Last night I started reading a book that has been sitting on my desk for over a year. At one time I was an avid reader having 3-4 books going at a time plus a few magazines. Magazines I love because of the short bits of info available. Books are great but my attention span has me jumping from one to another. That’s something I’ll be working on soon, focus.
The book? Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
I picked it up because it was in my way really. I started reading it because I just finished The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. I’ll talk about Chris’ book later but for now I’m really excited about Hill!
The Forward includes a quote form Thomas Edison “It should be studied, digested, and meditated upon…..The reader should underline the sentences which impress him most. Later, he should go back to these marked likes and read them again. A real student will not merely read this book he will absorb its contents and make them his own.”
He adds “This book should be adopted by all high schools and no boy or girl should be permitted to graduate without having satisfactorily passed an examination on it.”
Strong suggestions from someone who accomplished a great deal. This book will become part of our summer curriculum. Caleb and Jesse will read it and we will discuss it. I’m excited!
A bit of background on Think and Grow Rich.
As a young man Napoleon Hill was invited by Andrew Carnegie to write about the ‘secret’ behind many of the most successful men in the United States. These were friends of Carnegie, some business partners and protégés. Many were upset that Carnegie was divulging the ‘secret’ to an outsider and angry that he was encouraging Hill to write a book about it. After a quarter century of interviews and research Think and Grow Rich was published.
No matter which version we read this book is an eyeopener. I haven’t been this excited about a book in years. I’m even more excited about teaching it to my boys.
More later, time to read.