What comes to your mind when you hear “Rich?” Money, right? Let me just say that old saying, oh yeah, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” You see, this book isn’t just about money, in fact, I would consider this the first clickbait title, the clickbait before internet as this book focuses on a topic broader than money, getting what you want in life.
Think & Grow Rich is an old book, but yet a book that still applies to life in many ways. That “old” factor has an impact on the style of this book, you can really sense a gender split in it. but nevertheless this books was the the focus point for many motivation speeches and talks.
“One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” A great quote mentioned in this book, and that is so true, so many of us quit after a little defeat, after missing a shot, after a tiny mistake, after somebody making fun of you… But you will not do that from now on, commit to that. I’ll tell you a story mentioned in this book. Did you ever hear of Captain Hernán Cortés? He was sailing to conquer, the problem was the opposition had far greater resources, they were almost certain to meet defeat and to make it worse, his soldiers felt it. He knew he would not win if his soldiers were committed, now in the book it states he ordered to burn the ships, but what actually happened was that they got sunk, there was no other way out. You win or you die. That created commitment, that created desire, and they won. And that’s one of the most important lessons I took out of this book, that in order to get anything at all in life you really need to want it, otherwise it’s not going to happen. If you don’t apply anything you are about to read or anything in life that you learn then it’s worthless.
So before I share this Formula seen in this book, you need to really have a desire to live a better life, and also you need to commit to action. Most people will read this and take no action at all, “I’m going to do this and this,” but they never actually do it. I’ll quote Gary Vee on this:
The main thing I learned from this book is the formula for getting whatever you want, it’s not all that this book has to offer but it is that one thing that really stands out. One might think and question the point of formulas but… look at it this way, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Stealing the best of what other people have to offer and applying it to your life is a way to go, following a formula is the simplest form of reaching success, obviously I recommend experimenting and mixing it but if you have a formula it will help you.
So the first unofficial part of the formula is to have a burning desire, you need to have a desire and now what you desire. As how are you meant to get something if you don’t even fully know what you want? You will never be satisfied in life if you don’t even know what you want. Don’t make this basic. It needs to be complex. You need to know exactly what you want. I already mentioned the story about warriors and desire. Do you actually want to succeed or are you just saying it?
FORMULA FOR SUCCESS:
- You need to fix in your mind exactly what and how much of whatever it is your desire, don’t make it too basic, you need to know exactly what you want otherwise it’s not going to work.
- Secondly you need to figure out what you are willing to give in exchange for what you desire. Nothing in the world is free. Money isn’t the only currency of payment. Mentoring, tutoring, reviewing…. It’s not as simple as money, there’s so many way of paying. For example a company may give you a product for free in exchange for you creating value in terms of spreading the product to your followers.
- Thirdly you need to set clear picture of when you posses to intend whatever it is you seek.
- Fourthly, in my opinion this is the second most important objective of this formula, even though all are needed, but… Write out a clear plan with all of that information you came up with in the above steps. A plan. If it’s not on paper it’s not going to happen. It simply doesn’t exist. You need to clearly describe this plan.
- Fifthly, Write a statement about what it is, almost like a plan but in a essay format or such.
- Read it everyday, twice. Loudly. In morning and before night. I talked about this before and it’s one of the things mentioned in “The Monk Who sold his Ferrari,” we filter processes, did you ever head a new word and then heard it everywhere, if you repeat this everyday it will become part of you, and that’s pretty essential.
Quote of the Book:
“Perfection will come through practice, it cannot merely come by reading instructions.” which once again backs up that ideas mean nothing until executed.
Overall I would consider this book a powerful read, 8/10. Feel at times it was a bit too long and the misleading title is smart but yet at the same time reminds me of my English essays which were always meant to be on point A but ended up on point B. I feel that people that read this book in hopes of only achieving finical freedom or deep riches will be disappointed, but people that have life goals built around being happy and getting whatever they want from life will find this book a satisfying read. My advice would be not to read it for its title as that title is misleading.
I’ll see you next week, or on the next blog, Success is for all! Keep on grinding! Adios!