How did a seemingly ordinary man like Carnegie manage to amass $297.8 Billion?
His is not a “get-rich-quick” story. His story is called “Think and Grow Rich.” It’s sold over 70 million copies and minted more millionaires than any other book out there.
Carnegie commissioned writer Napoleon Hill to interview 500 of the world’s wealthiest people to find out how they had created their fortunes. Hill discovered that while some people had seemingly gotten rich overnight, the work involved in creating that fortune took years of hard work and careful planning. In other words, everyone had to “think” before they could “get rich.”
As Hill discovered, the “thinking” isn’t just about plotting strategy; it’s about really believing you can make something happen … and laying out a detailed plan (see the 6 steps). No matter whether you're aiming for $1,000,000 or $100,000,000. Although the process may feel unreasonably slow at the beginning, if you commit to a plan of action, there’s a point where your plan suddenly starts paying off all at once. This sudden surge is what people often refer to as “getting rich quick,” when in reality, all those years of preparation where what made the bank balance rocket from zero to six zeros.
So what are the 6 steps to riches? According to Napoleon Hill, it’s as simple as this:
Step 1: Be definite as to the amount you want to earn.
Step 2: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
Step 3: Establish a definite date when you intend to posses your desired money.
Step 4: Create a definite plan for carrying out your desires
Step 5: Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire.
Step 6: Read your written statement aloud twice daily.
These are the basic steps to creating massive wealth. Hill discovered that wealthy people also had the ability to adapt and make small adjustments to the overall plan in order to deal with the chaos of reality. But by following these fundamental guidelines, believing completely in yourself and your vision, and never giving up—and we mean never—you will achieve your wildest dreams.
Some people hope to strike it rich with a lottery ticket. Guess what: with “Think and Grow Rich,” your odds of striking it rich are about a million times better than the old scratch and sigh technique. Andrew Carnegie, and others like him, didn’t get rich by accident. They got rich because they were willing to think their plan for wealth through.