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Henry Ford never reached high school, let alone college. I am not attempting
to minimize the value of schooling, but I am trying to express my earnest belief
that those who master and apply the secret will reach high stations, accumulate
riches, and bargain with life on their own terms, even if their schooling has been
Somewhere, as you read, the secret to which I refer will jump from the page and
stand boldly before you, IF YOU ARE READY FOR IT! When it appears, you will
recognize it. Whether you receive the sign in the ﬁrst or the last chapter, stop for a
moment when it presents itself, and turn down a glass, for that occasion will mark
the most important turning-point of your life.
We pass now, to Chapter One, and to the story of my very dear friend, who has generously acknowledged having seen the mystic sign, and whose business achievements are evidence enough that he turned down a glass. As you read his story,
and the others, remember that they deal with the important problems of life, such
as all men experience. The problems arising from one’s endeavor to earn a living,
to ﬁnd hope, courage, contentment and peace of mind; to accumulate riches and
to enjoy freedom of body and spirit.
Remember, too, as you go through the book, that it deals with facts and not with
ﬁction, its purpose being to convey a great universal truth through which all who
are READY may learn, not only WHAT TO DO, BUT ALSO HOW TO DO IT! and
receive, as well, THE NEEDED STIMULUS TO MAKE A START. 7 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH As a ﬁnal word of preparation, before you begin the ﬁrst chapter, may I offer
one brief suggestion which may provide a clue by which the Carnegie secret may
be recognized? It is this-ALL ACHIEVEMENT, ALL EARNED RICHES, HAVE
THEIR BEGINNING IN AN IDEA!
If you are ready for the secret, you already possess one half of it, therefore, you
will readily recognize the other half the moment it reaches your mind.
THE AUTHOR 8 NAPOLEON HILL THINK AND GROW RICH Chapter 1
THE MAN WHO “THOUGHT” HIS WAY INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH
THOMAS A. EDISON
TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed
with deﬁniteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their
translation into riches, or other material objects.
A little more than thirty years ago, Edwin C. Barnes discovered how true it is that
men really do THINK AND GROW RICH. His discovery did not come about at
one sitting. It came little by little, beginning with a BURNING DESIRE to become
a business associate of the great Edison.
One of the chief characteristics of Barnes’ Desire was that it was deﬁnite. He
wanted to work with Edison, not for him. Observe, carefully, the description of
how he went about translating his DESIRE into reality, and you will have a better
understanding of the thirteen principles which lead to riches. When this DESIRE,
or impulse of thought, ﬁrst ﬂashed into his mind he was in no posit...
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '12 term at American.
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