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Can You 'Think and Grow Rich?' A Famous Books Says, 'Yes'

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Detail from Franco Arda's comic book "Think and Grow Rich"
Detail from Franco Arda's comic book "Think and Grow Rich"


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  • Can You Think and Grow Rich? A Famous Book Says 'Yes'

From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report in Special English.
Can you think your way to wealth and success? Napoleon Hill believed that if you think the right thoughts you can. In nineteen thirty-seven, after many years of researching financial success and observing people who had become rich, he published the book “Think and Grow Rich.” Even though it was published in the middle of The Great Depression, it was immediately successful.
It is one of the most-popular non-fiction books ever written. Forbes Magazine says it has sold seventy million copies since it first appeared, and continues to sell copies today. Napoleon Hill wrote at least ten other books about success before his death in nineteen seventy. But none of them came close to selling as many copies as “Think and Grow Rich.”
SmarterComics has released an illustrated version of the book. Franco Arda is the company’s founder and publisher. He used to work as an investment banker. He started the company three years ago with his own money. He wanted to create picture books that increase understanding. His versions provide much of the information that is in full-length books but in an easy-to-understand, picture, or comic, form.
Mr. Arda says readers will understand and remember more about gaining success if they read the comic book version of “Think and Grow Rich.”

“Because it’s illustrated, it’s a comic book style -- one, it’s easier to read and, two, it’s also easier to remember. Because once you see something visually, it’s just your brain can absorb it much quicker and then you can retain it much longer.”
Mr. Arda says he first read “Think and Grow Rich” when he was a teenager. He credits the book for much of his financial success. He says it taught him to change the way he thinks about money and success.
“We have to start with your brain first to subconsciously program yourself towards riches that you can imagine, or that you think money and, obviously that you create a plan afterwards.”
Mr. Arda says Napoleon Hill found that you must write down what you want to achieve, how and when you want to achieve it and what you are willing to sacrifice for it. Napoleon Hill said you must read that statement out loud every morning when you wake up and every evening before you go to sleep. 
SmarterComics says “Think and Grow Rich” proves that “wealth is a lifelong pursuit achieved by believing in the value of personal ideas.” It says anyone can achieve their dreams by refusing to be stopped by temporary problems.
And that’s the VOA Special English Economics Report. See parts of the comic “Think and Grow Rich” on our website learningenglish.voanews.com. I’m Chris Cruise.
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by: Phil from: Korea
11/27/2012 5:44 AM
I have to read this book because I wanna be a rich.

by: Thu Trang from: Vietnam
11/23/2012 6:35 AM
I feel this article is very salutary. I realize that Almost of books don't show us the way you can succeed, they only show us the way you think to get success. If you believe in yourself and try your best, success will come to you in a recent day.

by: Jane
11/19/2012 2:56 AM
I've never read this book, but this article makes me interested in this and I looked for it on some website. I will try to think the right way which is about money and success in my life.

by: TrangMy from: Vietnam
11/13/2012 1:06 PM
I think this is a famous book. However, you should combine with where you are living.

by: Yang from: Canada
11/05/2012 3:01 PM
'Think and Grow Rich",how brilliant the book is,however,after combining with comic style,I believe it must be more acceptable for people who pursuit to success and rich.

by: Lee keun young from: Republic of Korea
11/04/2012 4:48 AM
I appreciate Napoleon Hills book.
If given chance to buy it, I will read through it and digest it to be my knowledge and tool for developing my life. Well can I get its comic version in Korea? I will check it out in bookstore today.

11/02/2012 4:21 PM
Thank you for teaching us to become rich. The comic will turn us to do better things in a better way. Here it's time for load shedding. Thank you.

by: lykieutien from: vietnam
11/02/2012 4:12 PM
this is a famous book in the world. i saw it about 1 year ago when my sister introduce the book to me but i overlooked it. now i see it in VOA special English, maybe My god want to read it, or the secret law of attraction.Today is the first day. i will do everything to my dream become true, i believe i can. i like the books says" believe that you will succeed and you will. think of your dream everyday, we have to start with your brain subconsciously program yourself toward riches and wealth that you can imagine or that you think money, obviously that you create a plan afterward. and you must write down everything you want in the litter page and you must out loud the statement every morning after wake up and every evening before you go to sleep

by: Shige from: Japan
11/02/2012 3:04 AM
This article is very valuable for me. But unfortunately, I have not read this book since now. So, I want to read this book to get wealth and success. And l think again there are so many people who want to achieve their dreams in the world, because the book was sold so much.

by: canh from: viet nam
11/01/2012 2:38 PM
i think that "Think and grow rich"is very salutary for you,for me and for anyone in the world.If i want to achieve success in the future,i must try my best to learn more and more.i always say"i can do it",don't say"give up".i must read them again when i wake up and before i go to sleep.thanks VOA for giving me the satulary information

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