Think and Grow Rich was first published by Napoleon Hill in 1937. Hill was influenced and guided to produce a secret formula for success that was presented to him by Andrew Carnegie, the Steel corporation magnate and the wealthiest man in America at that time. Carnegie saw something in Mr. Hill that proved to the world that he chose the right person to carry out Carnegie’s wishes. He wanted Hill to spend 20 years without compensation to produce a formula for success that would work for everyone who desired to become wealthy and successful. He analyzed hundreds of well-known men, many of whom admitted they had attributed the accumulation of their wealth and fortunes to the Carnegie secret. Hill gave thirteen principles, that if followed can lead to success and wealth in all areas of life.
Napoleon Hill completed this great work and the benefits are still being proved today by successful men and women all over the world. The book was first published during the Great Depression. At the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies and by 2011 over 70 million copies had been sold worldwide. Andrew Carnegie believed this formula should be taught in all public schools and colleges, and expressed the opinion that if it were properly taught it would so revolutionize the entire educational system that the time spent in school could be reduced to less than half. A peculiar thing about this secret formula is that those who once acquire it, and use it, find themselves literally swept on to success. 'Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve'.