think and Grow Rich jumps right into training your mind to help you set goals, choose your direction and make the decision to activate the steps you need to take in order to reach those goals.

My biggest take away from the book is this. In order to achieve success we need to make a decision, stick to that decision, and be persistent in the immediate actions we take to achieve our goals. What we truly want in life the universe will provide. Everything around us is connected and can be accessed through thought, we just need to train ourselves to eliminate negative thought, fears and indecision.

I know it sounds kind of woo woo  as they say, but the number of highly successful people I’ve had the honor of meeting lately, all follow some version of this code and they have used these teachings to achieve many of their goals in life.

As it was a pretty dense book and a slow read, I was pretty happy on Saturday when I was finally down to my last 25 pages. I powered through in the afternoon and

The Alchemist by:

I have been taking a business coaching course from Christian Mickelson, and a book he recommended as being one of his favourite books, was The Alchemist. I hadn’t heard of it before, but when I mentioned it to my wife as a book I wanted to read next, she walked over to the bookshelf (in our living room) and pulled it off the shelf. Shows how much I pay attention.

I’m going to tell you that this was the perfect book to read after Think and Grow Rich. I say that because, it’s basically Think and Grow Rich told as the story of a young boy, who sets out to achieve his dream and build what they call his personal legend.

It took so many lessons that you kind of had to decipher out of Think and Grow Rich and told them as a powerful yet easy to follow story. This only amplified what I had originally read in Think and Grow Rich, and put the lessons in a context that had me nodding along as ideas clicked in my mind.

Along with being a great piece of fiction, I think it’s a great book and I’m going to recommend this. If you haven’t read either of these books, power through Think and Grow Rich, you’ll expand your thinking and it will help you make a plan to build success in your life. Then read The Alchemist, it will take all the lessons from Think and Grow Rich and solidify them in an amazing story that brings everything together.

If you’re interested in more books we’re reading here at Think Big, send me an email Jason@thinkbigstudios.ca and I’ll gladly send you my current reading list.