The fear of Poverty from Think and Grow Rich

Please be advised that these are just my summarized notes from N. Hill’s Think & Grow Rich.

If you want a more in-depth version you can hopefully find it in of your local bookstore or amongst the free ebooks I found for you at White Dove Books or you can purchase one at

#1 The fear of Poverty.

“If you want riches you must refuse to accept any circumstances that lead towards poverty.”

“The word “Riches” here is used in the broadest sense, meaning financial, spiritual, mental & material assets.”

“If you demand riches determine what form & how much will be required to satisfy you.”

“If you neglect to make a start, or stop before you arrive, no one will be to blame but you.”

“State of mind – a state of mind is something that one assumes.”

“The only thing you can control.”

“It cannot be purchased; it must be created.”

“Fear of poverty is a state of mind, nothing else.”

“But it is sufficient to destroy one’s chances of achievement in any undertaking.”

“This fear paralyses:

  • the faculty of reason,
  • destroys the faculty of imagination,
  • kills off self-reliance,
  • undermines enthusiasm,
  • discourages initiative,
  • leads to uncertainty of purpose,
  • encourages procrastination,
  • wipes out enthusiasm and
  • makes self control impossibility.”

  • “It takes the charm from one’s personality;
  • destroys the possibility of accurate thinking;
  • diverts concentration of effort;
  • it masters persistence;
  • turns the willpower into nothingness;
  • destroys ambition;
  • beclouds the memory and invites disaster in a hundred forms;
  • leads to sleepiness;

misery and unhappiness and all this despite the obvious truth that we live in a society of overabundance of everything the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us & our desires, except lack of a definite purpose.”

“Considerable courage is required to state the origin of this fear & still greater courage to accept the truth after it has been stated.”

“Nothing brings so much suffering & humility as poverty.”

“Only those who have experienced poverty understand the full meaning of this.”

“It’s no wonder that we fear poverty.”

“Self-analysis may disclose weakness that one does not like to acknowledge.”

“This form of examination is essential to all who demand of life more than mediocrity & poverty.”

“You are after the truth. Get it, no matter at what cost, even though it may temporarily embarrass you.”

“The majority of people if asked what the fear most, would reply, “I fear nothing.”

“The reply would be inaccurate because few people realize that they are bound, handicapped, whipped spiritually & physically through some form of fear.”

“So subtle & deeply seated is the emotion of fear that one may go through life burdened with it, never recognizing its presence.”

“Courageous analysis will disclose the presence of this universal enemy.”

“When you begin such an analysis, search deeply into your character.”

“Here is a list of the symptoms you should look for:

Symptoms of the fear of poverty

…to be covered in my next post.

– Musawenkosi Tshoaele

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