Think and Grow Rich: A Practical and Comprehensive Interpretation.


Think and Grow Rich: Part 6 – Decision

(part 1 of 3)

As Napoleon Hill states in Think and Grow Rich:

“Analysis or several hundred people who accumulated fortunes well beyond the million-dollar mark disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly and of changing these decisions slowly, if and when they were changed.”

He continues to say:

“People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.”

Let’s put these into context with the previous part’s example and start with the second quote;

“People who fail....”

Let's track back to the example of a beautiful woman standing right in front of us where we start to allow our imagination to take over just before making the decision to speak to her...

We’d start to create scenarios in our imagination, similarly to the example, of how we’d start a conversation with her. We’d allow our imagination to create compelling scenarios that could work for us.

However, this time, we start to allow these scenarios to morph into situations that depict us not being able to hold a conversation with her. The state of imagining that we aren't winning in any possible way with her. We see ourselves in a completely negative and destructive scenario that doesn't encourage us and destroys the little bit of faith that ignited us. This state of imagination places doubts within our ability to just talk to her.

This little bit of doubt is enough to start creating these scenarios in our imagination of everything that could go wrong:


  • What if she doesn’t want to talk to me?”

  • What if I’m not interesting?”

  • What if she doesn’t laugh at what I say?”

  • What if... (Whatever B.S. you want to tell yourself)?”

  • Etc...

From this point, we have effectively allowed ourselves to induce the emotion of fear, rather than the emotion of faith and courage.

When we feel this fear building up, we have a choice to allow ourselves to continue seeing these negative and destructive scenarios, within our imagination, or make a decision to see what could go right again (our desire - positive and constructive) and take the action to talk to her.

We have essentially limited our chances of experiencing the desire in its physical tangible state if we make the decision to not start the conversation with her because we are fearful of what may or may not happen.

Essentially, we have allowed ourselves to construct this wonderful scenario of how we could start a conversation with this beautiful woman then allowed it to morph into a state of disempowerment with negative and destructive scenarios – we’ve virtually castrated ourselves with the emotion of fear.

It is absolutely required for us to make a decision.

There’s another serious note to take from this:

If we aren't to make a decision on something that only exists within our imagination (or mind), how will we ever make a decision for it in the physical/”real” world?