Think And Grow Rich
Every once in a while, you come upon a find that changes everything, and makes the world make more sense. It usually happens when you aren’t looking for it. In my case, I was looking, but clueless as to how to find what I was looking for. It turned out to be a book. A simple audiobook changed everything for me. I’d heard of manifesting, and the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, but I never took it seriously.
At the time, I’d been struggling to build my “side hustle” of making glass beads. I made a little money, but I wanted to make big money (be careful what you wish for). This business grew like a weed and within a year of listening to this audiobook, my side hustle turned into a 6-figure manufacturing business. And here I was content to make enough money to justify making more beads. Not to mention, I needed to buy jewelry findings so I could show off my creations.
Handmade glass beads are made by melting glass around a mandrel. I loved my time at the torch, but lampwork glass beadmaking isn’t an inexpensive hobby. I needed to sell beads to make enough money to buy more glass, propane, tools and equipment. The only thing to do while melting glass is veg, listen to music, or listen to audiobooks. Podcasts hadn’t become mainstream yet. I listened to a lot of books!
Between feng shui and manifesting, I could feel the energy in my life changing. And then I listened to Napoleon Hill’s book. The original Think and Grow Rich, published in 1937, draws on stories of Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and other millionaires of his generation to illustrate his principles. They are principles of success.
Imagine my surprise when I realized a book written in the early 1930s, I’m so glad I gave it a chance and found it was still very relevant today. I listened to the audiobook several times will making beads, and then one more time while taking notes.
There are three books that changed my life in my thirties:
Think And Grow Rich
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie