This is the second part of my review on Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill.
If you missed it, you can read part 1here
Last time I talked about chapters 2 and 3, which were about desire and faith. We learned why both of those emotions are important if you want to become successful, and how to go about developing both. If you didn’t read the previous blog post, I recommend you do so.
Today I’ll be talking about chapters 4, 5 and 6. Chapter 4 finally reveals what auto-suggestion is, but I won’t go deep into it. Chapter 5 is named specialized knowledge, which is, as you might have guessed, very important. Chapter 6 talks about imagination.
With that out of the way, let’s continue.
Think And Grow Rich, By Napoleon Hill – Part 2
This time we’re taking a close look at deeper levels of thinking. First we start by trying to get an understand what auto-suggestion is, as it was briefly mentioned in the previous part. I won’t go into too much detail, because this is one of those chapters you must read for yourself to get the full picture. That is of course true for the whole book, but especially so here.
It is a relatively short chapter, but at the same time very important one.
THE MEDIUM FOR INFLUENCING THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
“AUTO-SUGGESTION is a term which applies to all suggestions and all self-administered stimuli which reach one’s mind through the five senses. Stated in another way, auto-suggestion is self-suggestion. Is is the agency of communication between that part of the mind where conscious thought takes place, and that which serves as the seat of action for the subconscious mind.
Through the dominating thoughts which one permits to remain in the conscious mind, (whether these thoughts be negative or positive, is immaterial), the principle of auto-suggestion voluntarily reaches the subconscious mind and influences it with these thoughts.
NO THOUGHT, whether it be negative or positive, CAN ENTER THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND WITHOUT THE AID OF THE PRINCIPLES OF AUTO-SUGGESTION, with the exception of thoughts picked up from the ether. Stated differently, all sense impressions which are perceived through the five senses, are stopped by the CONSCIOUS thinking mind, and may be either passed on to the subconscious mind, or rejected, at will. The conscious faculty serves, therefore, as an outer-guard to the approach of the subconscious.
Nature has so built man that he has ABSOLUTE CONTROL over the material which reaches his subconscious mind, through his five senses, although this is not meant to be construed as statement that man always EXERCISES this control. In the great majority of instances, he does NOT exercise it, which explains why so many people go through life in poverty.
Recall what has been said about the subconscious mind resembling a fertile garden spot, in which weeds will grow in abundance, if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown therein. AUTO-SUGGESTION is the agency of control through which an individual may voluntarily feed his subconscious mind on thoughts of a creative nature, or, by neglect, permit thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.”
I can’t really add anything to that. Hill is saying that you can influence what kind of thoughts enter you subconscious mind, and those thoughts will influence what kind of a life you will eventually lead.
If you think you are poor, not worthy of being rich and successful, or just unable to do it – that is the kind of life you will lead.
Think and grow rich is the name of the book, and this is probably where you are starting to understand why. It’s your thinking that will change the world for you.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OR OBSERVATIONS
“THERE are two kinds of knowledge. One is general, the other is specialized. General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in accumulation of money. The faculties of the great universities possess, in the aggregate, practically every form of general knowledge known to civilization. Most of the professors have but little or no money. They specialize on teaching knowledge, but they do not specialize on the organization, or the use of knowledge.
KNOWLEDGE will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical PLANS OF ACTION, to the DEFINITE END of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.” It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
This “missing link” is all systems of education known to civilization today, may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT.”
This should get you thinking. What Hill is saying is very straightforward, and it really does make sense.
You will not make money if the only thing you possess is general knowledge, no matter how much of it you may possess. You are better off learning about anything specific, and become specialized in that field. You don’t necessarily need to go to university to acquire that knowledge, in fact it might be wise NOT to go to university to save time, but instead you should try to take specialized training from professionals in any given field you are trying to study. Reading books is of course the cheap way to go about things, if that’s how you choose to do it.
The point ultimately is, you should try to become an expert at one thing, and try to become rich doing that one thing really, really well.
THE WORKSHOP OF THE MIND
(I’m sure someone would have been sad if I used any other picture)
“The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man. The impulse, the DESIRE, is given shape, form and ACTION through the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.
It has been said that man can create anything which he can imagine.
Of all the ages of civilization, this is the most favorable for the development of the imagination, because it is an age of rapid change. On everything hand one may contact stimuli which develop the imagination.
. . .
MAN’S ONLY LIMITATION, within reason, LIES IN HIS DEVELOPMENT AND USE OF HIS IMAGINATION. He has not yet reached the apex of development in the use of his imaginative faculty. He has merely discovered that he has an imagination, and has commenced to use it in a very elementary way.”
Yes, Hill is saying good imagination is needed on the way to success. I recommend studying memes to build up good imagination. You could also read books, or write something, or try to be creative. You get better at using your imagination over time.
According to Hill, there are two forms of imagination:
“The imaginative faculty functions in two forms. One is known as “synthetic imagination,” and the other as “creative imagination.”
SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION:- Through this faculty, one may arrange old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.
CREATIVE IMAGINATION:- Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence. It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that all basic, or new ideas are handed over to man.”
Both forms of imagination are needed to create something new. You must draw from what you know, and then come up with something new. It really isn’t that difficult to do once you have become a specialist in any given field. It happens naturally, and anyone can do it.
Believe in yourself.
End Of Part 2
Believe it or not, that is indeed it for today. While the blog post is shorter, it still contains a lot of good information, I think.
Hopefully you liked it.
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