This is a much beloved bookand a classic for people who want to know how to attract wealth effortlessly in their lives. Although the book was written in 1937, the amazing nuggets of wisdom in it are truly timeless: “There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish.” Many consider Napoleon Hill to be the father of the law of attraction movement. He was truly ahead of his time, writing about concepts that at that time were not accepted by the public and even frowned upon. According to the late Jerry Hicks, who would later on be part of the hugely successful Abraham Hicks collaboration, many parts were taken out from the first edition, and only now in modern editions are words such as ‘energy’ and ‘power’ allowed. Hill, even back then, already understood that there are unseen forces at work that we collaborate with (whether we are aware of them or not).Many successful and wealthy entrepreneurs credit this book to having guided them into achieving both financial and personal success.
This is an ‘underground’ classic that I bet will stay on bestselling lists for many years. “Busting Loose…” is geared more for young and modern readers who are just recently finding out about the ‘game’. According to the author, yes, there is a ‘money game’ being played, and you are participating in it whether you realize it or not. How to win, and more importantly bust loose from this game, is what this book is about. Robert drew inspiration from his grandfather, who was a successful entrepreneur having a net worth of billions. When he was 12, Robert and his ‘Grandpa’ had a conversation where the old man told him of how he can tap into “power sources in the invisible world few people know about.” Grandpa died, but Robert’s curiosity did not, and soon he was obsessed with finding out more about these “invisible power sources.” The book is bursting with Robert’s enthusiasm and desire to awaken us and remind us that we are rightful heirs to an infinite and vast fortune waiting to be accessed and experienced.Inspiring and practical tips abound, and many people will find this book both engaging and informative.
If you haven’t read or heard of this book, then it’s safe to say you were probably hiding under a rock for some time now… Its huge popularity and success gave birth to succeeding offshoots such as ‘The Power’ and ‘The Magic’. ‘The Secret’ is surrounded by controversies with some criticizing the book for being geared towards ‘materialism’ and some being put off by the heavy marketing campaign behind it. What I believe to be this book’s major contribution is having allowed many people who would otherwise not be inclined into reading what is considered to be ‘new age’ material to be more open-minded about such books and topics. It paved the way for those people to then embrace other books about ‘law of attraction’ (which is the book’s theme). It also introduced a lot of new-age thinkers to the masses: giving them a name and giving life to their ideas and philosophies. Despite not delivering to its hype, the book was still able to ‘plant seeds’ into an otherwise unreachable target. It made spirituality and ‘mysticism’ more palatable to those who would otherwise not give their time of day to this genre. The Secret talks about the author’s personal struggle and how she overcame it by finding out about ‘the secret’ – which is the law of attraction, how to create and manifest prosperity using the power of your thoughts.
“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later, the man who wins is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!” according to Napoleon Hill. Believe you are worthy of living an abundant life, imagine it as vividly as possible, and focus on that; this will cause you to attract and experience abundance in your life.
BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.