Think and Grow Rich

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I’ve had Think and Grow Rich in my library for a looong time. It’s one of those books that I’ve seen numerous times mentioned by successful people.

Mentions like, “I always carry it with me,” “It changed my life,” or “Amazing,” are just some of the descriptors I’ve associated with this book. So, my thought was ‘how good could it be?’

When I came upon it on Amazon.com and it was free, I had to grab it out of curiousity, but that was two years ago? Anyways, I’ve swiped through my library, see it, and swipe past. But something made me stop this time and actually download this 70+ year old work into my Kindle.

I’m so glad I did, cause WOW! Let me just say that I just started reading and I’m not finished, but I can’t get this guy’s lessons out of my head! If you like the Secret or are familiar with the book or movie or have heard of the Law of Attraction, this was the originator. At least in my opinion anyway. But it doesn’t just scratch the surface, he gives you actions steps and plans. He provides explanations and such wonderful stories to stress his point.

I also thought that I might have trouble reading writing from that time. Too formal? I thought I might fall asleep, but I haven’t. Napoleon Hill’s writing style is smooth, easy, and understandable. I kind of feel like I’m listening to a really eloquent uncle.

Napoleon Hill was teaching about success mindset and coupling action with desire 70+ years ago. The book was written right after the Great Depression. The American economy had taken a large hit and many people were ruined. People were desperate and hopeless. It was a time when it would have been easier to give up.

Although the book is old, reading it now — it’s still so relevant. Again, in my opinion, our situation now, may be a little bit better economically, but with so many wars, and general hatred being spewed all over the place… there’s the same sense of hopeless and desperation. It’s crazy. Anyways, that’s not really the point of this.

My point is that this book is a MUST READ for anyone who has a dream they’d like to accomplish and breathe into reality.

It is a classic, but more importantly, the work is eternal in its wisdom. Mr. Napoleon Hill’s words are alive and well in the 21st century and I am so grateful for it. I now understand all the accolades 🙂

If you want to pick it up, as of this post, it’s not free on Amazon.com, but it’s running for .99.

Here’s a link if you’re curious.

 https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Napoleon-Hill-ebook/dp/B00AIR8CMS/

If not, search the web and I’m sure you can find a free .pdf of it somewhere 🙂

Happy reading!

 

 

Starting a new habit

miraclemornwritersI recently finished reading The Miracle Morning for Writers by Steve Scott and Hal Elrod. I heard Steve Scott on a podcast not too long ago and I really took to his seeming humility about the book business. I really have an affinity for down to earth people.

Anyways, I’ve been going through a lot of self inventory and self evaluation lately. Some of my internal digging has to do with  my personal life as a mom, wife, and day jobber, but much of my introspection was also about books.

What about books?

Everything books — from writing, to publishing, to marketing.

I’ve done all that, but with little success. You may say, but you’ve written books! Yes I have, but it’s not enough. I love to write, but more importantly, I want my books to be read and enjoyed. Doesn’t every writer?

So, I started to think, Ah geez, what if my writing sucks? Problem is, I don’t know that I can objectively critique myself. I know my writing isn’t at JK Rowling caliber. I’m not delusional. But is it so terrible that it’s unreadable? I don’t think so. Can my writing skills improve? Of course it can and this is a craft I’ll happily keep working on for as long as I can type, write, and think. Problem is between my shiny ball syndrome and my bad habit of procrastinating, I have a hard time being consistent with writing.

I can’t improve, if I don’t write. Practice makes perfect, right?

Then suddenly, I hear a choir of angels singing “AAAAAHHHH” as streams of gentle, glowing lights shine upon me, and I find The Morning Miracle for Writers.  Okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the book still came at the right time.

To get to my point, I LOVE this book. I have implemented the recommendations and I am happy to say that I am starting a new habit of waking up early. I thought it would be more difficult, but so far this week, there was only one day I overslept. I am tailoring the recommendations to suit me better so that my system doesn’t go into shock, but I plan on waking up earlier as I get used to this new behavior.

As of today, I’m waking up 30 minutes earlier than I usually do.

This book is not just about why the morning hours are a gift to every person who wants to be productive, more to the point for us writers, is that this book is also full of suggestions and recommendations on how to leverage your time in general as a writer. Yes, absolutely The Morning Miracle recommends writing during the morning, but more so, the book recommends writing consistently whatever time of day that happens to be for you. It gives ideas on how to collect inspirations to battle writer’s block and a bunch of other helpful tips that are very doable.

Because I am re-evaluating, I’m trying to really decide and understand what is mosmiraclemornwriterst important for me to focus on at this time. Writing is not a full time job for me and I have to make the best use of my time. When I think about everything that has to be done to move me closer to my dream, ‘overwhelm’ is not a big enough word to describe how I feel.

One benefit so far of Miracle Morning for Writers is that I have gained time in my day. For real. I thought I would be tired getting up earlier, but to my surprise that hasn’t been the case. My goal  is to ultimately wake up 2 hours earlier. That means waking up at 4:30 every morning. But I’m not there yet. Give me a month and I’ll update my progress.

I think this book is definitely worth a read. It’s one, I know I’ll be going back to again and again. I’m sure the next time I read it, I’ll find something else I didn’t catch before. (Don’t you just love that about books?)

Again, I’m not an affiliate of Steve Scott or Hal Elrod, but I am now a fan 🙂