Need a better job? Try this……

I’ve been revisiting the old Think and Grow Rich (free pdf attached) in my reading time each morning. Written by Napoleon Hill in 1937, this little book has now sold over 60 million copies.

I’m blown away at how his tips for finding a job in 1937 still work perfectly today.  Here are his exact words from Chapter Seven – The Crystallization of Desire into Action


How to Get the Exact Position You Desire

Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.  An artist loves to work with paints, a craftsman with his hands, a writer loves to write.  Those with less definite talents have their preferences for certain fields of business and industry.  If American does anything well, it offers a full range of occupations, tilling the soil, manufacturing, marketing, and the professions.

  1. Decide exactly what kind of a job you want.  If the job doesn’t already exist, perhaps you can create it.
  2. Choose the company or individual for who you wish to work.
  3. Study your prospective employer, as to policies, personnel, and chances of advancement.
  4. By analysis of yourself, your talents and capabilities, figure what you can offer, and plan ways and means of giving advantages, services, developments, ideas that you believe you can successfully deliver.
  5. Forget about “a job.”  Forget whether or not there is an opening.  Forget the usual routine of “have you got a job for me?”  Concentrate on what you can give.
  6. Present it to the proper person with authority and he will do the rest.  Every company is looking for men who can give something of value, whether it be ideas, services, or “connections.”  Every company has room for the man who has a definite plan of action which is to the advantage of the company.


Funny how success principles are timeless.  They don’t depend on the economy or who is in the White House. 
Much has changed since 1937.  We now have the internet with online job postings, we can mass mail 1000 human resource directors with a click of the mouse, or we can hire a placement firm to “find a job” for us.  But the bottom line is — We don’t need new techniques.  We need to use the same principles that were effective in 1937.  Okay, sometimes we can tweak the old to make it better, but we’re still building on the same foundation.  Success is like that.


Okay  – here’s a complete copy of Think and Grow Rich.  There’s much more that will remind you of the timeless path to your own success.

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  • Greg Ellsworth

    Thank you for reminding me about this book. Some classic wisdom.

  • Jeff

    I am in the middle of reading this book now. I have been surprised as well at how much of what is said in the book is what we need to do today. People use the online search a job and mass mail technique because they are lazy. To actually research a company and really focus on them is so huge. So many job listings today don’t even mention the company name. Why would I apply to a company that doesn’t even say who they are? Red flag. I also appreciate the reminder about if there isn’t a job you want, create it. So many jobs today couldn’t have been listed on job sites because they didn’t even exist yesterday.

    • Anonymous

      Jeff – funny how many success principles are timeless. People are always running after the newest trend thinking it’s going to be the magic pill. A job search done well will look very much like what worked back in 1937.

  • Don McCallum

    Thanks for the e-book, Dan. I seem to recall reading at least some of it before. I hope it will help me on my journey to a successful ministry.

  • Shelly

    I have just gotten this book out to re-read again so it is nice to also have an online version to read. Is this a Public Domain version or have you purchased the right to send it out? I don’t see any publishing info or disclaimer on it. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Shelly – yes, it’s just a Public Domain version. I didn’t do anything special to just pass it along.