Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Eric Braun Ohio City, Ohio , United States

Posted: 2019-08-28


Chapter 1 


  We can learn a lot from Barnes’ burning DESIRE. He wanted to work for Edison, not for him.   He discovered the fact that men really do THINK AND GROW RICH. 

  • Napolean Hill 

  By Barnes’ working for Edison and not jumping into a partnership, he studied how Edison worked and patiently waited for the right opportunity to act on the perfect condition to exist to make his move. To capitalize on an advantageIf we have the mindset, no matter how far we are in our jobs, that we work for God and not for man, God will set up the right opportunity at the right time if we remain patient. God will reward us according to His will. 

  God wants us to succeed: 

  “And so, find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 

Proverbs 3:4-6 NKJV 

  “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.” 

  • Napolian Hill 

  We can learn a lot from R. U. Darby and his uncle. They were just THREE FEET FROM GOLD! When the gold vein stopped, they drilled a little further to find the vein again and stopped when they couldn’t find the vein.  They just quit and sold the equipment to a junk man for a few hundred dollars. People are quick to judge people, especially a “junk” man, as being dumb. That junk man was smart to hire an engineer, whose expertise was in mining. He calculated the vein was JUST THREE FEET FROM WHERE THE DARBYS HAD STOPPED DRILLING! The “junk” man made millions of dollars by being smart enough to seek expert counsel before giving up. 

  • Napolian Hill 

  That is why we need mentors in our life. If we don’t understand an area in our expertise, we seek wisdom from our mentor.  

  “Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her (wisdom), and she shall preserve you;” 

Proverbs 4:5-6a NKJV 



  We can learn a lot from the little colored girl. She stood her ground, looked the white man in the eyes and demanded 50 cents. He simply gave it to her due to her due diligence.  


Merriam – Webster's Dictionary 

Diligence: steady, earnest, and energetic effort: preserving application 


  We can learn a lot from Henry Ford. He did not know the meaning “impossible” when it came to designing the V8 engine block. His engineers said, “it’s impossible!” Ford said, “Produce it anyway!” Then Ford commanded, “...and stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time is required!” Even though it took over a year, the engineers discovered the secret and Ford made millions of dollars because he had DESIRE: Knowing what one wants. 

  • Napolian Hill 


  We can learn a lot from Henley, from when he wrote the prophetic lines, “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul.” He knew that we have the power to control our thoughts. 

  He should have said that the ether is filled with a form of universal power which ADAPTS to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds; and INFLUENCES us, in natural ways, to transmute our thoughts into their physical equivalent. This power makes no attempt to discriminate between destructive thoughts and constructive thoughts, urging us to translate into physical reality thoughts of poverty, just as quickly as it will influence us to act upon thoughts of riches. That our brains become magnetized with the dominating thoughts in our minds. We must become “money conscious” until the DESIRE for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it. WE ARE THE MASTER OF OUR OWN ECOMOMIC FATE. 


Eric Braun 

Ohio City, Ohio, USA