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How to Own Your Own Mind

Written by: Napoleon Hill,Don Green - introduction
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
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Locked in a vault since 1941, here is Napoleon Hill's definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success!

In How to Own Your Own Mind, you receive a one-of-a-kind master class in how to think for success from motivational pioneer and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. In three compelling chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so it translates into opportunity.

Knowledge is not power. Only applied knowledge is power. This book teaches you how to use what you know, and how to know what's worth knowing.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Only book you need to live a fulfilled live

Top ten books ever read by myself. I will be gifting this to everyone I care about.

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propagandist drivel

Audio and narration is fine. The contents within are just American propaganda that has not aged well

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Interesting insights, sometimes too nationalistic.

I liked the foundation of the book about creative thinking and controlled attention. I got really bored through the passages where the author chats about "the American way of life". Overall insightful, I'm taking away a lot from it.

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Must Read

I wish I read this book sooner. It is full of great insights our our mind and how to effectively use it. I feel like I’ve been getting a 4 cylinder performance out of a 400M cylinder engine because of poor understanding. I’m really to now go full throttle.
Great read
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too many point forms

loved the material but sometimes hard to follow point form readings while driving had to go back a few times

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Expected more from Napoleon Hill

I had high expectations for this book based on Napoleon Hill’s past works. Did not enjoy this one. It seemed to state the obvious.

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Mind Opening

I loved the examples of your regular people used definiteness of purpose along with the other principles to attract physical manifestations. We have no time for negative thoughts if we are to achieve health and prosperity.

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One of the best book I ever read. I’m glad that I chose to read this book. Thank you!

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Excellent !

Great compliment to think and grow Rich and clarifies many of the concepts. Enjoyed it very much !

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Guard your mind, then get to work

The title "How To Own Your Own Mind" caught my attention more compellingly than the author's better known "Think And Grow Rich" -- though it turns out that there's more than one shameless plug in this book for the other.

There are some real gems to be gleaned from this book, if you can get through the lackluster start -- and if you can tolerate the overblown and old-fashioned copy, the fake interview format, and the author's ideological and political ticks.

Indeed, there's great utility in the book's presentation of the aspects of the mind and of how to go about training and controlling one's habits of thought and action as well as harnessing the power of the mind to focus on a definite major purpose in one's life -- even just as a helpful way of looking at the matter, though the book stresses action as a key point. The keen reader should be able to cull the nonsense and not be distracted by the more dubious parts of the book, if he or she can make it past the first chapter and its subsequent "analysis".

The so-called "mastermind alliance" (also apparently espoused in _Think And Grow Rich_) is overzealous terminology for a business network, management team, or peer support group, depending on the specifics. The idea is good, but the bombastic name is just one of several instances of grandiosity or self-delusion tactics posing as inspiration. And then there are obvious truisms that sometimes seem to be presented with wide-eyed wonder, where it's unclear whether the tone is due more to the author's individual style or to the era in which he was writing.

Certain obvious contradictions and other more or less significant issues can perhaps be attributed to the book's overblown style, though its admonition to "accurate thought" gives them an ironic gloss. Among the questionable items (stated as I interpret them): (1) Don't let your mind be controlled, for example by ideology and half-truths -- except by such ideology and half-truths as fed to it by the book itself. (2) Dedicate yourself to accurate thinking, but feel free to disregard the effect of material circumstances or historical milieu; it's _belief_ that makes all things possible. (3) Don't make "riches" your primary goal, but riches, riches, RICHES! (4) And if you didn't already think so, apparently you'll have to take the author's word for such things as that the desire for fame is a universal human trait.

And though it can be dismissed as a minor part, it's especially worth mentioning the pseudo-scientific (and at the same time pseudo-spiritual) suggestion in this book that discrete individuals influence each other's thoughts through mysterious thought connections that act in the same way as electrons and other physical particles interacting with one another. If it were clearly stated to be a metaphor it would be fine, but it's presented literally. The idea seems to be walked back later on, but it still undercuts the otherwise useful message that one's focus and one's environment affect one's achievements in life, and it's the sort of thing that the serious reader can do without. There's no question that thoughts are, in essence, physical phenomena arising in the brain, and also that people influence one another, but combining these facts into the singular notion that people's influence on each other's thoughts is through some sort of weird telepathic electrical connection between two minds, rather than just the result of a biological predisposition of human beings to be able to communicate (i.e. send and receive messages) consciously or unconsciously through words and body language in the physical world, i.e. the normally recognized channels, is akin to the sort of pseudo-quantum-physical mumbo jumbo that Deepak Chopra et al. continue to spout to this day. Indeed, the prudent skeptic might find it worth noting that the "believe and achieve" ethos of this book (related to the New Thought movement) is the not-so-remote jumping-off point for such schlockier schlock as _The Secret_.

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, but guard your mind appropriately while reading this book.

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I've shortened my initial review but will leave the following, as I find it interesting background:

In following up on my questions about the book, I've read that Napoleon Hill was a noted conman and repeat fraudster. And Andrew Carnegie, for his part, benefited from insider trading (though apparently not illegally), and was anti-union, monopolistic, and all about the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.

In any event, the supposed interview with Andrew Carnegie that comprises a large part of the book (interspersed with Hill's "analysis") is undoubtedly made up. Hill made his claim to have interviewed Carnegie only after Carnegie's death, and Hill's "official" biography (first published 25 years after his death under the aegis of the Napoleon Hill Foundation) further claims that all of the documentary proof of Hill's association with Carnegie and other notable figures (including the various presidents Hill claimed to have been an advisor to) was destroyed in a storage fire. And conveniently for the narrative, even the present book was, until recently, "hidden away in a vault since 1941".

Each book is a product of its time, and no book can be all things, but it's perhap telling that in recent years the Napoleon Hill Foundation, which still exists and in whose archives this text was supposedly found (the book is another "official publication of the Napoleon Hill Foundation"), has given its annual award to at least one dubious multi-level marketing company peddling unfounded health claims about its products.

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  • AnnaSzabo.com
  • 2019-06-06

Incredible Content for Any Independant Woman!

I am a woman who was raised in Russia during the reign and then crush of USSR and I’m an American who’s been enjoying THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE, as Hill repeatedly refers to it, for the last 11 years.

The privilege of personal initiative and independent thinking is what I always praise America for and this book explains how to develop and leverage your own independent thinking mind and practice your personal initiative.

I recommend journaling while being influenced by this incredible content as the impact of breakthroughs is significant and valuable!

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  • 2017-12-08

Think and grow rich for skeptics.

This is a transcript of the original interview with Andrew Carnegie that Hill did. In it you see that Carnegie, the genus of the philosophy and the world's then richest man, had no woo woo in his thinking. All the principles are there, but without the "Secret" style pontificating about "manifesting".

Action! He repeated this word emphatically and at the end of every point.

I think Carnegie might have preferred a book called "Act and Grow Rich." That would be an apt title for this too.

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  • Eamon
  • 2020-09-04

The title is misleading!

I was looking for a science based book about the mind, downloaded this book based on the title, and it's more about becoming successful and rich than to mastering your mind! The notion that the result of mastering your mind is to become rich and successful is just wrong! Study after study shows that the happiest people are people with great relationships in their life, not how much success they have! I was hoping this book would be about how to master your mind to be more happy, and not to become rich and successful!

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  • Aleksey M. Volchek
  • 2017-09-20

Answers from the grave

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Just an hour into the book - so many ideas have been finally finetuned. I've read and studied T&GR for over 4 years now. There seem to be gaps in concepts in "Think and Grow Rich". like Creative vs Synthetic imagination; Definiteness of purpose; etc.

This is written in an Q and A interview style between Mr Hill and Carnegie - but the answers are very thorough and complete. It's way past my bedtime - and I can't stop listening to it.

Since it was Carnegie who commissioned Hill to take his epic 25-year journey ... this is an opportunity to hear from the "source". Access to the answers from his grave. Love the book!

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  • Elizabeth Waruru
  • 2017-10-24

This book will stop you in your tracks.

If one is serious about changing their life, this is a must read. Total conscious interrupt.

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  • James Wesolaski
  • 2018-03-02

awesome,

awesome, mind, life changing book. ready to read a second and a third and 4th time.

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  • K. L. Henderson
  • 2017-10-19

Great book!!!

How to Own Your Own Mind is a book that everyone should read. It is a must have book within anyone’s library who desires greatness.

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  • Broderick
  • 2017-10-07

great book

really great book! Way more details than his other books! this book has a lot of value.

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  • Jared Sanford
  • 2017-11-02

Amazing and eye opening book!

This book is so ahead of its time. I'm truly amazed how much Napoleon Hill hits on that is still relevant to this day. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Tendi K.
  • 2017-12-21

The foundations of Napoleon Hill

This book I believe is the raw material that Napoleon Hill collected to write all his other books. This book focuses on the importance of controlling your thoughts and directing them accordingly to your desired end.

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