So, this is one of the many self-help, non-fiction books I have had on my shelf. But, this one was a rather old copy which was lying there since many years, with microscopic font and archaic, brown pages (Though I love the books whose pages turn auburn, who doesn’t?). I would want to admit that I started reading this book back in 2015, with the same reason I picked it up now in 2018, to master my laziness (oh ya, the better word- ‘procrastination’). Quite not ironically, I could not push myself till the end, cause lets claim it: it’s hard to be connected with self-help books, and many of them seem to be putting forward the same principles.
Yet, I reached somewhat of a rapprochement with it in the early of 2018, considering my unconditional devotion to the god of ‘procrastination’, and also because my mode of commute is the Delhi Metro for a good 45 minutes every day. (Plus, it is one of the HT-Nielson BookScan Top 10 Non-Fiction Books ).
The title of the book says: Think & Grow Rich; now I wish to explain the meaning of two words of the title. The word ‘Think’ here may be misleading, as it may sound like a book preaching about going to the top of a cliff, and meditating about the richness one wishes to seek in life. (My brother actually mocked at me for reading it). Although a large chunk of the book’s principles do talk about training your thoughts to be focused, and affirmations for your mind, all consequently point towards actually taking the action through persistence. Another word is ‘riches’. Riches not just imply monetary abounds, but satisfaction in work, accomplishment of set goals, and the sane ways to their pursuit.
One of the engaging learnings for me through this was to write down my goals, and be very specific about-the aim, the ways to achieve it, and the exact time I would want to achieve it. And since I picked it up during the month of ‘resolutions’, it helped me keep up with some of them.
I would not say it’s a must read, because many principles are intuitive enough, especially in a time where we have access to umpteen inspiring talk shows and blogs. Nevertheless, it has stories of eminent personalities like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Bill Gates, and each chapter is filled with adages and phrases. Reading them every day somewhat weakened my earlier non-proactive beliefs. And, with pride, I am finally through with the book. I would say it’s a 3/5 for me.
Open for lending the book!